The Codcast: US Attorney Carmen Ortiz

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz says her office is not the source of press leaks about ongoing federal investigations. “I know people think that, and I know that they’re wrong,” she said.

CommonWealth interviewed Ortiz on June 28 for a story that appears today in the just-released Summer print issue of the magazine. The story, entitled “Leaks, leaks, and more leaks,” raises questions about who is watching the watchdogs. A unit inside the Department of Justice investigates prosecutorial misconduct, including the leaking of grand jury and other confidential information related to federal investigations. But judging from the limited information available about past investigations, that unit appears to be little more than a toothless tiger.

For a full rundown of what’s in the new print edition, click here for a list of stories. 




State police chiefs, given broad discretion in handing out gun licences, reject applicants only 1.8 percent of the time. (CommonWealth)

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg wants to open a new front in the effort to goose lottery sales: Online games that people can play 24/7 via their smartphone (or maybe not-so-smartphone). (Boston Globe) Over the weekend, Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby decried the coming push for online lottery sales.

The Senate is advancing a version of non-compete reform legislation that goes farther than the House version in limiting the reach of the employment-restricting clauses. (Boston Globe)

In the wake of the Dallas shootings, a state representative from Brockton has filed a bill to make it a hate crime to commit violence against police. (The Enterprise)

Attorney General Maura Healey and Senate President Stan Rosenberg cheer the signing of transgender legislation at a State House rally, which was organized after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill into law without fanfare on Friday. (Masslive)

It may be curtains for a sales tax holiday this year. (Boston Globe)


Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch handed out new titles and significant pay hikes to seven administration employees, including two who received 70 percent salary increases. (Patriot Ledger)

Fall River officials are planning to sell city property, ranging from unused trash trucks to shuttered schools, and will use some of the money to fund street repairs. (Herald News)

Gloucester is preparing to sue Essex for $565,000 in sewer improvements. (Gloucester Times)


As the spotlight continues to be placed on deadly officer-involved shootings around the country, the New York Times examines what happens to officers who pull the trigger with an increased call in accountability since the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the Winter 2014 issue, months before the Brown shooting, CommonWealth looked at police shootings in Massachusetts over 10 years and found no discipline or charges in any of the 73 fatal shootings except one. A black trauma surgeon at Parkland Hospital in Dallas is haunted by his inability to save the lives of the Dallas police officers who died there — and by images of police abuse of blacks. (Boston Herald)


Emily Cherniack of New Politics works to get more people with military or civilian service backgrounds to run for office. (CommonWealth)

Bernie Sanders will take the stage with Hillary Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, today. (Boston Globe) It is presumed, though has not been definitively confirmed as of early this morning, that he will reprise a famous New Hampshire moment from eight years ago and declare her “likeable enough” and endorse her.

Ezra Klein has a lengthy, insightful piece on Clinton and what makes her tick that is probably more informative than the next 100 horse race stories you’ll read and quickly forget. (Vox)

Conservative Republicans, who favor Indiana Gov. Mike Pence or former House speaker Newt Gingrich for vice president, are up in arms over the possibility of Donald Trump choosing retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, a lifelong Democrat and political moderate, even as the former Army officer has been publicly flipping his views on same-sex marriage and abortion. (U.S. News & World Report)

Questions continue to surface over Trump’s use of his foundation’s money for personal glory, including making a $120,000 winning auction bid for a Paris trip that he paid with a check from the charity but gave little of his own money. (Buzzfeed)

Joan Vennochi isn’t high on the marijuana legalization ballot question. (Boston Globe)

The Telegram & Gazette runs a point-counterpoint on the so-called millionaires’ tax.


A Boston nonprofit wants to boost “executive functioning skills” as a way to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. (Boston Globe)


The two officials called in to overhaul Boston’s troubled Madison Park Vocational Technical High School — whose former headmaster was discovered to be running the school without the proper certification — have themselves failed to obtain the necessary credentials to serve in their roles. (Boston Globe)

Nine school systems, including Lowell, Boston, Revere, Somerville, and Winchester, are participating in an initiative to develop a method for grading schools that doesn’t rely exclusively on test scores. (Lowell Sun)

Well-known Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, who is 63,discloses that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. (Boston Globe)


With the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital, ambulance services adjust to a changing landscape by driving patients much longer distances. (Berkshire Eagle)

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed an amendment in the budget and offered an alternative to limit the Legislature’s mandate for long-term treatment and off-label drug use for Lyme disease. (State House News Service)

US researchers help mice with destroyed optic nerves see again. (Time)


The MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board gives a $15 million lift to Keolis, the money-losing private contractor running the T’s commuter rail system. (CommonWealth)

US Reps. Steven Lynch and Michael Capuano, whose districts include portions of Milton, and Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren are making a push for federal officials to undertake a scientific study of the effects of air traffic noise and pollution on humans after years of complaints by Milton residents about planes flying overhead. (Patriot Ledger)

The state will pay $19 million more to finish Wachusett Station rail project. (State House News)

State officials say a temporary helistop could be up and running by September, (State House News) but some officials seem decidedly cool to the idea of a subsidizing such an operation. (Boston Herald)


Haverhill is turning into solar city as it explores two more municipal solar projects. (Eagle-Tribune)


MGM Resorts International is developing a training program for casino personnel in cooperation with Springfield and Holyoke community colleges. (Masslive)


A Weymouth man was charged with robbing a bank — and then using Uber for his getaway. (Patriot Ledger)

Brockton‘s city solicitor successfully defended the city and a K-9 police officer over charges of excessive force after he says he was able to exclude jurors with “anti-police views” in the aftermath of high profile incidents around the country.  Meanwhile, a Stoughton man won a settlement with Brockton police after he sued the department and a former West Bridgewater officer in federal court for false arrest and imprisonment after the West Bridgewater officer, who was dating the man’s estranged wife, convinced Brockton police to arrest him. (The Enterprise)

A Lowell man breaks both his ankles jumping from a second-story window to avoid officers coming to arrest him on a probation violation. (Lowell Sun)

A jailed inmate trying to escape from a western Michigan courthouse swipes a gun from an officer and shoots to death two bailiffs and wounds two other officials before being shot and killed. (Time)


Northeastern University journalism professors Dan Kennedy and John Wihbey discuss the impact of Facebook Live on traditional newsgathering. (Storybench)

News coverage of the 2016 primaries focused more on the horse race rather than issues. (Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy)