Weekend Redux: What You Missed

Just because you spent all weekend stocking up on tequila and chips for Cinco de Mayo doesn’t mean the world stopped moving. We round up the notable stories you missed.

On Friday, Boston.com picked up an AP story with the best headline ever. Then the prudes in the Globe newsroom changed it to “Data dispel image of cocaine user.” This is why newspapers are dying.

Has the House gone completely off the rails? Speaker Sal DiMasi looks uncharacteristically weak, and representatives are allegedly threatening each other with physical violence.

“He leveled his eyes at me and he said, ‘I’ve been in this building for a long time, Jen,’ and, ‘I wanted you to know that I could make things real difficult for you. I mean, Jen, I could really hurt you if I wanted to,’ ” [Sutton Rep. Jennifer] Callahan told her colleagues.

While the reps may be physically insecure, at least their votes may be getting safer. Lawmakers voted unanimously to form a committee to find a secure voting system and eliminate phantom votes.

How lame a gangster do you have to be to have the nickname “The Cheese Man,” and try to offer highway inspectors bribes for huge quantities of loam for the Big Dig? Somewhere in Europe, Whitey Bulger is sad to see how far organized crime has fallen.

We love the Red Sox, but not enough to have our loved ones risk arrest to sprinkle our ashes on the field at Fenway Park after our death. While reliever Mike Timlin doesn’t have any problems playing on the remains of fans, Coco Crisp sums it up nicely.

“It’s kind of freaky knowing you’re diving into somebody’s grandpa[.]”

Richard Florida, the guy who told women on the East Coast to head west in order to find a man tells us today that people who live in our area of the country are neurotic. While the piece in the Globe doesn’t explain what the trait means, Wikipedia helps us out.

People high in Neuroticism are emotionally reactive. They respond emotionally to events that would not affect most people, and their reactions tend to be more intense than normal.

Yeah, that sounds like most people we know.

Lots of people accuse the Herald of being trashy, and it looks like they may be right.

A Herald probe of garbage thrown into restaurant Dumpsters uncovered bags routinely containing about two-thirds recyclable glass, plastic, paper and cardboard for every one-third in ordinary waste.

That. . . really sounds like the tabloid went digging through the trash after restaurants close for the night. And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.

A sample of this trash obtained by the Herald last week uncovered bags filled largely with recyclable materials and just a bit of waste.

God. We hope that the Herald’s health insurance covers tetanus and rabies boosters. That’s the grossest thing we’ve heard since Roger Clemens’ dalliance with Mindy McCready.