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  • Explorers find downed German U-Boat off Massachusetts nearly 70 years after it sank

    07/28/2012 7:56:41 AM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    Fox News via AP ^ | 07/27/12 | AP
    Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in waters off Nantucket. The U-550 was found Monday by a privately funded group organized by New Jersey lawyer Joe Mazraani. It was the second trip in two years to the site by the team, some of whom had been searching for the lost U-boat for two decades. Using side-scan sonar, the seven-man team located the wreck listing to its side in deep water about 70 miles south of Nantucket. Sonar operator Garry Kozak said he spotted the 252-foot submarine during...
  • Nation of Islam can open a restaurant in Chicago, but not Chick-fil-A?

    07/26/2012 8:49:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7-26-2012 | Wm. A. Jacobson
    Even The Boston Globe has come out against the bullying of Chick-fil-A by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino because of the position of Chick-fil-A’s President and his father (the founder) on marriage: The president of Chick-fil-A opposes gay marriage. While this view goes against the grain in a state that made history by embracing it, it’s no reason for Mayor Thomas M. Menino to oppose a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Boston…. Chick-fil-A must follow all state and city laws. If the restaurant chain denied service to gay patrons or refused to hire gay employees, Menino’s outrage would be fitting. And the company...
  • Explorers find downed German U-Boat off Mass.

    07/27/2012 4:03:08 PM PDT · by robowombat · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 5:22 PM EDT | By JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) -- Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in waters off Nantucket. The U-550 was found Monday by a privately funded group organized by New Jersey lawyer Joe Mazraani. It was the second trip in two years to the site by the team, some of whom had been searching for the lost U-boat for two decades. Using side-scan sonar, the seven-man team located the wreck listing to its side in deep water about 70 miles south of Nantucket. Sonar operator Garry Kozak said he spotted the...
  • Two dead, 19 hospitalized, 45 arrests at Mansfield concert

    07/27/2012 3:11:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 27, 2012 | Sarah N. Mattero and Martin Finucane
    Two people died, 19 others were transported to the hospital, and 45 arrests were made after a concert at the Comcast Center in Mansfield Thursday night, police said. Nineteen-year-old Connor Brandon of Acton died at Boston Medical Center, while Dominic Impelizzieri, 27, of Syracuse, N.Y., died at Rhode Island Hospital. Both died from drugs and alcohol in their systems, Police Chief Arthur M. O’Neill said in a statement.
  • AG Martha Coakley (D-MA) seeks $16.3M fine against National Grid for slow response to 2 storms

    07/27/2012 2:22:08 PM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    Attorney General Martha M. Coakley on Thursday proposed a $16.3 million fine against National Grid, saying the giant utility failed to communicate effectively, neglected to mobilize enough crews and was delinquent in responding to thousands of fallen wires during last year's October snow storm and Tropical Storm Irene. ... Deborah Drew, a spokeswoman for National Grid in New England, issued a prepared statement, saying company officials "strongly disagree with the extreme conclusions of the attorney general. Drew said she would not comment beyond the statement. She said the company will file its formal response on Wednesday with the state Department...
  • Red Sox mascot stolen from Fenway

    07/27/2012 12:43:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Where’s Wally? The costume of the Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster, has been stolen from Fenway, Boston police said this afternoon. Police said they believe the thief was wearing the costume. At about 2:22 p.m., a security officer at Fenway reported the theft. The thief was last seen at Boylston and Dartmouth streets. Wally was seen around 1:30 p.m. walking in Copley Square during the summer arts festival. It’s unclear how many Wally costumes there are.
  • Boston Mayor Says "No" To Chick-Fil-A, But Gave Tax Dollars To Mosque Teaching "Death To Gays"

    07/27/2012 9:00:16 AM PDT · by suspects · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 27, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Given his stance on Chick-fil-A, would Mayor Tom Menino grant permits to a group that has counted among its leaders a man who has repeatedly called homosexuality a “crime that must be punished” by death? Actually, he has done that  . . . and more! Menino effectively gave away city land valued at $1.8 million to the organization, and he gave a speech at its ribbon-cutting ceremony. It’s the Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque, and when it comes to anti-gay sentiment, one of its early supporters makes Chick-fil-A look like the Provincetown Men’s Chorus. During the (understandable) controversy over the city selling land for...
  • Bloomberg Endorses Republican in Heated Massachusetts Senate Race

