Local Gal Hits Double Dailies

September 17, 2014

It’s Norma Parziale Day in the Boston dailies, as the Everett resident makes the front page of both.

Big shoutout in the Boston Herald:

 

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Ditto in the Boston Globe:

 

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We plugged Ms. Parziale into the Googletron to see how far her fame extended, and we got her Facebook page. Just in case you want to send congrats.


Why We Won’t Be Reading Alan Dershowitz’s ‘Security vs. Civil Liberties’ Boston Globe Series

September 15, 2014

The undoubtable Alan Dershowitz has penned a five-part polemic for the Boston Globe, promoted this way on Page One of yesterday’s edition:

 

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And here’s the first installment in the series, published in yesterday’s Ideas section.

War of principles

How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory?

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WHEN DEMOCRACIES seek to protect their citizens against new threats posed by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, and Boko Haram, the old rules — designed for conventional warfare among nations — sometimes become anachronistic. New balances must be struck between preserving people’s civil liberties and protecting them against terrorist violence. As Aharon Barak, the former president of the Supreme Court of Israel — a nation that has confronted this issue over many decades — once put it: “Although a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand.”

Barak was right on two scores: The commitment to the rule of law constrains democracies in fighting terrorists who have no concern for international law; yet although we must fight terrorism with one hand behind our back, that does not mean that we cannot use the other hand forcefully, effectively, and legally.

 

So why skip the five-part series?

Start with this gonna-drive-us-nuts graf:

None of these issues is amenable to simple answers. They require nuance and calibration — qualities often lost in the emotional debates engendered by the controversial practices employed against terrorists.

 

Nuance and calibration?

Sounds a lot like “roll your own.”

That’s a one-part series as far as we’re concerned.


Idiotic Headline o’ the Day (Globe Sports Edition)

September 13, 2014

Extra! Extra!! Pennant Fever Ungrips Hub!!!

From today’s Boston Globe Sports section:

 

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Really? The Red Sox have been feeling the heat of the postseason scramble? But now they don’t?

As the redoubtable Bob Ryan would say:

Puh-leeze.


Ads ‘n’ Ends from the Boston Dailies (James Foley Edition)

September 12, 2014

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

A couple of noteworthy ads in today’s local dailies that are, once again, worlds apart.

Boston Globe, page A7:

 

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(The James W. Foley Legacy Fund website is here. News coverage here.)

That ad did not – wait for it – run in today’s Boston Herald. But this one did.

 

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(Note the fine print: “Cruise Travel Outlet is not associated with or represent Market Basket in any way.” No surprise there, outside maybe of the tortured grammar.)

That ad – no surprise either – did not run in today’s Globe. But this front-page piece did.

 

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One more thing Arthur T. Demoulas is likely grateful for: He doesn’t have to go on that gruesome-looking cruise.


The Ad You’ll Never See in the Boston Herald

September 11, 2014

Everyone can agree that the senseless murder of Dawnn Jaffier, a young woman whose bright future was shot dead last month as she walked down a Dorchester street, should never be repeated.

The problem is, it will be – as so many others have – unless some significant change comes to Boston’s neighborhoods.

That’s the message of this ad that the Lewis Family Foundation ran in yesterday’s Boston Globe.

 

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Damn-the-gun-nuts grafs:

 

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And the Lewis Family Foundation’s prescription for change:

 

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According to Idealist.org, “[in] Boston’s Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan neighborhoods the Foundation has pledged, donated or leveraged more than $27M in support of college access and success, safety, jobs, mentoring, food, health and housing programs.”

Not surprisingly, the ad did not run in the Boston Herald. And likely never will.

That’s a shame.


Free the Bianca Wilfork 1!

September 7, 2014

Nice piece on Page One of Boston Globe Sports today about Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork and his comeback from a torn Achilles’ tendon.

 

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The report by Shalise Manza Young focuses on all the help Wilfork’s wife Bianca gave him in his rehab efforts. But . . . it doesn’t have one picture of her, even though she’s the central figure in the story.

 

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Really?

C’mon, you guy in the Globe toy department. Play fair.

P.S. The piece alongside the Wilfork story is about women becoming bigger players in fantasy football leagues. Go figure.


Tabloid Trumpets Terror Techie

September 5, 2014

Today’s Boston Herald goes to town on local boy gone bad Ahmad Abousamra, the Stoughton man wanted for terrorism and suspected of being a social-media guru for ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State – whatever name they’re going by these days.

 

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Inside, the Terror Techie gets the Full Osama.

 

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Get it – Post-er? Yeah, us too.

The news report itself is straight out of Tabloid 101 (with four – count ‘em, four – bylines):

A 32-year-old computer whiz who was raised in Stoughton is suspected of using the high-tech skills he honed at Hub colleges to spread the bloodthirsty message of ISIS terrorists on social media, according to a Herald source and news reports.

Ahmad Abousamra — who was educated at Northeastern University and UMass Boston — had already been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list last year with a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture and return.

The FBI said Abousamra “has shown that he wants to kill United States soldiers.”

He is now believed to be a social media warrior for the heartless terrorists behind the recent beheadings of two Americans.

 

Wow.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, Abousamra gets more measured treatment:

Mass. terrorist suspect may be aiding militants

The spotlight that has been cast on the Islamic State terror group in Syria has also put a new focus on a Massachusetts man wanted for terrorism, who is believed to 2012-10-03T204235Z_01_TOR605_RTRMDNP_3_USA-SECURITY-ABOUSAMRAbe living in that country and possibly supporting ISIS.

Ahmad Abousamra, who grew up in Stoughton and attended schools in the Boston area, faces terrorism charges in federal court in Boston, and the FBI in December put him on its Most Wanted Terrorists list. A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his capture, and officials believe he has been living in Aleppo, Syria.

 

The Globe story did contain one fact the Herald missed: “Lowell Police Sergeant Thomas Daly – a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force . . . said Abousamra has a ‘high-pitched voice that would distinguish him from others.’'”

Presumably not, however, as high-pitched as the freaky local tabloid’s.


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