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  • Mosque’s completion cause for celebration

    06/10/2007 1:04:37 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 62 replies · 1,689+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, June 10, 2007 | By Marie Szaniszlo
    Abdel Majid left behind family and friends in Morocco four years ago to study and work in the United States. Yesterday, as he heard the traditional Muslim call to prayer at the new Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, he truly felt at home. “The population here - most of them are immigrants far from where they grew up,” said the 29-year-old Revere man. “To hear the call of prayer makes you feel this is really your country.” Yesterday, Muslims from across the region watched the capping of the mosque’s minaret, the tower from which the call to...
  • (Mayor) Menino wants to combat global warming (BeanTown Emissions reductions targets and dates)

    04/12/2007 6:38:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 682+ views
    BOSTON Boston Mayor Tom Menino pledges to combat global warming by committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city 80 percent by the year 2050. Menino's short-term goal is to reduce Boston's emissions by seven percent over the next five years. The mayor hopes to meet those goals by installing energy efficient heating systems in buildings throughout the city and by encouraging increased use of wind power as well as other measures. Menino says Boston already is the region's largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy and biodiesel fuel made from vegetable material.
  • Burgermeister of Bosh-thin

    03/03/2007 10:12:58 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 23 replies · 585+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/4/07 | Howie Carr
    Mumbles Menino is so desperate to grab some of that new meals tax money, he’s starting to sound like Popeye’s old friend Wimpy. The mayor of Boston goes out Friday talking about hamburgers, and how this proposed tax increase would only cost you 18 cents on a $9 bacon double cheese with fries, which will work out great down the road because your property taxes will go down by thousands of dollars because of that extra 18 cents. In short, Mumbles will gladly give you a tax cut Tuesday for an 18-cent hamburger tax today. It’s a scam of course....
  • BRA seeks to block mosque questions

    01/23/2007 6:25:46 AM PST · by ninonitti · 17 replies · 803+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 23, 2007 | Charles A. Radin and Matt Viser, Globe Staff
    The Boston Redevelopment Authority went to court yesterday to prevent four of its key officials from having to answer questions under oath about a deal in which a city-owned parcel of land was transferred to an Islamic group for construction of a mosque. Lawyers for the city's most powerful agency argued in Suffolk Superior Court that critics of the mosque project at Roxbury Crossing had no right to depose the BRA officials about the project or obtain more documents than those already provided to the David Project, a nonprofit Jewish advocacy group. Leaders of the David Project have questioned the...
  • Saudi bank's role in mosque is questioned

    01/10/2007 1:07:07 PM PST · by ninonitti · 5 replies · 431+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 10, 2007 | Charles A. Radin and Stephen Kurkjian
    The Islamic Society of Boston's effort to build the region's largest mosque has received at least $1 million in financing from a Saudi Arabia-based bank dominated by governments that critics of the mosque project say support Islamic extremism. The Islamic society acknowledged yesterday receiving a $1 million loan from the Islamic Development Bank in late 2005 -- principal owners of which are Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, and Egypt -- after opponents of the mosque project provided the Globe with documents showing that the bank paid about $500,000 in mosque construction bills late in 2005. Work on the mosque, which is...
  • Radio stunt draws Menino wrath (Opie and Anthony "target homeless")

    12/17/2006 6:06:06 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 46 replies · 2,307+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/17/06 | Beth Daley
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino is chastising shock jocks Opie & Anthony and WBCN for broadcasting a live "Homeless Shopping Spree" yesterday where homeless people were given money and were taken to a New Jersey mall... "This so-called "shopping spree" is a sick and twisted exercise that degrades the most vulnerable members of our society," Menino. "This is wrong, and we need the public . . . who care about the homeless and about basic human decency to stand up and tell them so." According to a live broadcast of the program yesterday, more than 2,000 people showed up at the...
  • It’s Mumbles world out there and youse are welcome to it

