Friday Morning: State Managers To Get Pay Bump

Published June 10, 2011

About 4,000 state managers will be getting a raise, thanks to Gov. Deval Patrick. Critics say the wage hike is inappropriate in this time of shrinking state coffers, but the Patrick administration maintains they are necessary to retain good managers.

A bill that would bar non-profit health insurers from paying their boards might also affect charitable organizations. Other major non-profits that pay their board members would have to seek state approval to continue payments, the Globe reports.

As officials assess the damage last week’s tornadoes caused, residents of central and western Massachusetts are busy putting their lives back together. Brimfield Police Chief Charles Kuss warned residents to watch out for scammers looking to take advantage of tornado victims. On the other side of the coin, the tornadoes did bring many communities closer together.

The mother who died protecting her daughter from a tornado last week was buried in West Springfield yesterday. Angelica Guerrero died after putting her youngest daughter in the bathtub and laying over her to protect her from storm.

More severe weather wracked the state yesterday. This time, it was severe thunderstorms. UniversalHub has some great pictures of lightning hitting Boston.

A Connecticut woman was the third American to receive a full face transplant after doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital completed the procedure last month. Charla Nash was mauled by a friend’s pet chimpanzee in February 2009.

When the Bruins and Canucks lineup for the faceoff tonight in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, the B’s should have a little confidence, despite being on the road. That’s mostly due to the man between the pipes who has doubled as the Hoover Dam of goalies, holding back a deluge of Vancouver shots: Tim Thomas.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on the closing arguments in the DiMasi trial, Mitt Romney skipping the Iowa straw poll and the landmark Mayflower II boat, which survived being struck by lightning last night.