Weekend Redux: What You Missed


Just because you spent all weekend celebrating the solstice doesn’t mean the world stopped moving. We round up the notable stories you missed.

Saturday
Hey, another company that performed shoddy work on the Big Dig might be held accountable!

The US Attorney’s office in Boston yesterday brought a raft of criminal charges against the Big Dig’s largest contractor, saying it knew that bolts were coming loose in the ceiling of the Interstate 90 tunnel but glossed over the problem until panels came crashing down in 2006, killing motorist Milena Del Valle.

The government also accused. . . Modern Continental Corp., of systematically cheating on the bills for labor and materials it submitted. And it said a water-gushing wall breach in 2004 was a result of shoddy concrete workmanship, which it said Modern Continental knew about but ignored.

Oh, Mike Dukakis.

[Y]esterday at The New England Center for Children’s official dedication of the Michael S. Dukakis Aquatic Center, the former governor was his typical demure self.

“When they start naming buildings after you,” Dukakis said, “you know you’re on your way out.”

Way to look on the bright side, Mike.


James Marzilli’s groping may be a result of mental illness. But you’d probably already figured that out. Sources tell the Herald he’s suffering from bipolar disorder.

There’s talk of more tolls on the Pike. And if you want tickets to a high-profile sporting event, you should probably consider working for the lottery.

Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Delcarmen performed an homage to Milli Vanilli’s “Blame it on the Rain” on the Jumbo Tron during Friday’s rain delay.

Sunday
Beware, drivers. The Globe’s reporters are now tooling around the city on Vespas.

It was an all-too-familiar situation: Ahead, a red light glared, and bumper-to-bumper traffic stretched as far as the eye could see. Taxis honked. Drivers sighed. Nobody was happy – except the reporter on the white Vespa who slipped into the space between the lanes and nimbly passed among the cars.

Um. . . is that legal? Dan Kennedy says probably not.

As I understand it, it’s illegal for the operator of any motor vehicle, most definitely including motorcycles, to wiggle between lanes of traffic. I think this is the relevant law[.]

Also, would it have killed the paper of record to allow their reporter to switch to the first person for the story?

Non-Orthodox Jews are having a hard time getting men interested in leadership positions in their community.

A Boston city councilor wants to change the time drivers stop feeding the meters from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Yeah, that’s going to go over well.

And if you’d been feeling pretty good after the Celtics victory, the Herald would like to remind you that the world is a scary, horrible place. At least in these uncertain times, we have our favorite tabloid to keep us up at night in fear.