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  • TSA agent among 55 caught in kid porn net

    04/11/2012 6:03:58 AM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies ^ | 04/11/2012 | Christine McConville
    Cops snared 55 Massachusetts men in a sweeping, multi-agency child pornography crackdown ó including a Transportation Security Administration officer assigned to Logan International Airport who is just the latest embarrassment for the troubled federal agency. Periodic arrests of TSA agents on sex charges across the nation have fueled criticism of the agencyís screening of its own employees, tasked with patting down the traveling public and keeping the airways safe. At least two other TSA officers assigned to Logan have faced sex charges in the past two years. Sex charges against others have been reported in Virginia, New Hampshire, Nevada, Georgia...
  • Massachusetts Senate: Warren (D) 46%, Brown (R) 45%

    04/10/2012 4:41:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 10, 2012
    Republican Senator Scott Brown and his chief Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, are now running neck-and-neck in Massachusettsí red-hot U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Massachusetts shows Warren edging Brown by one point, 46% to 45%. One percent (1%) likes some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • Week-long child porn sweep snares 32

    04/10/2012 1:35:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 8 replies ^ | 04/10/2012 | Christine McConville
    In what law enforcement officials say is one of the largest such busts in the nation, 32 Massachusetts men have been charged this week with possession of child pornography. Another 15 individuals are still under investigation and eight search warrants have been authorized in the case, a battery of state and local police said today at the Massachusetts State Police barracks in Framingham. ďItís a total of 55 cases, with 32 arrests and weíre seeking eight more criminal complaints,Ē state police Col. Marian J. McGovern said about Operation Corral, a week-long sweep of child pornography suspects across Massachusetts. He said...
  • Police Find 5 ĎHorrifiedí Nearly Naked BU Students In Fraternity House

    04/10/2012 11:07:40 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 77 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | April 9, 2012 | Christina Hager
    BOSTON (CBS) Ė Five nearly naked college students were found shivering in a Brighton basement Monday, tied together with duct tape. Boston Police say they found the group terrified and humiliated. There were also signs the Boston University students may have been beaten. The early morning raid left police officers stunned. No one answered the door at 24 Ashford Street Monday night, but when police responded early Monday morning, they found the male students circled in the basement, stripped to their underwear. Police responded to the house after a call about a loud party. According to police: ďAll five were...
  • Romney must be stopped...ZOT with Obama???

    04/09/2012 12:30:58 PM PDT · by cocteautwin · 72 replies
    Myself | Today | Me
    Hello Freepers. I am a liberal democrat.. before y'all throw the barn at me because of this fact, I want to make one thing clear, as far as 2012 is concerned we are on the same side. I have been reading this site for about half a year now and even though I don't agree with most of this sites politics I do agree with one point, Romney must not be elected. I understand everyone here thinks the breaks will be cut if Obama is reelected but its also clear to most here that Romney would just be a slower...
  • Romney win, now almost certain, won't decide future of GOP

    04/07/2012 3:10:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Salem News ^ | April 7, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    SILVER SPRING, Md. ó Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin this week tell us who has a commanding lead there. The second visible contest pits Romney against President Barack Obama. That one began this month with their twin addresses to the convention of editors in Washington. Obama has a 4-point lead, according to a Gallup poll conducted last week for USA Today. Now to...
  • Mitt's Mythical "Mass. Miracle" (01/14/2008)

    04/07/2012 4:10:15 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 01/14/2008 | Deroy Murdock
    If his lackluster economic record as governor of Massachusetts is any indication of how he would perform as president, Michigan voters should beware of Mitt Romney. "Michigan is like the canary in the mine shaft," Republican White House contender Willard Mitt Romney told voters in Warren Friday. "What happens in Michigan is going to happen to the rest of the country." He also claims in a campaign commercial, "I understand how the economy works. There's a lot we can do to strengthen Michigan." One could take Romney seriously as an architect of economic redevelopment if he had displayed such skills...
  • In Mass., Romney raised taxes, fees

