As the hardreading staff noted three weeks ago, both Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh rejected in no uncertain terms a WBZ-TV report that Evans was decamping for a job at Boston College.
Police Commissioner William Evans to retire; William Gross named successor
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, an avid runner who ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon and then played a key role in pursuing the bombers who attacked the race, will retire, clearing the way for his second-in-command to become the city’s first African-American commissioner.
Evans is stepping down to take over the public safety department at Boston College. He starts there on Aug. 6. His superintendent-in-chief, William G. Gross, will succeed Evans, becoming the first person of color ever to lead the department, which has 2,200 sworn officers.
What is a surprise is that the Globe piece by John R. Ellement and Milton J. Valencia makes no reference to Evans’s earlier duplicity. Crosstown at the Herald, Jules Crittenden’s piece gives it an oblique nod but no link.
Evans’ retirement and move to BC, rumored for weeks, was announced today at 10:30 a.m. at a press conference in the Eagle Room at City Hall, where Gross’ appointment as Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s permanent choice for the post was announced.
We get it that no one wants to be the skunk at the garden party. But c’mon, guys – isn’t that sort of your job?
Who knew? It turns out the Olde Towne Team has an Official Red Wine, as readers of today’s Boston Globe discovered in this full-page ad.
Chateau Auguste certainly seems to be a hit with oenophiles: A quick check of the Googletron reveals that the 2017 Rosé featured in the ad rates from 3.4 to 4.5 stars; the 2015 Bordeaux in the background gets 4 stars. We’ll see how it plays at Fenway, though.
Two other things:
1) The ad got us to wondering who else might be an official sponsor of the Sox. We know – from all those delivery trucks – that W.B. Mason is the Official Office Products Supplier of the Boston Red Sox (and also sponsors the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, and the Tampa Bay Rays, along with the NHL’s Boston Bruins).
But we had no idea that Cincinnati-based Cintas is the Official Restroom Sponsor of Fenway Park. That’s good to know. (There’s a bunch of others here.)
2) The Chateau Auguste ad did not run in the Boston Herald. That makes it the thirsty local tabloid times two.
The Superior Court judge who approved a request to shield the name of the man suing former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg and his husband, Bryon Hefner, abruptly stepped down from the civil case Friday, shortly after the two filed paperwork opposing it.
Judge Debra A. Squires-Lee did not say why she recused herself from the case against Hefner and Rosenberg, which alleges that Hefner sexually assaulted a then-State House aide and that Rosenberg “knew or was aware” that Hefner posed a risk to others.
The aide, identified as John Doe in court filings, said Hefner sexually assaulted him at least three times in 2015 and 2016.
Make Joe Sciacca go nuts (bad division) tenth graf:
The Boston Herald first reported Rosenberg and Hefner’s filings.
The top flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has filed a gender pay discrimination suit against the ensemble, claiming that her compensation is only about 75 percent that of her closest comparable colleague, the orchestra’s principal oboist, who is a man.
The suit, which was filed on Monday by Elizabeth Rowe, the orchestra’s principal flutist and one of its most prominent musicians, appears to be the first under a new law in Massachusetts that requires equal pay for “comparable work.” The law was passed in 2016, but it did not go into effect until Sunday, after employers had two years to rectify disparities.
Make Joe Sciacca go nuts (good division) fifth graf:
[A]ccording to Ms. Rowe’s lawsuit, which seeks $200,000 in unpaid wages, pay disparities can be significant. Ms. Rowe, 44, is paid about $70,000 less each year than John Ferrillo, 62, the principal oboist, based on data in the lawsuit and tax records. That is despite the fact that they play next to each other and are both “leaders of the orchestra in similarly demanding artistic roles,” according to the lawsuit, which was first reported by The Boston Herald.
That, my friends, is music to the hungry local tabloid’s ears.
Crosstown at the Boston Globe, the $tately local broadsheet has allowed a marketer to get to second base with Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein. As we previously noted, ever since April the column has been leased out to – sorry, presented by – the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Today, the relationship got even chummier.
Quick refresher course: Arts and crafts chain Hoppy Lobby, which is owned by the Oklahoma City-based Green family, was one of two companies that wound up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court four years ago when it refused on religious grounds to cover contraceptive services for its employees.
As ABC News reported at the time on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, “the Supreme Court said . . . that two for profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act,” since the act’s mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
(Unsurprising sidebar: It was, of course, Justice Anthony Kennedy who provided the swing vote in the 5-4 decision.)
Now, presumably swollen with newborns, Hobby Lobby has resumed its Bible thumping with this full-page ad in today’s Boston Herald.
The ad is a mishmash of God-and-Country quotes from Presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, etc. Representative sample:
The apparent objective, beyond bridging the Church-State divide, is to tout the company’s Ministry Projects, which donate to “several charities and organizations that the Green family has selected based on each charity’s specific needs and mission.”
Interestingly, the ad did not run in today’s Boston Globe.