Daily Archives: January 19, 2011

Sources: Brady Will Undergo Foot Surgery

Published January 19, 2011

WCVB, 9:20 p.m.:

WCVB Sports has learned that Tom Brady is OUT of this years Pro Bowl with a stress fracture in his foot. He will be replaced by Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Globe, 9:48 p.m.:

The operation, to be performed by Patriots team physician George Theodore, will address a lingering stress fracture in the quarterback’s right foot. There is a small chance that Brady will push back the surgery to Monday but no further.

Brady dealt with the injury throughout the season, receiving treatment from the team’s medical staff, but since the stress fracture remains, it was determined that surgery was the best option, said the source.

I guess Brady will have plenty of time to recover.

Inauguration Day, Again, On Beacon Hill

Published January 19, 2011

It’s Inauguration Day, again, on Beacon Hill, as the state’s highest constitutional officers are sworn in.

Attorney General Martha Coakley (AP)

Martha Coakley (AP)

Attorney General Martha Coakley begins her second term Wednesday, a year to the day after her stunning loss to Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate race. Secretary of State William Galvin also was sworn in for a new term.

Suzanne Bump was sworn in as auditor, the state’s first new auditor in 24 yearsSteve Grossman was sworn in as the new treasurer.

AG Coakley was sworn in by newly minted SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland. The State House News Service reports AG Coakley’s top priorities are stemming the tide of foreclosures; exposing political corruption; and fighting cyber-crime.

Treasurer Steve Grossman

Steve Grossman (courtesy photo)

Grossman, the Democratic treasurer, said new jobs are his top priority. “We are fervently committed to protect the public’s money, help create jobs and boost small businesses. the stakes are too high for the public to expect anything else,” he said.

Grossman succeeds Tim Cahill, who left the office to pursue his unsuccessful campaign for governor.

Bump, the Democratic auditor, promised to make state government work better. “To keep government responsive to its citizens, to leverage technology and the Internet, to give you greater access to the work of the office, and to track government reforms that our audits indicate are needed,” she said.

Auditor SuzanneBump

Suzanne Bump (courtesy photo)

Bump previously represented Braintree in the House and went on to become Gov. Patrick’s secretary of labor.

Galvin, a Brighton Democrat, starts his fifth four-year term as secretary of state. Ever low-key, Galvin’s swearing-in was private and he delivered no remarks.

Gov. Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and state lawmakers were sworn in earlier this month.

Shriver Will Rest In Barnstable

Published January 19, 2011

Funeral services are scheduled for Sargent Shriver at a church in suburban Washington. The invitation-only ceremony is set for Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Md.

Family members say Shriver will be buried in Hyannis the Barnstable village of Centerville, next to the grave of his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Shriver, who served as the founding director of the Peace Corps and leader of the “War on Poverty,” died Tuesday after being hospitalized for several days. He was 95 and had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Update: Nothing confuses me more than the villages of Cape Cod. This correction comes from Molly Connors, a reporter at the Cape Cod Times:

The church, St. Francis Xavier, is in Hyannis, but the cemetery is in Centerville. Both are villages of Barnstable, which I am a maniac about because all of Barnstable and its villages are my beat.

I had thought Hyannis was a town and that Centerville was a village of Hyannis. Wrong.

Accused Mattapan Murderer Pleads Not Guilty

Published January 19, 2011

The last of three men charged in connection with the Mattapan murders of September 2010 has pleaded not guilty to nine charges, including four counts of first-degree murder.

Edward Washington, 35, was arrested in December for the murders of four people, including a two-year-old boy and his mother, on Woolson Street. Prosecutors say Washington was responsible for the murders but that he was not the mastermind.

WBUR’s Bianca Vazquez Toness, reporting from Suffolk Superior Court, quotes Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin:

“This defendant and Dwayne Moore marched the people who were inside and marched them up the street to Woolson Street and somewhere around the corner of Woolson and Wildwood Street those individuals were all shot,” Zabin said.

Dwayne Moore was arrested in late November, almost two months after the murders, and booked with four counts of murder and other charges. Edward Washington’s cousin, Kimani Washington, was arrested in October and charged on drugs and weapons counts.

When November arrived, and almost two months had passed since with no murder charges, it felt like the homicides would never be solved. Police reassured an angry public it was a “very active investigation.”

The victims were Amani Smith, 2; his mother, Eyanna Flonory, 21; her boyfriend, Simba Martin, 21; and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22. The lone survivor is 32-year-old Marcus Hurd.

(Greater) Boston Blotter: Police Seize Blogger’s Guns

Published January 19, 2011

Hubbub is tracking and mapping every Boston homicide of 2011, so we have a close eye on the police blotters.

Three stories just in:

1.) Arlington police seized guns and ammo from a blogger who suggested, perhaps jokingly, that Rep. Giffords was the first of many lawmakers who ought to be shot. Wicked Local Arlington reports:

(Travis) Corcoran wrote and uploaded a post to his blog, tjic.com, following the Jan. 8 shooting of United States Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscan titled “1 down, 534 to go,” suggesting the other 534 members of Congress should be next. In an interview with the Advocate after the post gained wide attention on the Internet but before police became involved, Corcoran compared his post to a joke made among a group of friends in a casual setting.

APD Capt. Robert Bongiorno said the department took his statements made in the blog as a credible threat and took precautionary measures.

(via Universal Hub)

2.) Boston Police and federal authorities arrested Lavonrence Perkins, 20, of Boston, in Providence on Wednesday. Perkins is charged with a murder dating back to May 2010. The victim was Cordell McAfee, 22, of Boston.

3.) Universal Hub reports a man’s body was found partially buried in the snow in Revere Beach:

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office reports the body of an Asian male believed to be in his early 20s was found around 8:30 a.m. today, “partially buried in the snow,” by the South Bath House. “There were no signs of blood or obvious foul play at the scene,” the DA’s office says, adding an autopsy will be performed tomorrow after the body has sufficiently warmed up.

Wednesday Roundup: Slogging Through The Slush

Published January 19, 2011

Good Wednesday morning — hope your feet are staying dry. Trying to feed a parking meter lately is next to impossible.

A Boston attorney has named publicly 117 priests accused of sexual abuse. The attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, apparently names only those priests involved in cases he litigated. Although the priests named admitted no wrongdoing in legal settlements, Garabedian said he is certain of their guilt.

Friends and public servants are remembering Sargent Shriver, whom President Obama called the “brightest light of the greatest generation.” Shriver biographer Scott Stossel wrote a lovely, must-read remembrance of the man who founded the Peace Corps and helped launch two presidents. I wrote Shriver’s obituary yesterday.

The second in command at the state’s Probation Department has resigned in scandal, following her boss’s resignation at the end of last month. “I submit this resignation so my family can begin to move forward,” said Elizabeth Tavares.

Today is Boycott A Meeting Day.