Ben Affleck Isn’t ‘Going to Speculate’ on Massachusetts Senate Run

Ben Affleck on Massachusetts Senate Run: ‘I’m Not Going to Speculate About My Political Future.’ Adding to the speculation on who might fill John Kerry’s Senate seat should he become Secretary of State, Affleck appeared on ‘Face the Nation’ with Bob Schieffer on Wednesday night to … not really say much of anything at all. “One never knows. I’m not one to get into conjecture,” Affleck said. “I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country. It’s a big deal for me to come down here and be on your show that I’ve watched so much, but I’m not going to get into speculation about my political future.” Ben Affleck: Already an ace at politicking.  [WBZ]

Alleged Victim in O’Connell Case Dies in Car Wreck, ‘Haunted’ to the End. Rebecca Resendez, 17, died early on Tuesday morning in Malden, and her passenger, an unidentified 19-year-old female, was injured and taken to Mass General. Resendez was 14 when Quincy-based developer William O’Connell, then pushing 70, allegedly had sex with Resendez and gave her cash, a credit card, and a cellphone. O’Connell is charged with four counts of statutory rape and cocaine trafficking. His trial is scheduled to start in October, and it’s unclear what impact Resendez’s death will have on the trial.  [Patriot Ledger]

10 Upper Crust Locations Divvied Up and Sold at Auction. Assets and leases for the crumbled pizza chain sold for between $1.5 million and $1.7 million at yesterday’s auction. Four of the 10 locations—South End, Watertown, Lexington, and Wellesley—went to cofounder Jordan Tobins, who was pushed out just as the chain was falling apart. A group of former employees bought the Harvard Square location, the operating company of Pizzeria Regina bought the Fenway location, and the State Street location went to the building’s owners.  [Boston Business Journal]

EdX Announces Spring 2013 Courses. The online education platform will offer courses in the humanities and social sciences for the first time in spring 2013. In addition to the courses offered in its inaugural semester, new courses include subjects like HarvardX’s “The Ancient Greek Hero” and MITx’s “The Challenges of Global Poverty.”  [The Crimson]

Poll: Brown in Strong Position in the Event of a Special Election. A WBUR poll conducted by the MassINC Polling Group of 500 registered voters found that 58 percent view Brown favorably, despite voting him out of office just last month.  [WBUR]