    07/26/2012 6:44:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 26, 2012 | DAVID W. CHEN
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, one of the most outspoken defenders of Wall Street, has sided against one of the financial industry’s biggest critics in a hotly contested Senate race in his native Massachusetts. Mr. Bloomberg has agreed to host a fund-raiser at his Upper East Side town house for the re-election campaign of Senator Scott P. Brown, a Republican, who is being challenged by a fiery consumer advocate, Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat who is also a professor at Harvard Law School.
  • Mayor Menino: Looks like I can’t ban Chick-fil-A from Boston after all

    07/26/2012 2:08:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2012 | AllahPundit
    The guy's a moron. End of story. “I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”The Herald first reported last week that Menino warned “it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses for a restaurant in Boston...“I sent (the landlord) a letter, but that’s all. There’s no pressure by me to allow this place to be rented,” he said. The...
  • Westfield (MA) police officer killed after being struck by dump truck

    07/26/2012 10:59:56 AM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    A 27-year veteran Westfield police officer has been killed following a crash while working a construction detail Thursday morning. Westfield Police Capt. Hipolito Nunez told 22News that the officer was working an off-duty construction detail on Pontoosic Road just before 7:30, when he was struck by a dump truck. The construction area where the officer was hit was near 44 Pontoosic Rd, just south of the intersection of Pontoosic and Little River Roads. The officer was taken to Baystate Medical Center, and Nunez said that police were notified around 10:00 A.M. that he had died. The officer's name has not...
  • Menino says he can’t actively block Chick-fil-A

    07/26/2012 10:38:57 AM PDT · by massmike · 37 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 07/26/2012 | Greg Turner
    Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino repeated today that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in Boston, but he backed away from a threat to actively block the fast-food chain from setting up shop in the city. “I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage. The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.” Last week, the Herald first reported Menino saying “it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses...
  • Boston mayor’s letter to Chick-fil-A: Stay out of Boston!

    07/25/2012 4:12:52 PM PDT · by South40 · 72 replies
    YahooNews ^ | Dylan Stableford
    On the heels of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's controversial public comments against same-sex marriage, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino fired off a letter to Cathy, urging him to abandon plans to expand the fast food chain to his city.
  • Massachusetts bottle bill update 'a tax,' State Rep. Joseph Wagner says

    07/25/2012 7:52:37 AM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    The Senate’s unexpected decision to include an expansion of the state’s bottle redemption law in a bill designed to promote job creation and economic development has done little to budge the House from its position that the initiative is a tax. And the House doesn’t want to raise taxes this year. “We view it as a tax in the House and the speaker and the House have been clear with their opposition to increases in taxes,” Rep. Joseph Wagner, who was appointed on Tuesday as his branch’s lead negotiator on the economic development bill, told the News Service early Tuesday...
  • Boston Mayor Promotes Tolerance & Diversity By Banning Chick-Fil-A Over Political Opinions

    07/25/2012 4:49:23 AM PDT · by suspects · 2 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 25, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Dear Mayor Menino, I have a friend who’d like to open a business in the city of Boston. He knows it’s more expensive than most other American cities. He also knows that the permitting process here is more onerous and that his tax burden will be higher here, too. But he still insists that he wants to come here, spend money, pay taxes and put Bostonians to work. Only one problem: He has stated — publicly, repeatedly and for the record — that he thinks the designated hitter rule in the American League is stupid. It’s also his opinion that...
  • Menino lays an egg, And now he wants to regulate thought

    07/25/2012 4:21:12 AM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/25/12 | Michael Graham
    Dear Mayor Menino, I have a friend who’d like to open a business in the city of Boston. He knows it’s more expensive than most other American cities. He also knows that the permitting process here is more onerous and that his tax burden will be higher here, too. But he still insists that he wants to come here, spend money, pay taxes and put Bostonians to work. Only one problem: He has stated — publicly, repeatedly and for the record — that he thinks the designated hitter rule in the American League is stupid. It’s also his opinion that...
  • Warren: GOP Plan Is "I Got Mine, The Rest Of You Are On Your Own"

