WBEZ | Boston http://www.wbez.org/tags/boston Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Seven ways the Blackhawks can steal back the series http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/seven-ways-blackhawks-can-steal-back-series-107760 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bickell-jagr_game_3_ap%20elise%20Amendola.jpg" style="float: right; height: 215px; width: 300px;" title="Bryan Bickell gets hit by 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr in Game 3. (AP/File)" />On social media, Blackhawks fans make it sound like the Stanley Cup is a lost cause. After losing 2-0 on Monday, tonight they play Game 4 in Boston with the Bruins up 2 games to 1 in the Finals.</div><p>While fans are in a state of panic, Hawks players remain confident in Boston since they believe they can rebound and stay in this playoff series for the long haul.</p><p><strong>What do the Blackhawks have to do to even up the series?</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Power outage.</strong> With scoring at a premium it would nice if they could solve their huge problem with the power play. They are 0-11 in this series and the Bruins have scored twice with the man advantage. Not that they can magically make it right (since it has been wrong all season), but at least get some shots in.</li><li><strong>Win a face off.</strong> The Hawks lost 40 of 56 chances overall in Monday&rsquo;s game. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was nearly perfect handling that chore on Monday. Dave Bolland and Mike Handzus (and to a lesser extent, Jonathan Toews) were completely handcuffed in face-offs. If you don&rsquo;t control the puck then, you relinquish your opportunities to score.</li><li><strong>Don&rsquo;t get frustrated</strong> (Talking to you, Bolland.) That plays into the Bruins hands with turnovers and dumb penalties. Boston can frustrate a team: they know how to take advantage when they get into a player&rsquo;s head.</li><li><strong>Get some traffic in front of the net</strong> Yes, Zdeno Chara is a big dude and the Bruins are tough. In the first game, Andrew Shaw did a decent job there. Bryan Bickell has not been a factor since the previous playoff rounds. Another aspect missing from the first game, Hawks also did plenty of hitting, that hasn&rsquo;t been the case since that overtime win.</li><li><strong>Set some goals.</strong> All this points to is putting the pressure on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask. The Blackhawks speed and skill has been negated by the Bruins defense.</li><li><strong>Hoss in the saddle</strong>. Coach Quenneville said yesterday that Marian Hossa will likely play tonight. Hossa is one of the most productive players on the ice: he has 14 points in 9 playoff games this year. Ben Smith is a good player, but is limited to match what the Slovak winger can bring this situation.</li><li><strong>Line dancing.</strong> Quenneville has to make the right moves with his lines. The Hawks&#39; coach has been able to mix and match and it has worked more often than not. Now he has to be almost perfect, especially if his team suffers another loss. Going with Viktor Stalberg or Brandon Bolig should work, and maybe putting Patrick Kane and Toews together. Heads were still scratching with Ben Smith replacing Hossa since Smith had not played in quite a while. Coach Q was asked several questions about the mystery surrounding not the injury, but when it happened and how it was handled. There was no direct answer.</li></ul><p>Both teams had optional work-outs yesterday, so few players practiced. Trying to read the body language of the Blackhawks in the locker room, you would have no clue they are down in this series. Mainly, they know if they even the series tonight, then all, or most, of the problems have been solved by the Hawks. It is hard to tell if their confidence is wavering. That will be determined when the puck drops for Game 4 in Boston.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></em></p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/seven-ways-blackhawks-can-steal-back-series-107760 Get on board with the Blackhawks http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/get-board-blackhawks-107603 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_patrick_kane_charles_rex_arbogast.jpg" style="height: 272px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Patrick Kane's hat trick is part of the fun of the Blackhawks. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" />Have you caught the Blackhawks fever yet? Here are the symptoms:</p><ul><li>Twisted stomachs</li><li>Lots of yelling</li><li>Knowing the chorus to Chelsea Dagger</li><li>Cheering at the top of your lungs as Jim Cornelison sings the National Anthem at the United Center</li></ul><p>Being late to the party is just fine. But it&#39;s time to give your full attention to the Stanley Cup Finals as Chicago takes on the Boston Bruins.</p><p><strong>A Stanley Cup for the history books</strong></p><p>Everyone who knows a little bit about hockey knows that this is a very special pairing of teams from the &ldquo;Original Six&rdquo;.&nbsp; For decades Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto and New York (Rangers) were the whole league. After the expansion in 1967, the NHL added more teams and diminished the spotlight on these six clubs. These teams do not have many meetings during the regular season. And not since 1979&#39;s Rangers vs. Canadians match up have two of the original teams met in a Stanley Cup Final.