    04/07/2012 11:01:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies ^ | Jan 6, 2012 at 3:00 am | DEROY MURDOCK
    Hot on the heels of his eight-vote Iowa-caucus landslide, Willard Mitt Romney is crisscrossing New Hampshire before Tuesday's key primary. Romney is masquerading as a limited-government, free-market executive from next-door Massachusetts. From the Golden Gate to the Granite State, voters should greet Romney's impersonation with a quarry full of skepticism. In fact, Romney increased taxes by $309 million, mainly on corporations. These tax hikes, described by Romney apologists as loophole closures, totaled $128 million in 2003, $95.5 in 2004, and $85 million in 2005. That final year, Romney proposed $170 million in higher business taxes, the Boston Globe reports. However,...
  • Coakley moves to regulate health cost

    Home / News / Local / Mass. Coakley moves to regulate health cost Seeks to limit provider prices (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley spoke at a press conference April 2. By Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff / April 6, 2012 E-mail| Print| Reprints| Comments (89)Text size Ė + 14 1 ShareThis10E-mail E-mail this article To: Invalid E-mail address Add a personal message:(80 character limit) Your E-mail: Invalid E-mail address Sending your articleYour article has been sent. Attorney General Martha Coakleyís office is quietly circulating a proposal to more tightly regulate hospitals and doctors and the prices they are...
  • Massachusetts School Removes ďGodĒ From Lee Greenwood Song ďGod Bless the USAĒ

    04/06/2012 1:23:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/5/2012
    An elementary school in Massachusetts has told kids not to say the word ďGodĒ in the Lee Greenwood song ďGod Bless the USAĒ during a recent assembly. Instead, they wanted students to say, ďWe love the USA.Ē Many parents were not happy with this move, but some agreed that the principal did the right thing. The school decided that they would pull the song from the assembly all together instead of continuing a debate about it. Michael Graham, a conservative radio talk show host with WTKK in Massachusetts, joined Martha MacCallum on Americaís Newsroom to discuss the matter. Graham disputes...
  • Mass. RMV doesn't check immigration status, 45 other states do

    04/05/2012 8:23:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    myfoxboston ^ | 05 Apr 2012 | Mike Beaudet
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  • Massachusetts Gay Lobby Endorses Mitt Romney's Attorney for 2010 House Seat (September 16, 2010)

    04/05/2012 8:32:29 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies ^ | September 16, 2010 | Tom Lang
    The Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (MGLPC), the Leading LGBT Lobby Organization and Key Architect for the Strategy Securing Marriage Equality, Has Endorsed Republican Daniel Winslow (9th Norfolk) And Former Mitt Romney's Chief Legal Counsel Over Democrat Challenger Stanley Nacewicz For the Massachusetts House of Representatives Led by Co-Chair Arline Isaacson, the MGLPC voted unanimously in last week's annual meeting to endorse the Republican, Daniel Winslow over his Democratic challenger, Stan Nacewicz for the Massachusetts House Seat representing the 9th Norfolk District in Fall 2010. This District seat was formerly held by Richard Ross (R) who vacated it when...
  • Bellingham School Wonít Change ĎGod Bless The USAí Words After Furor

    04/05/2012 12:51:42 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 33 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 4/5/12 | CBS Boston
    BELLINGHAM (CBS) Ė A presentation at an elementary school in Bellingham will go on next week following a controversy in which the words of a patriotic song were changed. Students at Stall Brook Elementary are doing a project on the 50 states and they planned to sing two songs at an assembly April 12. One was to be a tune about the states, and the other was the popular 1984 Lee Greenwood song ďGod Bless The USA.Ē But someone changed the chorus of Greenwoodís song to ďWe love the USAĒ for the assembly. That didnít go over well with parents,...
  • How Romney Advocated Obamacare and Lied About It

    04/05/2012 12:44:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies ^ | March 25, 2012 9:19:20 AM | Jonathan Chait
    In 2009, Mitt Romney had a problem. He was running for the Republican presidential nomination, and the towering achievement of his governorship in Massachusetts ó health-care reform ó had been embraced by President Obama. Romneycare played almost no role in Romneyís 2008 presidential run, but the emergence of the issue onto the national agenda threatened to link Romney with a president Republicans had already come to loathe. His solution was simple. He seized upon the one major difference between his plan and Obamaís, which was that Obama favored a public health insurance option. The public plan had commanded enormous public...
  • Massachusetts School Removes Word "God" from Lee Greenwood Song

