Ernie’s Bochanalia for Trump Drives Carr

August 19, 2015

The hardreading staff normally likes to ignore Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr(toon), but every now and again we just can’t help ourselves.

Herald Track Gal Gayle Fee has this update today on that fundraiser the autoheirotic Ernie Boch Jr. is throwing at his $30 million Norwood manse for Donald Trump.

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Car czar Ernie Boch Jr. said the guest list for his Aug. 28 private fundraiser for Donald Trump now tops 700 and his office has fielded hundreds of calls from fans of the White House wannabe who want in.

“People are calling me who I haven’t talked to in 30 years!” Boch told the Track. “This thing is more popular than I ever imagined — and it’s pretty bipartisan. This is not a Republican gathering by any stretch of the imagination.”

Boch said he’s even heard from a handful of Democratic officials who want to come to the event but who can’t, for obvious reasons, write a check to the GOP presidential hopeful.

“That’s why were doing cash or check at the door,” he said.

 

Ha!

For your money you’ll get “cocktails, live music by rock cover band Fortune, a live broadcast by Herald columnist/radio yakker Howie Carr and food by chef Tony Ambrose.”

Carr’s presence in helping raise money for the bloated billionaire makes perfect sense since he’s a total Trump groupie, with today’s column Exhibit Umpteen.  Of course, Carr long ago surrendered his press credentials in favor of GOP fundraising, as the redoubtable Dan Kennedy has noted several times.

File under: Keep on spinnin’.

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Globe Eulogizes Karina Moreira Later/Better Than Herald

October 5, 2014

Sometimes, the knockoff is superior to the original. At least that seems to be the case in memorializing local fashion blogger Karina Moreira, who died last week at the tragically young age of 16.

From Friday’s Boston Herald Inside Track:

 

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Getting there first: Nice.

From Saturday’s Boston Globe:

Fashion blogger Karina Moreira, 16, dies after battle with cancer

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Karina Moreira, 16, whose blog “chic by karina” caught the attention of supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Taylor Swift, and thousands of followers on social media, died Thursday evening, according to her mother Daniela Xavier.

“I am so proud of [Karina],” she said. “With everything that she went through, she still had hope and faith in God. She never gave up or complained.”

 

Getting Karina’s family: Nicer.

Now say thanks to the Herald, Globeniks.


Hub Dailies Bid #2 Adieu

September 28, 2014

It’s Sendoff Sunday for Yankee great Derek Jeter as he says so long to baseball and the Fenway Faithful. So it’s not surprising that the local dailies have some parting gifts for the splendid shortstop who, as far as we know, never got a nickname.

From the Boston Globe, it’s a bouquet of stats – Jeter’s career relative to the Red Sox. (On the web here, but graphics not really working.)

 

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Close-up of Jeter’s numbers:

 

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Nice, but a little cold and calculating.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, the sendoff is much warmer.

 

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And the feisty local tabloid goes into extra innings, as Track Gal Gayle Fee tracks Jeter’s dating average.

 

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Tip o’ the cap to the Herald on this one.


The NABJ Is Coming! The NABJ Is Coming!

July 24, 2014

Once again, ad-vantage, Boston Globe. From today’s Sports section comes this ad for the 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair of the National Association of Black Journalists (in two parts for legibility).

 

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Looks great. Except . . . George Washington? Really? Or is it just me?

Anyway, crosstown rival Boston Herald once again got adnored. On the other hand, the feisty local tabloid does have a monopoly on the slapfight between Casey (“A Rose for Mary”) Sherman and Brighton private detective John DiNatale over the Boston Strangler case. (Nutshell: Sherman got it wrong about who killed his aunt; DiNatale got his father Phil’s files from the investigation; Track Gal Gayle Fee’s got it all here.)

That’s all for today.


Boston Herald No Longer a Lively Index to the Globe

May 7, 2014

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

For years the hardreading staff has described the feisty local tabloid as a sort of sprightly daily summary of the Boston Globe.

No more.

The  crosstown rivals are absolutely living in parallel universes at this point.

Exhibit Umpteen: There are three big local stories on the front page of today’s Globe – the region’s big hit from climate change; GOP gubernatorial wannabe Mark Fisher’s alleged shakedown of state party officials in return for his dropping out of the race; and Boston College’s returning its Belfast Project tapes to the interviewees to avoid more mishegoss like last week’s Gerry Adams rumpus.

 

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Exactly none of those three stories appears in the Herald.

Then again, there is this kickoff to the Herald’s two-part series on Bay State legislative shenanigans, which gets just about all of Page One:

 

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And let’s not forget this exclusive from Track Gal Gayle Fee:

 

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Those Namesniks at the stately local broadsheet need to get crackin’, yeah?

