Boston moves to the Herald?

Despite all the angst over Digital First’s $12 million takeover of the Boston Herald earlier this year, employees are about to see a $3,100 boost in their paychecks.

The downside is it is coming by way of eliminating paid parking for the tabloid’s staff when the notoriously cost-conscious media chain moves the paper with a century of history out of Boston and into a hermetically sealed building at the entrance of a Braintree retail outlet plaza.

In a memo to staff that reads as much sales pitch as announcement, Herald publisher Kevin Corrado pitched the move as a win-win for all the amenities employees will see when the paper becomes the South Shore’s largest daily.

“This move will provide a great space for our employees in a facility with many amenities including free parking and easy access to public transportation,” Corrado wrote. “While we are making a physical move that will help sustain our organization in the years to come, our commitment to providing the best news and sports coverage in the Boston market is stronger than ever. We’re excited about the future.”

Corrado ticked off a list of area restaurants and shopping to ease staffers anxiety about going to the burbs. Among those places he cited is “easy access” to Dunkin’ Donuts. Seriously? In Massachusetts?

The Herald isn’t the first newspaper in Massachusetts to move from its banner location. The  Eagle-Tribune, once known as the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, has been running out of North Andover for years. The Enterprise, once called the Brockton Enterprise, has its reporters in an Easton office while its copy editors, what few are left, work out of shared space with the Patriot Ledger in Quincy. Digital First totally eliminated the newsroom for the Sentinel Enterprise in Fitchburg, forcing reporters and photographers to work out of their homes and cars.

But moving the Boston Herald to Braintree has a foreboding feel to it. The Herald moved from its longtime headquarters in the South End, affectionately known as Wingo Square, to an office building at the Seaport. The officers were somewhat antiseptic but still in the city, where it has been in one iteration or another for nearly a century and a half.

The relocation to Braintree follows the same path as another city institution, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Much like the Herald, the church’s coffers had seen better days and the move was done as a cost-saving measure.

“Is Braintree where once mighty Boston institutions go to die?” CommonWealth’s Michael Jonas asked on Twitter. “First the Archdiocese, now the Herald.”

Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he had heard rumors about the move before the announcement and welcomed his new neighbors.

“I think it’s positive news,” Sullivan told the Patriot Ledger. “I hope the Herald will survive and we will have a multi-newspaper town.”

In this day and age of technology and ease of connection, many dismiss the need for a metro paper to be physically in the city. But as one sports desk staffer at the paper pointed out, Boston no longer exists in the tabloid’s operations at all. It will be based in Braintree, printed in Providence, delivered by the Boston Globe, with much of the paper designed and laid out in Colorado.

The move to Braintree is more sad than problematic, except for those general assignment reporters who will have to jump in their cars (or take their chances with the Red Line) to get into the city to cover breaking news. As one former reporter at the paper reminded people, it can create obstacles.

“This is no way to run a daily metro newspaper,” former Herald reporter John Zaremba wrote on Twitter. “Had we been in Braintree in 2013, it would have taken me 37 minutes to get to the Boston Marathon bombing.”

 JACK SULLIVAN


BEACON HILL

Two key lawmakers on Beacon Hill tell the Cannabis Control Commission to do its job and make sure agreements between municipalities and would-be vendors comply with state law. One lawmaker questioned the agency’s sense of urgency. (State House News) But with the Legislature unlikely to step in, some say the question of excessive payments from pot companies to municipalities may end up in court. (Boston Globe)

Gov. Charlie Baker says Environmental Police vehicles should have activated GPS tracking devices — but he continued to defend a controversial pay practice that let’s officer schedule their regular shifts around lucrative overtime assignments and private detail jobs. (Boston Globe)

The Massachusetts Lottery is planning to move to Dorchester but wanted to keep a regional office in Braintree. The Braintree plans are now in doubt and unlikely to happen as the landlord said it needed a higher rent and could not stand by its original bid. (State House News)

House and Senate leaders say they are open to working with the administration on a measure that would clamp down on the use of state-leased cars. (Boston Herald)

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

At a public hearing on the Worcester deal to lure the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate to town, a city council subcommittee heard pros and cons. (Telegram & Gazette)

A local property owner has filed suit against Natick officials over their plan to renovate the Navy Yard Field for a multi-use recreational area. The suit seeks to restrict the town form building a wide access road or compensate the businessman for at least a dozen parking spaces he says he’d lose in an eminent domain grab. (MetroWest Daily News)

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

President Trump accused Google of burying conservative news in search results and also issued a warning to Facebook and Twitter, which he uses to communicate with the public.
Google denied Trump’s claim. (New York Times) Globe tech writer Hiawatha Bray doubts Trump’s charge is true, but says we don’t really have any way knowing for sure because the company is very secretive about its search algorithm. “For that matter,” he writes, “Google may be trying to reshape our thinking on everything from feminism to the designated hitter rule.”

