Fast Forward: Another tragedy in Orlando, duck boat safety

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings speaks at a news conference about a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator on the shores of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday night, June 14, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. The family of five from Nebraska was on vacation and wading in a lake Tuesday evening when the attack happened, Demings told a news conference. The father tried to rescue his son but was unsuccessful, Demings said. (Christal Hayes/Orlando Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
Christal Hayes/Orlando Sentinel via AP
Orange County, Fla., Sheriff Jerry Demings addressed the media about a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near a Disney resort Tuesday night.

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What’s it like outside? Summer! You’re finally back from Florida!

While you were sleeping: You’re going to wish you hadn’t woken up. An alligator grabbed a 2-year-old boy who was wading at the edge of a lagoon at Disney World’s Grand Floridian hotel last night and dragged him away as his father desperately tried to save him. Authorities have been searching for the boy -- and the alligator -- all night. Unbelievable week in Orlando; get the latest updates on the mass shooting here.


Who are the Sox playing? Those orange birds again (the Orioles, not the Trumps). The Sox lost last night, 3-2, to fall a game out of first place. Knuckleballer Steven Wright, winner of his last four, faces Kevin Gausman tonight (7:10, NESN and WEEI). Big Papi has owned Gausman; let’s hope he’s still buying.

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Duck boat safety: Blind spot cameras, proximity sensors, and drivers who shut up and drive (while a separate tour guide makes the bad jokes) could be part of sightseeing vehicles next year under a Senate bill being introduced today. The family of the woman on a scooter who was run over and killed by a duck boat at the foot of Beacon Hill in April will join the three sponsoring lawmakers at a 10 a.m. press conference.

Adjuncts or vestigials? Having been an adjunct professor at Emerson in the past for not a lot of money (thankfully I had my Globe day job), I can understand why 400 adjuncts at UMass-Boston are upset they may lose their jobs in the fall -- as are the students counting on those classes. So students and faculty will protest at the trustees’ meeting at the UMass Medical School in Worcester at 9 this morning. With a budget deficit of $22.3 mil, a fat lot of good it’ll do.

Wonder what the um, interesting characters on the Governor’s Council will make of the “boutique law firm” in Needham run by attorney Michael Brennan, who is scheduled to appear before them at 11 a.m. for his confirmation hearing to be a district court judge.

Taking on public employee unions? Good luck with that: If you’re a long-time state employee who doesn’t get sick much, you’ve got quite a stash of unused sick days (15 sick days a year). And when you retire, you can cash in 20 percent of them. Gov. Charlie Baker wants to save money by letting workers bank no more than 1,000 hours of sick time -- about six months -- resulting in no more than 5 weeks’ pay when you walk. A noon hearing on his proposal should be interesting.


That damn digital revolution: The Electronic Entertainment Expo going on now in LA -- E3 -- was once the video game industry’s hottest trade show. No more. It’s aimed at retailers, and who gets their games only via retailers anymore? Digital distribution, free mobile downloads ... E3, you’re fossilizing.

Will they or won’t they? The Federal Reserve decides today what to do about interest rates. Global markets are so jittery over Great Britain’s vote next week on whether to stay in the EU that most expect the Fed to leave rates alone. I say get rid of interest altogether. I’ve heard that money wants to be free.

Finally, here at Fast Forward we take our public service responsibility seriously. To that end, we feel compelled to inform you that we’re in the middle of a Palindrome Week, where the dates from June 10-19 read the same way backwards and forwards. Today, for example, is 6-15-16. For most of those days, it works only if you use the format M-DD-YY. However, M-DD-YYYY works for 6-10-2016. It also helps if you live in the US and put the month before the day. Palindrome dates using the MM-DD-YYYY format are very rare; there will be just 12 of them in the 21st century, including 10-02-2001 and 09-22-2290 . Sit on a potato pan, Otis.

Thanks for reading. If you’re so inclined, please follow me on Twitter: I’m @BostonTeresa. See you tomorrow.

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