Alumni Group Says ‘Suffolk U!’ to Board Chair (II)

February 5, 2016

The weeks-long rumpus over Suffolk University president Margaret McKenna’s administration of the school came to a head – and a headline – today, as board chairman Andrew Meyer prepared to step aside while McKenna keeps her job.

Boston Herald’s Joe Battenfeld:

Sources say Suffolk University president Margaret McKenna to keep her job

In a stunning defeat for Boston’s power brokers, 
Suffolk University trustees are abandoning a plan to fire President Margaret 
McKenna while the board chairman steps aside in a truce to end a nasty week-long war that caused major damage to the Beacon Hill institution.

McKenna may have saved her job, but her troubles are far from over. The school still has major financial and enrollment problems and it’s not clear she has the savvy and leadership skills to lead it out of its mess.

 

That move, however, didn’t keep Alumni for the Integrity of Suffolk University from running this ad in today’s Boston Globe.

 

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Check that Twitter hashtag in the ad and you get this:

 

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Nice touch: The Suffolk ad lower right.

A press release listed these folks as the major players in the alumni group:

Jared Cain, class of 2008 & former Student Government President

Dennis Harkins, Class of 2015, Former Trustee Ambassador and Student Government Secretary

Geraldin Batista, Class of 2014, former Student Government Secretary & President of the Black Student Union

Megan Caron, Class of 2012, former Student Government President

 

And here’s their Letter to the Editor.

Pretty impressive alums, eh? Suffolk must be doing something right.

UPDATE: Splendid commenter Jeff sends along this postscript:

Geeze John, I’m surprised you omitted the juicy demand from the alumni group that all trustees with affiliations to Regan Communications Group step down and that – “for the sake of the institution’s integrity, that all business associations and trustee relationships with Regan Communications Group be investigated by a third party, in an effort to rectify any existent impropriety.” Talk about in your face!

 


Boston Dailies Split on Freedom-Seeking Killers

February 4, 2016

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

How odd is this?

Wednesday’s Boston dailies separately – or is that respectively? – featured two heinous murderers seeking redemption for the umpteenth time.

The Boston Globe front-paged one of them.

More pain as killer again bids for parole

NATICK — Every five years, in a hushed parole board hearing with the family he traumatized and tore apart, Richard turner020216METRO03parole17Seymour apologizes to his ex-wife and daughter, and to the memory of the teenage son he beat to death in a drug-fueled rage.

And each time, his family remains unmoved, refusing to forgive him for a brutal crime that has already kept him behind bars for three decades.

On Tuesday, Seymour’s family renewed the painful ritual of arguing against his release, telling the state’s parole board they are haunted by the thought of Seymour being set free. Their grief over Patrick Seymour’s death, they said, has never left them.

 

You can read the gruesome details, but the bottom line is this:

The decision of the board is not expected for several months. According to the most recent study by the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety, about one-quarter of parole requests are granted for inmates serving life sentences.

This year, Patrick Seymour would have turned 48.

 

And this year Jeffrey Curley would have turned 29. But Charles Jaynes and Salvatore Sicari brutally murdered him in 1997. And now Jaynes, like Seymour, is looking to wiggle free of his punishment.

From Wednesday’s Boston Herald:

Child killer Jaynes seeking new trial

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Charles Jaynes, the self-styled Wiccan serving life for the 1997 kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley of Cambridge, is 
imploring a panel of federal appellate justices to either grant him a new state trial or set him free, arguing the public was wrongfully barred from his first one — and that he was the victim of lousy lawyering.

A three-justice panel that includes retired U.S. 
Supreme Court Justice David Souter took Jaynes’ appeal under advisement yesterday as Jeffrey’s father Robert Curley endured yet another court hearing, 19 years after his son was kidnapped and killed by Jaynes and Salvatore Sicari, his body dumped in a river in Maine.

 

It’s heartbreaking what these families have to endure in the wake of their unimaginable tragedies.

It’s also the American justice system.

Your objections go here.


Boston Herald Is the Local Line King in Sports

January 31, 2016

Ever since the Boston Globe dumped the Tank McNamara comic strip from its Scoreboard page last year (a move the hardreading staff roundly denounced), the hately local broadsheet has been shrinking its agate-type offerings at an alarming rate.

Exhibit Umpteen: Saturday’s edition of the Globe, specifically the top of the Scoreboard page.

 

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Look at all those college basketball games. Then look at the anemic Latest line.

That’s just sad.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, meanwhile, there was this:

 

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And that’s just the half of it. Literally.

Today’s editions bring more of the same. Globe Sports:

 

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Herald Sports:

 

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Hey, Globeniks: Get your sports guys in line, eh?


