Weekend Redux: What You Missed


Just because you spent all weekend being smug about the Patriots’ chances doesn’t mean the world stopped moving. We round up the notable stories you missed.

Saturday
1202134530 The Globe knows something you don’t know. It took two reporters what must have been endless hours of digging to bring this story to the masses. We, quite frankly, are shocked by the news.

Did you know a lot of T stations leak? And that the Charlie Card machines are unreliable?

As we slid across the slippery tile at North Station in a futile bid to get on an overcrowded train on Friday, we noticed it was pretty wet. We were also delighted to find not one, but three, charges from the MBTA pending in our bank account after buying our monthly pass on Thursday night.

What really has us worried is the fact that soft-rock station 92.9 WBOS has become a station that caters to the 25-34-year old demographic by playing music like “Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band, and many more.” So. . . children of the late 70’s and early 80’s now warrant their own oldies station? If you need us, we’ll be looking into nursing homes.


In politics, it looks like the continued presence of Mike Huckabee in the Republican presidential field is hurting our boy Mitt Romney.

“Huckabee’s presence in the race hurts Romney a lot more than it hurts McCain because I think that Romney would be the second choice of the majority of evangelicals who are going to vote for Huckabee,” said Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Huckabee has no plans to drop out before Super Tuesday, so this should be interesting.

In another twist in the completely bizarre case of the Christina Worthington murder trial, one of the jurors accused of making racist remarks during the trial was accused of being a racist by his own great-aunt.

In nearly an hour on the stand in Barnstable Superior Court, Delainda Julia Miranda said she had heard her grand-nephew – Eric “Billy” Gomes, a dark-skinned Cape Verdean – often make disparaging remarks about blacks similar to those he allegedly uttered to other jurors in 2006 as they deliberated the fate of Christopher M. McCowen. Indeed, he repeatedly denied being black, she said, even though she told him he was.

Anthony Morella, a 43-year-old developmentally disabled man from the North End died last week, and a large part of the neighborhood showed up to mourn him.

With the charm of a man who would always be a boy, he brightened their lives, and they in return made his possible. After Morella’s mother died more than a decade ago, neighbors took him under their collective wing so he could stay in the North Bennet Street building where he had always lived, even though his brother and sister had moved away.

And so shines a good deed in a weary world.

Sunday
1202134629Football day! Fire up the HD and put the beers on ice. Now we separate the men from the boys, the perfect from the merely awesome, and the endless chatter can finally stop and we can actually see what happens. [Ed. note: This was written on Sunday morning.]

The only thing that got more attention than the Super Bowl in the Sunday papers was the blizzard of 1978. (Lest you think we didn’t get all sentimental, check out our photos and recollections in this month’s issue of Boston magazine.)

Harvey Leonard was a sex bomb back in the days when weather forecasts didn’t come in HD. (Look at that magnificent head of hair!) When people were snowed in, they liked to have sex. What would happen if the blizzard hit in 2008? Would Gov. Deval Patrick wear some snappy sweaters like Mike Dukakis?

Whatever. It’s Super Bowl Sunday! [Ed. note: Oh, for those halcyon hours before kickoff.]

In actual news, the cost of the state’s subsidized health insurance plan could double in the next three years alone. Looks like our former governor and the Legislature forgot that people actually want health insurance.

It is now apparent that both Romney and lawmakers underestimated the cost of insurance subsidies as well as other parts of the initiative, largely because they based their projections on low estimates of the number of uninsured and the rising price of insurance.

Whoopsie. The state hopes that federal funding will help keep the program going.

There are Republicans in Cambridge? Next you’ll tell us there are Catholics living in Brookline.

In other annoying political news, the Globe profiles “the Irritables,” which are people who say voting is pointless and futile and we should all just stop participating in democracy.

Raised in Texas in a family that strongly believed that voting matters, Hitch did not always feel this way. But after graduating from BU, she started working at the Lucy Parsons Center, a radical bookstore and anarchist collective in the South End. She stopped buying jeans from retailers and started buying only from thrift stores. She got rid of her television.

But. . . how can she watch the Super Bowl without a TV? [Ed. note: Smart girl.]

And re-reading this article on Monday morning just hurts.