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Quote o’ the Day (Nelson Rockefeller/Thomas Aquinas Edition)

Quote o’ the Day (Nelson Rockefeller/Thomas Aquinas Edition)

In his generally admiring Wall Street Journal review of Richard Norton Smith’s greatly admiring biography of Nelson Rockefeller, On His Own Terms, Robert K. Landers noted this in reference to Rockefeller’s “hidden trait [of] dyslexia”:

His difficulty reading persuaded him that, as he said, “the best way to read a book is to get the author to tell you about it.” When he was governor of New York…

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Boston Globe Has Come-to-Jesus Moment with Bernard Baran, Louise Woodward

Boston Globe Has Come-to-Jesus Moment with Bernard Baran, Louise Woodward

Something interesting is happening in the Boston Globe’s editorial pages. The paper is doing a sort of media culpa regarding some high-profile – and highly debated – criminal convictions in the ’80s and ’90s. And it’s been uncharacteristically emphatic in its positions.

Begin with the redoubtable Harvey Silverglate’s Globe op-ed a week ago.

Justice system failed Bernard Baran

There should be…

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Dead Blogging ‘A Disappearing Number’ at Central Square Theater

Dead Blogging ‘A Disappearing Number’ at Central Square Theater

Well the Missus and I trundled over to Central Square yesterday to catch the Catalyst Collaborative production of A Disappearing Number and, say, it was … swellish.

From their website:

In 1913 a clerk in rural India, Ramanujan, sends a letter to the renowned Cambridge mathematician, G.H. Hardy, containing an extraordinary series of theorems. What ensues is a adn-secondary-imagelegendary, intellectually…

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China Dole in Boston Dailies

China Dole in Boston Dailies

Money and the People’s Republic get front-page headlines in today’s local dailies. Start with this colorful one in the Boston Herald.


Nice. The story inside:

Activists want T bid derailed


Human rights and labor activists are voicing outrage that the Patrick administration could soon award a staggering $1.3 billion subway contract to a rail enterprise owned by the repressive Communist…

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On Second Thought, To Ello with Them

On Second Thought, To Ello with Them

UnknownFor several weeks now, the hardhoping staff has been yearning for a smile from Ello, the Mean Girl of Social Media.

But … nothing.

Then, this (via MediaPost):

Interest in Ello Craters

Well, that didn’t take long. The new social media hotness, Ello, is no longer new or hotness, and is now more a moderately aged “meh,” judging by the number of searches for “Ello” from Google Trends …


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Herald Front Page Hits the Trifecta

Herald Front Page Hits the Trifecta

The Boston Herald is at its most Heraldish today, with a trio of Page One stories that feature drugs, crime, greed, and, well, TV.


For our money, the best of the bunch is this one:

No love lost between sibs

Con who killed parents sues bro for granny’s $$

A killer con — behind bars for cold-bloodedly murdering his parents for their insurance money more than 25 years ago — is back in court…

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That’s Just So Mean! (Martha Chokeley Edition)

That’s Just So Mean! (Martha Chokeley Edition)

Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial wannabe Martha Coakley just can’t escape her past (see: 2010 U.S. Senate special election).

Thus – inevitably – this piece by Ben Schreckinger appeared in the latest edition of Politico Magazine.


Martha Chokeley

Is the worst candidate in Massachusetts about to lose again?

You could call her the Bill Buckner of politics, if she even knew who the…

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Wynn Everett: No Globe Readers Need Apply

Wynn Everett: No Globe Readers Need Apply

Wynn Resorts – which won the casino bake-off with Mohegan Sun last month – looks to be quickly embedding itself in the local economy. The proposed Everett gambling hell – sorry, hall (tip o’ the pixel to Raymond Chandler) – ran this ad in today’s Boston Herald to promote the upcoming Wynn Resorts Vendor & Career Information Sessions.

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Money quote:

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Average salaries over $50,000? (Is Steve…

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NYT Slowbituary: David Greenglass, Ratted Out the Rosenbergs

NYT Slowbituary: David Greenglass, Ratted Out the Rosenbergs

From Page One of today’s New York Times:

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Interesting that Greenglass’s death went unreported for over three months.

Mr. Greenglass died on July 1, a family member confirmed. He was 92. His family did not announce his death; The New York Times learned of it in a call to the nursing home where he had been living under his assumed name.

Even more interesting: Michael and Robert Meeropol, the sons…

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Google Thinks You’re a Foogle

Google Thinks You’re a Foogle

At Google’s inception, founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page eschewed advertising, concerned that people would think financial interests might skew the search engine’s results.



Via the Wall Street Journal (print edition headline):

Deceptive Web Ads Draw Flak, Little Action

Federal regulators last year told Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., and Microsoft Corp. to more clearly highlight…

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