</p><p>That are good reasons this is a special match-up it is a way for history to be told and for history to be made. That is the way with most sports leagues-we know how much it means in Chicago when the Bears met the Packers. It is not just the proximity of the teams, it is big city versus small town USA- it is the history of these original NFL teams.</p><p><strong>Interesting twist from the NHL lockout</strong></p><p>The NHL&rsquo;s lockout stumbled into a compelling storyline: since the league only had 48 regular season games, it scheduled only games within the Eastern and Western Conferences. That makes this Final intriguing because the teams haven&#39;t faced off yet this season. Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville admitted he has watched all the Bruins playoff games.</p><p>Talking to the Hawks after Saturday&rsquo;s thrilling 4-3 double overtime win, questions about Boston came up. Andrew Shaw spoke about the physical nature of the East coast team, but he hasn&rsquo;t experienced it yet. He talked with fresh bruises and cuts on his face from the Los Angeles Kings. He will definitely feel the brawn of his opponents in this round.</p><p><strong>Boston&rsquo;s heartbreak will be felt</strong></p><p>Just a few months ago, the Boston Marathon bombing affected that city and the rest of the country. When that horrible incident happened it tore at the heart of that city, but it didn&rsquo;t diminish the resolve of Boston. The sports teams in that city, including the Boston Bruins, galvanized the strength and resolve of the Bostonians. So this championship series will likely spotlight the aftermath of that tragedy. Sports have a way of re-kindling the spirit of fans and you can expect that will happen in Boston.</p><p><strong>Quoting Ozzie-yes without profanity</strong></p><p>There is a quote that former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen used, &ldquo;Winning is fun and fun is winning.&rdquo; &nbsp;Even if you are not a hockey fan, or don&rsquo;t know anything about the blue line or high sticking, you can revel in the fun and just join in. That is what these past few weeks have been with the Blackhawks. Watching Bryan Bickell breakout in the playoffs, Corey Crawford mature into an excellent goalie and Patrick Kane score the third goal of his hat trick in double overtime-that is fun!&nbsp;</p><p>Grip the railing and enjoy the ride: there may be another Stanley Cup for Chicago when it ends. &nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/get-board-blackhawks-107603 For some, Boston news coverage highlights need for Muslims in the media http://www.wbez.org/news/some-boston-news-coverage-highlights-need-muslims-media-106753 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP65997749651.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As details continue to emerge about the two brothers suspected of planting bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday, many American Muslims are processing the treatment that this story has gotten in the mainstream news media. The brothers are ethnic Chechens from Russia, but little is still known about their motives or other affiliations.</p><p>Even before the suspects were identified, news shows and commentary programs on outlets such as Fox News, CNN and Glenn Beck speculated that the perpetrator of the attack was Saudi, Arab, &ldquo;dark-skinned,&rdquo; or Muslim. Fox News pundit Erik Rush provoked particular outcry when he tweeted &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s kill them all,&rdquo; in response to a message about Muslims &mdash;a tweet that he later said was sarcastic.</p><p>&ldquo;[The] Islamophobia machine is out there, it&rsquo;s well-funded, well-oiled,&rdquo; said Abdul Malik Mujahid, a Chicago-area imam and founder of SoundVision, an Islamic educational media organization. &ldquo;Muslims have a responsibility to move forward and use the media which they have the freedom to use to say their opinion.&rdquo;</p><p>Mujahid said the coverage has bolstered his belief that Muslims need to play a bigger role in crafting media coverage, whether by creating their own media outlets or by joining the newsrooms of existing ones. It&rsquo;s a battle that Mujahid began nearly ten years ago, with the launching of Radio Islam, a daily, current affairs program that streams online and at 6 p.m. nightly on WCEV 1450AM.</p><p>A recent show focused on Muslims who were at the Boston Marathon as runners or as first responders. Mujahid said the idea is to counter <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Muslim/Public-Remains-Conflicted-Over-Islam.aspx" target="_blank">a trend toward unfavorable attitudes toward Muslims.</a></p><p>&ldquo;Despite the fact that Muslims have done a lot of effort to reach out to their neighbors, [perceptions of] Muslims and Islam in America continue to go on the negative side,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>In the wake of the Boston coverage, Mujahid has stepped up a call for donations to expand Radio Islam&rsquo;s programming. He wants to build a new studio downtown to increase the amount of programming, as well as foster the training of Muslim journalists.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve made this switch from more of a victim mentality, more of this idea of please don&rsquo;t beat me up, and kind of scared and not knowing what to expect, as opposed to now taking a more confident and proactive position,&rdquo; said Asma Uddin, an attorney at the Becket Foundation for Religious Liberty and the founder of Altmuslimah, a blog about gender and Islam.