    07/24/2012 1:57:08 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 44 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 7-24-012
    <p>ELIZABETH WARREN: You know, this is just one more attempt to not talk about the central issues. But the way I look at this: I love little businesses. My daughter started a small business, my brother started a small business, my Aunt Alice started a small business. I worked in it when I was a teenager.</p>
  • Mass. groups to call for constitutional amendment

    07/24/2012 10:16:40 AM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 07/24/2012 | Associated Press
    A Massachusetts group has submitted thousands of petition signatures in support of a non-binding public policy question asserting that corporations are not entitled to the same rights as people on the November ballot. The Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it has submitted 20,000 signatures from registered voters to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. The ballot question would instruct Massachusetts lawmakers to pass a resolution asking Congress to propose a Constitutional amendment regarding the rights of corporations and placing limits on political contributions and spending. If approved by Galvin’s office, voters in six state Senate districts and...
  • Elizabeth Warren: Some Of My Best Friends Are Small Businesses

    07/23/2012 7:38:31 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In an unintentionally hilarious variation on the some-of-my-best-friends-are line employed by people defending themselves against accusations of prejudice, Elizabeth Warren—lefty Dem candidate for Senate from Massachusetts—has claimed that various people close to her have started small businesses. Warren let loose her laugh line on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show this evening, responding to an ad Sen. Scott Brown is running that reveals how President Obama's "you didn't build that" line was eerily similar to an earlier Warren utterance. View the video here.
  • Marco Rubio Endorses Scott Brown

    07/23/2012 5:19:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    On Monday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio blasted out an email to supporters on behalf of the Reclaim America Pac endorsing Scott Brown and explaining, in no uncertain terms, the myriad reasons why Bay State voters should not elect Elizabeth Warren to the United States Senate in November: Two years ago, I endorsed Scott Brown because I knew he would be a critical vote against expanded government, out-of-control spending, and the President's healthcare takeover. Now Scott Brown is running for reelection against an ultra-liberal backed by extreme big-government special interests. … Scott's opponent is Elizabeth Warren, an extreme liberal who was...
  • Substitute teacher ['Ariz Nasar Saleem'] arrested in underwear charged with hitting Brockton student

    07/23/2012 1:01:31 PM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    The Enterprise ^ | July 20, 2012 | staff writer
    A Rockland man arrested and charged with dumping suspicious-looking bags in a pond and climbing a tree in his underwear had been accused earlier that day of kicking a student in the head while substitute teaching in Brockton. Ariz Nasar Saleem, 26, was arraigned this week in Brockton District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (his foot) on a child under 14, threat to commit a crime and witness intimidation. . . According to a report by school police officer Daniel Vaughn, who interviewed the parents of the child who was allegedly kicked, Saleem was...
  • New Scott Brown ad attacks Elizabeth Warren over “you didn’t build it” argument

    07/23/2012 11:14:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/23/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    So, which Senate candidate in Massachusetts is running on the Kennedy legacy? Don’t be too quick to answer — because the man who scolded a debate moderator in the 2010 special election for referring to the Senate seat as “Ted Kennedy’s seat” does some Kennedy-invoking of his own to shame his opponent. Scott Brown’s new web ad uses the words of John Kennedy in praise of American enterprise, Bill Clinton in praise of small business, and LBJ in praise of the American entrepreneurial spirit. The ad then asks, How did we go from JFK, LBJ, and Clinton to Elizabeth Warren...
  • Boston Mayor to Outlaw Chick-Fil-A

    07/22/2012 7:51:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 110 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to restrict a single private business, Chick-Fil-A, from opening any franchises in Boston. His reported remarks were, “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.” Chick-Fil-A has come under fire from progressive groups for donating millions of dollars to pro-family organizations over the past few years. This, according to Mayor Menino, counts as discrimination. Meanwhile, the National Organization for Marriage is promoting "Eat at Chick-Fil-A Day" for Wednesday of this...
  • SENATE CANDIDATE OF THE WEEK: Scott Brown

