From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk
Not surprisingly, both Boston dailies today covered the local reaction to the Ferguson grand jury (non)decision.
Boston Globe Page One:
For the trifocal set:
Just for the record, the early edition that arrived at the Global Worldwide Headquarters featured a harder-edged take.
Raucous crowds take to the streets in Boston
In the pews and on the streets Tuesday night, full-throated cries of frustration and grief echoed from Roxbury throughout Boston and beyond over a grand jury’s decision to not charge a Missouri police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
An estimated 1,400 protestors marched from Dudley Square to the South Bay House of Correction facility, then shout down the Massachusetts Avenue Connector near Interstate 93 before being blocked by a police line. Protestors pushed in unison against police, some of whom were clad in helmets and protective gear.
The web version of the story is even softer than the late edition pictured above, especially the photo/caption.
But all the versions have much the same information on the presence of high-ranking local politicians.
At the forum, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Governor-elect Charlie Baker delivered brief addresses before ceding the microphone to others in the crowd . . .
As dozens watched on a video feed downstairs, Walsh and Baker said they came to the meeting to listen, learn, and comfort those still raging.
“One thing missing from Ferguson is the opportunity for people to grieve,’’ Walsh said. “I want to ensure the people of Boston feel safe and secure, and that we are respectful in addressing our feelings.”
And etc. (Baker wound up getting more play in the print edition than on the web.)
Notice anyone who’s missing? So did the Boston Herald.
Inside, Joe Battenfeld drops the hammer on the Bay State’s absentee governor.
Another of many missed chances for Deval
They all showed up, from
incoming Gov. Charlie
Baker to Mayor Marty Walsh to an expelled state rep, but the one pol who probably had the most to say to a packed crowd at the Twelfth Baptist Church was strangely absent.
Deval Patrick got elected because of his ability to connect and communicate with voters. But when the nation’s only black governor had a chance to talk directly to frustrated and angry Boston residents in the aftermath of the St. Louis County grand jury decision, he skipped out of town.
The lame-duck governor was on a plane to Atlanta for an early Thanksgiving with the in-laws last night while a packed crowd vented at community meeting and protesters closed down streets last night over the non-indictment of a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Final tally: The feisty local tabloid tougher on protestors and Patrick. So what else is news?