Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Nicole Dungca and Jenn Abelson Globe Staff December 17, 2018 Priscilla Rodas believed the worst was behind her after she reported a violent road rage case that left her with a black eye and a facial fracture.After Brookline police arrived at the scene in September, they reviewed a security video of the altercation, and sought court approval for criminal charges against David Cataldo, a retired Boston police officer, for allegedly hitting Rodas in the face and assaulting her 15-year-old son. But not long after, a call from her lawyer stunned her: Cataldo had used a little-known provision of the state’s court system to turn the tables and seek criminal charges against her and her son. Advertisement Massachusetts is one of the small number of states that allow private citizens — without the backing of police or prosecutors — to ask court … [Read more...] about Private citizens, sometimes in retaliation, file criminal charges in Massachusetts’ ‘secret’ courts
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jaclyn Reiss Globe Staff November 21, 2018 Americans were warned Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce. But that doesn’t have this local produce stand running scared.The Stillman’s Farm produce stand at the Boston Public Market was still selling romaine lettuce Wednesday, even as other shops and restaurants — both local and national chains — pulled their romaine or replaced it with other types of leafy greens.The aversion to romaine Wednesday came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped a bombshell of a warning Tuesday, urging people to stop eating romaine in all its forms after an E. coli outbreak sickened 32 people across 11 states — including in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. The CDC also said retailers should pull romaine from their shelves and restaurants should refrain from serving it until … [Read more...] about Here’s why this Massachusetts produce stand is still selling romaine despite the CDC warning
Isaac Stanley-Becker and Fred Barbash, The Washington Post Published 6:24 am PST, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 A disputatious reporter seeks access to the White House but is blocked by Secret Service. Debate ensues over the journalist's tactics and whether he presents a physical threat more menacing than the pummeling that issues from his pen, or his microphone. The government doesn't offer a clear account and is sued on First Amendment grounds. CNN's Jim Acosta isn't the original protagonist in this drama, which is roiling Washington and drawing stern warnings from the likes of Bob Woodward. While the controversy, like so many others with President Trump at their center, appears to occupy uncharted territory, it actually doesn't. A case cited in the network's complaint against Trump, as well as members of his administration and the Secret Service, points to an important precursor, which holds clues about the viability of CNN's suit, filed Tuesday. The case is Sherrill … [Read more...] about Can CNN beat the White House in court? Look to the case 40 years ago of a loner journalist named Robert Sherrill.
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Richard N. Goodwin, an aide, speechwriter and liberal force for the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson who helped craft such historic addresses as Robert Kennedy's "ripples of hope" and LBJ's speeches on civil rights and "The Great Society," died Sunday evening at age 86. Goodwin, the husband of Pulitzer Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, died at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. According to his wife, he died after a brief bout with cancer. Goodwin was among the youngest members of President John K. Kennedy's inner circle and among the last survivors. Brilliant and contentious, with thick eyebrows and a mess of wavy-curly hair, the cigar-smoking Goodwin rose from a working class background to the Kennedy White House before he had turned 30. He was a Boston native and Harvard Law graduate who specialized in broad, inspirational rhetoric — top JFK … [Read more...] about Richard Goodwin, White House speech writer and husband of Doris Kearns Goodwin, dead at 86
ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to up-and-comers including Sen. Kamala Harris — don't necessarily put it that way. But the potential 2020 candidates are making the rounds, raising and distributing campaign cash among fellow Democrats, endorsing candidates and meeting political activists.Their movements reflect competing strategies for establishing their reputations and shaping a party that lacks a clear leader and consistent message in the Trump era.For senators trying to get better known, a primary goal is proving fundraising strength and party loyalty, without necessarily taking sides in the larger fight between the left and moderates who split on the minimum wage, health insurance and … [Read more...] about 2018 midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020