Jeff Jacoby says the Senate office building that some want to rename to honor John McCain should never have been named for racist Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia in the first place, and he points out how remarkable it is that the Senate voted to do so in 1972, not decades earlier. (Boston Globe)

Trump revived the idea of firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions but was talked out of it for now but congressional Republicans are resigned to the probability the president will do the deed following the midterm elections. (Washington Post)

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says half of all gun deaths worldwide occur in six countries, with Brazil topping the list followed by the United States. The study shows the US ranks 30th in the rate of homicide deaths by gun. (U.S. News & World Report)

ELECTIONS

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is pulling out all the stops in his race against Nika Elugardo, enlisting the help of popular state leaders and spending $200,000 on his primary race. (CommonWealth)

Barbara L’Italien launches an attack on Third Congressional District rival Dan Koh, charging that he failed to help a sexual harassment victim who asked for his help while he was serving as chief of staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. (Boston Herald)

The Globe endorses reform-oriented candidates for two prominent district attorney posts, backing Rachael Rollins in the five-way Democratic primary for Suffolk DA and challenger Donna Patalano over Middlesex incumbent Marian Ryan.

The Globe profiles Seventh Congressional District primary rivals Michael Capuano and Ayanna Pressley.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo endorsed Rep. Rady Mom of Lowell, who is facing a serious challenge. “Why would you make a change now from the guy who brought you more money than ever in local aid and education, and from the guy who put on our radar screen the Rourke Bridge?” DeLeo asked.

Rep. Colleen Garry of Dracut and her challenger, Dracut School Committee member Sabrina Heisey, engaged in a contentious debate that highlighted big differences between the candidates on guns, education funding, and safe injection sites. Garry said she has a license to carry but doesn’t own a gun. (Lowell Sun)

The Berkshire Eagle is running profiles of the three candidates for Berkshire County District attorney, starting with Paul Caccaviello, who said he is running on his “incumbency of service.” Meanwhile, Caccaviello and the other two candidates, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight, debated. (Berkshire Eagle)

The Lowell Sun endorsed Republican Beth Lindstrom for US Senate, saying she is “the only person with a chance of putting the polarizing [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren out to pasture.”

The state GOP has sent a letter to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance urging officials to ensure John Bradley, who is running as a sticker candidate in the Democratic primary for Plymouth District Attorney, files “complete and timely campaign finance reports.” Bradley is seeking to unseat his former boss, Timothy Cruz, whom he sued and settled a case against for wrongful termination, claiming the longtime district attorney fired him for not contributing to his campaign. (The Enterprise)

The progressive black mayor of Tallahassee will take on an ardent supporter of President Trump after both emerged as victors in their respective primaries for Florida governor. (New York Times)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

A developer with plans to build an $18.5 million hotel wins a bid to purchase a church and school in North Adams. (Berkshire Eagle)

Despite the strong economy, it’s rough going for older workers looking for jobs. (Boston Globe)

A developer who abandoned plans to build a dozen townhouses in Weymouth after the state rejected his affordable housing application will not get a local permit to build two single family homes instead because of a nearly $100,000 delinquent tax bill. (Patriot Ledger)

ARTS

North Adams grapples with the question of who should have decision-making power over public art — the public arts commission or the mayor’s office. (Berkshire Eagle)

EDUCATION

Meghan Doran, a Boston Public Schools graduate and parent, says a recent report on the system’s school assignment plan is troubling — but not surprising. (CommonWealth)

Spending on administrative functions at private colleges and universities in New England has soared in recent years. (Boston Globe)

Donald Pierson, a former provost at UMass Lowell, defends UMass President Marty Meehan from attacks by members of an adjunct faculty union. Pierson said the attacks are misleading and misguided. (CommonWealth)

School buses were late or didn’t show up at all at 12 Boston schools that opened yesterday. (Boston Globe)

North Shore Community College opens a veterans lounge. (Daily Item)

Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River canceled its 2018 football season because of a lack of players trying out. (Herald News) The move coincides with the results of a newly released report that shows high school football participation continues a decade-long decline around the country for a variety of reasons, including safety concerns as more information about head trauma emerges. (Washington Post)

HEALTH/HEALTH CARE

With marijuana being legalized in more and more locations, we need more research on its health effects, says a Herald editorial.

TRANSPORTATION

Delta Air Lines is joining American and JetBlue in flying out of Worcester Regional Airport. Delta plans to launch daily service to Detroit in August 2019. (Telegram & Gazette)

RELIGION

Cardinal Sean O’Malley meets with nearly 300 priests from the Boston archdiocese amidst fresh growing turmoil in the church over allegations of covering up or ignoring sexual abuse charges against priests that have led a former Vatican envoy to call for the pope’s resignation. (Boston Globe)

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

Thousands of Yarmouth residents have signed onto a petition to stop Vineyard Wind from bringing its 800-megawatt transmission line from its planned offshore wind farm through Lewis Bay and run it through the town but selectmen said the decision rests with the state. (Cape Cod Times)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS

A new California law eliminates bail and replaces it with a murky risk-assessment system whose rules will be set in each county’s superior court. (Associated Press)

MEDIA

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette eliminated the Tuesday and Saturday print editions, making Pittsburgh the largest city in the country without a daily print newspaper. (Inline)