Morning Updates: an opiate crisis, and what bin Laden read

The CIA declassified Osama bin Laden’s reading material from his Pakistan compound.
The CIA declassified Osama bin Laden’s reading material from his Pakistan compound. –AFP/Getty Images

Good morning, Boston! Here are the stories you need to know for the day ahead.

Art by Rembrandt and Dürer, valued at $600,000, goes missing from Boston Public Library: “We’re looking at the possibility of it being an inside job,’’ Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said. (The Boston Globe) So how did this even happen? “Libraries are good victims, because [materials] won’t be discovered missing until someone wants to see the book or the archival document,’’ said Travis McDade, curator of law rare books at the University of Illinois College of Law. “This allows the thief time to sell it and maybe it will change hands two or three more times before it’s discovered missing.’’ (The Boston Globe)


Gloucester police promises not to arrest opiate users, but to get them help for their disease. Earlier this month, Gloucester Police chief Lenny Campanello urged D.C. lawmakers to pass drug reform, and said he’s not intimidated by the prescription pill crisis or Big Pharma. “I don’t give a shit; I’m an appointed official,’’ Campanello said. “You can quote me on that. I work for the city of Gloucester, I don’t work for a pharmaceutical company.’’ (The New Republic)

Plenty of Mass. high schools still have “Indian’’ mascots and nicknames: “Crying out war chants during sporting events might seem like harmless fun in the name of school spirit, but John Peters, an American Indian and executive director of the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs, said these acts make American Indian students feel awkward at best. ‘It’s hard to be proud of your heritage when your peers are doing war whoops,’ Peters said. ‘And you can start a campaign against them, but many students are embarrassed to take on that battle.’’’ (

David Letterman bids farewell: “To its end, Mr. Letterman remained true to a personal sensibility of delivering sarcastic comedy with a straight face, and rarely allowed mawkish sentimentality to creep into the show. Noting all the praise he has received of late, Mr. Letterman said, ‘Do me a favor. Save a little for my funeral.’’’ (The New York Times)


The books in Osama bin Laden’s compound have been declassified: “The English-language books in particular present a fascinating picture of Bin Laden’s interests, including journalist Bob Woodward’s account of president Obama’s wars—conflicts that Bin Laden was largely responsible for. His library while in seclusion also included anti-globalization tomes by Noam Chomsky and John Perkins, conspiracist fodder in books on the supposed Committee of 300 and MKUltra, the CIA’s psychological warfare program, and even materials alleging that the Bush administration had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks—which Bin Laden presumably resented.’’ (Quartz)

Charlie Baker shines on the Twitter-sphere: “What makes Baker an impressive Tweeter? … He takes selfies … and has an affinity for exclamation points … He engages with reporters.’’ (Boston Magazine)

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