Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jenna Russell Globe Staff April 04, 2018 The question nags with every Hollywood film culled from history: How much of this is true, and how much made up? Obsessive wondering can overtake the entertainment: instead of being swept up in the story, your fingertips are itching to start Googling. With “Chappaquiddick,” the film that opens Friday about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne in July 1969, and the role of Ted Kennedy in that tragedy, the quest to pinpoint the truth is not so simple. It is also nothing new. For almost 50 years, we have tried to fill in the gaps and piece together what happened that summer night on Martha’s Vineyard. For nearly as long, we have been forced to accept that the whole truth will elude us — always. So does that lessen the filmmakers’ obligation to history, or add to their burden? In a storyline warped by … [Read more...] about How much of ‘Chappaquiddick’ is actually true?
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Donald Trump is separating himself from his family real estate business on paper, but questions remain. After all, no airtight legal strictures prevent him from dealing with the Trump Organization. The president-elect brushes aside using a blind trust, which would legally prevent him from having any input into the business. All that stands between him and the family empire is his word that he will keep its operations at arm’s length. In a news briefing Wednesday, his lawyer, Sheri Dillon, described in detail the “wall that we are building between President-elect Trump and the Trump Organization.” Just as some wonder whether the wall he seeks to build on the Mexican border actually will keep out illegal immigrants if it’s ever built -- they’ve managed to evade other barriers in the past -- this legal wall from his company may turn out to be just as porous. “Trump’s workaround is a totally fraudulent runaround. A Potemkin Village of a trust at … [Read more...] about How porous is new wall between Donald Trump and his family business?
Last Updated Jun 18, 2009 11:32 AM EDT An economic downturn always claims more victims than statistics reflect, and the current recession is no exception. Unemployment is at a 26-year high, foreclosures are at record levels, and about 5,000 families and businesses are going bankrupt every day. And behind every stat, there are people — often parents, who are overwhelmed, worried, and unsure how to spin the new developments when talking to their kids. One mom blogs about her preschool daughter’s reaction to her husband’s job loss: “‘Will you sell my treehouse? Because I like my treehouse, and I don’t want you to sell it.’ My heart breaks, because I don’t want her to worry. I don’t know how to talk about this without causing her to worry. I am ashamed that we have to worry. I am ashamed that I don’t know how to handle this.” Most of us facing similar situations are in the same boat — there’s no “what to … [Read more...] about Bad Financial News: How to Tell Your Kids
Most consumers don't know that a claim made by a previous homeowner could raise your current insurance rates or that even a claim that was never filed could push up both your auto and home insurance, according to a report and survey released on Monday by insuranceQuotes.com. About three-quarters of those surveyed did not know a prior owner's claims could affect their rates, and 51 percent didn't know their own claims could affect their rates. Unfiled claims can cause rates to raise if damage or an issue is described to the insurance company in an attempt to determine whether it's appropriate to file a claim, the report said. Details about claims are included in an insurance industry database called CLUE (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange), a tool only about 18 percent of consumers said they had even even heard of. The database shows the date of the incident, the type of claim made and how much was paid by the insurer. Claims remain in that database for seven years, according … [Read more...] about Claim from previous homeowner could jack up your insurance rates
President Donald Trump is filling the upper ranks of his administration with appointees who share his disbelief in the scientific evidence for climate change — giving them an opportunity to impose their views on policies ranging from disaster planning to national security to housing standards. At the Interior Department, decisions about Pacific island territories threatened by rising seas are in the hands of an assistant secretary who has criticized “climate alarmists” for “once again predicting the end of the world as we know it.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s top advisers include a former talk radio host who has dismissed much climate research as “junk science.” Trump’s nominee to head research and technology at the Department of Transportation claimed three years ago that global warming had “stopped” — a position at sharp odds with the findings of federal agencies like NASA.Story Continued Below Trump has … [Read more...] about How Trump’s climate skeptics are changing the country