— In the Boston Phoenix, Adam Reilly profiles Peter Kenney (photo at left), the Cape Cod Today blogger/ reporter/ activist who was a key player in bringing down Mashpee Wampanoag president Glenn Marshall, and who continues to break important stories. I think Adam gets a little too hung up on whether Kenney is a “journalist,” but he’s got a lot of insight and some great quotes from the colorful Kenney. Here’s one: “Did I do it the way a traditional journalist would? According to journalistic ethics, if there are such things that are taught in school? No. Was I correct in what I said? Yes.”
— What will Gov. Deval Patrick say about casino gambling? We’re still waiting. Kenney himself writes that a source tells him Patrick has decided to punt and let the Legislature handle it. That would be good news, as House Speaker Sal DiMasi is a casino opponent. In the Cape Cod Times, Stephanie Vosk reports that whatever happens, casino gambling is likely to be the subject of a referendum on the state ballot.
— In the Brockton Enterprise, Michael DeCicco reports that the selectmen in Berkley have voted unanimously to fight against the building of a proposed casino in neighboring Middleborough. “We’re talking about transforming this area into something that will be unbelievable,” said chairman Robert Anctil. “It’s bad growth, not good growth.”
— In the Boston Globe, Sean Murphy looks at the plans for the proposed Middleborough casino and finds that it’s intended to “draw a national tourist clientele because of its proximity to Cape Cod and would be crammed with 4,000 slot machines, 180 table games, and amenities like a 10,000-seat auditorium for sporting events and shows.” Not that it would harm the rural character of the town or anything.