1. Long days journey

    I’ve been away tooooooo long. I’m going to give Tumblr another try. Hone that shark sense online!

     
  2. Today’s Whitey Bulger headline: No Deals for Whitey! We have a poll asking if you think the feds will deal with him?

     

  3. Anonymous asked: Hey Joe, Jen Nussberger here. I would love to know how you/anyone can tell just WHAT TYPE of shark that is from a layman's point of view? I couldn't tell a Great White from one of the regular sharks that swim in those waters! When a shark is in the water, 10 or 20 feet below the surface, just what is it that determines just what type of shark it is??? How would anyone of us regular persons be able to tell the difference??? Not to mention the fact that I wouldn't want to be that close to begin with in order to tell just what it was!! BUT, from the shore line perhaps??? How would I be able to tell that that was a great white shark? Just curious!! Thanks Joe and good to see you online! Hope you're enjoying your summer. All the Best, Jen N.

    Sorry it took me sooooo long to respond, I’ve been locked up in a room learning a new computer system. That is a Great White. The experts can spot one a mile away.

     

  4. Memory of a murder case

    Any writer worth the keys on their keyboard would be a liar if they didn’t admit you live to have readers. Why toil if nobody will feel connected?

    The e-mail below captures this feeling better than I can. It just arrived in my inbox …

    Joe,

    I would like to tell you about my friend Maxie, whom I met through your blog. We posted during the Neil Entwistle case and became ‘cyber-friends.’ Maxie was known as ‘Great Grandmother’ and struck up friendships with many of your posters.

    Maxie was a refugee from Zimbabwe … although born in England she spent most of her life in Zim. Before fleeing Zimbabwe she witnessed a number of unspeakable horrors which she tackled with unfailing courage … our communication by letter, telephone and e-mail was always interesting, optimistic and full of fun.

    I would like to say thank you, Joe, for inadvertently creating our friendship. Maxie died this morning from a cancer diagnosed some months ago. I will miss her.

    – JB.

    Blogger’s note: Great Grandmother was the keeper of civility on this blog at the height of the Entwistle murder trial two long summer’s ago. I would wake up and wade into the comments and her words would corral the hatred. When the chats took on a life of their own, she stepped in and brought sanity to an insane case. Now I know why she understood the depths of pain and the life on the other side.

    Neil Entwistle rots in a Bridgewater jail today awaiting his final appeal — due by December. Some stories you never forget. This is the one for me. A loving mom and her little girl butchered by their betraying dad … everlasting sorrow on all sides.

    Family killer Neil Entwistle/file photo

     
  5. Shark central this summer. Here’s the latest …

    Two more sightings of great white sharks created more buzz Sunday (8/01) in Chatham. A spotter plane pilot saw the sharks off South Beach but a little further north than last week’s taggings, Harbormaster Stuart Smith said yesterday. (8/02)

    The sightings haven’t discouraged beach-goers to South Beach, he said, a barrier beach accessible by boat or shuttles or a long walk from Lighthouse Beach. Beach-goers are observing the ban on swimming on the ocean-side and, instead, taking a dip on the inside of the barrier beach. Also still in effect is a ban on swimming within 300 feet of seals, the favorite prey of great white sharks.

    It’s hard to tell if the interest in shark has boosted water taxi traffic from Outermost Harbor Marine, according to worker Crystal Fulcher, since business usually picks up in August with or without sharks.

    “I’m not sure if (the increase) is coincidence or curiosity,” she said yesterday.

    — SUSAN MILTON/Cape Cope Times (our partner in news)

     
  6. It’s the summer of Sen. Kerry’s yacht taxes, casinos and cleavage on the MBTA. A perv on the Boston subway system snapped photos of women in compromising positions and the brass at the T asked the DA if it is a crime. The DA said yes. But, readers say no. Great debate over invasion of privacy and covering up to keep prying eyes where they belong. Vote on the poll. Here’s a quote to ponder …

    “The bottom line is that taking a picture of a person on the MBTA without their consent may be rude, but it’s not a crime,” said DA spokesman Jake Wark. “But taking a picture of a woman who leans over and inadvertently exposes part of her chest is in our mind a crime. Under Massachusetts law, this is black and white.”

