Scott Brown, Suspect Invoices, Whitey Bulger: The Week In Review

April 11, 2014

Here's what the week looked like from the WGBH Newsroom (Your agreement to a $100K invoice for services rendered was implicit in clicking the link to this story).

• In the wake of a Boston Globe column detailing a $105,000 "invoice" given to French firm Keolis by a pair of local reverends, The Scrum asked: When is an invoice more than just an invoice? Meanwhile, Peter Kadzis sensibly took the Globe to task over its boring headline, and Greater Boston talked to Keolis lobbyist Michael McCormack about the affair.

• Adam Reilly ventured north to the Granite State to report on Scott Brown launching his U.S. Senate campaign in Manchester, N.H., and came away thinking being the underdog may just suit Brown.

• Dan Kennedy attended the premiere of The Boston Globe's documentary "5 Runners," and sees the film as an early excursion by the paper into the world of TV.

• The Pioneer Institute's Charles Chieppo wrote an op-ed asking whether expanding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center makes economic sense.

• The Forum Network documented cartoonist Bob Mankoff telling the Brattle Theater how The New Yorker chooses its cartoons.

• Over at The Curiosity Desk, Edgar B. Herwick III delved into the Great Chelsea Fire of 1908, which was much less than great — it burned a third of the city down.

• Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu made the case for the city's new pushes toward open data access.

• As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Reilly rounded up ideas for permanent memorials.

• Callie Crossley sympathized with the Arizona single mother was arrested for leaving her children in a locked car with the windows slightly cracked.

• Following the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision, Pam Wilmot of Common Cause Massachusetts called the decision "a devastating blow to our democracy."

• James Edwards reported on the rise of parking-free developments in Boston.

• Phillip Martin reported on a man whose best bet for getting out of jail after 33 years may be testimony from Whitey Bulger.

That'll do it — have a good weekend.

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