If you haven't read this New Yorker article about the meteor that may have wiped out almost all life on Earth 66 million years ago, you should, because it's really interesting. The Boston Globe, of course, looked for a local angle - and found it, with a world map in today's print Ideas section (if it's online, let me know, I couldn't find it), with a dot on Boston and this caption:
If 99.9999% of all humans alive were wiped out, only the population of Boston would remain.
Scott Fybush reports several people were let go at WBZ Newsradio, including anchor Josh Binswanger as well as weekend hosts Dean Johnson and Marissa DeFranco - whom the station is so far replacing with Larry Glick reruns.
WBUR self-reports the departure of Charlie Kravetz as general manager. The station reports the decision was one of those mutual time-to-go-separate-ways things and that while his formal resignation becomes effective June 30, he is no longer involved in day-to-day operations - and he did not attend the staff meeting at which the news was announced. Twitter feed from the meeting.
Gideon Litchfield, editor in chief of MIT Technology Review, recounts how the other day, they got an angry message from some guy about how they'd used his photo to illustrate an article about research at Brandeis that tried to explain "the hipster effect" - how non-conformists often wind up looking the same. Read more.
We’re looking for a candidate who will provide watchdog coverage of the city police and its new commissioner; write human stories about law enforcement interaction with neighborhoods; and spot trends in policing and crime across Boston.
Former Boston Globe Chief Operating Officer Sean Keohan is suing the Globe and owner John Henry over the way he was terminated in 2017, saying he was denied a severance package he should have gotten. Read more.
WBZ Newsradio reports the death of longtime broadcaster Gary LaPierre, as well known for his winter school-closing rundowns as his news reporting and announcing. He had worked at the station for 44 years.
The New York Post reports the hedge fund that is now bleeding the Herald dry is looking to sell all its newspapers to Gannett (best known around here as the owner of USA Today). On a 1-10 scale, local media observer Dan Kennedy rates this deal as a 5.1 for the Herald, because it's not as if Gannett hasn't been squeezing its properties, either.