    04/05/2012 12:26:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush ^ | April 5, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: At a school in Massachusetts, the school is the Stall Brook Elementary school in Bellingham. They just decided -- nobody had complained, they just decided -- to take the word "God" out of Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the USA." The idea was, it might offend somebody, and so before anybody's offended, we're going to take the word out. And we're just gonna replace it with "We all love the USA." Instead of "God Bless the USA." But when they did that, some parents applauded it. Other parents said, "What are you doing?" So to avoid controversy,...
  • 'Mitt Romney's Deception' and the homosexual lobby (Including Gay Adoption)

    04/05/2012 10:41:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies ^ | Sunday, March 25, 2012 2:46:57 PM | Matt C. Abbott
    I know, I know ó no politician is perfect. Heck, none of us is perfect, obviously. Far from it. That said, the main thing that bothers me about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney ó no, it's not his affiliation with Mormonism, although you should take a look at president and editor Stephen Stone's new e-book A Mormon Story: Authoritarianism Knows No Bounds (click here) ó is his seemingly cozy relationship with the homosexual lobby, as evidenced in the book Mitt Romney's Deception: His Stealth Promotion of 'Gay Rights' and 'Gay Marriage' in Massachusetts, authored by pro-family activist Amy Contrada....
  • Occupiers take over State House

    04/04/2012 11:47:29 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/5/12 | O'Ryan Johnson and Christine McConville
    Squatting on steps to protest MBTA vote Occupy Boston is back ó but without the tents this time ó in a threatened 10-day sit-in on the State House steps to protest looming MBTA fare hikes. An offshoot of the group that camped in Dewey Square for 71 days last year until cops broomed them said there will be no canvas this time, just people squatting out in the weather, in the shadow of the Golden Dome. But the cold granite steps already have a name: ďCamp Charlie.Ē ďItís really a 10-day -occupation,Ē Occupy Boston spokesperson Gunner Smith said about the...
  • Did Obama pass the Bar?

    04/04/2012 9:26:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 4, 2012 | Don Surber
    Obamaís little temper tantrum over the Supreme Court voting down his unconstitutional takeover of the health insurance industry may have awakened a sleeping giant ó the Judiciary. Good lawyers know better than to tick off judges. And your common graduate of Cleveland State University knows the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the law. Apparently a Harvard education was wasted on the president because on Monday, the president said it was ďunprecedentedĒ for a ďgroup of unelected peopleĒ to tell him no. Instead of studying John Marshall, Charles Evans Hughes and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Barack Obama must have been...
  • School changes lyrics from 'God Bless the USA' to 'We love the USA'

    04/04/2012 7:34:32 AM PDT · by massmike · 38 replies ^ | 04/04/2012 | n/a
    Following outrage from parents; a changed version of "God Bless the USA" has been pulled from an upcoming school assembly concert. According to parents, children at Stall Brook Elementary school were told to sing "We love the USA" instead of "God Bless the USA" during the chorus of the popular Lee Greenwood song.
  • Obamaís uncle may still be deported

    04/04/2012 7:02:17 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/4/2012 | Maria Sacchetti
    Federal immigration officials have notified President Obamaís uncle that they want to discuss his deportation to his native Kenya, confirming for the first time since last summer that he could still be forced to leave the country. The notice arrived days after Onyango Obama resolved a drunken driving case in Framingham that exposed the quiet 67-year-old as living in the United States illegally 20 years after he was ordered deported. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brian P. Hale said Tuesday that now that Obamaís criminal case is over, ďICE has communicated, in accordance with standard procedure, with the attorney...
  • Obama's uncle gets Massachusetts driver's license back after drunken driving arrest

    04/03/2012 10:55:31 PM PDT · by Once-Ler · 11 replies ^ | 4/3/2012 |
    President Obama's uncle has reportedly been granted a hardship driver's license by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles just a week after he lost the right to drive for 45 days in a deal in a drunken driving case. The license granted Monday allows 67-year-old Onyango Obama to drive from noon to midnight to get to work as manager of a Framingham liquor store. Obama convinced a hearing officer that the inability to drive would pose a hardship on his job working for Conti Liquors, the Boston Herald reported. Read more:
  • Gov. Patrick defends Obamaís economic record