</p><p>Uddin said since 9/11, more Muslims have started to think like Mujahid, focusing on how to disseminate their stories through the media. She said she saw the effect of that in the media coverage of the Boston bombings. Although some news outlets rushed to connect the attack to Islam, she said many more were careful not to jump to conclusions.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s become increasingly sophisticated, and part of that, is because Muslims are speaking up and nuancing people&rsquo;s perceptions,&rdquo; Mujahid said.</p><p>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her at <a href="http://twitter.com/oyousef" target="_blank">@oyousef </a>and @<a href="http://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud" target="_blank">WBEZoutloud</a>.</p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/some-boston-news-coverage-highlights-need-muslims-media-106753 Boston official: Video footage shows bomb suspect http://www.wbez.org/news/boston-official-video-footage-shows-bomb-suspect-106692 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP722040439462_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Investigators poring over photos and video from the Boston Marathon bombing have a department-store surveillance-camera image of a man dropping off a bag at the scene of the one of the blasts, a top city politician said Wednesday.</p><p>City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said he was briefed by members of the Boston Police Department, said he does not know if investigators know the man&#39;s name. He said officers are chasing leads that could take them to the suspect.</p><p>&quot;They may be on the verge of arresting someone and that&#39;s good,&quot; he said.</p><p>Separately, a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to discuss the case publicly confirmed only that investigators had an image of a potential suspect but did not know his identity.</p><p>The twin bomb blasts Monday near the finish line of the world&#39;s most famous foot race killed three people and wounded more than 170, tearing off limbs in a hail of shrapnel.</p><p>Law enforcement agencies pleaded for the public to come forward with photos, videos or any information that might help them solve the case, and they gathered surveillance video from businesses around the finish line.</p><p>The bombs are believed to have been fashioned out of ordinary kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards designed to maim. Investigators suspect the bombs were hidden in black duffel bags and left on the ground.</p><p>As a result, they were looking for images of someone lugging a dark, heavy bag.</p><p>&quot;One of the department stores down on Boylston Street submitted video system which has confirmed that a suspect is seen dropping a bag near the point of the second explosion and heading off,&quot; Murphy said.</p><p>Murphy said he was told investigators have matched information from the surveillance footage with witness descriptions of someone leaving the scene.</p><p>Earlier in the day, several news organizations, citing unidentified sources, reported that a video surveillance camera at a Lord &amp; Taylor department store midway between the two blast sites showed a suspect with a backpack near the finish line.</p><p>The news came with Boston in a state of high excitement over conflicting information on whether a suspect was in custody.</p><p>A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told the AP around midday that a suspect was in custody. The official, who was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation, said the suspect was expected in federal court.</p><p>But the FBI and the U.S. attorney&#39;s office in Boston said no arrests had been made.</p><p>&quot;Contrary to widespread reporting, there have been no arrests made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack,&quot; the FBI said in a statement. &quot;Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.&quot;</p><p>The official who spoke to the AP about someone being taken into custody stood by the information even after it was disputed.</p><p>Scores of victims remained hospitalized, many with grievous injuries. Fourteen were listed in critical condition. Doctors who treated the wounded corroborated reports that the bombs were packed with shrapnel and blew up close to the ground.</p><p>The chief of trauma surgery at Boston Medical Center said most of the injuries his hospital treated were to the legs.</p><p>&quot;We have a lot of lower-extremity injuries, so I think the damage was low to the ground and wasn&#39;t up,&quot; Dr. Peter Burke said. &quot;The patients who do have head injuries were blown into things or were hit by fragments that went up.&quot;</p><p>The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard of Boston and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell of Medford. The Shenyang Evening News, a state-run Chinese newspaper, identified the third victim as Lu Lingzi. She was a graduate student at Boston University.</p><p>A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the courthouse Wednesday midafternoon, the U.S. Marshals Service said, and security officials swept the area. Employees were allowed back in about an hour later.</p><p>___</p><p>Associated Press writers Jay Lindsay, Pat Eaton-Robb, Steve LeBlanc, Bridget Murphy, Rodrique Ngowi and Meghan Barr in Boston; Eileen Sullivan, Julie Pace and Lara Jakes in Washington; Paisley Dodds in London; Lee Keath in Cairo; and Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report along with investigative researcher Randy Herschaft in New York.