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Week In Review: Buffer Zones, MBTA’s Future, Climate Change Planning

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama shake hands with Troy Simon, a New Orleans native who couldn't read until he was 14, and college graduate, after Obama spoke about college education at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The event which is to promote opportunities for students to attend and finish college and university, was attended by college and university presidents and leaders from nonprofits, foundations, governments and businesses. (AP)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama shake hands with Troy Simon, a New Orleans native who couldn’t read until he was 14, and college graduate, after Obama spoke about college education at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The event which is to promote opportunities for students to attend and finish college and university, was attended by college and university presidents and leaders from nonprofits, foundations, governments and businesses. (AP)

In the news this week, Attorney General Martha Coakley — on the steps of the Supreme Court urging the justices to uphold the state’s law restricting protests around abortion clinics.

“This is about keeping the public peace. It is about the appropriate balance,” Coakley said.

But plaintiff Eleanor McCullen said buffer zone law violates her right to peaceful, free speech.

“Here I am, gentle, loving. And I can tell you this. It’s worth my time… big time,” McCullen said.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, dozens of university presidents gathered at the White House for a summit on college access and affordability.  “If we hadn’t made a commitment as a country to send more of our people to college, Michelle, me, maybe a few of you, would not be here today,” President Obama said.

And here in Boston, the MBTA will soon run trains later on weekends — But not during the week.

“Quite candidly, we do not have the capability in the system to wind up being able to go 24/7,” MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott told us on Monday.

We’ll dig into those stories and more with our week in review panel.

Guests

Joan Vennochi, Democratic analyst and columnist for The Boston Globe.

Jim Stergios, executive director of The Pioneer Institute.


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  • Give_Me_Liberty_92

    Mr Brooks,

    You are basically suggesting that an inner city area with high crime is not dangerous for a tourist because, listen listen people, you have no specific statistics on how many “outsiders” are victimized?

    well, how about the fact that most “outsiders” will most likely not stray away from the Freedom trail at all as a general rule already, so no robust statistics of the kind you ask for making a decision will EVER be available?

    it is perfectly reasonable to use the neighborhood crime statistics as proxy for relative crime rates.

    I bet there are not many tourists victimized in the wilderness of Afghanistan as well these days…because none travels there! yet, even absent such statistics would you suggest people to go explore the “beauty of the Helmand province in Spring” or would you suggest them to stick to Kabul?

    Our State Department releases similar advisories for every single country in the world, and the French government is just doing its job by advising its citizens to avoid certain high crime area of Boston.

    Common sense, that you are willing to sacrifice in name of what?

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