BoingBoing interviews Star Simpson. Among other things, she explains why, unlike the Lite-Brite boys, she never addressed the media and what it was like to get arrested.
News that Tom Menino will consider moving a proposed heliport from South Boston to East Boston doesn't sit well with Eastie resident Jimbo:
... Will the mayor be equally deferential to the wishes of East Boston's elected officials? And does the will of "business leaders" trump the will of the local citizenry?
The Boston Business Journal reports Tom Menino said last night he'd consider moving a proposed heliport at the Marine Industrial Park across the harbor to the airport instead. On the one hand, South Boston residents hate the idea of all that noise, noise, noise, noise; on the other hand, Menino said, downtown businesspeople want a heliport closer to downtown than Logan (because we know... Read more
Joe Keohane got to Logan this morning just in time to see a little old lady in a wheelchair threatened by some TSA goons, but he reports that what really depressed him was an announcement over the PA welcoming visitors to Boston, New England's largest city, "famous for the Boston Tea Party, Harvard, and Cheers!"
The Cheers stuff especially galls me. I can see... Read more
City considers suit against federal government to reduce the number of planes flying overhead.
You know those "9/11 was an inside job" stickers? Jason Robo, 26, of Eureka, Calif., faces charges for allegedly putting one of them up in the lavatory of an airplane due to fly out of Logan yesterday - then rushing off the plane. The Suffolk County DA's office says he was scheduled for arraignment in East Boston District... Read more
Channel 7 general manager now former Channel 7 general manager: Randi Goldklank resigned and agreed to a plea deal in East Boston District Court that will keep her out of jail if she stays away from booze and drugs for a year. She also apologized to state troopers for her behavior at Logan, which included threatening one trooper's job after she was hauled... Read more
Star Simpson, everybody's favorite LED-bedecked MIT student, got pre-trial probation today after Suffolk County prosecutors acknowledged they didn't have enough evidence to actually charge her with a felony.
Gosh, who would have thought the FAA might object to an 80-story tower right across the harbor from Logan?
Ask him if his name is Patrick. Patrick Mannion, an 18-year-old from Lynn, has just started blogging about what it's like to become a transportation security officer at everybody's favorite East Boston airport:
... The other checkpoints had large bottles of hairspray along with shaving cream and the like and some bottles found were actually under the limit. But there was still booze mixed... Read more
Today's best sunrise photo, taken toward Logan from Long Wharf.
OK, maybe I'm not cut out to write headlines for Channel 7. Still, will be interesting to see how they play the case of their general manager, whom the Herald reports was arrested at Logan for "unruly behavior." She says a male passenger on her inbound flight tried to fondle her and that she got upset when the flight attendant told her to "calm... Read more
John Daley reports:
While running through Logan airport yesterday, I was chased by a TV reporter who wanted to get my angry response to the delays involved with flying American. Before he could set up the shot I told him that, although I had to fly a day late, my experience was very positive. ...
At which point the reporter began chasing somebody else... Read more
Channel 4 reports the Web site showed no problems even as zillions of frazzled passengers demanded vengeance at the American Airlines counter for cancelled flights.
UPDATE: Judge continued case to May 23; see comments below.
An East Boston District Court judge is expected to rule today on a request by Star Simpson to dismiss those Logan bomb-scare charges, the Suffolk County DA's office advises.
The Globe interviews one of the two guys a woman thought she overheard discussing bombs, drugs and Logan on the Red Line. Although T officials declare themselves happy with the outcome, which involved shutting down the Red Line at Park Street and detaining the two guys at Logan, he begs to differ:
... "The most disturbing thing about it was the apparent randomness... Read more
Train stopped and searched at Park Street this morning; no indication (in the story) if the MBTA actually found the two alleged guys in fatigues talking loudly enough about "explosives" at Central Square to get a nearby woman to say something or whether they activated the urban assault vehicle.
This just in from T spokesman Joe Pesaturo:
The witness believed the individuals made... Read more
... According to the article, a Massport representative at the meeting said that the proposed consolidated rental-car facility is "a trend that other major airports are following in terms of providing services that travelers have come to expect." Well, how about the things that local residents have... Read more