Forecast: April

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TRANSPORTATION
04/01 PAPER OR PLASTIC? HUB CABS NOW TAKE BOTH
Befitting a tech hotbed, all Boston taxis will finally start accepting credit cards, a mandate drivers have long resisted, claiming it will mean fewer tips. Corresponding with the upgrade, a quarter of the city’s cabs are also
being outfitted with interactive media screens. Left unchanged: the charmingly worn-in upholstery and frequent, mystifying lack of legroom that customers have come to love.


JURISPRUDENCE
04/01 OBAMA’S UNWELCOMED AUNT PRESSES HER CASE IN COURT
The president’s Kenyan aunt, Zeituni Onyango, made for a bit of an October surprise when it was revealed that she’d been living illegally in Southie after an immigration judge denied her asylum claim in 2004. Today she’ll try again, this time with some interested observers, including conservative activists (who’ve filed requests for her arrest) and one very powerful nephew.

HEALTHCARE
04/01 HOSPITAL WORKERS CHOOSE BETWEEN RAISES, JOBS

When Beth Israel Deaconess announced it was on pace to lose $20 million this year, it was proof that the recession is hurting even the thought-to-be-impervious healthcare sector. CEO Paul Levy slashed executive pay and has told employees they might forestall layoffs if they choose to forgo the raises they’re all due to receive today.  

SALES 04/04–04/05
The Boston Design Center opens its designers-only sanctuary to the public for deals of as much as 70 percent off. Pick up something for the house, if you still have one.

$10 admission, bostondesign.com.

ENVIRONMENTALISM
04/05 CITY HALL GETS AN EARFUL OF GREEN PROPOSALS

Ever in the market for ideas to claim as his own, Mayor Menino joins a panel at the Down2Earth sustainable-living expo, where four contest finalists will pitch eco-friendly projects they hope the city might embrace.

Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston, d2eboston.com.

COMEDY
04/06 JAY LENO COMES HOME TO SAY THANKS

Back when the Andover-bred Leno was getting started, it was Lennie Sogoloff who gave him his first standup gig, a $25-a-week job at Lennie’s on the Turnpike in West Peabody. Some 37 years later, Jay’s returning to the North Shore to lend Lennie a hand, playing a fundraiser at Salem State College in honor of Sogoloff’s late wife.

O’Keefe Center, Canal Street, Salem, salemstate.edu/series.

 

CONSIDER THIS
Questions you’ll have reason to ask this month

How many enemies is the mayor about to make? Looking to close a $131 million budget gap, Mayor Menino has predicted hundreds of city layoffs after he submits his budget this month. Not unrelated: This month is also when mayoral candidates can make it official by filing their campaign papers.

Can Patrick’s commission solve this insurance crisis? You’ll recall that outrage over the cost of health insurance reached a crescendo recently, fed by the Globe‘s investigations into how plum deals were jacking up prices. Well, last summer, before the current cries for reform, the governor signed a law creating a commission of policy experts and healthcare types who were charged with finding solutions. Given the acrimony (and attention) that’s since been added to the topic, expectations will be understandably high as that commission winds down its meetings this month.   

Just how big is the market for premium spin classes? Unwilling to yield to this pesky depression, the era of the über-gym marches forward with the opening of the new Equinox on Franklin Street in Post Office Square. The foray into the Financial District gives Equinox a beachhead on the turf of the swank Sports Club/LA. -GEOFFREY GAGNON