Category: Boston Herald

Press banned as first lady touts free speech

March 23rd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

First lady Michelle Obama told students that freedom of speech should be a universal right during her extravagant, no-press-allowed tour of China — a hypocritical move that will surely draw the ire of critics, according to an expert…

Expert quote:

“That is troublesome. That goes beyond hypocritical, and I think the American media and the international media has every right to call her and the Obama administration on that — that they permitted that to happen. It makes you shake your head, albeit sadly.”

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Obama trip to China has big price

March 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Jet-setting first lady Michelle Obama has placed a great wall around her junket to China, denying press access while she racks up an $8,350-a-night bill at a swanky high-rise hotel — a move that is already drawing barbs back home…

Expert quote:

“It’s par for the course for the Obamas and the Obama White House. They keep the press on a very short leash and in this case no leash at all. The Obama White House has been very successful for years in controlling the media, and shame on the media. They should be demanding to be there more often because it’s in the best interest of the taxpayers.”

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Fed may end stimulus this fall

March 20th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

The Federal Reserve could end its bond-buying stimulus this fall, and interest rates could start to rise six months later, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said yesterday after leading the Federal Open Market Committee meeting for the first time…

Expert quote:

“Countries that have printed this much money to pay their bills get into trouble eventually with inflation.”

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Go chew the fat!

March 19th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Caroline Apovian, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Caroline Apovian, School of Medicine

Food wars are raging anew this week, with local chefs salivating over a massive new study that claims saturated fat isn’t as bad as we’ve been told, while nutrition experts warn that the report may be more sizzle than steak…

Expert quote:

“If you compare saturated fat to polyunsaturated fat, saturated fat is still much worse for you.”

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Battenfeld: Deval Patrick opens door for GOP

March 18th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Massachusetts Republicans should take back all those nasty things they’ve said about Gov. Deval Patrick. The governor’s pathetic performance is the GOP’s best hope for getting back the Corner Office…

Expert quote:

“It reinforces a narrative in the electorate’s mind that when it comes to managing these big agencies that the Democrats have been lacking under Gov. Patrick.”

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Experts: Russia will take Crimea

March 16th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, Ukraine-Russia-Crimea 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Crimea is almost certain to be annexed by Moscow following today’s referendum, experts said, while one local Ukrainian fears it could lead to future bloodshed with Russian President Vladimir Putin poised to flex his military muscle in a hostile takeover of the country…

Expert quote:

“Crimea is going to be part of Russia, it’s a forgone conclusion. Russia is asserting its power here.”

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Jim Henson’s commercial, creative legacy in focus at Somerville Center for Arts at the Armory

March 15th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Elizabeth Stevens, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Elizabeth Stevens, College of Arts & Sciences

Jim Henson’s pop art sold a generation on the power of their own creativity and the worth of their dreams. The songs Henson and his Muppets sang were uniformly encouraging, even though what they encouraged was for listeners to be as far from uniform as possible. Someday, went the promise, the lovers, the dreamers, and he would all find their Rainbow Connections…

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Blood test seen as aid in predicting, fighting Alzheimer’s

March 11th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center

A new blood test that can predict cognitive decline is a small but promising step in Alzheimer’s research that could eventually help doctors attack the debilitating disease early, experts say…

Expert quote:

“We have to have this dual approach to our research right now, which is working on new methods of early diagnosis and new methods of intervening early.”

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Audit shows 55% of workforce at retirement age

March 11th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, Peter Doeringer, School of Management 0 comments

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Peter Doeringer, College of Arts & Sciences
Fred Foulkes, School of Management

The state’s embattled welfare department — already under fire over massive EBT card fraud and abuse — is bracing for a possible mass exodus of retiring staffers, with some workers already handling caseloads as high as 1,500, a Herald review of a recent internal audit found…

Expert quote:

Doeringer:

“Hypothetically, if all the ‘retirement-eligible’ employees in the Department of Transition Assistance were to retire tomorrow, that would be a staffing disaster.”

Foulkes:

“It’s something that needs attention from the higher levels, because when the people do retire, it’s going to be really difficult to replace. So much knowledge goes out the door.”

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Despite study, expert says no proof e-cigarettes gateway to tobacco

March 7th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A new study that finds e-cigarettes might be encouraging teens to use conventional cigarettes is confirming the fears of public health officials, but one Boston expert says there’s still no proof that e-cigarettes are the gateway to tobacco…

Expert quote:

“The greatest concern would be if these serve as a gateway to tobacco use. But there’s no evidence that that’s happening… It’s very plausible kids who smoke are being attracted to electronic cigarettes possibly because they actually want to cut down and quit. That’s an equal possibility.”

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