Wednesday’s Boston Globe:
Wednesday’s Boston Herald:
(Official Two-Daily Town tally to come.)
From our Late to the Guilty Party desk
Wednesday’s Boston Herald featured this Slam the Big Door front page:
The piece itself:
‘I did as I was told’
Stone-cold killer Daniel Tavares tells the Herald in a chilling letter from prison he “will plea to the charge of murder” in the 1988 stabbing death of a 32-year-old Fall River mother, but he’s showing no remorse — and cruelly refusing to apologize to her three daughters.
In the letter to a Herald reporter from a Washington state prison cell, Tavares claims Gayle Botelho was killed because she and another man “decided to steal from the wrong people.”
“I remember every single thing about that day. … Stuff like that gets burned into your memory,” Tavares wrote.
And gets printed on Page One of the Herald.
(Check out multiple instances of “I Did As I Was Told” in the Googletron.)
Meanwhile, crosstown at the Boston Globe, the stately local broadsheet has nothing new on Daniel Tavares.
Herald 1 (killer), Globe 0.
When we last chronicled the Marathon-bombings-related advertising in the local dailies, the Boston Globe was the clear favorite, two ads to none over the Boston Herald.
Notable because it seemed a serious snubbing of the feisty local tabloid by the tony local retail set.
Today, however, the Herald stands tall in the ad department, a page-and-a-half strong:
And, interestingly, there’s this feature in today’s Herald as well:
Coincidence? We think not.
From our Two Different Worlds desk
Another 7-10 split in the local dailies today, this time over the relationship between UMass/Dartmouth and suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Start with Rachelle Cohen’s op-ed in the Boston Herald:
Secrecy on detained students is suspect
UMass/Dartmouth officials continue to stonewall on the issue of releasing information on the records of four students now in custody in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing.
The taxpayers, whose hard-earned dollars keep the place in business, should be outraged.
“We are prohibited from releasing such records by [the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act],” insisted school spokesman John Hoey. “Our interpretation of the law indicates that that information is confidential.”
Note that little “our interpretation” caveat.
Not buying it, eh, Shelly?
After pointing out the academic deficiencies of Tsarnaev and his “buddies, Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov, both Kazakhstan nationals, and Cambridge resident Robel Phillipos” (not to mention the “cash cow” status of the two full-freight-paying Kazakhs), Cohen concludes thusly:
There is a level of moral bankruptcy at play here — not just on the part of these “students” — and we do use the word loosely. Yes, these three, had they spoken up instead of covering up, might have saved the life of MIT police officer Sean Collier and saved the community 24 hours of trauma.
But there is also a kind of moral bankruptcy on the part of university officials who are now complicit in withholding records that might reflect as badly on the administration of this school as they do on the former students now in federal custody.
Crosstown at the Boston Globe, almost predictably there’s a more empathetic take on the UMass/Dartmouth administration. From Adrian Walker’s column:
UMass Dartmouth a shaken campus
DARTMOUTH — Gazing out at the college quad, the new chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth wonders whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had watched his classmates as they gathered to mourn the three people he allegedly had helped murder the day before. A hastily organized vigil was attended by 300 faculty and students on April 16, after Tsarnaev had returned to campus.
“Of all the things that shock me, one of the things that really blows my mind is that he came back here,” Chancellor Divina Grossman said Friday. “He came back to our dorm. He came back to use the gym. He was among us. That is incomprehensible to me.”
Grossman, who is completing her first year at the helm of the school, suddenly finds herself presiding over an institution in crisis.
In the course of an stunningly uncritical piece, Walker does note this: “The arrests have prompted self-examination at the school, Grossman said. The students’ poor grades have raised questions about how they managed to stay in school at all. One of them, Dias Kadyrbayev, had flunked out.”
And then come the ten most feared words in the English language:
“It’s clear to me that we need a task force,” she said. “We need to review all our policies and procedures. We have to look at everything we did. We owe it to the Commonwealth, we owe it to the people who died, and we owe it to the faculty and students here.”
Just one question: Could Shelly Cohen be on the task force?
The post-Boston Marathon bombings ads continue to gravitate toward our stately local broadsheet.
For starters, the Boston Sunday Globe featured this half-page ad:
Topping that was this full-page ad in the same edition:
Funny, but neither ad ran in Sunday’s Boston Herald.
The feisty local tabloid might want to look here for the reason.
Today’s local dailies have – wait for it – very different takes on the disposition of suspected Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body.
Start – where else? – with the Boston Herald’s front page:
Inside you get a twofer: this Peter Gelzinis column and, more notably, this news report:
‘This is a nightmare’
A Worcester funeral home director is pleading for government officials to use their influence to convince a cemetery to bury Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but so far no state or federal authorities have stepped forward to help out.
“We have a body for burial that has caused a lot of controversy and we can’t continue to play this game,” said Peter Stefan, owner of the Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors. “Under normal circumstances, the government would say it’s (the funeral parlor’s) responsibility to find a place for burial, but this is not normal circumstances. This is a nightmare.”
Okay. But crosstown at the Boston Globe, we get a very different Peter Stefan, in this case well into a piece headlined “Bombing suspects body to undergo 2nd autopsy.”
Peter Stefan, owner of Graham Putnum & Mahoney Funeral Parlors, vowed to secure a plot quickly.
“This ends Monday,” Stefan said. “We will find a cemetery by the end of the day Monday.”
Stefan said he was determined to give Tsarnaev a proper Muslim burial in a cemetery with what he referred to as a designated Muslim section . . .
“If they had asked me to bury Adolf Hitler, I would have buried him,” Stefan said. “It’s what we do.”
Wow. Just imagine what the Herald could have done if Stefan had given that quote to the feisty local tabloid.
Then again, the story’s young. Let’s wait for it.
Have some asbestos gloves handy if you’re reading the Boston Herald today. Here’s the lede of the lead editorial:
The whole narrative confirms that while the radical motivations of the Tsarnaev brothers — and perhaps, it remains to be seen, some of their training — came from international jihadist movements, the bombing was also the product of family dysfunction, youthful nihilism, and a pattern of low-level crimes escalating into a very major one.” —Boston Globe editorial May 3.
Dear Officer Krupke — of “West Side Story” fame — please call your office. Clearly these boys just have a social disease, so take ’em to a social worker.
It takes a lot for our competitors on Morrissey Boulevard to really get under our skin, but this one just sent us over the edge.
What gets the feisty local tabloid is “the [Globe's] skepticism about whether the Brothers Tsarnaev were trained by international jihadists” coupled with “[the Globe's] utter certainty that these two were the product of a dysfunctional family and ‘youthful nihilism.’”
If youthful nihilism is “all it takes to place a backpack with a bomb at the feet of an 8-year-old child and calmly walk away,” the editorial says, “then this nation is in one heap of trouble.”
(Sidebar: The Herald is pursuing the international jihadist angle in its news pages as well, as this piece from today’s paper shows.)
As usual, the comments on the Herald website range from rabid to ribald, but this one is reprintable:
Probably be good for business. Theirs and ours.