Weekend Redux: What You Missed


Just because you spent all weekend high on Cadbury eggs doesn’t mean the world stopped moving. We round up the notable stories you missed.

Saturday
1206363274 House Speaker Sal DiMasi made casino supporters an offer they couldn’t refuse as the battle over the legislation heated up.

DiMasi gave the lawmakers coveted committee posts, some of which include $7,500 stipends, in late February as lobbying over casinos began to intensify. Those lawmakers, after previously supporting casinos or voting to legalize slot machines, came out against Patrick’s bill in Thursday’s decisive vote.

It’s called “playing politics.” And Sal DiMasi is good at it.


The Herald’s Michael Silverman reports that Japanese television is strange. Shouldn’t you be out eating sushi or singing karaoke with neglected young wives or something?

Back when I was in elementary school, my district tried some new-fangled grading system that dubbed a failing grade “Needs Improvement.” It was a stupid system, and was tossed aside when parents complained of having no idea what the feel-good names meant. It reminds me of this inane story about underperforming schools wanting to be called “Commonwealth priority” instead of “failing” to avoid lowering student and teacher morale.

You’ll have to excuse us as we pull a Nelson and give a hearty “HA HA” to Manuel Rivera, the Boston Public Schools superintendent candidate who rejected the job via FedEx and took a job in New York. He’s one of the officials who faces losing his job after Eliot Spitzer resigned.

What’s the adage about lightning never striking twice? Jordan’s Furniture hopes it will, as it’s planning another Red Sox-related promotion after last year’s epically successful free furniture if the Sox won the World Series scheme. We’ll find out what the company is up to this morning.

Sunday
We wish that Sal and Deval would get some couples counseling. Patrick’s casino proposal is dead, but the two are still sniping at each other.

In an e-mail sent yesterday to his supporters, some of whom were disappointed with the political capital the governor used to pursue casinos, Patrick said the state missed a chance to discuss the Commonwealth’s shaky economy and figure out ways to generate new revenue.

You boys had better have Rep. Mike Capuano supervise some trust falls or something. Our roads are falling apart, people are fleeing the state for cheaper pastures, and we’re flat broke.

Another Boston institution is getting in on the bike craze. Last year, it was Mayor Tom Menino. This time, the Globe is getting a column dedicated to bicycling in the city. This is a great opportunity for young writers to get their work published, since the turnover should be pretty high. Every few months, the columnist will get doored, making room for a new writer who’s not in a full-body cast.

Joan Vennochi drank the McCain-Romney ’08 Kool-Aid on Sunday as well.

But seriously – and I mean it – Romney offers much to McCain’s presidential bid.

Conservatives love him, even though he is at best, a recent convert to their most fervent dogma. They trust him more than McCain to hold the line on taxes, especially taxes on the wealthy. Putting Romney on the ticket would also put conservative pundits and talk show hosts behind it, with passion instead of resignation.

Also, it would be fun for us journalists. Don’t front, Joan.