    12/08/2006 12:38:16 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 24 replies · 789+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/8/06 | Howie Carr
    Hey youse, yeah I’m talkin’ to youse out there, youse think it’s easy bein’ Mumbles Menino? All these years as mayor, and you gets no respect. The city looks lousy, companies are movin’ out, half the drugs in the police evidence room are missing, you backed Tom Reilly for governor, they keep puttin’ “holiday tree” up the Web site - things get any worse and James Baker and Lee Hamilton will be writing a report about you, which as everyone knows is the singular of “youse.” But still, the Mayor toils on, moving through the city, accompanied only by a...
  • A mom’s terror: ’I handed my baby to my brother and there was blood all over me’

    08/20/2006 11:09:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies · 1,618+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | August 21, 2006 | Michele McPhee
    The Herring family is all too familiar with the ruthless, unimaginably violent actions of a girl gang that has taken to terrorizing Dorchester in recent months. In March, 8-year-old Daryus Herring - that’s right, a little 8-year old boy - was surrounded and stomped by the girls that call themselves the Crown Path gang. The attack left the child unconscious with four broken ribs. Days later, the same girls tried to beat up the boy’s big sister - 13-year-old Shaquice Herring - after she asked them, “Which one of you jumped my brother?” The wannabe girl gangsters responded by throwing...
  • The cracks in 'broken windows'

    03/04/2006 7:32:39 PM PST · by tbird5 · 36 replies · 1,442+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 19, 2006 | Daniel Brook
    A crime-fighting theory that says stopping major crimes begins with stopping small ones has influenced policing strategies in Boston and elsewhere since the 1980s. But scholars are starting to question whether fixing broken windows really fixes much at all. ON THURSDAY, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced a new initiative. The Boston Police Department, he said, will be cracking down on misdemeanor offenses, including loud parties, unleashed dogs, public drinking, and even littering. ''Today we are addressing what may sometimes appear to be smaller issues," the mayor said at a press conference, ''but for those of us familiar with the 'broken...
  • Faith must guide, not dictate

    12/18/2005 9:15:52 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 622+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 18, 2005 | Teresa Heinz Kerry
    I am proud to live in a country where religious freedom is a fundamental belief, and where our elected officials are judged by their performance in office, without religious tests. Though the beliefs they hold in their hearts surely inform every decision they make, elected officials are properly judged by the policies they pursue, not by the religion they practice or by their adherence to the tenets of our own religious beliefs. So, I was troubled to read that picketers protested Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s address to the Catholic Charities of Greater Boston Christmas dinner earlier this month, criticizing the...
  • Menino's Catholic Fallacies

    12/16/2005 2:00:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 825+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 14, 2005 | George Weigel
    CARICATURES OF CATHOLIC belief have been a staple of American life since the Colonial period. Once upon a time, the cartoons were drawn and the caricatures were promoted by Protestant bigots. That's rarely the case anymore, except on the fringes of the religious fever swamps (and, to be sure, among certain devout secularists). In an odd historical twist, cartoon Catholicism and the crudest caricatures of Catholic belief are often promoted today by Catholic political leaders. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is a case in point. In the course of his recent remarks to the Catholic Charities Greater Boston Christmas dinner,...
  • Boston mayor calls traditional Catholics 'hateful'

    12/02/2005 8:32:39 PM PST · by darkangel82 · 76 replies · 2,028+ views
    from an email ^ | Today | Brian Camenker
    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has raised the level of rhetoric and insulted religious Catholics across the state by telling a homosexual newspaper this week that those who want to enforce the Church's teachings and instructions are, in his words, "hateful." Catholic Charities, an arm of the Archdiocese of Boston but run by a separate (and unfortunately, left-wing) board of directors, had announced that it was honoring Mayor Menino at its annual fund-raising dinner to be held next Friday, Dec. 9, at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Many religious Catholics were outraged and communicated with Archbishop Sean O'Malley that he should not...
  • Menino says critics 'not charitable' [Another Clueless CINO Politician]

