Friday links (8/1/14)

A thoughtful take on the Market Basket protests. Some state legislators and police chiefs want police chiefs to have absolute discretion over who is allowed to own and carry guns, but such a law would likely be struck down as unconstitutional if passed.

Boston police will be handing out $250 tickets at this year's pro-marijuana legalization Freedom Rally.

How regulations could benefit businesses at the expense of consumers if they are part of a marijuana legalization bill.

Worcester has paid out $1,751,750 due to police misconduct lawsuits since 2000.

Students accused of sexual assault at Harvard don't get attorneys, the right to cross-examine witnesses, and other due process protections.

Former MBTA official accuses the agency of waste, fraud, and safety problems in a lawsuit.

State Inspector General finds ex-Westfield State University president used tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars for his own personal use and lied about it:

Wednesday links (6/18/14)

A Nahant town administrator is under investigation for allegedly improperly funneling public contracts to favored contractors. Cambridge is considering regulations that would ban Uber and similar transportation services.

Westfield State University cited for failing to comply with the Massachusetts public records law.

When Aaron Swartz spoofed his MAC address, it proved he was a criminal. When Apple does it, it's good for everyone.

The FBI has a hilarious guide to Twitter slang (some of which is fake).

How anonymous sourcing became the rule rather than the exception in journalism.