</p></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/boston-official-video-footage-shows-bomb-suspect-106692 Fugitive mobster 'Whitey' Bulger caught in Calif. http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-23/fugitive-mobster-whitey-bulger-caught-calif-88232 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-23/whiteycaptured_custom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>James "Whitey" Bulger, the notorious Boston mobster accused of murdering 19 people, is in custody in California after an epic 16-year manhunt that turned him into a global sensation.</p><p>The FBI finally caught up with the 81-year-old Bulger on Wednesday at a residence in Santa Monica, Calif. He was apprehended along with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, just days after the government launched a new publicity campaign to locate the fugitives, said Steven Martinez, FBI's assistant director in charge in Los Angeles.</p><p>A tip generated by the campaign led to the arrest, Martinez said.</p><p>Known as "The Irish Godfather" of Boston, Bulger has been on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted posters for years and was an inspiration for the 2006 movie <em>The Departed.</em></p><p>Along with Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, he led the violent Winter Hill Gang, a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets in the Boston area. U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern said in 2000 that the two were "responsible for a reign of intimidation and murder that spanned 25 years."</p><p>In the 1970s, Bulger became a top-secret FBI informant in Boston but later corrupted his handlers.</p><p>The agents "tipped him off to investigations by other police agencies and they also tipped him off to other people who were informing against him so that he could and did murder them," said David Boeri, a reporter from member station WBUR in Boston who has followed the Bulger case for more than two decades.</p><p>When state and federal investigators finally closed in on Bulger in January 1995, he fled Boston with his girlfriend after being tipped by his FBI handler. Two former FBI agents were later charged with plotting murders with Bulger, and one is now serving a life sentence in prison.</p><p>"This is what makes this such a treacherous story," Boeri said. "It is corruption within the FBI."</p><p>But on Wednesday, it was the FBI who took Bulger down. Agents swarmed around the Santa Monica apartment building where he and Grieg, 60, were staying.</p><p>Bulger lived on the third floor of The Princess Eugenia, a three-story, 28-unit building of one and two-bedroom apartments three blocks from a bluff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.</p><p>The FBI had been conducting surveillance in the area where the arrest was made, said police Sgt. Rudy Flores, who gave no details of the arrest.</p><p>Barbara Gluck, who lives on the same floor as Bulger and Greig, told The Associated Press that she didn't know their names but recognized them from photos on the Internet after she heard about their arrest.</p><p>Gluck described Greig as "sweet and lovely" and said they would have "girl talk" when they ran into each other in the building. But she added that Bulger became angry whenever he saw the two of them talking.</p><p>"He was nasty," Gluck said. "At one point, [Greig] said [Bulger] has a rage issue."</p><p>The former fugitives were scheduled to make an appearance in Los Angeles federal court Thursday. He faces a series of federal charges including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering. Greig is charged with harboring a fugitive.</p><p>The arrest brings an end to a manhunt that received worldwide attention as the FBI received reported sightings of Bulger and Greig from all over the U.S. and parts of Europe. In many of those sightings, investigators could not confirm whether it was Bulger who was spotted or a lookalike.</p><p>The investigation also touched the highest level of Massachusetts politics. Bulger's younger brother, William, was one of the state's most powerful politicians, leading the Massachusetts Senate for 17 years and later serving as president of the University of Massachusetts for seven years. William Bulger told a congressional committee that he had spoken to his brother shortly after he went on the run in 1995 but had no idea about his whereabouts.</p><p>He declined to comment to the <em>Boston Globe</em> about his brother's arrest.</p><p>Federal officials said they have linked James Bulger to a series of ruthless killings. One victim was shot between the eyes in a parking lot at his country club in Oklahoma. Another was gunned down in broad daylight on a South Boston street reportedly to prevent him from talking about the killing in Oklahoma. Others allegedly were taken out for running afoul of Bulger's gambling enterprises.</p><p>After 16 years on the lam, Wednesday's arrest was a stunning reversal for Bulger.</p><p>"This guy, used to look out at Boston from Southie — the old town — and say, 'I own this town,' " WBUR's Boeri said.</p><p><em>David Boeri of member station WBUR contributed to this report, which contains material from The Associated Press.</em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. <img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1308836828?&gn=Fugitive+Mobster+%27Whitey%27+Bulger+Caught+In+Calif.&ev=event2&ch=1070&h1=Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=137364197&c19=20110623&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-23/fugitive-mobster-whitey-bulger-caught-calif-88232