    11/30/2005 8:25:29 AM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 11 replies · 490+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | November 30, 2005 | Charles A. Radin
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday that critics campaigning to have him ousted as keynote speaker at a Catholic Charities fund-raiser next week are blinded by anger and risk weakening the Catholic Church by making it more exclusive. 'Faith, hope, and charity, that's what the church is about," the mayor said in his first public remarks on the issue since Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley announced last week he would not attend the event. ''If these people are Catholic and charitable, where does this animosity come from? They are not charitable at all. As a Catholic, I am trying to help...
  • Tradition trumps inclusiveness, It's a Christmas tree

    11/29/2005 1:20:45 PM PST · by Pikamax · 27 replies · 839+ views
    ottawacitizen ^ | 11/29/05 | ottawacitizen
    Tradition trumps inclusiveness It's a Christmas tree Joanne Laucius The Ottawa Citizen Tuesday, November 29, 2005 Rideau Hall performed a rapid about-face on the name of its seasonal evergreen yesterday after a staff member called it a "holiday tree" in a CBC interview. "At Rideau Hall, we will be putting up a holiday tree as we find it reflects the traditions of many cultures, and it is inclusive," Rideau Hall spokeswoman Lucie Brosseau said. Not so fast. Soon after, in response to a query from the Citizen, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean's spokesman said there had been a mistake. It was...
  • O'Malley won't attend dinner at which Menino is honored [Boston]

    11/25/2005 7:20:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 727+ views ^ | 11-24-05 |
    O'Malley won't attend dinner at which Menino is honored November 24, 2005 BOSTON --Disagreement over Mayor Thomas Menino's views on abortion and same-sex marriage has prompted Archbishop Sean O'Malley to cancel plans to attend the annual Catholic Charities Christmas dinner next month.Also, O'Malley is sending a letter to every parish in the archdiocese in which he says the church's opposition to gay marriage should not be interpreted as hostility toward homosexuals, and Catholics should strive to end discrimination toward gays and lesbians. snip-------------- The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a conservative Catholic group, has called for a boycott of the dinner...
  • TURKEY ROUNDUP - Moonbats Had A Busy Day

    11/25/2005 11:22:49 AM PST · by chuckpez · 4 replies · 536+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 25rd, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    There's something about Thanksgiving that truly brings out the hate in America's most miserable extremists. Some of the most notorious fresh examples: From Bill Schechner at San Francisco's KPIX: Arab-Owned Liquor Stores Attacked In Oakland OAKLAND Security tapes from the San Pablo Liquor Market on 23rd and San Pablo Ave. in Oakland show 11 men dressed in the manner of members of the Nation of Islam walking into the market at about 11:30 Wednesday night. After confronting the clerk behind the counter they push him aside, topple some groceries, open the wine, soda and alcohol coolers and throw the goods...
  • Logger spitting sawdust over Hub con-tree-versy

    11/24/2005 3:28:38 AM PST · by Panerai · 10 replies · 847+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 11/24/2005 | Marie Szaniszlo
    The fuming Nova Scotia lumberjack who donated the spruce to be lighted on Boston Common has a message for the Hub: Feed that “holiday tree” to a woodchipper. “My family donated a Christmas tree. If Boston wants to call it something else, maybe they should just send it back,” said Donnie Hatt, the logger who donated the 48-foot-tall white spruce that grew in his front yard for 36 years. “If I’d known there would be this much craziness, I would have ground it up myself.” Hatt was referring to the flurry of media calls he’s received since yesterday’s Herald reported...
  • Boston Archbishop Pulls Out of Catholic Charities Fundraiser

