What do Hillary Clinton, the Globe’s Pulitzer, and Demi Moore have in common?
Income inequality seems to be a recurring theme in the news today in everything from presidential politics to Pulitzer Prizes to the for-sale sign on Demi Moore’s New York co-op.
Let’s start with Hillary Clinton. She headed to New Hampshire to court skeptical liberals who tend to be supporters of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Boston Globe reports that Clinton’s campaign strategy at the early stages of the campaign is to talk about how the “‘deck is stacked’ in favor of those at the top and offer ladders of opportunity for businesses and workers to succeed.”
The Globe won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials entitled “Service not included,” which focused on the poor pay and often-harsh treatment that many restaurant workers receive. One editorial in the series says that “the restaurant industry in the United States is exploding, just as the income gap is widening. The trends are related: While expansion of other industries often leads to higher wages and greater opportunities, growth in the restaurant business does not.”
Finally, there is one of those stories that dramatize income inequality without ever mentioning it. An article in the New York Times real estate section says the triplex south tower penthouse at the San Remo on Central Park West (along with something called a lobby level maisonette) is on the market for $75 million. The seller is Moore, who bought it with her former husband Bruce Willis in 1990, the year Moore appeared in the movie Ghost with Patrick Swayze.
Moore said she decided to sell her 7,000-square-foot co-op because it’s empty most of the time. “I’m spending the majority of my time in my other homes, and this apartment is too magnificent not to be lived in full-time,” she said.
Attorney General Maura Healey is investigating the rising price of naloxone, which reverses heroin overdoses. Senate President Stan Rosenberg wants to keep Narcan affordable for first responders.(Berkshire Eagle/Associated Press) Meanwhile, in California, a new state law allows pharmacists to hand out naloxone to patients who ask for it without a prescription. (Governing)
The 119th running of the Boston Marathon came off “without a hitch,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. (Boston Globe) There were plenty of reminders of the horrible end to the 2013 race, however, some of them found in individual stories like that of Stephen Segatore, a nurse who cared for Krystle Campbell two years ago and for shivering runners who crossed the finish line yesterday. (Boston Globe) Tatyana McFadden, the winner of the women’s wheelchair race, gave her winner’s wreath to Martin Richard’s family. (Boston Herald)
Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy moves to remove the selection of fire chief from Civil Service rules after four assistant fire chiefs applied for the job but only one took the required test. The move to narrow the field to one has been compared to a papal enclave or caucus. (The Sun)
New flood zone maps stir concerns about insurance costs in Lynn. (The Daily Item)
Telegram & Gazette columnist Dianne Williamson trashes a city proposal to upgrade a set of tennis courts and give special privileges to a private group “of affluent old white guys.”
The owner of a crushing operation on a contaminated site in Dartmouth is challenging the town’s efforts to shut him down, claiming his business is not affected by zoning changes that allowed his operation. (Standard-Times)
The chairman of the Somerset Board of Selectmen says he’s confident the backers of a casino in the town will meet the extended application deadline set by the Gaming Commission. (Herald News)
A new study of the current congressional session shows bipartisanship is on the rise based on a number of metrics as well as the number of days Congress actually works. (U.S. News & World Report)
A new poll shows that Obamacare is now popular, but just barely. (WonkWire)
This year’s non-mayoral municipal election for city council in Boston is, true to form, drawing limited interest among would-be candidates, which is just fine with the council’s 13 incumbents. (Boston Globe)
Raytheon buys a cybersecurity company for $1.9 billion. (Associated Press)
A proposal in Congress would invalidate state laws, including a measure making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature, about mandatory labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients. (Wicked Local)
Blue Bell Creameries of Texas is pulling all its products off of shelves amid contamination deaths. (Houston Chronicle)
Paul Guzzi, the outgoing head of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, gets ready for some dog training (Boston Business Journal)
A growing number of newlyweds are asking wedding guests to make charitable contributions in lieu of presents. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Netflix stock hits an all-time high. (Variety)
Behavioral problems of 5- and 6-year-olds trouble school superintendents. (CommonWealth)
Bruce Smith of Community Rowing Inc. sees great educational potential in what he views as the “quintessential American sport.” (CommonWealth)
Haverhill schools superintendent James Scully warns parents about bullying in a strongly worded letter. (Eagle-Tribune)
The Danvers School Committee votes Superintendent Lisa Dana a small raise, bringing her total pay next year to $166,500. (Salem News)
Over the last decade, about 20 percent of the state’s schools superintendents leave their jobs and the pool to replace them is shrinking with the increased pressure to be accountable and maintain standards set by education reform. (The Enterprise)
A new low-cost genetic test used to detect breast cancer is showing promise, a shift that would allow nearly all women to afford the test. (New York Times)
Novartis is moving aggressively into research based on the idea that the body’s immune system holds a lot of answers to ways to fight cancer. (Boston Globe)
Just who is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and what was behind the heinous acts he was convicted of committing will now be front and center as the penalty phase of the marathon bombing trial begins today. (Boston Herald)
A federal prosecutor said yesterday that an aging Connecticut mobster boasted to an undercover agent that he had two of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 25 years ago. (Boston Globe)
A federal judge has rejected a defense motion to take the death penalty off the table in the resentencing trial of convicted serial killer Gary Lee Sampson. (Patriot Ledger)
What happens when a cop doesn’t shoot. (Christian Science Monitor)
A New York Times review of cases shows the Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder is more supportive of officers’ use of deadly force than his critics would contend.
Rob Kuznia won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting at The Daily Breeze in Torrance, California, but he left that job last year to go into public relations so he could afford his rent. (LAObserved)Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, jailed in Iran, faces espionage charges. (Time)
Politico says that over the next four years it intends to double to 500 the number of journalists it employs. (Guardian)