    04/03/2012 1:14:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | April 3, 2012 | By Matt Murphy
    Gov. Deval Patrick defended President Barack Obamaís handling of the economy on Tuesday morning, blaming a ďsclerosisĒ in Congress for impeding the presidentís ability to make the type of investments that have been successful in Massachusetts. Describing his administrationís three-legged stool for economic development Ė education, innovation and infrastructure Ė Patrick pointed to 23,000 jobs created in the first two months of 2012 and growth in the biotechnology and clean energy sectors as proof that his strategy is paying off. While critics of a stimulus law say it may have worsened the nationís fiscal problems, the governor said 90,000 people...
  • Flying car a 'step closer': Terrafugia (Update)

    04/03/2012 11:29:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 04-03-2012 | by Andrew Beatty
    Drivers hoping to slip the surly -- and traffic congested -- bonds of Earth moved a step closer to realizing their dream, as a US firm said it had successfully tested a street-legal plane. Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia said their production prototype "Transition" car-plane had completed an eight-minute test flight, clearing the way for it to hit the market within a year. "With this flight, the team demonstrated an ability to accomplish what had been called an impossible dream," said founder Carl Dietrich. The two-seater craft, which has the rounded features of a Fiat 500 and collapsible wings, is on presale...
  • Uncle Obama on the roads again

    04/03/2012 4:56:02 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 13 replies
    BOSTON HERALD ^ | 4/3/2012 | John Zaremba and OíRyan Johnson
    Just a week after he copped a plea in a drunken-driving rap, President Obamaís illegal-alien uncle has landed a hardship driverís license from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, making it perfectly legal for him to drive in Massachusetts ó even though the feds say he doesnít belong here. Onyango Obama, 67, who lost his regular license for 45 days last week, scored his limited license yesterday from the Registryís Wilmington branch, after convincing a hearing officer that life without wheels would have posed an undue hardship on his livelihood as a liquor-store manager. Obama bolstered his case with a letter...
  • 1,000 Hoodies March to protest Trayvon Martin shooting lives up to its billing

    04/02/2012 2:21:29 PM PDT · by matt04 · 32 replies
    A sea of hooded activists descended on the steps of City Hall Saturday morning to join the 1,000 Hoodies Walk to protest the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Central Florida in late February. The shooting has sparked an international furor over racial profiling, catching fire on social networking channels and inspiring protests across the globe. The local event appeared to live up to its billing as nearly 1,000 people of all ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds turned out in Springfield. The crowd convened at City Hall and Court Square before...
  • Convicted murderer David Warrick of Spfld, now Raborn Allah, to win release from MA Parole Board

    04/02/2012 1:58:52 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    In the first early releases of convicted murderers since a parolee shot and killed a Woburn patrolman in 2010, the state Parole Board on Thursday unveiled decisions to parole one man convicted of a Springfield murder and two other men convicted of murder. In the Springfield case, the board voted unanimously to release Raborn Allah, formerly known as David A. Warrick of Springfield, who had actually been released on parole once before. "These are the first decisions to release lifers," since the fatal shooting of Woburn Patrolman John Maguire on Dec. 26, 2010, Joshua Wall, chairman of the parole board,...
  • Tea party brew-haha

    04/02/2012 9:52:18 AM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies ^ | 04/02/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Several Tea Party groups across Massachusetts are dividing into two camps ó those who want to focus on conservative economic issues and others who want to expand into social issues, such as illegal immigration and gay rights. lllustrating that split is a pair of competing April 15 Tea Party rallies ó a Tax Day rally in Worcester with speakers focusing on the budget and taxes, and a Patriot Day rally on Boston Common, which also includes speeches from a voter ID advocate and the Rev. Scott Lively, a fierce public critic of gay rights. But both sides told the Herald...
  • Lessons from the Fall of RomneyCare

