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Tuesday, March 8
Where Does His Co-Defendant’s Guilty Plea Deal Leave Sal DiMasi?

Where Does His Co-Defendant’s Guilty Plea Deal Leave Sal DiMasi?
Sal DimasiA co-defendant in the corruption case against former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is expected to plead guilty to eight counts in connection with an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving two state software contracts. In exchange for Joseph Lally’s guilty plea, prosecutors are expected to recommend a sentence of two to three years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. The plea agreement says Lally will cooperate with the government, which means he could be called to testify against his co-defendants. DiMasi's attorney maintains the former speaker's innocence, but no matter which way you slice it, my next guest says any time a defendant turns government witness; it’s bound to have an impact at trial. We’re joined by attorney Stephen G. Huggard, a partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge and the former chief of the public corruption unit of US attorney’s office in Boston and by WGBH’s Adam Reilly, who is covering this morning’s hearing in federal court.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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