Daily Archives: September 7, 2010

Sound Bites: Guberfest Edition

Published September 7, 2010

WBZ’s Jon Keller moderates the first televised debate of the gubernatorial candidates live on Channel 4 at 7 p.m.

The State House News Service tells us what to expect:

From the epic Kennedy-Romney match at Faneuil Hall to the shouting matches between Paul Cellucci and Scott Harshbarger to “Would you like to see my tattoo, Tim?” Massachusetts has had its share of memorable debate moments. Could tonight add to the list?

Republican Charles Baker, left, independent Timothy Cahill and Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick chat ahead of a debate at Suffolk University in Boston on Aug. 16. (AP)

These guys! (AP)

The Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi thinks the Big Dig and taxes will emerge as lines of attack in the back-and-forth between incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick and Republican challenger Charlie Baker.

Our brand new politics blog, ElectionWire, will have useful (and, inevitably, hilarious) analysis of the debate performance tomorrow morning — from none other than Dan Payne and Todd Domke.

If you missed it, independent challenger Tim Cahill said he will pick up a Democratic ballot in the primary election Sept. 14. And Gov. Patrick said, after much hounding from the Herald, he would support the will of the voters if they approve a sales-tax rollback.

And in non-gubernatorial election news, the woman Rep. Barney Frank called “a dining room table” at a town hall meeting, will challenge him in the 4th district. (I guess she isn’t taking the insult lying down.)

You Can Take Away Their TV But Not Their Spirit

Published September 7, 2010

Universal Hub covers what appears to be a protest by the famed chair club in Harvard Square. Karen Snyder (@gegertha) tweets:

Cardullos took away the tv for the Red Sox games. No problem … there are 4 guys there with their own chairs and a radio!

Cardullo’s, the gourmet market, suddenly removed the big-screen TV from its window last week, ending a tradition of devoted Red Sox fans gathering on the sidewalk to watch games. Or so we thought.

The club members watch the game on the flat screen inside Cardullo's display window. (Andrew Phelps/WBUR)

No more.

The Cambridge Chronicle printed a great letter from Harvey Silverglate (the Boston defense attorney I interviewed about BPD gang fliers once upon a time):

I realized how and why this obviously misguided decision was made: A consultant, described in your article as “a designer who came to the shop,” recommended the change. “Are you a sports bar or a gourmet food store?” the consultant reportedly asked. The question that the consultant should have asked, however, is whether a store that has become a Harvard Square institution can afford to deprive residents and passers-by of such a humanizing amenity without incurring considerable loss of goodwill.

And this from Hubbub commenter Bob Power:

To Whom It May Concern: I have been enjoying Harvard Sq. for forty years. I loved the classical record collection at the old COOP (now just another Barnes & Noble); the wondrous french press coffee at the original Coffee Connection (now just another Starbucks) and Cardullos great family tradition of quality food in a unique setting. If by “clean up” you plan to become as safe & boring as the national chains, why not sell the place to Walmart? Be yourself. Your are wonderful, unique, and needed.

Maybe I should move back to Brookline?

Introducing ElectionWire, With Payne & Domke

Published September 7, 2010

Dan Payne and Todd Domke are two of the most respected political analysts in Boston. Now you can get their wicked sharp commentary every day on ElectionWire, WBUR’s new blog for Election 2010 in Massachusetts — which, by the way, is eight weeks away.

ElectionWire logoThe hidden star is Benjamin Swasey, the ElectionWire editor and a political junkie. Ben does a phenomenal job rounding up the day’s news and links and putting them in context. He also keeps close tabs on what the candidates are saying and doing each day.

From the ElectionWire introduction:

It’s an important election year for the Bay State. Although the four-way gubernatorial race is the headliner, there are two open statewide offices — treasurer and auditor. The congressional races, especially the competitive 5th and 10th, enable voters here to shape the national agenda — and offer the GOP chances to enter the Mass. delegation. And don’t forget about November’s ballot questions.

The blog is hopping. Here’s a sample of what’s there today:

Definitely worth following if you care a lick about politics.

Tuesday Morning: Weekend Violence, Tom Brady, Guberfest

Published September 7, 2010

What’s news in Boston on an overcast Monday, er, Tuesday morning:

1 Killed, 3 Hurt In Lawrence Restaurant Shooting

Gunfire erupted inside a crowded restaurant early yesterday, leaving one man dead and three other people wounded, including two with life-threatening injuries, police said. Two suspects are under arrest. (Globe)

Tom Brady, Patriots Close In On $58 Million Extension

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been offered a three-year extension believed to be worth $58 million that works out to $19.3 million annually, according to sources close to the negotiation. (Herald)

Gov. Deval Patrick Vows To Honor Tax Cut

After repeatedly dodging the issue, Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday pledged to implement a state sales-tax rollback if ballot Question 3 is approved by voters in November. (Herald)

Tim Cahill To Vote In Democratic Primary

Treasurer Tim Cahill, an Independent candidate for governor, told the News Service Monday that he plans to cast his ballot in the Democratic primary next week. (State House News Service via Wicked Local Brookline)

Gubernatorial Candidates Will Debate On TV Tonight

The hour-long, prime-time event is a fitting way to kick-off the post-Labor Day charge. Just in the last week or so, a new poll indicates that the race is slightly tightening, despite reports that donations to Patrick have jumped. On Friday, both Baker and Cahill also released new TV ads. (ElectionWire)

Also: ElectionWire, WBUR’s new Election 2010 blog, formally launches today.

2 Shot, 1 Fatally, In Separate Incidents In Boston

Just after 8:30 p.m., police responded to the corner of Astoria and Elizabeth streets in the Mattapan section, where they found an 18-year-old man shot at least once, said police spokesman Eddy Chrispin. Then, at 11:17 p.m., a man was shot in the head at 9 Tonawanda St. in the Field’s Corner section of Dorchester. (Globe)

1 Killed, 2 Hurt In Malden Gunfight

A Malden man licensed to carry a firearm got into a gunfight with two men from Boston this morning, an encounter that left one man dead, another seriously wounded and the gun owner suffering from gunshot wounds, according to Malden Mayor Richard C. Howard. (Globe)

Globe Investigates Escort Ads On Boston.com

The escort ads on Boston.com were generated by Google, which runs search-oriented ads along the right column of the website. Globe officials said they have removed the ads. (Globe)

Also: Dave Copeland broke this story.

3 Tons Of Lobster Destroyed In Maine Fire

It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the Sunday afternoon blaze at an industrial park warehouse used by a lobster company owned by Linda Bean. She is the granddaughter of L.L. Bean. (AP via Globe)

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