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Free day at MFA for MLK

Posted by Joseph Dussault January 20, 2014 10:39 AM

Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts is free today in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The MFA will host speakers, tours, interactive art activities, and musical performances that pay tribute to King and his message.

The event will feature a series of speeches delivered at Amalia Pica's Now, Speak!, an outdoor concrete lectern designed to encourage live performance. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is set to speak, as well as Cambridge-native comedian Jimmy Tingle. Walsh is scheduled to deliver his remarks at noon.

You can find a full schedule of events here. The event was underwritten by the Citizen's Bank Foundation. Today is also the last day the museum will host John Singer Sargent's watercolor exhibition.

Marty Walsh: 10 things you need to know right now

Posted by Dana Hatic November 12, 2013 12:47 PM

Boston has a new mayor for the first time in 20 years. Get to know the new face of City Hall with these 10 things about mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh.

1. He's lived in Dorchester for 46 years.
2. He is a New England Patriots season ticket holder.
3. Walsh has been with his longtime partner, Lorrie Higgins, for eight years.
4. McKenna's Cafe in Savin Hill is essentially his kitchen.
5. He is Boston's first mayor from Dorchester since John B. Hynes, who left office in 1959.
6. Walsh's mother Mary still lives in the apartment on Taft Street where he grew up.
7. Walsh's parents came to Boston from Ireland in the 1950s, and his office and home are filled with many mementos and souvenirs from his family in Ireland.
8. In 1974, he was afflicted with a type of cancer called Burkitt's lymphoma, which he overcame after years of treatment.
9. Walsh struggled with alcoholism, but says he has been sober since April 23, 1995.
10. He credits his high school job in an office-supply store with his love of stationery stores.

The Globe's Jim O'Sullivan chats about politics at noon on Friday

Posted by David Stewart October 24, 2013 02:09 PM

Globe political reporter Jim O'Sullivan will take readers' questions at noon on Friday, Oct. 25, on the Boston mayoral race, the Boston city council races, the special election to fill the 5th District congressional seat, and other political issues in the news. Join the conversation on Friday at noon.


Danvers teacher remembered on Twitter

Posted by Dana Hatic October 23, 2013 10:02 AM

Soon after the announcement that Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer had been found killed, people expressed their feelings and shared memories on Twitter.

Ritzer was active on Twitter and communicated with students.

Footage of Navy Yard shooter released

Posted by Dana Hatic September 25, 2013 01:49 PM

The FBI released security footage today of alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis as he navigated the facility carrying a weapon and ducking behind walls.

Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy reservist and IT contractor, allegedly opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, killing 12 people. He was killed in a shootout with police.

See photos from the video surveillance.

The Navy released documents detailing the history of Alexis' military career. He received an Honorable discharge, and was issued a Navy Reserve Identification and Privilege card in February 2011.

Alexis reportedly stayed in Thai Buddhist temple in Raynham in mid-August. He also visited a Veterans Affairs hospital in Providence, R.I. and complained of insomnia.

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Miley Cyrus twerking at VMAs prompted 160 FCC complaints

Posted by Zeninjor Enwemeka September 14, 2013 04:15 PM

Though the Federal Communications Commission has no oversight over cable television, that didn't stop almost 160 people to formally file a complaint against the gyrating musician after her performance on MTV last month.

A local viewer from Tewksbury stated that "Her gyrating and bending over in front of the singer's crotch with her tongue sticking out is obscene and her manipulation of a foam finger was also unacceptable."

“How is it possible that you threw a conniption fit over Janet Jackson’s accidental nipple slip and yet I was subjugated to four minutes of Miley Cyrus last night?” asked a viewer referring to a Super Bowl performance.

Check out MuckRock for more Miley complaints or flip through the documents below.

Video: Anthony Weiner erupts in shouting match with Jewish voter

Posted by Dana Hatic September 4, 2013 02:16 PM

Former US representative Anthony Weiner remains in New York City mayoral race even after revelations of another sexting scandal, and the embattled candidate's contentious patterns emerged again on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, as he engaged in a shouting match with a Jewish voter.

