Tuesday Morning: Truck Day

Published February 8, 2011

Good morning! It’s Truck Day, the first sign that spring actually does come after winter. The Red Sox’ 18-wheeler leaves Fenway today for Ft. Myers, Fla., for spring training. Pitchers and catchers report Sunday.

Computer pioneer Ken Olsen, once dubbed “America’s most successful entrepreneur” by Fortune Magazine, has died at 84. Olsen founded Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard in 1957; Digital would become the second largest computer company, behind IBM. WBUR’s Curt Nickisch, the Boston Globe and the New York Times remember.

A federal judge has refused to halt the February special election to replace former City Councilor Chuck Turner, who is sentenced to prison on corruption charges. Turner said his civil rights were violated when the board expelled him in December. Under state law, Turner wouldn’t be able to serve anyway because he will be incarcerated.

A Globe review of fresh census data show a 17 percent rise in Massachusetts couples living together who identify as same-sex. That’s in comparison to 2000, four years before Massachusetts became first in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

Today in weird: A New Jersey woman is charged with trying to smuggle $50,000 worth of cocaine through Logan Airport after she swallowed 50 condoms filled with the (other) white stuff. Police say 21-year-old Luisa Gil was arriving from the Dominican Republic.

Speaking of the white stuff, more snow is coming. More than 60 schools are closed or delayed, many of them over concerns about weakened roofs.