Forecast: July 2010

The month in preview.

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7/8 Harvard Stadium hosts the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. Look for Boston Cannons standout and reigning league MVP Paul Rabil to star on his home field. ticketmaster.com.

CONTROVERSIES
7/4 SUNDAY BLOODY (MARY) SUNDAY

Anyone who’s ever turned to the Phantom Gourmet while riding out a Sunday-morning hangover might today be able to thank show creator Dave Andelman for making more readily available the traditional cure: hair of the dog.
Andelman has been the force behind the Restaurant Rejuvenation Act, which would allow the state’s bars and restaurants to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays (rather than at noon, the time dictated by current law). There would be no better testament to our freedom, Andelman has said, than the right to enjoy "mimosas with our omelets before noon."
For more than 15 years, legislators have been steadily chipping away at the state’s puritanical Sunday-specific laws. In 1994 a regulation that kept businesses of any kind from opening until noon on Sundays was repealed, while the law banning alcohol sales on Sundays was relaxed in 2004. The odds that Andelman will be successful look good: The act already passed the House with unanimous support in May, after its bipartisan supporters argued it would help restaurants suffering through some dark financial times.

CELEBRATIONS
7/4 AFTER-GLOOM DELIGHT

During the Great Recession, Indepdence Day fireworks displays served as the ultimate economic barometer of Massachusetts cities and towns. Several communities canceled their shows, either because they couldn’t afford the bill, or to avoid the appearance of throwing what little money they had left at a needless bit of luxury. So look skyward tonight to see whether the economy has truly recovered.

MUSIC: JAM SESSION

EDUCATION
7/9 FAILING SCHOOLS GET SHOT AT $1 MILLION MAKEOVER

State public schools that have consistently failed to show improvement – the so-called Level 4 schools – must submit a redesign plan by today for a chance to receive $1 million in federal grant money. But this is no HGTV special, and these changes will need to go deeper than just cosmetic fixes. Under the plan, schools have limited options, including firing the principal and instituting teacher incentives, or firing the principal and half of the staff. Either way, it doesn’t look good for the principal.

7/24 A reminder of the value of investigative journalism: Today’s the 90th anniversary of the opening salvo in a Boston Post series that unraveled a fraudulent financial scheme run by a local businessman whose name might ring a bell – Charles Ponzi.

7/31 Today marks the end of this year’s state legislative session. If all goes according to plan, our fine representatives will have approved casino gambling in the Bay State.

TENNIS
7/19 FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
In a match for the World Team Tennis league, racket legend Martina Hingis and her New York Buzz take on the Boston Lobsters at Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton on 7/11. If Hingis’s dour mien isn’t your thing, just wait eight days for Anna Kournikova: She’s coming to town to play with the St. Louis Aces. bostonlobsters.net.