Massachusetts’ three largest Sunday papers run Initiative piece

Yesterday, the Initiative for Investigative Reporting published a piece on the physician-friendly practice of purging or omitting malpractice settlement payments and disciplinary actions from physician profiles. The Boston Globe, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Springfield Republican are also carrying the report.

You can find their versions here:

Sterilized Records: Medical website can omit history of malpractice, misdeeds, Telegram & Gazette

Once a model, state medical board lags badly, Boston Globe

Investigation: Massachusetts medical board omits, removes thousands of embarrassing records from physician database, The Republican

State inspector general urges Boston to seek better deal from Red Sox in 2013; Boston City Council plans to hold a hearing

Reacting to a report by the Initiative for Investigative Reporting, the state inspector general is demanding a better financial arrangement between the city of Boston and the Red Sox for game-day rights to Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street, and for the air rights over the Green Monster seats, The Boston Globe reports.

The sweetheart deal that put about $45 million in revenue in the Sox coffers in exchange for an average of $186,000 a year in lease fees to the city caught the attention of Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan after The Initiative for Investigative Reporting published a story on the agreement last November.

Sullivan urged city officials to determine how much money the Red Sox have made using public property since 2003, when the team signed a relatively low-cost lease for the streets. The city should negotiate a better deal, he wrote.

“Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street are public property,’’ Sullivan said yesterday in an e-mail to the Globe. “The public should receive fair market value for the use of its property.’’

The current arrangement is up for renegotiation after the 2013 baseball season. The Boston City Council will hold a public hearing on the lease between the city and the Red Sox this Wednesday (February 29, 2012).

Read the full Globe account here.

Boston Phoenix Editorial Gives More Ink to Initiative’s Fenway Park Story

The Boston Phoenix added its two cents this week in an editorial on the lucrative deal between the Red Sox and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, calling it the “Fenway rip-off.” Kudos are also given to the Initiative to shedding some new light on this long-standing arrangement.

Here’s an excerpt:

Thanks to the Initiative for Investigative Reporting, it turns out our worries were spot-on.

Cheerleading the Red Sox expansion at that time was the Boston Globe, whose corporate parent, the New York Times Company, owned an extremely valuable minority interest in the ball club, as well as a lucrative share of its broadcasting partner, NESN. This summer, the Times Co. sold most of its share for $117 million.

No doubt it is just one of life’s curious coincidences that the eagle-eyed student journalists at Northeastern, led by the renowned former Globe investigative reporter Steve Kurkjian, had the wit to revisit the deal between the Sox and city of Boston.

Times change. A fresh breeze blows.

Read the full editorial here.

Boston Globe Editorial Takes a Swing at BRA-Red Sox Deal

The Boston Globe published an editorial today on the Initiative for Investigative Reporting’s recent story that highlighted a deal between Red Sox management and the Boston Redevelopment Authority that allows for the closure of public streets during Red Sox games.

Here’s a teaser:

The bottom line is that the city gave away control of public streets – and allowed the banishment of private vendors – without seeking much in return. Generous lease terms that the city deemed seemed appropriate nine years ago are no longer defensible now.

Read the full editorial: Drive harder bargain with Sox

Boston Mag Blogs on Initiative’s Fenway Park Scoop

Boston Magazine’s Patrick Doyle has picked up on the latest report from the Initiative for Investigative Reporting, which detailed a lucrative deal between the Red Sox and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Here’s an excerpt from what Doyle had to say:

If you haven’t seen today’s Globe yet, it’s worth checking out: a team of reporters from Northeastern’s Initiative for Investigative Reporting — led by former Globe rockstar reporter Stephen Kurkjian — dismantle an enormous moneymaking deal between the city of Boston and the Red Sox in one fell swoop.

Read the full blog here.