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News :: Media
State of the Media 2006
29 Mar 2006
The third edition of the Project for Excellence in Journalism's annual report tracking and analyzing the state of the American news media.

"Scan the headlines of 2005 and one question seems inevitable: Will we recall this as the year when journalism in print began to die?"
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Commentary :: Politics
Constitution Under Assault
29 Mar 2006
Bush is stealing power from Congress and the Courts using two bogus arguments.
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LOCAL News :: Politics
Boston City Council's Michael F. Flaherty's systematic failure to comply with the Open Metting Law
29 Mar 2006
03/27/2006 18:12 FAX 617 367-4024 Boston Globe CITY HALL 001

Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Civil Action No. 05-01798

KEVIN McCREA & others^1
^1 Shirley Kressel and Kathleen Devine


Plaintiffs, Kevin McCrea ("McCrea"), Shirley Kressel
("Kressel"), and Kathleen Devine ("Devine"), filed this action
seeking declaratory and injunctive relief.

The plaintiffs' complaint alleges violations of the Open Meeting
Law, G.L. c. 39 ss23A-C ("the Open Meeting Law"), by the
defendants, the Boston City Council and its President, Michael
Flaherty (collecively referred as "the Council").

Specifically, the plaintiffs challenge the legality of certain
meetings held in which various members of the Council were
present on the following dates:
June 3, 2003,
June 19, 2003,
August, 14, 2003,
September 23, 2004,
October 21, 2004,
November 18, 2004,
December 15, 2004
January 13, 2005,
February 17, 2005,
January 20, 2005, and
March 24, 2005.^2
^2 Although there was a public hearing on December 15, 2004, the
plaintiffs allege that an unlawful closed hearing was
held prior to the public hearing.

In addition to alleging that there were violations of the
Open Meeting Law on particular dates, the plaintiffs also claim
that the alleged repeated violations constitute a "systematic"
failure to comply with the requirements of the statute.

03/27/2006 18:12 FAX 617 367-4024 Boston Globe CITY HALL 002

The Council denies the plaintiffs' allegations that
violations occurred as to the meetings held on
January 13, 2005,
January 20, 2005,
February 17, 2005, and
March 24, 2005

In addition to denying that any violations have occurred, the
Council takes the position that the December 15, 2004 meeting
cured any violations which may have occurred on earlier

This Court has previously ruled that the plaintiffs may
not maintain an action to seek invalidate the December 15, 2004
vote because it is time barred pursuant to the strict twenty-one
day statute of limitation of actions provision of Section 23B
Memorandum of Decision and Order on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss
Pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), 6.

However, the plaintiffs also seek injunctive relief, including an
order compelling the Council to comply with the Open Meeting Law
at future meetings.

This matter is now before the Court on Defendants' Motion
for Summary Judgment pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 56 on the basis
that there are no genuine issues of material fact and that the
plaintiffs have no likelihood of proving that they are entitled
to the injunctive relief sought.

For the reasons stated below, the
Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED and
summary judgment is GRANTED in favor of the plaintiffs
pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 56(c).

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Interview :: International : Politics
Matthew Cuffe, Blair Witch Conviction Project
29 Mar 2006
Interview with Matthew Cuffe of the Blair Witch Conviction Project.
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Commentary :: Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race
Full Citizenship Rights for All Immigrants!
28 Mar 2006
Down With Racist U.S. Imperialism!
For Socialist Revolution on Both Sides of the Border!
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Commentary :: Politics
911 for real
28 Mar 2006
author: truth realized

I dont feel well...
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News :: Politics
Johnny Carson interviews Jim Garrison
28 Mar 2006
author: remembering the past

At the website of the late Col. Fletcher Prouty you can still hear echoes reverberating from Dealey Plaza, in very Lo-Fi streaming audio. Since I could not find a transcript of this famous 1967 television broadcast online to me help clarify some of the garbled details, I set out to produce one, in order to restore and preserve the fidelity of an echo.
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LOCAL News :: Politics
objects in rear view mirror
28 Mar 2006
who's making it happen in massachusetts?
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Review :: Human Rights
Antonin Scalia "Not Fit" for US Supreme Court!
28 Mar 2006
Justice Scalia "pre-judges" and finds Gitmo inmates "Guilty" with no examination of the facts let alone looking at any verifiable evidence!
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Commentary :: International
The Mosque Massacre was no Accident
28 Mar 2006
Modified: 02:34:00 PM
The U.S. has been asked by Iraqi officials to quit running security operations. If that’s not an open invitation to go home, I don’t know what is. So why aren’t US forces packing up? Because Bush doesn’t really want a stable Iraqi government run by Shi’ias.
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