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Jeremy Swayman in net for Bruins’ road opener

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Jeremy Swayman in net for Bruins’ road opener

When Bruce Cassidy said that there will be a goalie competition this year, the Bruins’ coach was not kidding.

Cassidy said he’ll go right back with his opening-night starter Jeremy Swayman for Wednesday’s road opener in Philadelphia. No, he’s not putting Linus Ullmark in mothballs. The veteran newcomer will make his official Bruins debut in his old home rink in Buffalo on Friday. But Swayman, simply, played well enough in the opener (27 saves on 28 shots) to earn the next start.

“For those two games, they were each going to play a game. We liked Sway’s game in the opener against Dallas on Saturday, so we’ll give him the net again,” said Cassidy on Tuesday. “It wasn’t necessarily that Ullmark’s absolutely going to play in Buffalo. It could have worked out that way, but that’s the way we’re going and he’s going to get Buffalo. He knows them better than anybody. And they probably know him better than anybody, so there’s obviously a flip side to both of those, so hopefully he’s ready to go.”

Ullmark did not have the greatest preseason and Swayman clearly beat him out for the opening-night start. He lost the two full games he played, both in extra time. In the first one, his own puck-handling gaffe led to the overtime winner for the Rangers while the skaters’ mistakes led to a 2-on-1 goal against Washington in the preseason finale.

The fact that Swayman has played well has allowed the B’s to be patient with Ullmark, whose season ended early last year with a lower body injury. But when you sign a guy to a four-year, $20 million contract, you want to see some bang for the buck at some point.

Cassidy said that he has seen improvement in Ullmark’s play in practice.

“Better,” said Cassidy when asked about Ullmark’s practice performance. “A little less active, probably similar to how he plays, top of the crease.

“Listen, you see a lot of good pucks in practice so it can be tough on goalies. You’ve seen a lot of power plays down there with (Patrice Bergeron’s) group and they can rip it. But he looks like he’s battling there and he’s in a good place in the locker room, etc. I’m sure he wants the net, disappointed he didn’t get the start (in the opener), but as we said, it’s a competition. So when you get your chance, do what you need to stay in the net so that we don’t take you out. And that’s kind of the message to both of them.”

Right now, practice is all the B’s coaching staff has to go on in gauging Ullmark’s readiness. By the time he goes between the pipes at Keybank Center on Friday, he will have gone 16 days since his last start against Washington in the preseason, thanks to the B’s unusually sparse early season schedule.

Nick Foligno, who is establishing himself as a relentlessly positive presence in the B’s dressing room, said some extra practice time is not such a bad thing for a newcomer.

“We’re so blessed with two great goalies and Linus is huge part of that,” said Foligno. “It’s an adjustment, especially at that position. I’ve seen a lot of goalies coming in my days playing and it’s a lot. You’re adjusting to not only a new team, but a new lifestyle, a family, and it’s also such a high pressure position.

“I don’t think this time of him to getting to know us (isn’t bad) — I’m even benefiting from this little time. It’s annoying, absolutely. But it’s nice to have this practice time where I get to really know guys and you can feel really comfortable in games. You can go one or two ways. You can be annoyed by it, or you can embrace it. And I think he’s done a good job of embracing it, knowing he’s going to get his starts, he’s going to be a big part of this and we’re going to do whatever we can as teammates to bring him along. But he’s played long enough and I think he’s confident in his abilities that when he gets in there, he knows we’re going to be playing great in front of him and he’s going to do a great job.”

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Full Boston pension database: Your Tax Dollars at Work

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Full Boston pension database: Your Tax Dollars at Work

For the first time, here are the 12,700 City of Boston retirees listed by name, annual pension, date of retirement and last job.

To search on this database, click the magnifying glass icon (at right) and enter names and more. Use the scroll bar at bottom to move the data over to the right to sort by highest to lowest. Send any tips or questions to [email protected] See other payroll databases here. Follow the Watchdog newsletter for related coverage.

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Geoff Diehl demands Charlie Baker veto coronavirus spending bill over inadequate unemployment funding

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Geoff Diehl demands Charlie Baker veto coronavirus spending bill over inadequate unemployment funding

The sole major Republican candidate for governor in next year’s election is calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to veto a $4 billion coronavirus relief spending bill he says saddles billions of dollars of unemployment debt on the backs of businesses.

“There is a clear and present need to protect Massachusetts businesses — and through them, the workers they employ — from the imminent threat of higher taxes,” said Geoff Diehl, a former Whitman state representative. “For our state to allocate recently received federal funding without adequately protecting our state’s economy from potential disaster is irresponsible and must be corrected.”

Lawmakers agreed to funnel $500 million to help pay back what could amount to up to $7 billion in debt after the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund paid out a historic number of claims amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Business industry leaders have said a minimum contribution of $2 billion from the state is needed to relieve the burden on businesses that fund the UI account through a payroll tax.

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Shelley Joseph’s appeal goes before First Circuit Court of Appeals

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Suspended Newton Judge Shelley Joseph’s case finally went before the First Circuit appeals panel with justices questioning why she let an illegal immigrant escape from ICE agents in her court.

The panel questioned the intent behind Joseph’s actions, according to the National Law Journal. “Judicial immunity” was front and center at the hearing Monday.

“The way you laid out the case, you would say that there was no possible argument for corruption. But suppose that that is a jury issue, and the government says, ‘Actually we can and we’ll make a case of corruption.’ And so there are issues of fact, and that makes this fall into the usual category that you can never dismiss an indictment if there are issues of fact,” said Judge Sandra Lynch, the Journal reported.

No decision was announced. Joseph is trying to overturn a lower court’s denial of her appeal to have all her charges dismissed.

Joseph, still receiving her $184,000-a-year paycheck while facing a federal obstruction of justice charge, is accused of aiding an illegal immigrant’s escape from an ICE agent in her Newton district courtroom in 2018.

Retired court officer Wesley MacGregor is also facing the charge for allegedly leading the illegal immigrant through the courtroom’s lockup and exit.

The Journal reported the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts has argued that Joseph and MacGregor were corrupt because the purpose of their actions was to “frustrate the ICE agent.” The feds add judicial immunity typically extends only to civil cases, not criminal ones.

In a motion filed last year, Joseph criticized an alleged “extraordinary sweetheart deal” granting immunity to the illegal immigrant’s defense attorney, who Joseph pins as the “architect and ringleader” of the plan to allow his client’s escape through the courthouse lockup.

Joseph’s motion filing also alleged claims of bias by then-U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in a Herald op-ed and television interview as well as former President Donald Trump’s public criticism of judges.

Thomas Hoopes, Joseph’s attorney, also cited in the motion 16 interviews of Todd Lyons, ICE Boston acting field director, by Herald columnist Howie Carr dating back to September 2018.

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins has been nominated by President Biden to take over at the federal court in Boston now that Lelling is gone. A vote on her appointment is now heading to the full Senate. Rollins advanced through a preliminary vote in the U.S. Senate last week.

But Republicans, most centrally Arkansas U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, are seeking to make an example out of the progressive Rollins, making her the avatar of what Cotton characterized as “pro-criminal Soros prosecutors” hell-bent on “destroying our legal system from the inside.”

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