    04/01/2012 4:11:50 PM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 31 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January/February 2008 | Michael Tanner
    When then-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney signed into law the nationís most far-reaching state health care reform proposal, it was widely expected to be a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. In fact Governor Romney bragged that he would "steal" the traditionally Democratic issue of health care. "Issues which have long been the province of the Democratic Party to claim as their own will increasingly move to the Republican side of the aisle," he told Bloomberg News Service shortly after signing the bill. He told other reporters that the biggest difference between his health care plan and Hillary Clintonís was "mine got...
  • New ad attacks Santorum on unemployment rate

    03/27/2012 12:06:24 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | 03/27/2012 | Rachel Weiner
    A super PAC supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has used an out-of-context quote from Rick Santorum to argue that the former Pennsylvania senator is irresponsible on economics. The new Restore Our Future spot, called ďCare,Ē ties Santorum saying he doesnít ďcareĒ about the unemployment rate to his spending votes in the Senate.
  • John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama

    03/29/2012 5:24:43 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 99 replies
    John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama 3/29/12 4:24 PM EDT Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has lent his name to a fundraising solicitation that raises the specter of millionaires and billionaires funding an outside effort against President Obama. "When I was the Democratic nominee for president in one of the closest and toughest elections in history, a group of billionaires did something unprecedented," Kerry wrote. "They wrote million-dollar checks to fund lies about my service on what were called "Swift Boats" in Vietnam -- and in so doing, they turned the boats my crewmates and I served on into a new political...
  • Parole Board agrees to free three Ďlifersí

    03/29/2012 12:14:21 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies ^ | 03/29/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A deadly armed robber once facing the death penalty, a Dorchester appliance store ownerís killer and a man who did nothing to stop a friend from pumping a Springfield resident full of bullets are the first three ďlifersĒ to be set free since the state Parole Board was revamped by Gov. Deval Patrick following the Dec. 26, 2010, murder of Woburn Police Officer John ďJackĒ Maguire by a career felon paroled despite serving three life sentences. After 13 consecutive denials of parole applications, the board announced today it will release Vernon Miller, Benley Thompson and Raborn Allah on April 9....
  • Simon Glik Wins $170,000 Settlement From Unlawful Arrest Recording Police(MA)

    03/28/2012 8:12:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 27 March, 2012 | Carlos Miller
    Simon Glik, the attorney who last year forced the First Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm that recording police in public is not a crime, will receive a $170,000 settlement from the City of Boston, stemming from his 2007 arrest for recording police in a public park. Even though criminal charges against Glik were quickly dismissed, it took five years to settle the case because police were seeking qualified immunity in making unlawful arrests, which would have protected them from such lawsuits. Obviously, they were under the impression that the long-standing legal principle of ignorance of the law excuses no...
  • Commonwealth Second Amendment Sues Over Firearms Property Forfeiture

    03/29/2012 5:27:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 March, 2012 | comm2a
    NATICK, MA --( Commonwealth Second Amendment, Inc. (Comm2A) has filed suit in federal court in Massachusetts challenging the stateís misuse of bonded warehouses to force the forfeiture of privately owned firearms in violation of the Fourteenth Amendmentís due process guarantees. Comm2Aís lawsuit on behalf of Russell Jarvis, James Jarvis and Robert Crampton is supported in part by a grant from the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund. Plaintiffs are represented by attorneys David Jensen of New York and Patrick M. Groulx of Somerville, Massachusetts. Defendants are Village Vault, Inc. and Mary E. Heffernan, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety...
  • Rubio endorses Romney, says GOP primary should end

    03/28/2012 8:45:21 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2012
    WASHINGTON ó Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida endorsed Mitt Romney as the party's presidential nominee Wednesday night, saying it's increasingly clear that Romney will win the nomination and that continuing the primary fight will only damage the effort to defeat President Barack Obama. Rubio, a freshman senator and tea party favorite, said he's convinced that Romney will govern as a conservative and will be superior to Obama as a president.
  • Rubio endorses Romney, saying he's 'earned' it

