In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, out today, I have an item about Boston police lieutenants who allegedly defrauded the paid-detail system. Commissioner Ed Davis moved to fire them last year, but this past month he quietly agreed to let them serve four-month suspensions, without demotions. Read it here:
You're Fired! Or Not.
As you may have read, the feds recently raided the man I once dubbed "Bush's House Homophobe," Office of Special Counsel (OSC) head Scott Bloch. I'll have more to write about this journalistic gift who keeps on giving, but one item for now.
Back in August 2005, Bloch's then-#2 guy authored a lengthy opinion memo of OSC "findings" supporting allegations brought by Richard von Sternberg, a research associate at the Smithsonian.
The proposal to tax the largest university endowments is -- let's see, how can I put this tactfully -- one of the stupidest ideas to recently emerge from the statehouse, as the Globe rightly editorializes today.
But it does bring to mind an intriguing proposal put forward by Chris Gabrieli during his recent unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, out today, I have two pieces in our special MBTA package. First, I look at the union negotiations that are finally nearing completion on a contract to succeed the one that ended two years ago -- and why this may only be the start of an even uglier cycle over the next contract. Then I examine the T's new effort to replace the groundwater it is leaking out from under Boston's buildings -- and why the laudable effort is still not enough.