Northern Avenue Bridge: Fix It or Nix It?

January 28, 2016

From our Late to the Bridge Party desk

The headscratching staff freely admits we’re confused: Is Boston’s venerable Northern Avenue Bridge slated for a $100 million fix or a $100 million replacement?

Or are they the same?

From yesterday’s Jordan Graham/Owen Boss piece in the Boston Herald:

Public shock unlikely to derail GE deal

Critics blast tax breaks

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Massive tax breaks that helped bring General Electric’s world headquarters to the Hub are being blasted by critics for creating too sweet a deal for the global conglomerate — but don’t expect a public movement like the one that derailed the Boston 2024 Olympic bid to sidetrack the relocation.

In exchange for agreeing to move its global headquarters to the booming Seaport District, GE will get $145 million in grants and tax breaks from the city and state. But under the agreement, Boston will also pay up to $100 million to fix the dilapidated Northern Avenue Bridge . . .

 

Then again, there’s Shirley Leung’s column in yesterday’s Boston Globe.

Out with the old, Lynch says

The Northern Avenue Bridge could soon fall down, and US Representative Stephen Lynch is ready to release $9.4 northern ave. bridge 1-175606million in federal funding to help design a new one.

The city will need to match a portion of the money, but Lynch has been waiting more than a decade for Boston to do something about the century-old span. Last week, officials said they plan to start removing the dilapidated bridge in March after the Coast Guard raised concerns that it might tumble into the Fort Point Channel.

 

But here’s the headscratching part:

The Walsh administration will begin a formal public process this spring to decide whether to rehab the bridge or build a new one. The city has to do something after committing up to $100 million to replace the link as part of its agreement to woo General Electric Co.’s world headquarters to Boston.

 

Except the Herald says the commitment is to fix the link, not replace it.

So, to recap:

The local dailies agree that the Northern Avenue Bridge is dilapidated.

But, as Leung might say, will the state fix it or nix it?

You tell us.


Boston Herald Endorses ‘Not Mean-Spirited’ Christie?

January 27, 2016

From our Whiskey Tango Foxtrot desk

Yesterday’s Boston Herald featured this endorsement in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary.

A former U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, [Chris] Christie knows something about being on the front lines of the ongoing war on terror. And he’s certainly not reluctant to talk about where this nation has gone astray on the Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 12.45.07 AMinternational front.

But as governor of a largely Democratic state he also knows well that you don’t get anything done on the homefront without cooperation.

He has been gutsy on the campaign trail — and yes it takes guts to talk about entitlement reform, which he has.

He has also established a solid reputation in New Jersey for education reform and expanding school choice, and for criminal justice reform, including tackling the growing problem of drug addiction by expanding the use of drug courts and treatment options.

And there is just something about that Jersey guy attitude — feisty but not mean-spirited, tough but not hateful — that has a shot at taking an angry electorate and helping it find a focus and a purpose.

 

Not mean-spirited? Not hateful? Tell that to the young woman Christie sandblasted in a New Hampshire town hall meeting Monday night when she asked why he hadn’t stayed in his home state a little longer to help the recovery effort from last weekend’s monster snowstorm.

 

 

Not to get technical about it, but it wasn’t “just one county”  in Jersey that got walloped by the storm. So Christie is not only mean-spirited, he’s a liar. Even worse, Christie went on for another five minutes berating the young woman.

Memo to the feisty (but not mean-spirited?) local tabloid:

Chris Christie is just a big fat bully.


Did Howie Carr Get a Head Transplant?

January 26, 2016

Boston Herald huckster Howie Carr can often be seen in the pluggy local tabloid hawking one thing and another other than his column.

Representative sample:

 

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But check out Donald Trump’s #1 coat holder (latest mash note here) in this ad today.

 

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Is it just us, or does that not even look like the same person?

Just wondering.


Boston Globe Readers Won’t Deliver Boston Globe

January 26, 2016

But Boston Herald readers might.

At least that’s the assumption of Publishers Circulation Fulfillment, the Globe’s once and current distributor. For the past few days, PCF has run this ad in the drivey local tabloid.

 

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The details:

 

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But, as the hardreading staff has noted, “Before anyone jumps at this excellent opportunity . . . he might do well to check out Aviva Chomsky’s In These Times piece about the whole Globe delivery meltdown and the havoc new distributor ACI Media has wreaked on local drivers. In addition to all the ACI mishegoss, there’s this collateral damage: ‘[T]hose who were kept on by PCF are also faced with longer routes to deliver the same number of papers, because of the Globe’s decision.'”

Meanwhile, Globe readers still see this on the lately local broadsheet’s website.

 

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Apparently, PCF = Pretty Compromised Fulfillment.

Ouch.


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