Marking an incremental, mostly symbolic, but still notable
victory for New Englanders who love to smoke weed, the BPD reports that they
did not arrest a soul at MassCann's ludicrously well-attended and collectively-baked
22nd annual Boston Freedom Rally on the Common this past Saturday. The BPD did
not give an estimate of the grand total of attendees, but it was clearly well
into the thousands.
As you may have read last week - that is if you're one of the few people who pay attention to breaking Friday afternoon news - after months of deliberation Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley found that there was no excessive force used in the controversial 2010 arrest of a 16-year-old male on the campus of Roxbury Community College.
As you might have figured out by now, MTV sucks. I don't even think they have Kurt Loder anymore, and if they do, I'm sure that even he would tell you that he pines for the Madonna days, or even the Fred Durst days for that matter.
This isn't just me talking; the college kids I work with, true blue hipsters one and all, tell me straight up that they're over everything but 16 and Pregnant
seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers,
crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a
face-down suspect. Before it's clear what's happening, a plainclothes
cop in jeans and work boots pins the boy's left calf, throws four
hammer punches to the back, then switches to southpaw and delivers
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals perform at MixFest on Saturday
Funeral Party +
Gentleman Hall | WFNX show (tune in to FNX or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for your free tickets) on Friday, September 16 @ 9 pm | brightonmusichall.com
MixFest 2011 | Music fest with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Lifehouse,
Michelle Branch, Javier Colon, and more at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on the
Charles River on Saturday, September 17 @ 2 pm | mix1041.
I've got to admit that I find the whole casino-gambling/slots business to be very messy. It challenges my libertarian instincts. I've managed largely to reconcile my libertarian positions on speech (I'm a near-absolutist) and in the realm of personal conduct (what J. S. Mill dubbed "self-regarding conduct") with my left-leaning positions on government's establishing a bottom floor beneath which no decent society allows any of its citizens to fall.
A kerfuffle has arisen of late, concerning an effort by a
group of Brookline citizens, led by attorney Martin Rosenthal (disclosure: a
long-time friend of mine), to get the school committee to ban the organized recitation
of the Pledge of Allegiance in the town's public schools, in favor of pledging
in less pressured and conformity-inducing settings than classrooms.
The Boston Globe's long-awaited paywall is here! Aren't you super-psyched about forking over $3.99 a week to read Boston Globe journalism? Good, because Marty says you're not allowed to read online for free anymore. However: if you'll allow the Globe to hand-deliver its four-pound doorstop of a Sunday print publication to your residence, the price of accessing the new BostonGlobe.
Al Shabaab fighters in Somalia. Image via Somalia Report.
Nine Eleven turned ten. Bin Laden is dead. We still get the occasional somebody's-about-to-bomb-us scare, but the international storyline is generally that Al Qaeda is in decline and increasingly out of touch with the Arab mainstream.
That's the good news.
A newly appointed
chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the nation's most
important media regulator, appears
before a confab of television big wigs and reads the assembly the riot act.
The chairman opens by
making it clear that he is not impressed with television programming, which in
the course of his speech he characterizes as "a vast wasteland".
My favorite piece in the fishwrap this week, by a long shot, is former staffwriter Chris Wright's lyrical snapshot of September 10, 2001 -- the day before the day that would live in infamy. It's under 800 words, and it never once mentions September 11. But in the way that it holds New York City suspended in time, it is both the most beautiful and the most terrifying piece I've read in this over-saturated week of 9/11 coverage.
Mainstream media: it's September 10. How's your information? Let's recap, shall we?
Example 1: TALKING POINT MEMO goes down under a distributed denial of service attack -- which may have been retribution for TPM publishing the mugshots of suspected Anonymous hackers.
Example 2: Followers of the NBC News twitter learned of a horrifying airplane attack on ground zero.
In Teaching 9/11, I enlisted a Harvard professor and a dedicated Rhode Island teaher to try to figure out why the events of that day have been confined to a paragraph in most students' textbooks. It looks like we're not the only ones wondering about the ramifications of not teaching our nation's youth how to interpret history.
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in
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being the primary photographer of "Meet the Mayor" working out for you?It has been an adventure. I've met some crazy peeps, and
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