Globe portrays Lucchino as Boston 2024 savior

I’m not one to put much stock in newspaper conspiracy theories, but I must admit I was a little taken back by the front-page splash in the Boston Globe today reporting that Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino is holding discussions “to potentially take a senior role” with the Boston 2024 Olympics effort.

Lucchino is often hailed as a visionary baseball team executive, but the Globe portrays him as the potential savior to a struggling Boston Olympics venture. “Bringing Lucchino on board could indicate a substantial leap from the recent incremental change at Boston 2024 and an acknowledgment that the bid leaders believe they need to do something bold,” the Globe reports. “His presence could lend the bid new gravitas and provide a public face with a proven legacy at the top levels of professional sports.”

Lucchino undoubtedly would be a welcome addition to the Boston 2024 team, but the tone of the Globe’s exclusive and its top-of-the-front-page placement inevitably raises eyebrows because the principal owner of the Red Sox is John Henry, who also owns the Globe.

Boston 2024 already has a CEO (former state transportation secretary Richard Davey) and the chairman of the board is Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish, so what senior role Lucchino might fill at the organization is unclear. Lucchino is also fairly busy. Not only is he CEO of the Red Sox, but he is now one of two principal owners of the Triple-A franchise of the Red Sox. The new owners want to move the team from Pawtucket to Providence and build a new stadium there.

The story about Lucchino is surfacing just days after Boston 2024 unveiled a new 30-member board of directors that includes civic and business leaders, seven members of the US Olympic Committee, and a host of sports stars, including Larry Bird, Jo Jo White, David Ortiz, Meb Keflezighi, and Michelle Kwan.

Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy reported earlier this year that Lucchino might be losing a power struggle inside the Red Sox organization with the emergence of Michael Gordon, a Sox limited partner and the No. 2 investor in the team behind Henry.

During an appearance at spring training, Lucchino downplayed any power struggle. “This is a team and things evolve. It’s not really any kind of power structure. That’s just not the right way to read it,” Shaughnessy reported in his column. “I can understand the interest in palace intrigue. There just isn’t much palace intrigue to record.”

–BRUCE MOHL

BEACON HILL

Shirley Leung says Charlie Baker has shown he can fix big problems and the Legislature ought to let him try with the T. (Boston Globe)

A Herald editorial wonders how Sen. Tom McGee, cochair of the Legislature’s transportation committee, can fairly review the Baker administration’s MBTA reform plan when he also serves as chairman of the state Democratic Party, which sent out a statement blasting the plan as soon as it was unveiled.

MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL

The government rested its case in the penalty phase of the Boston Marathon bombing trial. (Boston Globe)

A media circus erupted over apparently false reports that the mother of Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — who faces arrest for outstanding shoplifting charges in Middlesex County — had landed at Logan Airport. (Boston Herald) The Globe reports, however, that some members of Tsarnaev’s family have arrived in Boston.

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

Eight months after implementation of a controversial pay-as-you-throw trash program in Fall River, city officials will begin fining those who don’t comply. (Herald News)

Dartmouth Selectman John George resigned from the board following his conviction on federal corruption and conspiracy charges stemming from his management of the regional transit system. (Standard-Times)

Economists explore ways to harness private capital to help distressed communities. (Governing)

Haverhill plans to use most of its $867,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to address housing issues. (Eagle-Tribune)

Lynnway landowner Charles Patsios is pushing transit-oriented development with state officials. (Item)

CASINOS

New Bedford officials have set June 23 as the date for the citywide vote on a proposed $650 million waterfront casino. (Standard-Times)

OLYMPICS

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera plans to host a community meeting on the Boston 2024 bid to host the Olympics. (Eagle-Tribune)

Keller@Large is getting impatient with the lack of a detailed plan for the Olympics.

Meghan Irons ties the No Boston Olympics effort to the region’s long history of NIMBYism, a grouping the opponents are sure to take exception to. Boston developer — and longtime Dorchester resident — Jim Keefe pens a piece for the Dorchester Reporter also taking all the Olympic naysayers to task and arguing that landing the Games could be great.

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Ex-CIA chief David Petraeus avoids jail time for sharing military secrets. (Time)

Long Beach, California, police shoot a 19-year-old after responding to a report of someone spraying graffiti on a building. (Los Angeles Times)

ELECTIONS

The Globe‘s Matt Viser looks at how the gaggle of millionaires lining up for the 2016 presidential race are trying to connect with the beleaguered middle class.

Hillary Clinton is not the only candidate whose diet is under a microscope; Jeb Bush has dropped 30 pounds since December and is constantly watching what he eats on the trail. In case you really wanted to know. (New York Times)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Comcast‘s decision to abandon its planned merger with Time Warner could mean seismic changes in the cable television industry. (U.S. News & World Report)

New Bedford is once again the country’s top port in total dollars for fish landings. (Standard-Times)

A study shows nonprofits lose out on an average of $15,000 a year in potential donations because of email solicitations that are targeted by spam filters and end up in junk folders that may never be seen by recipients. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Final touches are being put on the downtown Boston Roche Brothers supermarket, slated to open next Wednesday in the space formerly occupied by Filene’s Basement, another sign of downtown’s growing residential sector. (Boston Herald)

EDUCATION

Dracut School Committee Chairman Michael McNamara wants to impose a trash fee on residents and use the money to support the town’s schools. Without the fee revenue, he says, more than 30 school employees will have to be let go. (The Sun)

A Toronto woman who was homeless for several years is trying to GoFundMe her way to Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. (Boston Globe)

We shouldn’t toss Common Core or all testing overboard, even as we search for a more reasonable approach to the issue that has become so polarizing, says Joanna Weiss. (Boston Globe)

HEALTH CARE

A Salem News editorial says tick-borne diseases are becoming a public health crisis in the Northeast.

New England has a high rate of overall and problem drinking according to a new public health study (USA Today)

TRANSPORTATION

Longtime labor leader Janice Loux, who stepped down earlier this week from her slot on the MassDOT board of directors, is also giving up her post as chairwoman of the MBTA pension board. (Boston Globe)

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

The New England governors commit to jointly pursuing efforts to bring more natural gas pipeline capacity to the region. They also want to bring in hydroelectricity from Canada. (CommonWealth)

Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt is raising concerns about a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion running through his town. (Salem News)

Maine Gov. Paul LePage writes a letter to President Obama opposing a new national park and recreation area in the northern part of the state. (Governing)

The United States Geological Survey released maps of 17 regions it says are experiencing an increase in earthquakes because of wastewater disposal from oil and gas drilling. (New York Times)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The mayors from Somerville, Lawrence, and Leominster discuss the increasing reports of police brutality around the country. (Greater Boston) Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone recently provided his view in the new issue of CommonWealth.

More district attorneys are putting cases involving Breathalyzer results on hold until questions over the accuracy of the tests are resolved. (Patriot Ledger) The Worcester DA is one of them. (Telegram & Gazette) Some legal experts say the problem could be on a scale similar to that of the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal. (Boston Herald)

Springfield ranks as the second most dangerous city in the Northeast. (MassLive/Republican)

MEDIA

Outside of Washington, DC, New York City, and Los Angeles, reporting jobs are vanishing at a rapid rate. But public relations jobs are plentiful. (Washington Post)

The Associated Press posts its first revenue gain in six years.