Governor Deval Patrick has finally cracked the monopoly that police officers on paid road and construction details. Or has he?
Today's Globe West examines the issue of details and explores how it's not just local police officers, but also the cities and towns that they work for, who have powerful incentives to say "Thanks, but no thanks" to Patrick's bid to introduce flagmen on some road construction projects.
We also take a look at the amounts that some officers are getting paid for details, which they regard as legitimate pay for legitimate work but which critics decry as wasteful. As an added feature, we've also included a link to the complete list of detail pay for the Newton Police Department for the 2008 fiscal year.
Gov. Mitt Romney has talked about giving state troopers the power to arrest illegal immigrants. They may not have to travel far.
It turns out that scores of the folks hired to clean State Police headquarters in Framingham and other state facilities have been undocumented.
A story on the front page of today's Globe says that a review of payroll records for the Boylston company found that many of the employees had questionable or bogus Social Security numbers.
Raymond P. Howell, spokesman for National Facility Services, issued a statement saying that the company is ``collateral damage in the political battle over illegal immigration."
Beware of bloodthirsty bugs.
For this first time this summer, mosquitoes harboring West Nile virus have been discovered in Massachusetts, state health authorities reported today.
A pool of infected insects was discovered in Needham. No human cases have been reported, the Department of Public Health said.
The virus has arrived in the state nearly a month earlier than last year, when the first pool of mosquitoes carrying West Nile was not reported until July 25.
Check the City and Region blog for more information.
Brazilians celebrated -- again -- in downtown Framingham today after their national team beat Ghana, 3-0, in the World Cup.
Expect more festivities Saturday and, if the team advances to the final, next Wednesday.
But not everybody in the Brazilian community is joining in the fun. Correspondent Eduardo A. de Oliveira reports in Sunday's Globe West that some Brazilian immigrants are worried that a chance encounter with police could get them sent back to Brazil.