    03/28/2012 8:43:56 PM PDT · by TJA · 208 replies
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., endorsed Mitt Romney for president Wednesday night on Fox News' "Hannity," saying Romney offers "a very clear alternative" to President Obama's vision for the future of the country. Rubio, a young, first-termer who has been discussed as a possible vice presidential candidate, criticized talk of a fight for the Republican nomination on the convention floor, a possibility that is keeping alive the campaigns of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. "I think that's a recipe for delivering four more years of Barack Obama," Rubio told Fox News' Sean Hannity. Romney has "earned this nomination," Rubio said, though...
  • Beacon Hill honors Trayvon Martin - Lawmakers denounce Stand Your Ground law

    03/28/2012 8:11:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies ^ | March 28, 2012 | Christine Lee
    BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera of Springfield led colleagues in the Massachusetts State House Wednesday to observe a moment of silence in honor of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was stalked, shot and killed by a self-proclaimed neighborhood watch captain. ďItís appalling that Trayvon, going home, with a bag of skittles, was followed by a man twice his size, with a weapon, and gunned down,Ē said Rep. Cheryl Coakley Rivera. ďAnd [the killer is] trying to say that Trayvon was the aggressor,Ē ďThereís definitely a race issue here,Ē remarked Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield). ďIn the African-America Community,...
  • Swampscott students organize tribute to Trayvon Martin

    03/28/2012 12:05:19 PM PDT · by massmike · 27 replies ^ | 03/28/2012 | n/a
    Friday, March 30, will be Wear Your Hoodie Day at Swampscott High School. The Race & Membership class is organizing the day in memory of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida teen who was gunned down on Feb. 26. He was wearing a hoodie, returning home from purchasing a bag of skittles and an Arizona iced tea. The class is asking students to wear a hoodie on Friday in honor of Trayvon to send a message not to stereotype people.
  • Democratic mayor of Boston refuses chance to endorse Warren

    03/27/2012 7:33:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2012 | Justin Sink
    Popular Boston Mayor Tom Menino ó an influential Democrat many have credited with bringing the party's convention to his hometown in 2004 ó told WBZ this week that he wasn't taking sides in Massachusetts's high-profile Senate race. But Menino's reluctance to put the weight of his campaign operation behind Harvard professor and consumer rights activist Elizabeth Warren is a tough blow for the Democrat, who is hoping to upset incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown. "When you vote, it's a secret ballot. I think, I've watched both these candidates, I know Scott Brown real well, I've interacted with him, I've watched...
  • MA Sen. Stephen Brewer promotes expanding citizen's rights to use deadly force in self-defense

    03/27/2012 5:35:35 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    A state senator from Western Massachusetts is advocating for a bill that would expand a person's right to use deadly force in self-defense without first making an attempt at a retreat. Under the legislation by Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, a Barre Democrat, the state would expand its current "Castle Doctrine," which says a person has no duty to retreat from intruders at home before using deadly force. Brewer's bill would expand that Castle principle to using deadly force in public anyplace the person has a right to be. The principle is called the Stand Your Ground Principle. More than two...
  • Obama's 'Uncle Omar' enters plea on drunk driving charges

    03/27/2012 10:59:51 AM PDT · by bkopto · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2012 | Justin Sink
    President Obama's uncle - who was arrested on drunk driving charges and revealed to be in the United States illegally late last year - entered a plea in Massachusetts court Tuesday. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Onyango Obama acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him on drunk driving charges. But the charge will be dismissed from his record if he is able to stay out of trouble for the remainder of 2012. A lawyer for "Uncle Omar" told the Associated Press the plea would not affect his client's challenge to a deportation order currently under appeal....
  • Cedar Rapids among five cities where anti-Limbaugh ads will run [Huckabee is a rat!]