With his mouth full of food, Weiner chastised a man, who could not immediately be heard on the video, for waiting until Weiner walked out of a bakery in Brooklyn to say something to him. Weiner repeatedly asked "you're my judge?" as the man expressed his feelings toward the candidate. The pair continued talking over each other and Weiner raised his voice.

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The man said, "You talk to God, you work out your problems, but stay out of the public eye," as he gestured with his hand and used an even tone.

"I've fought very hard for this community and delivered more than you will ever in your entire life," Weiner said, his voice dominating the conversation.

They eventually parted, and Weiner answered an unheard question, saying, "when I do I don't back down." When prompted with a question about forgiving the man in the context of Rosh Hashanah, Weiner said he would forgive him and wouldn't hold it against him.

Weiner responded to criticism on Twitter.

The candidate has a history of colorful interactions, including one where he argued with a voter over his sexting scandal.

In another interview, he mocked a British reporter.

A poll released Aug. 28 indicated Weiner had 8 percent of likely Democratic voters, ranked behind three other candidates.

McCain caught playing poker during Senate hearing

Posted by Dana Hatic September 4, 2013 09:11 AM

Arizona senator John McCain has been a staunch advocate of a US response to Syria, but during a hearing with presidential aides and the foreign relations committee about the use of punitive force against Bashar Assad's regime, McCain occupied himself on his iPhone — playing poker.

David Beard, a former editor, shared the photo, which rapidly circulated on Twitter.

Washington Post photographer Melina Mara spotted the Republican senator and took the photo, which the Post shared online.

News of McCain's mid-hearing activity triggered both critical and amused responses on Twitter, including one from the senator:

Twitter forms political action committee

Posted by Dana Hatic August 12, 2013 11:07 AM
Amid turmoil in Washington D.C. regarding government surveillance of communication, Twitter made a move to cement its presence in the discussion in Washington, forming its own political action committee and appointing its first lobbyist. The social media powerhouse established Twitter#PAC to advance its policy goals in the capital, The Washington Post reported.

William Carty, a policy manager for Twitter, will serve as a lobbyist in Washington, with Nu Wexler, a former spokesman for Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, as the policy and political issues spokesman.

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United States v. James J. Bulger

Posted by Dana Hatic August 6, 2013 11:59 AM

James "Whitey" Bulger was found guilty on 31 of the 32 counts and 11 of 19 racketeering acts related to murder were proved.

Jurors deliberated for 32 1/2 hours over 5 days on the charges against the 83-year-old crime boss. The eight men and four women had heard 35 days of testimony and evidence and received instructions from US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to weigh evidence in the case on the 32 counts including racketeering, murder, stockpiling weapons, and money laundering.

Here are the full findings:

Count one, racketeering conspiracy— Guilty
Count two, racketeering substantive offense—Guilty

Jurors who found Bulger guilty on count two indicated whether the government had, beyond reasonable doubt, proven the following racketeering acts:

Conspiracy to murder members of the Notorangeli Group—Not proved
Murder of Michael Milano—Not proved
Murder of Al Plummer—Not proved
Murder of William O'Brien—Not proved
Murder of James O'Toole—Not proved
Murder of Al Notorangeli—Not proved
Conspiracy to murder James Sousa—Not proved
Murder of James Sousa—Not proved
Murder of Paul McGonagle—Proved
Murder of Edward Connors—Proved
Conspiracy to murder Thomas King—Proved
Murder of Thomas King—Proved
Murder of Francis "Buddy" Leonard—Not proved
Murder of Richard Castucci—Proved
Conspiracy to murder Roger Wheeler—Proved
Murder of Roger Wheeler—Proved
Murder of Debra Davis—NO FINDING
Murder of Brian Halloran—Proved
Murder of Michael Donahue—Proved
Conspiracy to murder John Callahan—Proved
Murder of John Callahan—Proved
Murder of Arthur "Bucky" Barrett—Proved
Murder of John McIntyre—Proved
Murder of Deborah Hussey—Proved
Extortion conspiracy: "rent"—Proved
Extortion of Richard O'Brien—Proved
Extortion of Kevin Hayes—Not proved
Extortion conspiracy: "fines"—Proved
Extortion of Michael Solimando—Proved
Extortion of Stephen Rakes and Julie Rakes—Proved
Extortion of Richard Bucheri—Proved
Extortion of Raymond Slinger—Not proved
Narcotics distribution conspiracy—Proved
(Concealment) Money laundering conspiracy—Proved
(Concealment) Money laundering—Sale of 295 Old Colony Ave., South Boston—Proved
(Concealment) Money laundering—Sale of 295 Old Colony Ave., South Boston—Proved
(Concealment) Money laundering (mortgage payments)— Proved
(Concealment or promotion) Money laundering—Transfer of $10,000 to John Martorano—Proved

