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March 16, 2014
Thomas Menino, the just-retired mayor of Boston, is currently fighting an advanced cancer of unknown origin, according to recent reports. Despite this, the former mayor appears fairly upbeat about his prognosis, describing this interaction with his doctor, Charles Morris, to the Boston Globe: “They did a scan and Morris called me and said, ‘You have to come see me.’ He was more shaken up than I was.” Good attitude to have.

Thomas Menino, the just-retired mayor of Boston, is currently fighting an advanced cancer of unknown origin, according to recent reports. Despite this, the former mayor appears fairly upbeat about his prognosis, describing this interaction with his doctor, Charles Morris, to the Boston Globe: “They did a scan and Morris called me and said, ‘You have to come see me.’ He was more shaken up than I was.” Good attitude to have.

16:46 // 5 months ago
March 1, 2014
Is there a more messed-up saga in the news than that of the state of Massachusetts’ treatment of teenager Justina Pelletier and her family? Short version: Probably not. That’s why a bunch of people came out today to support Pelletier, who has been held by the state and a Boston hospital for more than a year due to a debate at the institutional level over whether her medical ailment is physical or psychological. Doctors at Pelletier’s normal hospital, Tufts Medical Center, said it was a rare physical disorder (EDIT: Though as herblondness notes, this wasn’t an across-the-board opinion on the matter); Boston Children’s Hospital decided it wasn’t, and tried to remove her from her parents’ custody.
Her support system is fairly diverse in this case, with both the ACLU and a conservative group known for its role in the Terri Schiavo saga taking the teenager’s side.

Is there a more messed-up saga in the news than that of the state of Massachusetts’ treatment of teenager Justina Pelletier and her family? Short version: Probably not. That’s why a bunch of people came out today to support Pelletier, who has been held by the state and a Boston hospital for more than a year due to a debate at the institutional level over whether her medical ailment is physical or psychological. Doctors at Pelletier’s normal hospital, Tufts Medical Center, said it was a rare physical disorder (EDIT: Though as herblondness notes, this wasn’t an across-the-board opinion on the matter); Boston Children’s Hospital decided it wasn’t, and tried to remove her from her parents’ custody.

Her support system is fairly diverse in this case, with both the ACLU and a conservative group known for its role in the Terri Schiavo saga taking the teenager’s side.

18:19 // 5 months ago
February 27, 2014
15:44 // 5 months ago
February 12, 2014

Trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber to begin later this year

  • November 3 Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will officially go on trial just before the end of 2014, much earlier than the September 2015 timeline proposed by his defense team, more than 18 months after the attacks he stands accused of carrying out with his brother, Tamerlan. Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued that they needed more time to prepare for trial, as a result of “sluggish” responses from government organizations, but Judge George O’Toole Jr denied the request. source
14:12 // 6 months ago
November 14, 2013

Multiple life sentences handed down to former Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger

  • 11 murder charges were upheld in the trial of former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, who was arrested in 2011 after nearly two decades on the run. Bulger was acquitted on seven of the nineteen charges he faced, and the jury couldn’t reach a conclusion on an eighth.
  • two consecutive life sentences (plus five years) will be served by Bulger, who, barring a successful appeal of today’s ruling, is unlikely to ever be free man again. For his part, Bulger maintains that the entire trial is a sham, and refused to cooperate with probation officials responsible for preparing a sentencing report for Judge Denise Casper. source
16:46 // 9 months ago
November 12, 2013
17:48 // 9 months ago
October 28, 2013
Ha. Boston Red Sox win over St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 and tie the World Series at 2-2. The next game is tonight, Monday October 28th at 8:07PM ET

Ha. Boston Red Sox win over St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 and tie the World Series at 2-2. The next game is tonight, Monday October 28th at 8:07PM ET

9:30 // 9 months ago
October 27, 2013
perzadook:

obstruction definition from the MLB site
photo by AP/David J. Phillip

It was either an obstruction or the fact that he didn’t even touch the home base. It was an umpire call that either angered or excited fans. 
Here’s an excerpt from AP: 

After the ball got by, Middlebrooks, lying on his stomach, raised both legs and tripped Craig, slowing him down as he tried to take off for home.
"I just know I have to dive for that ball. I’m on the ground. There’s nowhere for me to go," Middlebrooks said.
Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction.
"With the defensive player on the ground, without intent or intent, it’s still obstruction," Joyce said. "You’d probably have to ask Middlebrooks that one, if he could have done anything. But that’s not in our determination."
Craig kept scrambling.
"He was in my way. I couldn’t tell you if he tried to trip me or not. I was just trying to get over him," he said.
Left fielder Daniel Nava retrieved the ball and made a strong throw home, where Saltalamacchia tagged a sliding Craig in time. But plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.
"I was excited at first because we nailed the guy at home. I wasn’t sure why he was called safe," Middlebrooks said.
"We’re all running to home to see why he was called safe. We didn’t think there was any obstruction there, obviously. As I’m getting up, he trips over me. I don’t know what else to say."

The call aside, do you thin the Sox will get it together and push on or the Cardinals will continue their lead? 

perzadook:

obstruction definition from the MLB site

photo by AP/David J. Phillip

It was either an obstruction or the fact that he didn’t even touch the home base. It was an umpire call that either angered or excited fans. 

Here’s an excerpt from AP

After the ball got by, Middlebrooks, lying on his stomach, raised both legs and tripped Craig, slowing him down as he tried to take off for home.

"I just know I have to dive for that ball. I’m on the ground. There’s nowhere for me to go," Middlebrooks said.

Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction.

"With the defensive player on the ground, without intent or intent, it’s still obstruction," Joyce said. "You’d probably have to ask Middlebrooks that one, if he could have done anything. But that’s not in our determination."

Craig kept scrambling.

"He was in my way. I couldn’t tell you if he tried to trip me or not. I was just trying to get over him," he said.

Left fielder Daniel Nava retrieved the ball and made a strong throw home, where Saltalamacchia tagged a sliding Craig in time. But plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.

"I was excited at first because we nailed the guy at home. I wasn’t sure why he was called safe," Middlebrooks said.

"We’re all running to home to see why he was called safe. We didn’t think there was any obstruction there, obviously. As I’m getting up, he trips over me. I don’t know what else to say."

The call aside, do you thin the Sox will get it together and push on or the Cardinals will continue their lead? 

12:30 // 9 months ago
October 20, 2013
13:30 // 10 months ago
October 13, 2013
craignewman:

And here comes the second wave. #chicagomarathon

NBC Chicago reported earlier that before runners set off for the marathon, they held a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston marathon bombing. And there’s also this: Boston bomb survivor among those running in Chicago marathon 

craignewman:

And here comes the second wave. #chicagomarathon

NBC Chicago reported earlier that before runners set off for the marathon, they held a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston marathon bombing. And there’s also this: Boston bomb survivor among those running in Chicago marathon 

10:38 // 10 months ago