Hay Is for Herald

March 19, 2014

The feisty local tabloid is quite the frontrunner in today’s edition.


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Story inside:

Historic barns may stall bid

Possible hitch in Suffolk’s casino plan

Rows of decrepit, manure-strewn racehorse barns could pull the reins on Suffolk Downs’ casino dreams, after the Massachusetts Historic Commission threw up a roadblock on their proposed demolition in a landmark claim development experts say could be costly and time-consuming at best — and a ASTU8978.JPGproject-killer at worst.

Suffolk Downs wants to demolish 30 wood-frame horse stables and a pony barn on the Revere side of the track to make way for the casino. It plans to move the barns to the East Boston side of the track, where the art deco clubhouse, grandstand and racetrack are located, all of which were built in 1935 and are listed in a state inventory of historic landmarks.


Not so fast, pony boys.

Commission director Brona Simon sent  a letter to state environmental secretary Richard Sullivan saying her staff has “determined that the proposed demolition and new construction will have an ‘adverse effect’ … on the historic Suffolk Downs through the demolition of all or part of the property and the introduction of visual elements that are out of character with and will alter the setting of the property.”

Translation: We just opened the family-size can of worms.

Crosstown, meanwhile, the story failed to place or show in the Boston Globe.

No high horse for the Globeniks today, eh?



Suffolk Downs Casino: Dailies Play the Numbers Game

August 28, 2013

The Boston Herald and the Boston Globe do casino-half-full/casino-half-empty in today’s editions.

The Globe:


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The story itself gives a more detailed set of numbers.

A Suffolk Downs casino would pay Boston at least $32 million annually — and potentially far more — while guaranteeing at least 4,000 permanent jobs and providing East Boston an upfront payment of $33.4 million, under an agreement signed Tuesday with Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The deal includes provisions that would substantially increase the annual payment to the city if the casino is highly profitable. Under those provisions, the deal could be worth $52 million for Boston annually, based on projections from a city consultant that the resort would gross $1 billion per year in gambling revenue.


Crosstown, those eternally optimistic Heraldniks go for the big score:


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You need to go down to this graphic to get the more modest number.


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Then again, overstatement is pretty much the Herald’s business these days.

Pols on Parade for Columbus Day

October 8, 2012

Today both local dailies quite naturally featured stories about the usual political gladhanding – most notably by Senate rivals Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren – at East Boston’s annual Columbus Day Parade.

But one paper had better marching orders.

Boston Globe (boink! Sorry, paywall):

Brown, Warren keep on marching

Tight, heated race stops in E. Boston

The state’s hotly contested race for the US Senate came to East Boston on Sunday afternoon, as Republican incumbent Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, both marched in the city’s annual Columbus Day parade.

Separated only by the UMass Lowell marching band, the rivals greeted supporters along the route as their aides and volunteers tried to pump up the crowd by chanting slogans and passing out campaign paraphernalia.

Campaign signs for both candidates dotted the route, and Brown and Warren appeared to be greeted with comparable levels of enthusiastic cheers, polite applause, and quiet stares as the parade progressed.

The Globe also noted that “Warren . . . marched with a group of mostly young supporters, as well as Boston city councilors Salvatore LaMattina, Ayanna Pressley, and Felix Arroyo.”

The Herald coverage, on the other hand, took a slightly different route:

Brown: Jobless rate’s for real

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown scoffed yesterday at conspiracy theories circulated by his party and business tycoon Jack Welch that the Obama administration concocted last week’s encouraging unemployment numbers to distract from the president’s mauling by former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney in their first televised debate.

“No, no, no,” the senator said when asked by a reporter if he believes the jobless numbers were fake.

But Brown, who has been touting his bipartisan voting record on the campaign trail, stopped short of giving Obama any credit for steering the economy toward recovery.

“Listen, we had one month out of 40 something. Let’s see what happens next month. Everything’s flat. I know it, he (Obama) knows it, everyone knows it . . . ”

But there was nothing flat about the response the Herald got when it quizzed Warren on the same topic:

When Brown’s rival, Elizabeth Warren, who also marched, was asked whether she thought Democrats fudged the numbers, an angry Mayor Thomas M. Menino answered for her.

“That’s a typical explanation from Jack Welch. Where has he been the last three or four years? These are real numbers,” Menino railed. “Jack Welch, go back to New York! Stay there.”

Like we said, better marching orders.