The jury decided on the remaining counts:

Count three, extortion conspiracy: rent—Guilty
Count four, extortion of Kevin Hayes—Not Guilty
Count five, concealment money laundering conspiracy— Guilty

The following counts are for concealment money laundering (mortgage payments):
Count six—Guilty
Count seven—Guilty
Count eight— Guilty
Count nine— Guilty
Count 10— Guilty
Count 11— Guilty
Count 12— Guilty
Count 13— Guilty
Count 14— Guilty
Count 15— Guilty
Count 16— Guilty
Count 17— Guilty
Count 18— Guilty
Count 19— Guilty
Count 20— Guilty
Count 21— Guilty
Count 22— Guilty
Count 23— Guilty
Count 24— Guilty
Count 25— Guilty
Count 26— Guilty

Count 27, concealment or promotion money laundering (transfer of $10,000 to John Martorano)—Guilty
Count 39, possession of firearms in furtherance of violent crime—Guilty
Count 40, possession of machine guns in furtherance of violent crime— Guilty
Count 42, possession of unregistered machine guns— Guilty
Count 45, transfer of possession of machine guns— Guilty
Count 48, possession of firearms with obliterated serial numbers—Guilty

Sentencing is set for Nov. 13.

Salem News: (Another) Anthony Weiner gets into trouble after texts

Posted by Dana Hatic August 2, 2013 12:56 PM

By Dana Hatic, Correspondent

This is not the scandal you think it is.

A different man named Anthony Weiner is in trouble with the law after a series of text conversations, and also has a history of issues associated with his marriage, The Salem News reports. But don't worry--he isn't running for office.

This second Anthony Weiner, a 25-year-old Massachusetts man who shares a name with embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, was arrested on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and battery with the intent to intimidate and cause bodily injury, among others, according to a police brief in the Revere Journal. The Salem News reported Weiner's arrest came after he assaulted a man who supposedly sent text messages to his wife.

According to The Salem News, Weiner allegedly used his wife's phone to send text messages to a 21-year-old Winthrop man to lure him to a house on Malden Street in Revere, where he then tied him to a chair, hit him in the head with a baseball bat, threatened him with a screw gun and BB gun, then gave him money and put him in a cab after the man vomited from his injuries. The unidentified man was hospitalized after the July 28 assault, prosecutors said.

The alleged incident occurred at the house of Weiner's mother, Darlene DeIorio, who was arrested and placed on a year of supervised probation after Weiner's wedding reception at the Danversport Yacht Club in April 2012, where she went after the bride's mother as Weiner fought on the floor with his new brother-in-law.

Weiner is also reportedly charged with assaulting his wife, and prosecutors say he will appear in Chelsea District Court on Monday for a hearing in his case.

Adweek: Rolling Stone sales high for 'The Bomber' issue

Posted by Dana Hatic August 1, 2013 09:40 AM

By Dana Hatic, Correspondent

The controversial issue of Rolling Stone featuring alleged Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev performed well on newsstands despite boycotts from retailers and an uproar from critics who accused the magazine of giving the young man a "rock-star" treatment.