    11/23/2005 1:48:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 1,005+ views
    Boston, Nov. 23 ( - Boston's Archbishop Sean O'Malley will not attend a December dinner honoring the city's Mayor Thomas Menino. The dinner is a fundraising event for the local office of Catholic Charities. The archbishop's withdrawal from the December 9 event follows a series of protests from lay Catholic leaders, who have pointed to Mayor Menino's record on key moral issues. C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, cited the mayor's "relentless opposition to the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church" in a November 17 statement urging the archbishop not to attend the dinner....
  • Falwell’s faithful put Hub on notice: Don’t diss Christmas

    11/23/2005 12:44:06 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 23 replies · 748+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/23/05 | Marie Szaniszlo
    Jerry Falwell and an army of conservative lawyers drew a line in the snow yesterday, warning Boston and other cities: Don’t mess with Christmas. And even before the first volley was fired, City Hall caved. Just after a top lawyer for the conservative Liberty Counsel blasted the Hub’s annual “holiday tree” ceremony, a Menino administration official scrambled to do damage control. “This is a Christmas tree,” Boston Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak insisted about the Nova Scotia spruce the city will light Dec. 1 on historic Boston Common. “It’s definitely a Christmas tree.” However, the city’s official Web site refers to...
  • WHERE'S AL? Plus, More Mistress Talk, Candidates Spar

    10/15/2005 11:25:29 AM PDT · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 314+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | October 15, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Louis Farrakhan's increasingly incoherent ramblings, making news this weekend, reminded the Radio Equalizer of another so-called civil rights leader, Al Sharpton. What happened to his planned liberal talk radio show? After revealing his intentions to the media in May, we've heard almost nothing since. At the time, Rush Limbaugh thought Sharpton's prospects were fairly decent, but the whole issue now seems to be forgotten. According to reports at the time, "The Al Sharpton Show" should have been on the air by now.
  • T-Shirt Prompts Mayor To Boycott Clothing Store

    09/23/2005 8:25:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies · 1,702+ views
    The Boston Channel ^ | September 23, 2005
    BOSTON -- When NewsCenter 5 showed a controversial T-shirt to Mayor Thomas Menino, he was so upset he called for the boycott of the store selling it. NewsCenter 5's Jorge Quiroga reported that the T-shirt's slogan, "Stop Snitchin'," is street slang for, "Don't cooperate with police."
  • [Boston:] Hub evac plan useless: Traffic jams mean 'you're dead'

    09/23/2005 4:37:05 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 19 replies · 699+ views ^ | September 23, 2005 | By Dave Wedge
    As evacuation nightmares unfold in Texas and Louisiana, Boston's plan to move more than 1 million people out of the city in an emergency remains vague and leaves much to chance – highlighting the Hub's potentially deadly vulnerabilities. "Lives are on the line here," said retired Navy Cmdr. Hank Chase, a disaster relief expert who called the city plan "superficial." Among the glaring shortcomings of the Hub's "Operation Exodus," provided by the city: #Shaky plans for those who cannot "self-evacuate" in their own cars; # No concrete plan to ensure hospitals and nursing homes are rapidly evacuated; # No plans...
  • Menino targets litter, says neat parks will discourage drug users

    09/17/2005 1:57:59 PM PDT · by Panerai · 16 replies · 441+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 09/17/2005 | Kevin Rothstein
    While police continue to sweep heroin and crack fiends from the Boston Common and Public Garden, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is preparing to launch an anti-litter campaign for all the city's parks. Even with police trying to shut down the startling open-air drug abuse in and around the two premier greenspaces, some of it observed in broad daylight by the Herald in recent weeks, Menino said it was the right time to launch the litter crusade. Cleaner parks might discourage drug abuse, he said. ``Cleaning the parks sends a message that we're not going to tolerate it,'' he said yesterday....
  • Menino mayor may not speak right, so listen up

