Tuesday Morning: DiMasi Trial Brings Pols To Court

Published May 24, 2011

The parade of state officials continues today in the federal corruption trial of former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi. The former secretary of administration and finance under Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to take the stand.

The state’s former head of information technology testified that she only recommended the Cognos software in question because DiMasi pressed her to do so. WBUR’s David Boeri has an outstanding primer on the case.

Over the next three years, the Massachusetts teacher evaluation system will change significantly. The most controversial element requires using student test scores to rate teachers. WBUR’s Monica Brady-Myerov reports on the system as part of WBUR’s Making An A+ Teacher series.

In Ireland to “find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way,” President Obama shared a pint of Guinness with pub-goers in Moneygall, Ireland, where his great-great-great grandfather lived. As you might imagine, many Bostonians approved.

With gas prices high, the City of Boston is making just a bit easier to avoid the pain at the pump. If you’re one of the few who has switched to driving a rechargeable electric car, you can park in one of three electric vehicle parking spots unveiled outside Boston City Hall yesterday.

Some of your favorite gadgets originate right here in Massachusetts. As the Globe says, “Massachusetts doesn’t make the iPhone. But this is where chips are made that make it ring.”

In what has become a familiar storyline, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas led the team to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. The Bruins are just one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on developments in the DiMasi trial, the fishy fire in East Boston and the fifth-grade bullying in Bridgewater that was caught on tape.