Daily Archives: October 13, 2010

Photo Of The Day: Hot Air In Hudson

Published October 13, 2010

Hot-air balloons in Hudson (Tyler Trahan/Flickr)

Hot-air balloons in Hudson (Tyler Trahan/Flickr)

Photographer Tyler Trahan visited a hot-air balloon festival in Hudson (just inside 495) and captured something you don’t often see in pictures — balloons at night. He describes the technical details:

0.8 second exposure at ISO 100, f/10. That seemed to be the best balance between good DOF and having the balloons move visibly in the exposure.

Nice work! I am featuring user photos from the WBUR Flickr group every day on Hubbub.

Clap Elementary Parents Plead For Reprieve

Published October 13, 2010

Clap Elementary in Dorchester might be closed.

Clap Elementary in Dorchester might be closed.

Carol Johnson, Boston’s superintendent of schools, is proposing to close six “underperforming” schools in the city. One of them, Roger Clap Elementary in Dorchester, is tiny — 166 students across seven grades.

Smaller is not always better, Johnson recently told Radio Boston:

Small class size can be important. But if you have small class size or small schools — and you don’t focus on the teaching and learning that’s going on in them and thinking about individual students and how you’re going to respond to their needs — it won’t be enough.

Johnson wants to close the six schools based, in large part, on MCAS data that show consistently poor student performance. (Mayor Tom Menino supports the plan, even though it would mean the closure of three schools in his neighborhood of Hyde Park.)

But Kenny Jervis, whose 7-year-old, Sophia, and 4-year-old, Nigel, attend Clap Elementary, says MCAS can’t capture the kind of education happening at Clap.

Jervis created a Facebook group dedicated to keeping the school open, and he shared with me an open letter signed by Clap parents, excerpted here:

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Prosecutors Identify Murder Weapon In Mattapan Case

Published October 13, 2010

Almost two weeks after police arrested Kimani Washington in New Hampshire for weapons violations, prosecutors say one of the guns he carried was used in the murders that took four lives in Mattapan on Sept. 28.

Kimani Washington, left, stands with his lawyer John Salsberg, in Dorchester District Court on Wednesday. (Pool photo by Mark Garfinkel)

Kimani Washington, left, stands with his lawyer John Salsberg, in Dorchester District Court on Wednesday. (Pool photo by Mark Garfinkel)

Washington, 35, did not speak at his arraignment Wednesday. Washington’s lawyer entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf.

Washington was charged with weapons violations, drug trafficking, receiving a stolen car and being a career criminal. The judge ordered him held on $500,000 $1 million bail.

His lawyer, John Salsberg, has said Washington “unequivocally denies” hurting anyone. “Mr. Washington’s family and friends remain very supportive of him,” the AP quotes the attorney as saying outside the court.

Simba Martin, 21; his girlfriend, Eyanna Flonory, 21, and her two-year-old son, Amani Smith; and Lavaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, were killed. A fifth shooting victim, Marcus Hurd, 32, is clinging to life at a Boston hospital.

If you missed it this morning, WBUR’s Bianca Vazquez Toness reported on the frustration in Mattapan about press coverage of the killings. It’s a conversation I started here last week.

Update, 5:45: A judge raised Washington’s bail to $1 million cash after prosecutors produced a taped confession from Washington admitting he possessed “one of the murder weapons, the surviving victim’s motor vehicle, and a large quantity of crack cocaine.”

Wednesday Morning: UMass Job Cuts, Gubernatorial Debate

Published October 13, 2010

What’s news on a crisp Wednesday morning in Boston:

UMass Hospitals Will Cut 350 Jobs

Strained by flat patient volume and pressure from insurers, UMass Memorial Health Care, which runs five hospitals, said it will eliminate about 350 jobs or nearly 2.6 percent of its workforce. (Globe)

Suspect Linked To Mattapan Murders Is Arraigned Today

The lone suspect charged in connection with the grisly Mattapan massacre that left four people dead, including a toddler, and another man still clinging to life, is expected to be arraigned today under stepped-up security in Dorchester District Court, authorities said. (Herald)

Some Mattapan Residents At Odds With Negative Media Coverage

The mass murder has put a spotlight on Mattapan that many residents are not happy about. No one is saying the media shouldn’t have covered the murders in Mattapan — the problem for many people was how it was covered and how reporters write about Mattapan the rest of the year. (WBUR)

WBUR Will Moderate, Broadcast Gubernatorial Debate

The government affairs forum, hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and moderated by WBUR’s Bob Oakes, will focus on economic development and job creation in Massachusetts. The hour-long forum airs at 9 a.m. on WBUR-FM 90.9 and on wbur.org. (ElectionWire)

6 Names On Patrick’s List For Chief Of SJC

The list of candidates to replace the retiring chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court, includes a federal judge, a state Appeals Court justice, and three associate justices of the SJC, people familiar with the process said. (Globe)

And don’t miss Adam Gaffin’s photos of the Ringling Bros. elephants hoofing it to the Garden in their annual stampede.