Shutdown madness; Cussin' Cops and more

Red Sox scalp Boston - ACA Connector crash - FEMA foul-up - Worcester Telegram & Gazette debacle - "Suitable Indians"
A wacky news world this past week.

The week's wackiest stories

HOUSE RULES: The federal government shut down. You can't go to the hall part of Faneuil Hall, or to the Cape Cod National Seashore, nor to the JFK Library. Parking lots and offices at the Cape Cod National Seashore have signs which read, “closed due to government shutdown.” Park superintendent Price said, “The impact for visitors is pretty intense. Roughly 120 workers were furloughed, including himself, but hey, it's a really nice day out, so if you're furloughed, go to some lovely, open, state park and enjoy yourself.
     Academic institutions and research centers that rely on federal funding were also affected, including the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. A spokeswoman for the aquarium, who was furloughed Tuesday, could not be reached for comment, however. Her e-mail address sent out an automatic reply saying, “I am currently unavailable to take e-mails or phone calls due to the lapse in FY14 appropriations. If you leave a message, I will be unable to respond until an appropriations bill has passed and operations are resumed. I sincerely regret this inconvenience.”

REVERSE SCALPERS: The deal the city of Boston gave to the Red Sox earlier this year to use Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street was based on outdated and inaccurate assessments, resulting in a hell of a bargain for the Sox. Former Inspector General Gregory Sullivan says the deal for the Sox' game-day use of the streets is massively undervalued and a hit to taxpayer wallets. - Boston Herald.

NEWSPAPER NONSENSE: Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s future uncertain as Globe drama unfolds. T&G’s operations say any sale will likely come at 96 percent to 99 percent discount from what the Times paid for the media company just 13 years ago. – Boston Business Journal.

FEMA FOUL-UP: Mass. officials flood Capitol with FEMA-flood-map letters.  In an Oct. 2 letter to Congressional leaders, Coakley demands that Congress delay implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 until the Federal Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the science behind its proposed new flood maps. – Boston Business Journal.

CUSSIN' COPS: Police bad language could them the get ax under proposed legislation. A bill that would punish foul-mouthed cops with a pink slip went before a State House committee Friday, and it’s already drawing a polite, but firm response from law enforcement. - Boston Herald.

CONNECTOR CRUMBLE: Massachusetts Health Connector fails to attract rush of customers predicted in first days of Affordable Care Act. Counselors spent days last month training on the state's new health care exchange, but have only been summoned to help patients navigate the system a handful of times since the system went live Tuesday. - Springfield Republican.

"SUITABLE" INDIANS: Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct ‘suitability’ hearing on Mohegan Sun’s Palmer casino proposal. If Mohegan Sun is deemed a suitable applicant, and the casino proposal is approved in a Nov. 5 townwide referendum, the company is then eligible to apply for the sole state casino license reserved for Western Massachusetts. - Springfield Republican.

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