Hundreds of mourners today attended the funeral of a soldier from North Falmouth who was killed in Iraq.
Army Sgt. Matthew Gallagher (Courtesy)
Army Sgt. Matthew Gallagherdied on June 28 in Iraq’s Wasit province. He was 22.
Following his death, Gallagher’s mother, Cheryl Ruggerio, told the Falmouth Patch that her son “really found his niche in the Army. He loved being a soldier.” A Falmouth High graduate, Gallagher was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed.
Gallagher died of non-combat-related injuries in an incident the Army continues to investigate. At the funeral today, people who knew Gallagher had questions about his death.
“I got a pretty good sense that in general people were kind of puzzled by the fact that the Defense Department is not revealing more about the circumstances of his death,” said WBUR’s Fred Thys, who attended the funeral. (Fred will have a report on the services in tomorrow’s Morning Edition.)
Gallagher was buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. According to USA Today’s ongoing tally, Gallagher is the state’s 77th Iraq War fatality. The last fatality was in 2009.
Hoping to finally close the book on its controversial relationship with Cleve Killingsworth, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts said it will refund to customers the $4.2 million in severance it paid the former CEO. The rebate breakdown is just under $2 per Blue Cross subsciber.
After violence marred the July 4th holiday weekend, city officials pledged yesterday to step up patrols in crime-plagued areas in an effort to stem the violence. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the city has to combat gang feuds, which are tearing parts of the city apart.
Former Red Sox star Roger Clemens is set to get his day(s) in court, charged with perjury and obstruction of Congress. In 2008, Clemens told a Congressional committee, under oath, that he’d never taken steroids or HGH. His former trainer, however, alleges the pitcher was a steroid-user.
Boston’s Colonial Theatre will shut down this weekend and no one knows when, or if, it will re-open. Jacqueline Liebergott, the president of Emerson College, which owns the Colonial, said the theater is working to find a new tenant.
Authorities say that the Boston mob has lost its power in the city over the last 40 years. Still, Boston’s reputation for mob activity — at least on a film set — is driving some tourists to visit.
Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald gunned down Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion at the plate to preserve a dramatic 3-2 victory at Fenway last night. But the big news is that star starter Jon Lesterleft the game after pitching four no-hit innings with a strained lat muscle.
For some around Boston the holiday was marked by violence. Overnight 13 people were shot and stabbed, leaving four dead in five neighborhoods around Boston. This afternoon, Radio Boston will take a deeper look at these events.
A Wayland teenager, 18-year-old Nathanial Fujita, has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of 18-year-old Lauren Astley. A bicyclist found Astely’s body in the marshy area of Wayland on Monday.
The death of Roman Catholic priest, Reverend Paul Archambault, in Springfield has been ruled a suicide. His body was found Sunday at the Sacred Heart rectory.
Another company is set to relocate to the Boston waterfront. According to the Globe, Brightcove Inc., maker of digital media products, has signed a deal to move into the new Atlantic Wharf complex, where it will hire 120 more employees to fill out its new space.
The Boston Pops may perform all night long, but they probably won’t be playing “All Night Long,” after the announcement that Lionel Ritchie has pulled out of his scheduled July 4 performance with the orchestra.
Have no fear, Pops fans, the iconic Fourth of July concert won’t be without fireworks. Country-singer Martina McBride jumped in to replace Ritchie and Boston-native Michael Chiklis (aka that scary guy from “The Shield”) is still scheduled to perform. Also, there will literally be fireworks.
McBride’s most famous song seems to be, fittingly, “Independence Day,” above.
Just what the Sox doctor ordered: Jon Lester. This time it was the Red Sox’ turn to watch their ace stifle a potential World Series contender, as Lester held the Phillies to just two hits in his seven innings and the Sox won 5-2.
What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on progress in the state budget negotiations, the Season of Peace meant to reduce gang violence and possible changes in fishing regulations.
In what is surely merely a preview of the complex court maneuvering to come, James “Whitey” Bulger is expected to face two court hearings today in front of two separate judges debating two distinct legal aspects of the fledgling case against him.
A lawyer for Bulger yesterday argued to consolidate the racketeering and murder cases against his client. Peter Krupp accused the government of “forum shopping” and moved to dismiss the less serious racketeering charges. Bulger will appear in front of U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf this afternoon to discuss possibly consolidating the cases. Later, Bulger will appear in front of a magistrate judge to discuss if the public will pay for Bulger’s defense.
Disgraced former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi can continue to collect his pension thanks to a ruling by a Massachusetts Superior Court judge. DiMasi, who is scheduled to be sentenced on corruption charges in September, will have to continue to fight for the pension after he’s put in jail.
After appearing in court yesterday, many assumed that a pair of high-profile attorneys were poised to form the defense team for reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. But it’s still unclear if Max Stern and Howard Cooper will actually end up taking the case.
The 1999 murder indictments are currently assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns, according to Frank. Bulger has been appearing in front of U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf.
If Wolf doesn’t end up trying the case, Stern and Cooper may not end up being Bulger’s laywers, Frank wrote in the post:
In the event the Bulger case remains in Wolf’s session, Cooper and Stern will be appointed, the source tells Lawyers Weekly.
However, if it goes to Stearns and U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler, the source says it is unlikely the pair would be assigned to the case.
On Radio Boston yesterday, Frank said that Stern and Cooper were highly respected in the Boston legal community and that both of the layers had in the past been named “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Two prominent Boston lawyers are poised to form Bulger’s defense team. Howard Cooper and Max Stern haven’t yet been officially assigned to the case but have agreed to represent the alleged mobster, according to the Globe.
In other alleged-organized-crime-member-returned-to-Boston-from-the-West news: Enrico Ponzo, allegedly a former Boston mafia member who was captured in Idaho in March, reportedly posed as a white supremacist in order to fit in in the rural area in which he was living.
Westborough-based BJ’s Wholesale Club is set to be sold to a venture capital firm in a $2.8 billion deal. A BJ’s spokesman told the Boston Business Journal that he doesn’t expect layoffs at this point.
What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’sproposal to ban motorized dirt bikes, the decline in mortgage delinquencies in Greater Boston and a new economic deal between the state and Israel.
If you’re looking for that little moment of peace and quiet in your hectic day, just head over to…the T?
The MBTA opened “quiet cars” on all 13 commuter rail lines this morning. During rush hours on the car closest to the locomotive, passengers will be asked to keep conversations to a minimum or at library volume, according to Richard Davey, MBTA general manager.
The MBTA unveiled the “quiet car” during a pilot program that ran from January to April of this year. Now, it is expanding the program due to popular demand.
“We did a poll of customers on both the Fitchburg and Franklin lines, which is where we did our pilot program earlier this year,” Davey said. “Eighty-five, almost 90 percent came back and said it was a great program and we should seek to roll it out system-wide.”
Like a library, you won’t be able to use your cellphone on the “quiet cars.” No word yet, though, on whether there will be designated shushers or that one guy who insists on eating crunchy potato chips.
If the idea of a quiet car on the T doesn’t freak you out enough, you’ll also have to watch out for mimes.
“MBCR, our commuter rail contractor, came up with that clever marketing idea and they’ll have a couple of mimes out tonight just to let folks know that this, in fact, is being launched throughout the system,” Davey said.
What do you think, is this a great idea? How is it going? Get on the “quiet car” and tweet us your thoughts @WBUR…if you dare.