 


Merry Christmas Carroll!

December 25, 2013

From our One Town, Two Places desk

The local dailies published their traditional year-end poems yesterday, and they couldn’t be more different.

First up, the Boston Globe’s annual holidays card to readers, in verse compliments of Joseph P. Kahn.

Greetings of the season, all.

In setting up this conference call

To wish you cheer these holidays

We pray beseech the N.S.A.24poem

To please refrain from scooping data.

(OK, we’ll talk. But maybe later?)

For feeling in the yuletide mood

Our disposition’s not improved

With thoughts of clandestine surveillance

By Santa-suited federal agents.

We’d much prefer the privacy

Of carols trilled around the tree,

Children’s laughter in the air,

Stockings hung with affordable care,

Missives filled with peace and love

And swift access to HealthCare.gov.

 

And Kahn is off to the races.

Crosstown, the Boston Herald delivers its annual words of good cheer compliments of Track Gal Gayle Fee.

‘Twas the night before Christmas

And on the Fast Track,

Not a creature was stirring

They were all in the sack.

The Track Shack was cluttered

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We’d taken them off.

It was time for a snooze.

The Tracklets were nestled

All snug in their beds,

While visions of iPads

Danced in their heads.

The Track was curled up

In our jammies so snug.

After a whole year of gossip,

We were resting our tongues!

 

Until they weren’t.

What’s interesting is how little intersection there is in the two ditties.

The feisty local tabloid devotes six stanzas to Boston sports; the stately local broadsheet, just this:

First, pour a whiskey, single-barrel,

For all the hirsute Sons of Farrell:

Pedey, Papi, Daniel Nava,

Closer Koji Uehara.

Salud to bullpen cop Steve Horgan,

Donna Tartt, and Freeman, Morgan.

 

Name-dropping in the Herald: Kim Kardashian, the Wahlbergs, Ben Affleck, Whitey Bulger.

Name-dropping in the Globe:

Among pals we’ve wrapped presents for

Are Chiwetel Ejiofor,

Ivan Klima, Omar Sy,

And brave Malala Yousafzai.

Wassail to you, Jennifer F. Boylan,

Mark Pollock, Ben Cherington,

Mireille Enos, Janet Yellen

And ageless Sir Ian McKellen.

 

Finally, references to crosstown rivals.

Herald:

He filled all the stockings,

Winked and pulled on a lobe.

“All the good stuff’s for the Herald.

Coal for John Henry’s Globe!”

 

Globe:

What crosstown rival?

And then there’s this from the hardreading staff:

Merry Christmas!

(Bill O’Reilly, eat your heart out.)

P.S. Family lore has it that my old man wanted to name his first-born Mary Christmas Carroll. Cooler heads (read: Jackie’s Agnes) prevailed.


Battle of the Bulger: Globe Sketchy, Herald E-pistol-ary

July 1, 2013

Monday coverage of the James “Whitey” Bulger trial is always challenging for the local dailies, there being no weekend court sessions. So enterprise stories are the order of the day for both papers.

Start with the Boston Globe, which features Page One portraits of the three sketch artists chronicling the trial.

 

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The three freelancers –  Jane Flavell Collins of Duxbury,  Margaret Small of Cambridge, and Christine Cornell , a New Jersey artist drawing the Bulger trial for CNN –  all use binoculars to get up close to their subjects for their pastel sketches. And all three have good stories to tell.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, it’s a different side of Bulger that’s on display.

 

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Track Gal Gayle Fee has the inside story on two letters purportedly written by Bulger to a South Boston man last year.

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Alleged letters up for sale by dealer

In letters purportedly written by accused crime lord James “Whitey” Bulger to a man in South Boston, Bulger gave fatherly advice, waxed nostalgic about his days in Alcatraz and insisted that he offered to plead guilty to all charges — including 19 murders — if the feds would only free his ladylove Catherine Greig.

“I offered since day one to plead guilty to all crimes I’m accused of if they free Catherine but answer is ‘No.’ They want their ‘Big Circus Trial,’” Bulger wrote in a pair of letters that are currently being offered for sale by Saugus memorabilia dealer Phil Castinetti.

 

Our favorite part: Bulger pining away for the good old days in Alcatraz:

“The healthy salt air,” he wrote, “open front 9 by 5 foot barred cells and eating in a mess hall — yard with weights to work out with and lots of good convicts. None of that here [in the Plymouth jail].”

 

Yeah – just can’t find good convicts around here anymore.