August 13, 1998 |
In mid-June, I wrote about Patricia Smith, a wonderfully talented African-American columnist, who resigned at the Boston Globe's request because she had fabricated people and quotations in four columns. In short, she lied. And although her falsehoods were elegantly and eloquently constructed, they violated the basic rule that separates journalists from novelists: you must write only truth. Deviate from that, and you'll lose your readers' trust. In the weeks that followed, a Globe investigation turned up 48 other questionable columns, in which researchers were unable to verify Smith's sources.
February 4, 1997 |
Rep. Bud Shuster (R., Pa.), responding to a report in yesterday's Boston Globe that he was being investigated by a federal grand jury, said he was unaware of any investigation. According to the Globe, a grand jury is looking into allegations that Shuster used his influence, in exchange for campaign contributions, to help two Boston businessmen entangled in a Massachusetts highway project. Shuster, of Everett, Bedford County, is the chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which handles federal transportation spending and policies.
June 11, 1993 |
The New York Times will buy the company that owns the Boston Globe for $1.1 billion under an agreement approved yesterday by the boards of both companies, the New York paper reported in today's issues. The largest in newspaper history, the sale would end family control at one of the last major independent papers in the country. It was to be announced in today's Globe as well. For now, terms of the sale ensure that the two newspapers will remain separate. According to sources at the Globe, the negotiations included contracts guaranteeing the employment of senior management.
August 7, 1998 |
Two months after forcing out one columnist for making up material, the Boston Globe yesterday found itself in a standoff with another columnist, Mike Barnicle, who refused to resign after editors discovered he had used several jokes from a book by comedian George Carlin. The writer's defiance - and the Globe's refusal to reconsider its position - captured the attention of this city, where Barnicle has enjoyed a wide following for 25 years, holding himself out as the feisty voice of what he has described as the "everyday working man. " "What I did was stupid," he said yesterday in one of several television interviews he gave outside his suburban home.
August 8, 1998 |
Mike Barnicle, the Boston Globe's lead columnist for the last 25 years, met with his publisher yesterday, two days after Barnicle refused to resign over a bunch of George Carlin jokes that Barnicle used without attribution in his column Sunday. Neither Barnicle nor the publisher, Benjamin B. Taylor, would comment after the meeting, and a newspaper spokesman said it was "not possible" that the Globe would back off its position that Barnicle must go. Later in the day, Thomas G. Stemberg, the chief executive officer for Staples, the office-retail chain, released a letter he had sent to the Globe saying that Barnicle's departure would make the Globe "a less attractive advertising vehicle.
July 22, 2016 |
I probably don't have to tell you what a huge relief it was this week to learn that plagiarism is finally all right. Man, that took long enough. It is so easy to accidentally slip when writing about Philadelphia sports. Sometimes, particularly when the local landscape is outlined against a blue, gray October sky, the Four Horsemen occasionally ride again. As you well know, in dramatic lore, they are Famine, Pestilence, Destruction, and Death. But those are only aliases. Their real names are Eagles, Flyers, Sixers, and Phillies.
April 22, 2016 |
It was an image that raced through social media on Monday: Two runners carrying a third toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 2 #BostonMarathon runners assist a fellow runner towards the finish line... ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFrJDHuGi — Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) April 18, 2016 Ari Ofsevit, suffering from heatstroke, had collapsed about 100 yards from the end. Jim Driscoll, of West Philadelphia, and another runner, Mitch Kies, from Texas, lifted Ofsevit from the pavement and draped his arms over their shoulders.
October 19, 2002 |
Mike Arbuckle is among those mentioned as possible candidates for Boston's general manager vacancy, yesterday's Boston Globe reported. Arbuckle, the Phillies' assistant general manager for scouting and player development, surfaced as a candidate a day after Yankees vice president Gene Michael withdrew his name from consideration. Hired in 1992 as the Phillies' director of scouting, Arbuckle was promoted a year ago to assistant GM. He interviewed with Toronto last November for the Blue Jays' GM post.
June 27, 2011 |
If there's a reason to end interleague play, this is it. The next few days figure to test our collective patience and sanity. Brace yourself: Boston fans are coming. The Phillies will begin a three-game series with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Over the course of the season, the Fightin's do all sorts of promotional giveaways, everything from hats to bobbleheads. This would be a good time for a different kind of freebie: maybe noise-canceling headphones or, if those aren't enough and more drastic measures are needed, surplus World War II-era cyanide pills.
February 6, 1989
LEAVING NO BASES COVERED The program for the House of Representatives for the week of Jan. 23, 1989, is as follows: Monday, Jan. 23. HOUSE NOT IN SESSION. Tuesday, Jan. 24. HOUSE MEETS AT NOON - NO LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. Wednesday, Jan. 25. HOUSE NOT IN SESSION. Thursday, Jan. 26. HOUSE NOT IN SESSION. Friday, Jan. 27. HOUSE MEETS AT 11 A.M. - NO LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. - Tony Coehlo, U.S. House of Representatives majority whip, letter to members with the schedule for a week preceding probable automatic pay increase.