This Week In
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 22:10
Last Friday, a Worcester Superior Court judge brought the sale of The Boston Globe to a halt. Due to a class action lawsuit filed against The Telegram Gazette in 2009, judge Shannon Frison placed a temporary restraining order on the sale. The Telegram Gazette is one of four components of The New England Media Group. Along with The Boston Globe, Boston.com, and telegram.com, The Gazette will be sold to Red Sox owner John Henry by The New York Times Company for $70 million. The sale was set to close Friday. Lawyers representing independent carriers of The Gazette filed the lawsuit in an effort to collect settlements, which may be in jeopardy when the group changes hands. Frison was expected to make an announcement yesterday regarding the status of the order, yet no decision was reported.
On Tuesday, Apple revealed its fifth-generation tablet, the iPad Air. Weighing in at 1-lb, the iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than its parent model. With the same A7 processing chip integrated into the iPhone 5, the iPad Air will be 72 times faster than the fourth-generation tablet currently on the market. The Air will hit Apple stores Nov. 1. In addition to the Air, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller, BC ‘82, announced a revamped iPad mini at the conference on Tuesday. The new mini contains the same A7 processing chip as the Air, as well as a high-retina display comparable to the full-sized iPad screen. This new model will not replace the original iPad mini, however—Apple will still sell all versions of the iPad. Finally, Apple announced their newest software system, free to all Mac users.
Early Sunday morning, Boston police arrested Thomas Robbins, 23, after a Red Sox staff member found him inside the team’s clubhouse in Fenway Park. Hours earlier, Bostonians took to the streets in Kenmore Square and the Fenway neighborhood to celebrate the Sox’s win over the Detroit Tigers, clinching a spot in the 2013 World Series. When discovered, Robbins attempted to leave, dropping Mike Napoli’s glove in the process. Robbins was later found in a parking lot reserved for MLB players with MLB press box place markers. Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley said in a press conference, “it was valued at $450 for purposes of the case, but a perfectly-worn mitt is priceless. We’re glad Mike got it back and won’t have to worry about it tomorrow night.” Robbins is due in court Dec. 11.
Due to the government shutdown, tax refunds could be delayed by up to two weeks. The IRS announced it will not begin processing returns until at least Jan. 28, and could hold off as long as Feb. 4. According to USA Today, the delay could be even further extended should the government shut down again in January over scheduled budget talks. The delay originates from a need to program and test tax-processing systems, as 90 percent of the IRS was furloughed during the 16-day shutdown. Regular deadlines will, however, remain in place for taxpayers: all returns must be filed by April 15, and companies must send W-2 and other forms by Jan. 31. The IRS will announce in late December when it will begin to process returns. The tax delay is just one of many products of the shutdown that has U.S. citizens disgruntled and disapproving of Congress.
The third bi-annual “Sex Week” kicked off at Harvard on Monday. Sponsored by SHEATH, Sexual Health Education and Advocacy Throughout Harvard College, Sex Week “intends to promote a week of programming that is interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, scholastic, innovative, and applicable to student experiences in order to promote a holistic understanding of sex and sexuality,” according to the event’s site. The majority of events throughout the week took place on campus, featuring discussions such as “Love, Sex, and Faith,” “Love Your Body Day,” which is taking place today, and “#FutureSex: How Technology Will Change Your Sex Life,” which will take place Saturday. According to Boston Innovation, Sex Week is widely supported by many faculty members and students alike at Harvard, who all encourage an open dialogue on the topic. All events are free and open to the general public.