    07/15/2005 2:00:18 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 6 replies · 569+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Friday, July 15, 2005 | By Howie Carr
    So they're picking on Mumbles Menino again. They're trying to taunt him into an endless series of debates with his bust-out opponent, City Councilor Maura Hennigan, who at last report had 53 cents in her campaign war chest. I implore Mumbles Menino, accept the challenge. Pick up the gauntlet. There's more to being the mayor than ``fancy talkin','' as you say. There are intangibles, or as you told Jon Keller of CBS4, ``untangibles.'' This man is a leader. After the London terror bombings last week, who was not reassured when Mumbles strode to the microphone and said: ``Let me just...
  • Boston's dirty degrees of separation go on forever

    05/20/2005 2:08:58 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 1 replies · 453+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Friday, May 20, 2005 | By Howie Carr
    Here's the question about Stevie Flemmi: Is he going out as Joe Valachi, or as Joe Barboza? That is, is he an embittered old man lifting the lid on organized crime, or is he an imprisoned hit man using the government to settle all his old scores? Probably some of both. I know that all of the ex-FBI agents have denied they took cash from the serial killers, Stevie Flemmi and his partner, Whitey Bulger. But at least one or two of these feds have already been named by other witnesses, under oath. Kevin Weeks testified that Whitey used to...
  • Flemmi alleges more FBI Payoffs (Mumble's Consiglieri Linked?)

    05/19/2005 10:26:44 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 5 replies · 517+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 19, 2005 | Shelley Murphy and Stephen Kurkjian
    Notorious gangster Stephen ''The Rifleman" Flemmi said in two recent depositions that he and his partner, James ''Whitey" Bulger, paid more than $200,000 to their FBI handler, John J. Connolly Jr., while working as informants, and gave cash to five other agents. Questioned under oath in lawsuits against the government over the FBI's handling of the gangsters, Flemmi said they paid $5,000 each to John Newton and John Morris and $2,500 each to Nicholas Gianturco, Michael Buckley, and John Cloherty. Transcripts of the depositions, taken in October and last month, were reviewed by the Globe. Flemmi, who began cooperating with...
  • Menino says Bush budget may worsen homelessness

    03/10/2005 3:00:33 AM PST · by ninonitti · 12 replies · 467+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 10, 2005 | By Madison Park
    Asserts proposal cuts key funding | Lashing out against the Bush administration's budget proposal, Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday that housing assistance cuts could drive up homelessness in Boston. Speaking at the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter, Menino said that under the budget proposal the city would lose funding for hundreds of vouchers for federally subsidized housing, potentially forcing low-income families onto the streets. ''We need resources. We need Section 8 certificates for affordable units," Menino said, referring to the federal housing voucher program. ''People in government can't end homelessness by signing documents. You need to give a check...
  • Boston Mayor Menino blames state for taxes

    03/05/2005 1:24:49 PM PST · by pabianice · 13 replies · 418+ views
    Metrowest News ^ | 3/5/05 | Van Voorhis
    BOSTON - With tax bills soaring across the city, Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday blasted Beacon Hill as a major force behind the growing financial burden on Boston homeowners and businesses. In a wide-ranging speech to city business executives, Menino argued that state leaders are blocking efforts to broaden the city's revenue base -- such as adding a meals tax -- and move beyond what he called a heavy reliance on real estate taxes. And Menino blasted state authorities that control property in Boston -- such as the Massachusetts Port Authority, owner of Logan Airport and valuable waterfront land --...
  • Boston Mosque: The Rise of Radical Islam

    11/16/2004 8:49:43 AM PST · by missyme · 45 replies · 1,772+ views
    CBN ^ | Nov 16th, 2004
    BOSTON, Massachusetts - A mosque is rising in the heart of Boston. Not just any mosque, but the largest mosque in the northeastern United States. At a cost of $22 million, the 60,000-square-foot Islamic Cultural Center will be a prominent symbol of the growth of Islam in America. But the project is under fire, as some say it will also be a symbol of radical Islam. The Islamic Society of Boston is under scrutiny for ties to radicalism. But the society says it does not tolerate extremism. And yet, some former and present leaders of the society have been tied...
  • Emerson College student dies after postgame melee