    07/21/2012 1:51:50 PM PDT · by firebrand · 28 replies
    We all remember the euphoria when Scott Brown won the special election to the so-called Ted Kennedy seat in 2010. He was supposed to be the 41st vote against cloture on Obamacare. And we all know how that turned out. Despite the clear voice of the people, the president pulled out every trick imaginable to force that bill down our throats. That does not diminish Scott Brown's victory. But the truth is that because his original election was a special election, he had media attention and voter support from all over the country. Now we are approaching an important general...
  • Mayor Menino on Chick-fil-A: Stuff it

    07/20/2012 7:04:34 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 109 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/20/12 | Greg Turner
    Vows to block eatery over anti-gay attitude... Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.” “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino told the Herald yesterday. “That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started...
  • TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien

    07/18/2012 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien By Edwin Mora July 18, 2012 (CNSNews.com) -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved flight training for 25 illegal aliens at a Boston-area flight school that was owned by yet another illegal alien, according to the Government Accountability Office. The illegal-alien flight-school attendees included eight who had entered the country illegally and 17 who had overstayed their allowed period of admission into the United States, according to an audit by the GAO. Six of the illegal aliens were actually able to get pilot’s licenses. Discovery of the trouble...
  • U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) spends $20,000 on fundraisers at Fenway Park

    07/18/2012 1:10:22 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    U.S. Rep. Richard Neal spent more than $20,000 on two recent fund-raisers at Fenway Park. Neal, who represents the 2nd Congressional District, invited donors to join him at a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game on April 20 and at a 100th anniversary of Fenway Park celebration and game against the Cleveland Indians on May 11. His fund-raising report released Monday for the quarter that ran through June listed Neal as spending $5,142 at Aramark Fenway to pay for food and drinks, and another $1,680 on Red Sox tickets. However, Neal’s finance report covering the previous quarter reported that Neal...
  • Brookline weapons hoarder released on $5k bail

    07/18/2012 12:20:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    wickedlocal.com ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Teddy Applebaum
    Brookline — A Brookline man charged on two warrants and 39 firearm violations was released on $5,000 bail today. Richard Becker, 55, of 181 Harvard St., was fitted with a GPS ankle bracelet and is due back to Brookline District Court for a pre-trial hearing on July 19. He cannot have any weapons, a bail condition imposed during an appeal hearing on June 29. Becker was arrested on was arrested Monday, June 11, and charged on two warrants out of Quincy District Court, and 39 firearm violations. Becker lived in a three-story brick home just blocks away Coolidge Corner. Police...
  • Governor Bentley Responds to Misleading Report on Romney Financial Documents

    07/15/2012 1:46:56 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    Office of Governor of Alabama ^ | July 14, 2012 | ROBERT BENTLEY
    WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Saturday responded to an Associated Press report that said the Governor called on Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to release financial documents. The report further said Governor Bentley suggested that by not releasing various documents, a person might have something to hide. Earlier Saturday, Governor Bentley was asked by a reporter at the National Governors Association conference whether he thought Mitt Romney should release tax returns. The Governor said yes - adding that he believes in transparency and releases his own tax returns each year. Contrary to the AP report, Governor Bentley...
  • Rush Archive-Elizabeth Warren Video: One of the Great Teaching Tools on Liberalism

    07/15/2012 8:49:08 AM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | September 22, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, now you people know, you are well aware one of the reasons you listen is I know liberals. I know them. I know them like every square inch of my gloriously naked body. Dealing with liberals is like dealing with a one-armed lunatic. They're just gonna keep swinging. They're gonna keep fighting no matter what you do. They never go away. And I know what they're gonna do and why they're gonna do it before they do it, and people marvel at this. We have an opportunity now because of the utterance of Elizabeth Warren, she's running against...
  • Kerry Kennedy in hiding after drug-related driving arrest (Mary exhumed and moved)

