Bad chemistry

Three violent crimes in Brockton, including a day-time murder, are being linked to individuals released from prison because of the Annie Dookhan scandal at the state drug lab. Dookhan is a former chemist who is accused of falsifying lab reports, casting doubts on all the lab’s work.

Brockton Police Chief Emmanuel Gomes tells WBUR that cops are always frustrated with the revolving door of justice, but the latest cases are raising the frustration to an all new level. “With the scandal, the door has picked up speed,” he says.

The Brockton story not only thrusts Dookhan back into the news, but showcases how WBUR is covering the unfolding scandal. Last month, the radio station’s website unveiled a special report called Bad Chemistry, which attempts to gather in one place all of the data and documents a reader would need to put the scandal in context.

Each time something happens in the case a reader can not only read the news but go behind the news to learn how one chemist could set off such a chain reaction. The package features data, documents, and videos. As the story unfolds, Bad Chemistry unfolds with it. It’s great story-telling and smart journalism.

                                                                                                                                                                        –BRUCE MOHL


A wide cast of political figures from the past bids farewell to Paul Cellucci at a State House service. Scot Lehigh praises the late former governor for his “admirable independence of mind.”

Charlie Baker says he’ll make up his mind on a possible gubernatorial run this summer.


FBI director Robert Mueller tells a Congressional committee there were lapses in communication about the activities of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but he disputes any idea that the failings can be blamed for the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line. He also suggests that the recently revealed government surveillance measures that are now the subject of great controversy were helpful in bringing Tsarnaev associate Ibragim Todashev to the attention of authorities.


Scituate officials say they will continue the ban started last year on the longtime practice of beach bonfires during the 4th of July weekend.

The Berkshire Eagle celebrates the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s $30 million investment in Tanglewood

Cambridge wants a longer school day.


West Springfield officials consider what they want out of a  host community agreement with Hard Rock International.


The state’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, El Planeta, endorses Ed Markey for Senate over Gabriel Gomez, the son of Colombian immigrants, saying the Democratic congressman’s positions would open more doors for Latinos than the stands put forward by his Republican opponent. Markey scours Maryland for cash — a welcome sight for the Herald’s editors.

Chris Christie nuzzles up to Bill Clinton which warms the hearts of New Jersey Democrats but ticks off conservative Republicans.

Anthony Weiner throws salad at the wall because he fears for the middle class.


The Boston Federal Reserve is offering grants to smaller former industrial cities in Massachusetts — essentially Gateway Cities — that require them to act collaboratively in developing ideas and submitting applications.

An Everett businessman has outbid the Red Sox for rights to sell food and drinks along Yawkey Way on game days, but the Boston Redevelopment Authority has not even acknowledged receiving his proposal.

A federal court in New York rules a group of interns working on the movie Black Swan should have been paid for their work, NPR reports (via WBUR). The magazine publisher Conde Nast faces a lawsuit from interns over unpaid wages, the New York Times reports. Keller@Large lambasts the lawyers who brought the Black Swan case..

With same sex marriage becoming more prevalent and gay couples no longer in the shadows, charities are beginning to target the newlyweds as a new source of donations and support.


High school graduation requirements in most states, including Massachusetts, don’t align with the new Common Core standards, Governing reports.

The Gloucester School Committee formally censures a member who wrote a satirical response to a parent’s email and then inadvertently sent it, the Gloucester Times reports.


Rep. Lori Ehrlich of Marblehead pushes for legislation that would fix gas leaks, saying there are 20,000 leaks across the state spewing out $38 million worth of methane each year, the Salem News reports.

The developer and operator of the Fairhaven wind turbines failed to turn the turbines off Wednesday night under a new order from the Board of Health because he said he forgot — he was watching the Bruins triple overtime game.

Voters at the West Bridgewater Town Meeting approved a moratorium and placed restrictions on future solar power projects.


A Vatican court has rejected the latest appeal from a Scituate group trying to stop the closure of the former St. Frances X. Cabrini church, where the faithful have been keeping a vigil since 2004. Meanwhile, the Boston Archdiocese has officially put the for sale sign on the shuttered Star of the Sea church in the Squantum section of Quincy.


Former Chelsea Housing Authority chief Michael McLaughlin faces the music today, when he’ll be sentenced in federal court on corruption charges.

Attorney General Martha Coakley charges a disbarred Lawrence lawyer with stealing $900,000 from his clients, the Eagle-Tribune reports.

Hamilton’s EMT scandal ends quietly with the charges against the town’s former police chief being dismissed, the Salem News reports.

Howie Carr doubts that Whitey Bulger will testify in his own defense.


Twitter opens up its analytics platform, allowing everyone to see how their Tweets are doing for free.

Dan Kennedy writes in the Huffington Post that journalists who published the information by Edward Snowden regarding covert Internet surveillance could be in legal jeopardy as well.

Five months after leaving Fox News in order to speak to “a larger audience,” Sarah Palin is returning to the network as a contributor, apparently finding the larger audience is in the power of the conservative bully pulpit.