    10/21/2004 6:23:13 PM PDT · by ninonitti · 9 replies · 1,584+ views
    Boston Herald | Thursday, October 21, 2004 | Associated Press
    BOSTON - A 21-year-old college student died Thursday of a head injury suffered in a clash between police officers and a crowd of Red Sox fans who poured into the streets outside Fenway Park to celebrate their team's victory over the New York Yankees. Victoria Snelgrove, a 21-year-old journalism major at Emerson College, was among 16 people hurt in the Kenmore Square neighborhood early Thursday morning. She died at Brigham and Women's Hospital later in the day. . A spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney's office would not confirm media reports that she was shot in the head with a...
  • City will look closer at mosque terror link

    10/07/2004 3:37:35 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 3 replies · 275+ views
    Boston Herald | Thursday, October 7, 2004 | By Tom Mashberg
    A group that combats hatred of Jews urged the Islamic Society of Boston yesterday to ``explain or condemn anti-Semitic writings'' by a top official of the society. In articles published in Arabic newspapers in 2000, Walid A. Fitaihi, a director and treasurer of the society, applauded anti-Israeli violence in Jerusalem as ``a great thing.'' He said Jews have ``killed prophets'' and ``perpetrated the worst of evils and . . . brought the worst corruptions to the earth.'' In a letter to the society, which is building a vast new $22 million mosque in Roxbury, the Anti-Defamation League said it had...
  • Islamic land deal under Hub scrutiny

    10/07/2004 3:18:38 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 240+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Thursday, October 7, 2004 | By Tom Mashberg
    A key backer and fund-raiser for the Islamic Society of Boston is also a high-ranking official of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the agency that agreed to sell a 1.9-acre parcel in Roxbury to the Islamic organization at a bargain rate. BRA officials said yesterday that its deputy director of special projects, Muhammad Ali Salaam of Mattapan, had disclosed his ties to the mosque and steered clear of any involvement in the land deal. ``He is a member of the ISB and disclosed this to the ethics commission to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest,'' said BRA spokeswoman Susan...
  • Suit challenges city on mosque project

    09/29/2004 4:03:33 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 18 replies · 896+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, September 29, 2004 | By Tom Mashberg
    A Roxbury resident filed suit yesterday against the city of Boston and a controversial new $22 million Islamic center in his neighborhood, arguing that Boston violated the separation of church and state when it cut a complex land deal with the center's developers. In a suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, plaintiff James C. Policastro alleges two violations each of the state and federal constitutions: He claims the Boston Redevelopment Authority accepted less than fair market value for the parcel of city land where the towering new mosque and community center are being built. The project is expected to yield...

    07/26/2004 10:36:56 PM PDT · by CaptIsaacDavis · 9 replies · 320+ views
    New Republican Archive ^ | July 26, 2004 | New Republican Archive
    Where Have You Gone James Otis? July 26, 2004 © New Republican Archive Boston – The Democratic National Convention started today with most local Bostonians fleeing for the hills and protesters driven away by the palace guard (Secret Service). Traffic on the roads and in the subways was so light today that it was like a normal Sunday evening, only this wasn’t Sunday, and it was anything but normal. The local traffic was so light, nearly a 70% drop from the norm we are told, that police are reported on the local airwaves to be planning to scale down their...
  • 6 states' delegates might dis Menino

    07/19/2004 7:04:22 PM PDT · by BobbyGood · 9 replies · 307+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 19, 2004 | Herald Staff
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino is facing a walkout by Democratic National Convention delegates who are steamed about the city's ongoing beef with the police union and the picket lines expected at a number of convention venues. The leaders of at least six delegations - California, Ohio, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee - have said they plan to avoid picket lines and are encouraging their members to do the same, the Washington Post reported. Art Torres, head of the California delegation, has asked his 541 delegates to walk out when Menino comes on stage to welcome the delegates to Boston....
  • Boston police and firefighter unions call for boycott of (mayor) Menino