(Courtesy Rolling Stone)
Adweek reported sales numbers from Magazine Information Network indicating 1,420 retailers sold 13,232 copies from July 19-29, more than doubling average magazine sales from the previous year. Though CVS, Stop & Shop, and Tedeschi Food Shops refused to sell copies of the issue alongside widespread ire towards the cover, the extensive publicity boosted sales.

The self-portrait of Tsarnaev used on the cover caused intense reactions, particularly in Boston. Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, saying the cover "rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment."

Governor Deval Patrick also expressed disappointment with the cover, as did Richard Donohue, an MBTA transit officer who was injured in the shootout with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, on April 18.

The same photo appeared on the front page of The New York Times on May 5, alongside the headline "The Dark Side, Carefully Masked".

Rolling Stone editors released a statement atop the online version of the story, "Jahar's World", saying the cover fell "within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage" of important issues.

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Twitter users reacted to news of magazine sales doubling:

Tsarnaev makes cover of Rolling Stone, draws outrage, boycotts

Posted by David Stewart July 17, 2013 03:53 PM
(Courtesy Rolling Stone)

Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, along with an accompanying profile of the one-time UMass Dartmouth student who went to high school in Cambridge.

Late this morning, both Tedeschi Food Shops and CVS pledged not to carry the Rolling Stone issue in its stores.

On its Facebook page, CVS wrote:"CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.

And from Tedeschi's Facebook page: "Tedeschi Food Shops supports the need to share the news with everyone, but cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone. With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don't mix!

By this afternoon, the editors of Rolling Stone issued a statement about the controversial magazine cover and profile:

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.

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Earlier today, both Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino commented on the magazine cover. Menino said in a statement that the cover "rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment. He went on to write:

To respond to you in anger is to feed into your obvious marketing strategy... The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.

A Fox 25 report on Twitter indicated that Governor Patrick was disappointed in the cover, too:

The magazine's cover story, "Jahar's World," reveals that Tsaranev played down his Muslim faith in high school, once told a friend that terrorist attacks could be justified, and may have been willing to surrender during a standoff in Watertown on April 19 because of a plea from a former wrestling coach.

Tsarnaev, who went to high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, is accused of working with his brother, Tamerlan, to explode two bombs near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street on April 15. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a shootout with police in Cambridge the night of April 18.

Richard Donohue, an MBTA transit officer who was injured in the April 18 shootout, issued a statement about the Rolling Stone cover:

"The City of Boston and the surrounding communities have faced many challenges since the bombings at the marathon finish line. The new cover of Rolling Stone has garnered much attention due to its sensationalized depiction of one of the alleged bombers. My family and I were personally affected by these individuals’ actions. I cannot and do not condone the cover of the magazine, which is thoughtless at best."

The writer of the profile is contributing Rolling Stone editor Janet Reitman. According to an online post about the Tsarnaev profile:

Reitman spent the last two months interviewing dozens of sources – childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case – to deliver a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.

Rachel Jeantel responds to anonymous juror

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Staff July 16, 2013 12:00 PM

The woman, known as Juror B37 in George Zimmerman trial, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that she was not impressed by the testimony of the prosecution's star witness, Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just moments before he was fatally shot by Zimmerman.

"I didn’t think it was very credible, but I felt very sorry for her. She didn’t want to be there. She didn't ask to be in this place. She wanted to go. She wanted to leave. She didn't want to be any part of this jury. I think she felt inadequate toward everyone because of her education and her communications skills. I just felt sadness for her."

Jeantel, Martin's friend and the prosecution's key witness, made her first media appearance since the trial during an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Monday night. Jeantel responded to juror's comments about her education level and speech, saying it made her sad and angry.

Jeantel also commented on Zimmerman's acquittal, saying she was "disappointed, upset, angry, questioning and mad."

"It was racial. Let's be honest, racial. If Trayvon was white and he had a hoodie on, would that happen?"

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Watch: Asiana passengers called 911, begged for help

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Staff July 11, 2013 12:53 PM

Passengers on the plane that crashed in San Francisco called 911, begged for help, and said ambulances weren't coming fast enough. San Francisco officials say ambulances could not come too close out of concern that the plane would explode.

To view the video, click here.

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