    And …

    “If you take a picture of a woman in a skimpy bathing suit at the beach, that’s not a crime. How can it be a crime then on the bus or subway?”William Korman, a Boston defense attorney who represents those accused of sex crimes. “Just because it’s morally questionable doesn’t make it illegal.”

     
  7. Here’s one of the great white sharks tagged off South Beach in Chatham on Cape Cod Tuesday. Cue the “Jaws” music, this monster was just 100 feet … a third the length of a football field … away. I can swim that distance in under a minute. This is the summer of shark and awe on the Cape.

     
  8. Big news in our newsroom … our editor Kevin Convey (a great guy) is going to the New York Daily News and our Managing Editor Joe Sciacca (a great guy) is the new editor! You can’t kill the Herald. We’re too damn determined here!

    “Joe’s energy, enthusiasm and creativity - coupled with his flat-out smarts - make him a terrific choice to manage our news business and provide readers with a great product every day,” said Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell.

     
  9. Here’s a morning read for your coffee break …

    A Stoughton cop has resigned after hitting a strip joint on duty to try and meet “the world’s smallest porn star,” putting an unapproved laser scope on his gun and lying to investigators, the town’s police chief told the Herald today …

    Powers, known as Bridget the Midget, has been a guest on The Howard Stern Show and has appeared in several pornographic films, as well as some mainstream movies, including “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “8 mm.”

    On duty? What was this guy thinking?

     
  10. “It’s obviously unimaginable what that family is going through,” Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s Office on the death of twins Veronica and Angelina Andreottola (pictured) found floating in a Lynnfield, Mass., pool.

     

  11. When kids drown

    There’s nothing worse than covering the death of a youngster … from a bullet, a car or a pool. (See today’s sad tale of twin girls who perished in the family pool.)

    Just into the City Desk inbox is this helpful alert from the Red Cross …

    More than 300 children under the age of five die each year in pool and spa-related drownings, and drowning is the leading cause of death for children under five.  But drownings by children can be prevented.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) this summer has launched an educational campaign, Pool Safely, a first-of-its-kind national public education effort to reduce child drownings and non-fatal submersions, and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. The attached fact sheet and a visit to the CPSC’s website at www.poolsafely.gov

     

  12. President Obama’s support slipping

    Just in from pollster John Zogby …

    President Barack Obama’s approval rating among likely voters slipped to 45% this week, his lowest rating ever in a Zogby Interactive poll.

    Obama’s positive ratings are even lower than his overall approval on a number of questions about handling of issues, including 32% on the economy and 27% on the War in Afghanistan.  The July 16-19, 2010 interactive survey of 8,487 voters and has a margin of error +/- 1.1%.

     
  13. Tons of buzz over the flick “The Town” starring Ben Affleck as the Boston center of crime … at least in this flick … moves from Southie to Charlestown. The trailer is worth a look-see.

     
     
  14. Boston FBI just updated its “Most Wanted” list … no they didn’t nab James “Whitey” Bulger — #1 onthe list … but they updated it for two kids last seen in Central Falls, R.I. “It is believed that they are traveling together and may have taken a bus or other type of public transportation to travel out of state,” the FBI writes.

    * Here’s a link to the Boston FBI Most Wanted list

    Who’s Whitey Bulger? Did you see the movie “The Departed?” The insane crook played by Jack Nicholson is based on Bulger … South Boston’s notorious gangster wanted for 20-odd murders. If you ever see him, drop me an e-mail at joed@bostonherald.com.

     

  15. "The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them."
    — Ernest Hemingway (via crookedindifference)