Daily Feed: Inside Prison Life for Inmate 27371-038, Salvadore DiMasi

Inside Prison Life for Inmate 27371-038, Salvadore DiMasi. Today is former speaker DiMasi’s first full day behind bars in federal prison in Lexington, Ky.: his daily wake-up call is at 6 a.m., he must clean his own cell by 8 a.m., all of his clothes are numbered, and he’s not allowed photos on his walls. “I’m not there to support my wife through her illness. I am not there for my kids,” he said. “That’s the thing that bothers me the most.” [TheBostonChannel.com]

Vermont Woman Approved as Face Transplant Recipient. Carmen Tarleton, who’s already endured 50 surgeries after her ex-husband attacked her with a baseball bat before dousing her body with lye, would undergo the miraculous surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “I don’t want to have to always ask for an extra napkin. It’s those kind of everyday things. It’s well worth it to me. I have so little function in my face,” Tarleton said, hoping that she’ll be able to blink again. “… I’m hoping I look similar. Anything close is fine. Anything’s fine anyway.” [Seattle Pi]

Boston: Not Nearly as Sad as St. Petersberg, Detroit, or Memphis. In listing “America’s Saddest Cities,” Men’s Health gave Boston an A- and ranked the Hub No. 5 on “Blues-Proof Towns,” behind Omaha, Neb.; Fargo, N.D.; Manchester, New Hampshire; and, yep, Honolulu, Hawaii. [Men’s Health]

Barney Frank on Reporters: ‘When People Say Stupid Things, I Say That They Are Stupid.’ In an interview yesterday, Frank sounded off on the “hypersensitivity” of journalists and the one-way street of political reporting. “Do you think reporters worry about whether people cry after what they write about them?” Frank responded after being told that he’s brought some members of the news media to tears. [New York Times]

MBTA: September, October Ridership Highest in History. As if we didn’t really notice, with trains and buses packed like sardine cans — so much that, during rush hour, most passengers have their faces smeared and smashed up against the window glass. [Boston Herald]