Former Boston University President John R. Silber, 86, Dies

Former Boston University President John R. Silber Dies. Silber, the president of Boston University from 1971 to 1996 and chancellor from 1996 to 2000, died on Thursday morning after a decline in his health in recent months, according to a letter from BU president Dr. Robert A. Brown.  []

Scott Brown: This ‘Conduct Will Not Be Tolerated.’ In response to the video released Tuesday capturing his staff’s tomahawk chops and war whoops at a campaign rally, Brown released the following non-apology through spokeswoman Alleigh Marre on Wednesday night: “Senator Brown has spoken to his entire staff – including the individuals involved in this unacceptable behavior – and issued them their one and only warning that this type of conduct will not be tolerated. As we enter the final stretch of this campaign, emotions are running high, and while Senator Brown can’t control everyone, he is encouraging both sides to act with respect. He regrets that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards that the people of Massachusetts expect and deserve.”  [NYT]

Boston Ranks No. 4 on Businessweek‘s Best Places to Live. Boston came in behind San Fransisco (No. 1), Seattle (No. 2), and Washington D.C. (No. 3) on Businessweek‘s ranking of the 50 best cities in America. Here’s what the ranking had to say: “… few cities can match Beantown’s blend of history, night life, and education. With 22 universities, Boston can seem very much a college town, owning a grimy charm. As New England’s cultural center, Boston combines Gilded Age class with some Atlantic brine, from L’Espalier to B&G Oysters.” Briny and classy, score.  [Bloomberg Businessweek]

Red Sox’s Worst Season in 47 Years Finally Ends. TGTMIO (thank goodness that misery is over).  [ESPN]

Third-Largest Cranberry Haul on Record Expected This Year. The pumpkin and apple harvests are strong, too.  [Patriot Ledger]