    07/15/2012 12:55:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/15/12 | Henrick Karoliszyn, Larry Mcshane
    Kerry Kennedy in hiding after drug-related driving arrestBy Henrick Karoliszyn AND Larry Mcshane / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, July 15, 2012, 10:43 AM Kerry Kennedy steered clear of the public eye Saturday after her shocking arrest for drugged driving near her Westchester County home. There was no answer at the 52-year-old Kennedy’s home in Bedford, and neighbors said they had not seen the human rights activist and ex-wife of Gov. Cuomo. **SNIP** The News reported exclusively that her brother RFK Jr. had his estranged wife’s casket illegally exhumed and moved to another plot in a cemetery near the family’s...
  • Health cost bill may not attack key problem

    07/15/2012 8:09:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 15, 2012 | By Liz Kowalczyk
    Market clout of top doctors, hospitals drives up premiums. As legislative leaders close in on a major health care cost-control bill, key efforts to attack one of the most-cited reasons for rising medical spending — the market power of caregivers who demand high prices for their services — appear to be in jeopardy. In a 2010 report, Attorney General Martha Coakley blamed the leverage of the best-paid providers as a main driver of health care costs. She found that insurers pay some hospitals and doctors twice as much money as others for similar care, because they have name-brand recognition or...
  • Doctor from Massachusetts wins Green Party's presidential nod

    07/14/2012 7:08:20 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 14, 2012 | unattributed
    BALTIMORE – A doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor a decade ago won the chance to challenge him again on Saturday, this time as the Green Party's presidential nominee. Jill Stein, 62, an internist from Lexington, Massachusetts., blasted both Romney and President Barack Obama, saying both had become too dependent on donations from corporations in order to acquire office at the expense of the nation's citizens. "We need real public servants who listen to the people -- not to the corporate lobbyists that funnel campaign checks into the big war chests," Stein told applauding supporters at a...
  • Gov. Romney, Please Meet Gov. Coolidge

    07/14/2012 8:02:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/14/2012 | By Garland Tucker
    The American public may be about to do something it has not done in 88 years: elect a former governor of Massachusetts as president of the United States. In anticipation of this election, we can only hope that some of Governor Romney's advisors will introduce him to his predecessor, Governor Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge was one of the most popular presidents in U.S. history, but historians have tended to underestimate his importance. However, with the advent of Reagan and the revival of conservatism, Coolidge's place in history has been re-appraised. Historian Paul Johnson has called Coolidge "[t]he most internally consistent and...
  • AG Martha Coakley seeking $4 mil penalty for W Ma Electric Co. based on response to Oct snowstorm

    07/12/2012 2:10:22 PM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    Attorney General Martha Coakley is seeking $4 million penalty from the Western Massachusetts Electric Company, saying the utility failed to adequately communicate with residents and municipal officials or secure proper staffing levels during the October 2011 snow storm. In a press release, Coakley is recommending that the state Department of Public Utilities issue the $4 million penalty. In a legal brief filed Tuesday, Coakley said that the electric company failed to meet three separate standards of its plan for responding to storms. “The October 2011 snow storm left thousands of Western Massachusetts customers without power for as many as 12...
  • The Boston Globe Gets its ‘Romney Stayed At Bain’ Story Wrong (FactCheck: Obama's claims "all wet")

    07/12/2012 11:45:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    PJM ^ | 7/12/2012 | Bryan Preston
    Today the Boston Globe reports that it has discovered that Mitt Romney stayed at Bain Capital three years longer than he has stated. The Globe bases its report on government documents that bear Romney’s name, but the Globe is apparently confused about what the documents mean. It’s common knowledge that Mitt Romney joined the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee in 1999. The story of Romney’s ultimately successful efforts to turn that Olympics around, avoiding disaster and finishing strong with a gangbusters winter games in 2000, forms the backbone of Romney’s fix-it man resume. Very few could have stepped in as...
  • Mass. House strikes down gov's proposals

    07/11/2012 4:21:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2012 | Shannon Young
    BOSTON—Massachusetts lawmakers are rejecting Gov. Deval Patrick's proposals to scale back their efforts to restrict welfare benefits, close a state psychiatric hospital, and block a requirement for residents to prove they're in the country legally when they register a vehicle.
  • Massachusetts Man to Plead Guilty in Model Plane Terror Plo

