Today's Scramble leads off with Annie Lowrey, who tackles a subject that's been dominating a lot of conversations around here lately. What's the matter with Connecticut? is the question Annie Lowrey asks in her weekend essay for New York Magazine. Is there a collective malaise and is it based on economic factors? Annie notes that Connecticut has somehow managed to become both the richest and poorest economy in America--at the same time. We'll talk about how that could be.
Next, Attorney Norm Pattis will preview the federal trial of former governor, John Rowland, which kicks off tomorrow in New Haven after a pre-trial conference today. Rowland is back in court trying to prove that he provided a payable service to the nursing home owned by Brian Foley and not just a sham to cover his efforts to influence the election of Foley's wife, former congressional candidate, Lisa Wilson-Foley. Also, will Rowland be allowed to use email communications between Foley and his lawyer that the government inadvertently leaked to Rowland's defense team?
Last, a Labor Day story about the supermarket chain Market Basket, where workers used their collective power to shut down operations at each of the 71 stores it operated in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire until the company's Board of Directors re-instated their beloved CEO to the helm. What kind of CEO gains the loyalty of workers in this age of rising division between labor and management?
- Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor for New York Magazine.
- Norm Pattis is a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer with offices in Bethany and New Haven, and he blogs at www.pattisblog.com. He is also the author of “Taking Back the Courts” and “Juries and Justice.”
- Casey Ross is the business reporter for The Boston Globe.