Monday Morning: No Love For Cities And Towns

Published February 14, 2011

Good morning! Will you be my Valentine?

As if Gov. Deval Patrick’s local-aid cuts weren’t enough, Mass. cities and towns are bracing for President Obama’s budget due out today. Proposed cuts to the Community Development Block Program would hurt “the heart of working-class America,” Boston Mayor Tom Menino told the Globe. Sen. John Kerry is fighting a plan to cut home-heating aid.

The Herald reports on the newest cross-river war: Cambridge is willing to spend tens of millions to keep Vertex Pharmaceuticals from moving to Boston’s Innovation District.

One-third of Dorchester households — 17,000 people — now use food stamps, the Reporter finds. That reflects a statewide trend in Massachusetts.

Authorities are reporting more and more coyote sightings in the area. (Warning to animal lovers: There are some tough details in the Globe story.)

It’s man vs. machine tonight on “Jeopardy!” as IBM’s Watson computer competes against the show’s most celebrated contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. As WBUR’s Curt Nickisch reports, UMass Amherst and MIT had a hand in building the machine.