    07/11/2004 6:50:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 648+ views
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | 7/11/04 | JENNIFER PETER
    Unions call for boycott of Menino By JENNIFER PETER, The Associated Press Published: Sunday, Jul. 11, 2004 BOSTON - The city police and firefighter unions are invoking no less an authority than John Kerry to encourage delegates to the Democratic National Convention to boycott Mayor Thomas Menino’s speeches and events. At the top of a letter to be sent to each of the nearly 5,000 Democratic delegates next week, the leaders of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and the city firefighter union included the words Kerry spoke when he refused to cross picketing union members last month: “ ‘I don’t...
  • Menino, Kerry openly feuding since the senator snubbed the mayor

    06/30/2004 6:41:25 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/30/04
    BOSTON -- Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Sen. John F. Kerry, on opposite sides over the Democratic presidential hopeful's skipping a speech to a national mayors' conference, are continuing their feud long-distance. Sunday night, Kerry announced he would not cross a Boston police union's informational picket line the next day to appear as scheduled at a session of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, hosted by Menino. The police union is at odds with Menino over a new contract. "Maybe they (Kerry's campaign organization) should use some of their energies to get their message across to the American people instead...
  • Boston's Menino lets loose: Mayor slams ‘incompetent’ Kerry camp

    06/30/2004 4:52:12 AM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 22 replies · 306+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/30/04
    By David R. Guarino and Noelle Straub Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Mayor Thomas M. Menino unloaded a searing attack on fellow Democrat John F. Kerry [related, bio] yesterday, calling his presidential campaign ``small-minded'' and ``incompetent'' - laying bare a years-old rift weeks before the city plays host to Kerry's FleetCenter coronation. Menino, in an exclusive Herald interview, let loose on the hometown senator two days after Kerry snubbed him by siding with union picketers outside a U.S. Conference of Mayors event. ``Maybe they should use some of their energies to get their message across to the American people instead of...
  • They Said It! (Boston Democrat Mayor Thomas Menino)

    06/30/2004 12:31:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 320+ views
    "[Boston Democrat Mayor Thomas] Menino called the alleged leak 'the failure of the [Kerry] campaign to communicate with the public,' adding, 'They are trying to find scapegoats for their incompetency.'" (David R. Guarino and Noelle Straub, “Menino Lets Loose: Mayor Slams 'Incompetent' Kerry Camp,” Boston Herald,, 6/30/04)
  • Menino lets loose: Mayor slams ‘incompetent’ Kerry camp

    06/29/2004 11:38:54 PM PDT · by Jenya · 15 replies · 160+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 6/30/04 | By David R. Guarino and Noelle Straub
    Menino lets loose: Mayor slams ‘incompetent’ Kerry camp Mayor Thomas M. Menino unloaded a searing attack on fellow Democrat John F. Kerry yesterday, calling his presidential campaign ``small-minded'' and ``incompetent'' - laying bare a years-old rift weeks before the city plays host to Kerry's FleetCenter coronation. Menino, in an exclusive Herald interview, let loose on the hometown senator two days after Kerry snubbed him by siding with union picketers outside a U.S. Conference of Mayors event. ``Maybe they should use some of their energies to get their message across to the American people instead of trying to destroy the integrity...
  • Cops give DNC labor pains: Unions won’t cross picket line

    06/08/2004 6:56:47 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 8 replies · 135+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, June 8, 2004 | By Scott Van Voorhis and Jack Meyers
    The union tangle threatening to embarrass the Democratic National Convention grew more snarled last night as police officers and EMTs armed with signs lined up outside the Fleet Center minutes before midnight. ``There certainly are a lot better things we all could be doing with our time than standing out here,'' said recently promoted Boston police Capt. Maura Flynn, who joined roughly 50 others to picket from midnight to 4 a.m., only to head into work four hours later. ``We just want negotiations to keep going forward. It doesn't seem like the city is too forthcoming with an offer for...
  • Amid convention scrambling, rift shows - City, campaign split on mission

