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.
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.
March 9, 2016 |
Philadelphia will not host Forbes' 30 Under 30 millennial-fest this year, and probably not any time soon. The organizers announced Monday - at a news conference attended by the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts - that the four-day gathering will head to Boston in October. "I first want to thank Philadelphia for serving as host city over the last two years to kick off our Under 30 Summits," Randall Lane, editor of Forbes magazine, said in a news release. He went on to say that Boston's summit would triple in size and include young entrepreneurs worldwide.
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.
November 14, 2015 |
Church spires jut from the Boston neighborhoods in Spotlight , one of the great movies about journalism, and one of the great movies of our time, period. The stained glass and weathered stone of these sanctuaries - many of them part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston - often front onto parks and playgrounds full of children. Inside some of those same churches, for decades, priests preyed on children, molesting them, abusing them, and getting away with it, despite the complaints of family members, despite the knowledge of the archdiocese, the cardinals, the bishops.
May 27, 2016 |
A New York-based financial firm's plan to sell ownership shares of a waterfront apartment complex in Northern Liberties on the stock market has fizzled, the third misfire for the company's unconventional financing scheme in as many cities. ETRE Residential L.L.C. said in a filing last Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was withdrawing its application to take developer Michael Samschick's Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses public "because of unfavorable market conditions.