Good morning. Here are the stories you need to know for today.
Baltimore streets calm after strict curfew: “A line of police behind riot shields hurled tear gas canisters and fired pepper balls at the crowd and slowly advanced forward to push it back. Demonstrators picked up the canisters and hurled them back at officers. But the crowd rapidly dispersed and was down to just a few dozen people within minutes.’’ (AP)
Could Baltimore-like riots happen here? “‘The people who are the victims of stop and frisk and other encounters … those are not the people who are saying that everything is fine with the BPD,’ ACLU of Massachusetts Legal Director Matt Segal said. ‘Could there be the same level of dissatisfaction here that there are in other places?’ Segal added. ‘The answer is: There very well could be, and the data says there ought to be.’’’ (Boston.com)
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev latest: The defense put the focus on Tsarnaev’s older siblings Tamerlan and sister-in-law Katherine Tsarnaeva on Tuesday. What we learned: She googled “rewards for wife of mujahideen.’’ (Boston.com) When asked if he worked, Tamerlan told a friend “Allah sent [me] money.’’ (Boston.com)
Supreme Court hears arguments on lethal injection today: “The prisoners, convicted murderers, are challenging the use of the sedative midazolam as the first step in executions. Lawyers for the prisoners, with the support of many medical experts, say that even if properly administered, the drug cannot reliably cause deep unconsciousness before the injection of other extremely painful agents that cause death.’’ (The New York Times)
Return to sender: “[Gov. Charlie] Baker set a self-imposed limit on lobbyist contributions, saying they could only give a maximum of $250. But at least five firms registered as lobbyists with the state gave well over that limit. Boston.com’s review of fundraising records found that in two cases, they gave 40 times more than the governor said they were supposed to.’’ (Boston.com)
Alms for the pour: “In the old days, tipping at places with counter service was an opt-in situation. The jars sat passively, their hand-written messages about as pushy as it got. … But with the new mobile point-of-sale systems, a customer who’s not in the mood to tip needs to actively opt out — while facing the server across a narrow counter.’’ (The Boston Globe)