    05/24/2004 3:57:43 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 105+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/24/04 | Rick Klein and Donovan Slack
    Senator John F. Kerry’s suggestion that he would delay accepting the presidential nomination until after the Democratic National Convention, floated on Friday, has provided the clearest evidence yet of a growing divide between city officials and party officials planning the event. With Kerry and the Democratic National Convention Committee on one side, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his convention host committee on the other, an inherent tension exists, owing to their disparate missions and different political stakes. Until now, that tension has stayed largely below the surface, with private grumbling rarely making it to the public arena. But yesterday,...
  • Mayor Tom to Kerry: Just do it!: Nomination flap heats up in Hub

    05/23/2004 1:50:46 AM PDT · by pt17 · 29 replies · 225+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, May 23, 2004 | David R. Guarino
    A frustrated Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday urged Sen. John F. Kerry [related, bio] to make good on plans to accept the Democratic presidential nomination in the Hub, bluntly telling Kerry to "just do it." Menino, peeved that Kerry didn't clue him in on planning that could render the Boston convention irrelevant, said it's too late for ideas like Kerry's. "My advice? Do what everybody else has done in the past," Menino told reporters. "Just do it. Just get it done." The mayor led what could become a rising tide of opposition to the Kerry trial balloon suggesting the nomination...

    03/26/2004 6:56:05 PM PST · by moondoggie · 8 replies · 155+ views
    Boston Globe | March 26,2004 | Editorial Staff
    Singing a partisan song By Boston Herald editorial staff Friday, March 26, 2004 A ``p´´ word does describe the reason Boston firefighters weren´t allowed to perform at a fund-raiser for President Bush [related, bio] last evening, but the word is ``petty´´ not ``political.´´      Surely there is no more political an event around these parts than the St. Patrick's Day breakfast in South Boston and there wasn't a peep of concern about the Boston Fire Department Acappella Quartet singing there. (Yes, the breakfast is a bipartisan event, though Republicans are usually served up right along with the corned beef and cabbage.)...
  • Unions see raises in city surplus - Fund's overage could be $100m

    10/06/2003 5:55:47 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Boston Globe | 10/6/2003 | Rick Klein
    Boston officials are expected to announce in the coming days that they have between $75 million and $100 million in additional reserves, a revelation that's likely to set off a scramble by public employee unions for higher raises. The extra money is the result of a surplus in the state-supervised fund used for refunds to homeowners and businesses who paid too much property tax. Union leaders, who began hearing about the surplus several months ago, are thinking of the money as leverage in contract talks with the city. "The mayor ought to go into those reserves and give fair, equitable...
  • Boston Mayor admits asking city-contract firms for convention cash

    01/21/2003 3:03:05 PM PST · by Scriobh · 6 replies · 196+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | January 20, 2003 | Ellen J. Silberman
    Backing off denials that he had lobbied firms that do business with the city to help fund the Democratic National Convention, Mayor Thomas M. Menino now acknowledges he personally asked at least two companies with city contracts to pony up for the 2004 event. Menino had told the Herald that during fund-raising sessions at the Parkman House, he and U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy placed joint calls to officials from Liberty Mutual Group and State Street Corp.
  • Price is right on greenway tax

    07/22/2002 7:32:34 AM PDT · by vannrox · 1 replies · 293+ views
    Boston GLobe ^ | 7/22/2002 | By Mary Gilligan Suydam
    <p>LAST WEEK, Acting Governor Jane Swift, Mayor Thomas Menino, House Speaker Thomas Finneran, and Senate President Thomas Birmingham introduced legislation to create the Millennium Greenway Trust, a public entity that would own the Central Artery corridor, to be known as the Rose Kennedy Greenway.</p>