Hark! The Herald! (Miss Da Mayah Edition)

November 13, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

What will the Boston Herald do when Tom Menino vacates the corner office at City Hall?

Probably a  lot more of this:


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Inside, Menino sort of answers the question.

Menino: Ties to B.R.A. no problem with BU post

Mayor Thomas M. Men­ino brushed off conflict-of-interest concerns about his new Boston University gig as a “typical Herald question,” even as the school — which has 
enjoyed a building boom during his administration — is seeking approval from the Menino-appointed BRA to develop its Commonwealth Avenue campus and South End medical facilities.STNY8490.JPG

State ethics laws say 
elected officials should avoid even the appearance of a conflict. Menino, who faced similar scrutiny while considering a job at Harvard University, cut a Herald 
reporter off halfway through the BRA question.

“It’s that typical Herald question. I feel sorry for you guys. I really do,” Menino said, adding that his legal team gave him the green light to take the job. “I’ve been 
extremely cautious about that issue. I’ve been overly cautious. It’s good to have the hindsight to deal with this 
before it becomes a problem.”


That’s, well, problematic for the feisty local tabloid, which provides this helpful graphic of some past and future BU developments. (Full disclosure: The hardreading staff moonlights as a mass comm prof at BU.)


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And then there’s this handy punch list of current projects:

• A 15-story, 250,000-
square-foot academic building at Commonwealth 
Avenue and Granby Street, approved as part of the school’s 10-year master plan;

• A 100,000-square-foot addition to the law school building, approved in the same 2012 master plan;

• A 150,000-square-foot life-sciences and engineering building, up for approval at the BRA’s meeting tomorrow, and

• A 27,800-square-foot addition to the Moakley Cancer Center at Boston Medical Center, also up 
for approval tomorrow.


So no conflict of interest there? You can almost hear Menino thinking, How does that conflict with my interests?

The Urban (Studies) Mechanic even takes a swipe at predecessor Kevin White, who upon leaving office, the Herald writes, “accepted a BU teaching job some saw as a quid pro quo for brokering a deal to help the school build a multimillion-dollar science center.”

“It’s a different situation than Kevin White. Different era, different president, different times,” Menino said. “We’re very cautious on these issues. It’s a real program that I’m doing.”


Ouch. When does the statue of Menino kicking the Kevin White statue in the shins go up in front of Faneuil Hall?


Hark! The Herald! (John Paul II Edition)

July 6, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

You know that visit to Boston Pope John Paul II made in 1979? Turns out it was all the Boston Herald’s doing.

Page 6  of today’s feisty local tabloid:


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So forever-orange-tinted George Regan says it was, well, George Regan who got it done back in ’79.

And orange we glad he did.