October 20, 2005 |
This is the story of the mayor, his challenger and a political flap. Big deal, you say? As if feathers don't fly in any good electoral fight? Sure. But this is Boston -- where politics ranks with sports as an official pastime -- and the feathers in this case belong to a beloved family of ducks. Media consultant Rob Stegman says he meant no disrespect when he created a television commercial for mayoral candidate Maura Hennigan that spoofs Robert McCloskey's book "Make Way for Ducklings."
December 10, 2003 |
Seeking to reduce this city's $61-million annual prescription drug costs, Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Tuesday unveiled a health plan that would allow municipal workers to obtain cheaper medications from Canada. New Hampshire also announced Tuesday that it would start importing some drugs for its prison inmates and Medicaid recipients, making it the first state in the nation to engage in the growing but illegal practice.
November 13, 2005 |
Time was, this city hummed every four years with competing campaign songs and thundered with fiery oratory from those who would be mayor. Candidates were proud to be known both as gentlemen and as scoundrels. Scandal abounded, and neighborhoods all but went to war for their favorite contenders. But the city that for centuries reveled in fierce City Hall contests was strangely sleepy this campaign season. Tuesday's election had all the excitement of a supermarket opening as Thomas M.
July 24, 2012
The Muppets are well within their rights to shun Chick-fil-A after the chain restaurant donated to anti-gay groups and its president, Dan Cathy, made statements implying a strong, biblically-based stand against same-sex marriage. They're private, um, puppets. But public officials have a responsibility to carry out their ministerial tasks fairly and evenhandedly - and to uphold the principle of free speech - whether or not they like a business executive's social or political stances. We disagree heartily with Cathy, but are far more troubled by the reaction of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who vowed to block Chick-fil-A's effort to open an outlet in that city.
November 28, 2003 |
Sail Boston, a visit by tall ships that has drawn millions of spectators in the past, has been scuttled in 2004 so the city can focus on the Democratic National Convention. Sail Boston's board acceded to a request from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who was concerned that the event, planned for July 10-15, would be a drain on city services so close to the convention, set for July 26-29. Sail Boston said it plans to hold the event in a subsequent year at "a more appropriate time."
March 14, 1994 |
Organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will cancel it to protest a court order allowing gays and lesbians to march. "They're not going to shove something down our face that's not our traditional values," John (Wacko) Hurley, president of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, said at a news conference. Hurley said gay marchers will be excluded when the parade resumes next year. But Mayor Thomas M.