    07/10/2012 9:03:10 PM PDT · by posterchild · 13 replies
    ABC via news.yahoo.com ^ | Tues July 10, 2012 | D. J. Marks
    A Massachusetts man accused of plotting to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol building with model planes filled with C-4 explosives will plead guilty to two terror charges, say prosecutors, and serve a 17-year federal sentence. According to court documents filed by prosecutors and attorneys for Rezwan Ferdaus, a Northeastern University physics graduate and U.S. citizen, Ferdaus has agreed to plead guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and destroy federal buildings by means of an explosive. Ferdaus, 27, was arrested at the culmination of a long-term sting operation by undercover FBI agents posing...
  • Amtrak plans 37-minute train from New York to Philadelphia by 2040

    07/10/2012 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 9, 2012 8:20pm EDT | Dave Warner
    Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan on Monday that includes 37-minute trips from New York to Philadelphia at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour (354 km per hour). However, the U.S. passenger railroad will need substantial financial support from both state and federal governments to make its ambitious plan to transform rail travel in the Northeast a reality. The railroad predicted that super-fast train trips along the East Coast could be a reality by 2040. Travel times from New York to either Washington or Boston—both about 200 miles (350 km) in distance—would also be slashed, to 94 minutes, the...
  • 5 Other Fake Indians Besides Elizabeth Warren

    07/10/2012 12:04:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Reason ^ | July 9, 2012 | Nick Gillespie
    The Massachusetts Democrat is hardly alone in passing herself off as having Indian blood. You've got to kind of feel sorry for Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who's running against short-term Republican incumbent Scott Brown (he won a special election in 2010 to replace the late Ted Kennedy). Everything seemed to be going her way and then—pffft!—it's all going to shit. Born and raised in a working-class setting that's genuinely rare among academics and politicians, she eventually ended up teaching at Harvard after a stint at another Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania. Best-known as...
  • Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick vetoes ban on purchasing tattoos, manicures, porn with EBT

    07/09/2012 1:16:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7-9-12 | Caroline May
    Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick has vetoed the state legislature’s attempt to ban the use of EBT cards — or food stamps — to purchase items such as tattoos, porn and jewelry. Patrick vetoed the reforms Sunday while signing the state’s $32.5 billion budget. According to the Boston Herald, which first reported the veto, the governor berated the legislature’s stab at banning the purchase of specific items like manicures, tattoos, guns, porn, body piercings, jewelry, and bail by saying the move was “political grandstanding” at a time when such reforms are already on track elsewhere. “I’m not going to do...
  • Dorchester State Rep. arrested on assault charges

    07/09/2012 8:53:44 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    7 News WHDH ^ | 9 July 2012 (updated) | Victoria Warren
    BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- State Representative Carlos Henriquez arrived in court Monday morning, accused of attacking a woman, hitting her and holding her against her will in a car. Rep. Henriquez’ booking photo, taken around 5 a.m. Sunday, was a glimpse into the alleged assault and late night arrest that could impact his political career. The 35-year-old Dorchester State Representative was charged with domestic kidnapping and domestic assault battery for an alleged incident that took place in his rented Zip Car. Police say a female friend was riding in the car with him at around 4 a.m. when they got...
  • (Ma)Gov vetoes budget bill’s EBT reforms

    07/09/2012 5:55:31 AM PDT · by massmike · 8 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 07/09/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Gov. Deval Patrick’s failure to fully embrace the Legislature’s EBT reforms has reignited the debate over the fraud-ravaged welfare benefits card system — raising criticism he’s leaving loopholes open to allow the purchase of controversial goods with taxpayers’ money. In a veto statement yesterday, Patrick slammed his reform-intent rivals for “political grandstanding” with their efforts to ban EBT buys of guns, porn, tattoos, jewelry and manicures, insisting reforms were already on track without the Legislature’s meddling. That drew return fire from irate lawmakers. “A lot of people in the Legislature, and a lot of taxpayers for that matter, believe there...
  • The time to address climate change is now

