Wednesday Morning: More Probation Fallout, ‘Pat-Down Slowdown’

Published November 24, 2010

Good morning! Today, on this busiest travel day of the year, we’re following conditions at Logan and on roadways. Thus far, Logan officials are reporting no delays as lines move through security.

Here’s what’s news on this blustery Wednesday:

After the Probation report, Rep. Thomas Petrolati is leaving his House leadership position. “… the Spotlight Team documented his role as the preeminent political figure in the department’s patronage machine, with more than 100 of his financial backers holding jobs.” (Globe)

Some advocates say probationers were hurt by the department’s patronage. “They were not given effective service and the result is that some of them then got pushed into the deeper end of the system,” said Lael Chester, of Citizens for Juvenile Justice. (WBUR)

Some people will bypass full-body scans at Logan today. “Logan is girding for a pat-down slowdown amid signs that Hub passengers … might clog lines.” (Herald)

The state is readying a $75 million economic development program. It’s “designed to invest in small start-up businesses, build a new high-tech computer center, and spur economic growth in struggling regions.” (State House News)

Sources say V-Mart is heading to Detroit. Catcher Victor Martinez is leaving the Sox to sign with the Tigers in what’s reported to be a four-year, $50 million deal. (