    03/23/2012 10:02:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 23 March 2012 | AP
    Rush Limbaughís opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio starís attack of a Georgetown law student as a ďslutĒ to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, theyíre going after bigger game. Heís already fighting back and the groupís stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities....
  • Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh

    03/22/2012 7:29:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies · 11+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | 22 Mar 2012 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) ó Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will...
  • Celebrated Latino hire not bilingual

    03/22/2012 8:30:28 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 22, 2012 | Dave Wedge
    The Boston Fire Departmentís new second in command was hailed as the cityís first Latino chief when he was hired last year, but the veteran firefighter doesnít speak Spanish, the Herald has learned.
  • Amid women woes, Scott Brown backs domestic abuse bill

    03/19/2012 7:06:54 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 19, 2012 | Hillary Chabot
    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, in a fight for his political survival and facing Democratic charges heís waging war on women, plans to blunt the gender assault this week by crossing party lines to lend his high-profile support to a controversial domestic violence bill. The Bay Stateís sole Republican in Congress tells the Herald that in a contest against likely Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, he can show heís been there for women, with a compelling personal story to back him up.
  • Mayor, cops warn: No shenanigans at parade

    03/17/2012 10:11:55 AM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies ^ | 03/17/2012 | Colneth Smiley Jr.
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Police Department are encouraging St. Patrickís Day revelers to keep the festivities safe and ďfamily friendlyĒ as they increase the police presence during tomorrowís parade and order South Boston bars and liquor stores to close early. Police remind revelers that public drinking, indecent exposure or disorderly conduct are against the law, and offenders will face fines or be arrested.
  • NStar returns power to most customers and the Prudential tower

    03/16/2012 6:12:33 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies ^ | 03/15/2012 | Brian MacQuarrie and Brian R. Ballou
    Even as electricity flowed again Thursday to most power-starved pockets of the Back Bay, one of the cityís signature office towers remained dark for most of the day, and questions intensified about why NStar repeatedly changed its predictions for restoring power. The utility at one point insisted that nearly all 21,000 business and residential customers who lost power after a billowing transformer fire Tuesday had been reconnected. The one exception ó and it was a big one ó was the sprawling Prudential Center, which remained closed for much of the day and, in the process, disrupted the lives of about...
  • George Clooney Arrested at Sudanese Embassy [ Obama admin arrests him 4 sharing Bush's position ]

    03/16/2012 3:23:32 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 9 replies
    abc news ^ | March 16 2012 | DANA HUGHES
    Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs after storming the Sudanese Embassy protesting the actions of the country's president Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal. Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, hoping his superstar wattage will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation's dire humanitarian situation and the Obama administration's policy. He led a protest today outside of Sudan's embassy calling on Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop...
  • Free condoms for Springfield (MA) students 12 and over gets initial approval by School Committee

    03/16/2012 4:20:15 PM PDT · by matt04 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The School Committee on Thursday gave first-step approval to a policy that would provide students, ages 12 and older, with access to free condoms, aimed at helping to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy. The committee voted 5-1 in favor of the ďComprehensive Reproductive Health Policy.Ē The policy, which also includes a provision for counseling for the students, still needs a second vote of approval before it is final. Under the draft policy, parents ďwill be notified of condom availability in the schools and will have the opportunity to deny permission (opt out) for access to condoms for their...
  • Mass. elementary school changes name of St. Patrick's Day to O'Green Day to be more inclusive

    03/16/2012 9:42:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 2+ views
    960Well ^ | March 15, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    (Billy Hallowell) -- St. Patrick‚Äôs Day is a holiday rooted in Christian values, however secular celebrations are also regularly held to commemorate the day. In fact, for a great many, the religious tones aren‚Äôt even a consideration, as alcohol, Shamrock shakes and other fun-filled elements regularly dominate the day‚Äôs observations. Somehow, though, the holiday is reportedly still too religious for one Massachusetts elementary school.At the Soule Road School in¬†Wilbraham, St. Patrick‚Äės Day has been replaced as the name for the school‚Äôs celebration surrounding the popular holiday. It‚Äôs been replaced with the generic ‚ÄúO‚ÄôGreen Day.‚Ä̬†‚Äôs Patrick Johnson¬†calls the move¬†‚Äúa heavy-handed attempt...
  • Springfield (MA) schools approve policy that could provide condoms for 12-year-olds

    03/16/2012 8:49:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 16, 2012
    The Springfield School Committee has given first-step approval to a policy that would make condoms available to students as young as 12. The committee voted 5-1 Thursday night in favor of the "Comprehensive Reproductive Health Policy" in an effort to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. The policy also includes a provision for student counseling. The policy also allows parents "to deny permission (opt out) for access to condoms for their students." It still needs a second vote of approval before it is final.