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  • October 09, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Globe trendspotter Irene Sege has a scoop: asking Dad for permission to wed is back!

    Before Bob Hunt dropped to bended knee on the famed Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., and asked his high school sweetheart to marry him, he’d taken her father to dinner at a Chili’s restaurant and sought his permission.

    ‘‘Because I have such a great relationship with her family,’’ Hunt says, ‘‘it makes it that much more important that I ask for permission.


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  • October 05, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    This is very odd: Blue Mass. Group's David Kravitz and Charley Blandy were apparently booted from the studios of New England Cable News, which hosted tonight's Fifth District congressional debate, at the request of Jim Ogonowski's campaign.

    My quick take is that this makes Ogonowski look bad and NECN look worse--but maybe there were extenuating circumstances I'm not aware of. If/when I get more info, I'll post it here.

  • October 04, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    If I didn't have an unshakeable prior commitment, I'd be hightailing it over to Old South Meeting House for tonight's Ford Hall Forum, which features Pulitzer-winning Globe reporter Charlie Savage. Savage will be discussing his new book, Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency, which is up to #313 on Amazon's bestseller list. The action starts at 6:30 p.m.

  • October 04, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    As Jessica Heslam and Dan Kennedy have already noted, Judge Merita Hopkins' decision to bar Channel 7 from reporting troubling autopsy results for two firefighters killed in West Roxbury has dubious legal merit.

    In addition to questioning the credibility of Hopkins' ruling, though, we should also be asking why she was involved with this issue at all.

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  • October 03, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    From today's New York Times story on the Isiah Thomas-Anucha Browne Sanders case:
    An earlier version of this article misstated the location of a 2005 sexual encounter between Stephon Marbury of the Knicks and a team intern. Mr. Marbury testified that it took place in his truck, not in the trunk of his car.
    (Via TrueHoop--which recently took this fascinating look at the dark night of Marbury's soul.)

  • October 02, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Today's H.D.S. Greenway column is the sort of thing the Globe ombudsman might write--if, that is, the paper still had one. Here's an excerpt:
    Huge demonstrations, and the subsequent crackdown by the authorities, have brought Burma back into Western consciousness. But what to call it?

    In 1989 the Burmese military junta renamed the country Myanmar.


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  • October 01, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Compare and contrast:
    --first, today's Globe story on an alleged rape at BU, which mentioned the race of the perpetrator ("white male, about 20 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds...").

    --next, last week's Globe story on a Mass. Pike carjacking, which described the vehicle carjacked and the suspects' mode of flight but not their physical appearance.


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  • October 01, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    If you were irked by MoveOn's Petraeus Pun earlier this month, you probably won't like the Petraeus take offered by BU professor Andrew Bacevich in the Oct. 8 issue of the American Conservative. Here's part of Bacevich's assessment--in a piece titled "Sycophant Savior"--of Petraeus's congressional testimony on the Iraq "surge":

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