Too hot to handle

Tuesday. A chance to restart the week.

The NWS is forecasting a ‘Max Apparent Temperature’ of 101 on the south shore today. That’s hot. You can always use a bucket of cold water to cool off.

ArtNews reported that a Picasso, stolen almost a decade ago in Athens, might still be in the country. It was cut out of its frame in a heist at the National Art Gallery. Sources said the painting went on the black market but it was too high profile for underworld buyers. Then, yesterday, police recovered it from a crypt in a Greek town. Good ending. Makes you wonder if those Gardner paintings will ever turn up.

The 41 year-old owner of a billion dollars worth of bitcoin drowned in Costa Rica. If he has a will – and has provided a password to his wallet – someone will get the coin. If not, it just ceases to exist, except in the ledger.

The New York Times features the recipe for Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins. Just looking at the photo brings back memories of how good they tasted.

And Facebook is worth a trillion dollars after this Supreme Court decision. What is it again that they sell? Oh, that’s right.

In left field

Happy Tuesday. For what it’s worth.

Who thought it was a good idea to allow an energy company to control your thermostat?

Crime is the new Covid. Or it will be soon. Progressive Democrats have mostly been playing to the crowd on crime and ignoring the serious and difficult discussions about law enforcement infrastructure, except for sloganeering about reallocating resources, etc. The media are amplifying coverage of police corruption and use of force while downplaying violence crime and effective policing. There’s no balance. Police are running for the exits. Republicans are going to be over all this like a cheap suit and hard won Democratic gains will soon be history. That’s my unfortunate take.

New York subway trains are being cancelled faster than flights on American Airlines.

As people head back to the office, those mid-day, between-Zoom Peloton workouts will soon be history. But not if Peloton has anything to say about it.

And a Fox News writer is mad about Maggie Haberman covering Trump and ignoring Biden. Is it opposite day already?

From the ivory tower

Good morning Saturday. The word of the day is abrupt.

The Wall Street Journal went to the beach. “Six pack abs, red Solo cups, thongs-a-plenty.” Where could it be? Ipanema? Diamond Head? Bondi? Nope, it was M Street beach.

The Globe doesn’t think people are interested in good police work so they don’t report on it. Maybe they’re right, maybe people only want to read the bad stories about the police and don’t want to know about crime around them. But Live Boston is out there covering this stuff. Universal Hub also keeps an eye on crime. One important takeaway is that guns are way too common on the streets and in the hands of young people.

MassNotify is finally up and running. But some Android users are complaining that the app is installing itself without user permission or knowledge. Weird.

Mayoral candidates are airing their ideas for fixing the problems of the Methadone Mile, which was toured by Essaibi-George and a globe photographer. What a mess. It looks like the Long Island bridge is no longer a viable solution. Most candidates are focused on increasing services. Duh. Michelle Wu apparently wants to spread the disfunction out across the city. That might not a great idea for winning over neighborhood voters.

And the budget is back before the City Council, just in time for July 1st.

Scattered to the wind

Saturday. At the weekend, as they say.

A Chinese satellite is expected to crash to earth tonight. It’s unlikely to hit anywhere near Boston. But it’s not impossible. Plan accordingly.

Danny McDonald tries to read the tea leaves on how Marty Walsh supporters will vote now that Marty is not in the race. Even this late in the game, it’s still too early to tell.

LiveBoston617 covers a shooting in Roxbury. (H-Block is a gang turf, not a neighborhood in Boston.)

I’ve never wanted to be this guy. Variety is the spice of life.

And the impulse to conform is a real thing. I knew the mask mandate had been lifted but, walking around the city, everyone was wearing a mask. So I wore a mask. Baaaa.

See no evil

It’s Tuesday. Have a dandy Devil Dog Day.

US population growth is slowing down but the population of the state has grown by almost a half million people according to the most recent census. As a result, Massachusetts will be able to maintain the current number of seats in the US House. The increase in population has mostly been in the eastern part of the state so lawmakers are drawing up plans to shift some district lines to even things out.

It was a busy week in the city as far as crime goes. Here are some headlines from Universal Hub just from the last few days:
Man shot in the side on Clarkson Street
Mattapan gunfire blitz leaves one shot, several cars, houses hit
Barrage of gunfire in Dorchester sends one bullet into a living room
Man shot somewhere south of Grove Hall
Gunfire in Roxbury sends bullet into house around the corner
Two shot on Glenway Street in Dorchester

Live Boston was also covering the neighborhoods over the weekend:
Over 200 rounds fired overnight as understaffed police work to keep up
Boston Police help save man’s life at BMC overnight
Car chase leads to crash on Dorchester Avenue
Neighbor caught in crossfire as Ormond St turns to shooting gallery overnight
Shooting on Glenway St leaves at least two injured

And from the Boston Globe in that same time frame:
Three men wounded in two overnight shootings in Boston
That’s it. These days the city’s paper of record appears largely blind or indifferent to violent crime in the city. Seems like a huge disservice to the people and neighborhoods affected.

The EU is working on a vaccine passport that Americans can use to travel abroad. Details are slim but I hope it doesn’t rely on those paper CDC cards that I keep losing.

Police in Washington DC have some kind of a server problem. The reports and statements about what happened are about as clear as mud but it sounds like ransomware. Speaking of ransomware, the payments demanded by hackers are rising. And people seem to be paying.

And where does a candle go when it burns? Inquiring minds want to know.