West of 495
The Supreme Judicial Court today reversed an attempted-rape conviction for a man who agreed to pay an undercover Worcester cop $200 for sex with her supposed foster child, because police arrested him before he could get near the girl.
The court upheld Kerry van Bell's conviction on a charge of soliciting sex for a fee, because he agreed to hand over the money to the...Read more
After falling far behind other areas during the boom years, Boston has been making up lost ground during the Great Recession. That, at least, according to a new study from the Milken Institute that ranks metropolitan areas by their success at creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth, with a heavy emphasis on technology.
The study compared performance from 2003-08 to gains and...Read more
The man, identified in his suit only as John Doe, claims that in 2006, a "Cops" camera crew accompanying some Worcester officers illegally broke into his house and filmed the cops arresting him as he lay in his bed, naked and cowering in fear.
The man charges both Worcester police and the Fox crew violated his civil rights. He says he was asleep one...Read more
The Worcester PD really, really didn't like a story in the Worcester Telegram about possibly bogus master's degrees held by members of the local constabulary. Daily Worcesteria reprints a police statement, which not only says the department will give first dibs on news to local TV and radio stations but adds:
... Unfortunately, the dark, dirty, and poorly lit newsroom is affecting their...Read more
Interesting that new details are coming out, like the fact that a third of their workforce are temporary. I wonder how many of them are "independent contractors"...
The Globe also completely fails to mention that after securing money from the state...Read more
Right in the story about the crashed plane on 495:
I just want to say that while I'm very grateful that the pilot and passenger are all right, I'm tired of all these pilots acting as though they don't have to obey the rules of the road! Swerving between traffic, ignoring red lights, landing on highways -- it's going to cause a tragedy one...Read more
Julie Powell went to Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the Julie in the pair Julie & Julia, the author of the book by that title, and the person Amy Adams plays in the movie by Nora Ephron.
[float=right][/float]Powell is the young woman who cooked all of the recipes in Julia Child's French Cookbook, one recipe every evening after work...Read more
It must be true. Forbes wouldn't get that wrong, would it? Who doesn't recognize that Worcester has better culture than Cambridge (or, for that matter, that Baltimore is a better place to live than Boston)?
Via Maureen Rogers, who admits: My first thought was: what were the criteria?
Clearly, availability of interesting places to shop; number of steep hills impossible to...Read more
Unlike at the Globe, the New York Times isn't telling unions at the Worcester Telegram they need to consider their imminent death, the Boston Business Journal reports. In fact, the Worcester paper seems to be doing pretty well when compared to its big-city cousins down the 'Pike, the Journal says.
Insemination fight ends in wife's arrest
Thursday, March 12
PITTSFIELD â€” A woman who allegedly intended to artificially inseminate her wife with her brother's semen has been charged with domestic assault and battery.
Left unmentioned in the article is how a woman happened to be carrying around a turkey baster filled with her brother's semen.