Forecast: September


After a knee injury kept him out of last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger Woods’s expected return to the TPC course in Norton has fans that much more amped for the PGA Tour’s annual Bay State stop. With the throngs out in force, savvy gallery members know the key to a decent vantage point is bouncing ahead of the pack. After Woods tees off on No. 1, for instance, slide over to the green of the short par-4 fourth hole to see the World’s Greatest Golfer try to reach the dance floor in one—and perhaps reward your hustle by giving one of his trademark fist pumps.


Today’s the deadline for Attorney General Martha Coakley to certify any petitions for ballot initiatives in next fall’s election. So far the 2010 crop of ballot questions is shaping up to be rather financially focused: There are multiple proposals to reduce that recently raised sales tax, there’s one to end the sales tax on liquor, and there’s another to ban tolls on state roads. Should the petitions pass legal muster, supporters will have until December to gather about 67,000 signatures to inch them closer to the ballot. So if you hate taxes, don’t be caught without a pen.

Former state Senator Jarrett Barrios today takes the helm of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a national media-monitoring group facing tough questions within the local gay community. In June, Hub-based publications Edge and Bay Windows each wondered how relevant GLAAD remained. Could the brewing fight over proposed federal "defense of marriage" legislation (which Attorney General Martha
Coakley fears could unravel same-sex marriage benefits in Massachusetts) provide Barrios a powerful opportunity to reassert the group’s juice in the Bay State?

Boston’s public educators report for their first day of school today—and for some unlucky union teachers, it could be their last. In something of a dramatic shift, one-time charter school foe Mayor Tom Menino made the announcement in June that lagging public schools would be converted into nonunion charters, which instantly touched off a battle with the Boston Teachers Union. The value of the nontraditional schools was pushed to the fore earlier this year when the Boston Foundation released a much-ballyhooed report backing them. But Menino’s turnabout came after feds put nearly $5 billion in grants into play for districts opening charter schools.

For its part, the union is doing more than merely shouting down innovation. It recently helped to organize the faculty at Brighton’s Conservatory Lab Charter School, marking the first charter-to-union conversion in the state. This month, the group plans to open the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain: A laboratory for educational innovation, it will feature "co-teacher leaders" instead of a principal, along with a number of other creative approaches that charter-backing reform advocates would applaud.

Legendary scientists E. O. Wilson and James Watson trade tales of yore and discuss the future of discovery at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.

Consider This
Questions you’ll have reason to ask this month

Should I be alarmed by all the bank heists this month? Probably not. You see, Ben Affleck’s back home, adapting the Chuck Hogan novel Prince of Thieves into a shoot-’em-up love story called The Town. If the movie stays true to the book, expect at least one massive holdup and cop chase to rip through Kenmore Square (in addition to smaller stickups around town).

Who needs a cheap lawyer? Ropes & Gray and Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge are among the downsized Boston law firms telling the newly minted J.D.s they hired not to bother showing up this month, but instead to report back next year. Even those rookies lucky enough to have work are perhaps finding that fancy firm gigs aren’t what they used to be: A Weil Gotshal posting sent to Suffolk Law grads included lifting and moving boxes among the job requirements.

How entertaining is this debate going to get? Though it probably shouldn’t matter, it’s worth noting that the 9/10 televised mayoral debate (the second and final matchup before the 9/22 primary) will be brought to us by Fox 25 and the Boston Herald—not exactly twin bastions of staid and sober coverage. Here’s hoping for fireworks…with video at 11.  GEOFFREY GAGNON