    07/08/2012 2:14:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 60 replies
    U.S. Senator John Kerry ^ | 7/6/12 | U.S. Senator John Kerry
    Twenty years ago, Republican President George Herbert Walker Bush gathered the nations of the world in Rio to confront the challenge of global climate change. Two decades later, the challenge is more real, and the damage of climate change more pervasive, but we are further behind than ever in addressing the issue. With each passing day, the danger and the urgency only grow. Promises of action from both political parties have been replaced by a conspiracy of silence. Conventional wisdom tells us that the chances of Congress acting on this issue is rapidly approaching zero. How dramatic and sad that...
  • State rep charged with domestic kidnapping, assault

    07/08/2012 8:01:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 8, 2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    Rep. Carlos T. Henriquez of Dorchester was arrested early this morning on charges of domestic kidnapping and assault stemming from an incident involving a girlfriend who fled from his car, Boston police said. Henriquez, 35, a Democratic state legislator, was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. after the woman jumped out of his rented Zipcar on Forsyth Way and reached out to a Northeastern University security officer for help, police spokesman Officer James Kenneally said.
  • Great white sharks send Cape swimmers running

    07/08/2012 6:40:27 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    whdh.com ^ | 7/7/2012 | Tim Caputo
    Nauset beach was evacuated Saturday afternoon when a 12 to 14-foot shark was spotted only 100 feet out. A great white's dorsal fin cut through the top of the water as it cruised the shoreline. “All of a sudden, we saw this person in a kayak, and we saw a fin 10 feet from it,” said Lizzy Jenkins. Everyone else in the water immediately ran onto the beach. “We started swimming and people on the shore started waiving us in,” said Christina Proulx. They all watched as a kayaker was seemingly stalked by the shark. “There were hundreds of people...
  • Minnesota [homosexual] talent agent Matthew Feeney jailed on child molestation charges

    07/06/2012 6:48:43 PM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    FOX9 Minneapolis-St.Paul ^ | June 26, 2012 | Shelby Capacio
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) - A Minnesota talent agent accused of molesting two brothers who wanted to become actors was booked into jail early Tuesday, one day after a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest. . . "We've seen it over and over again where people in authority get an opportunity to groom kids then abuse them," said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput. Investigators say Feeney befriended the brothers and their parents in the fall of 2007, which is when he began providing the boys with casting opportunities and acting classes. By 2009, the boys' mother said she considered Feeney...
  • Mass. Gov. signs price sticker bill

    07/06/2012 12:27:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has approved a bill that removes a requirement that food store owners place individual price stickers on each item for sale in their shops. The Democratic governor on Tuesday signed the law, allowing store owners to instead place price scanners throughout their stores. Customers can use the scanners to determine an item's cost. ... But consumer advocates say scanners can be unreliable, forcing consumers to play "guess the price" before heading to the checkout line.
  • Whatever happened to Camelot? Dishevelled Kennedy clan look less than picture-perfect

    07/06/2012 3:56:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | July 5, 2012
    Complete Headline: Whatever happened to Camelot? Dishevelled Kennedy clan look less than picture-perfect celebrating Fourth of July on Cape Cod The Kennedy clan congregated at their Cape Cod estate for a July Fourth family celebration of patriotic proportions. Participating in a village parade at Hyannisport, where the family's waterfront compound resides, numerous Kennedys dressed up in stars and stripes, wigs and comical presidential-style hats to celebrate Independence Day with vigor. But the golden era of America's great political dynasty seems to be a distant memory; decades on, the family far from resembles the sartorially picture-perfect images of Jackie and JFK...
  • Harvard Picks First BGLTQ Director

    07/05/2012 9:49:02 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | July 03, 2012 | NATHALIE R. MIRAVAL
    Harvard has appointed Vanidy “Van” Bailey as the College’s first permanent director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. Bailey, the assistant director for education at the University of California, San Diego, will assume the new position on July 16. Last April, Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds announced her intention to hire a full-time staffer dedicated to serving the BGLTQ community on campus. In a statement to students, Hammonds said that the decision was based on recommendations made by the BGLTQ Working Group, which she created in October 2010 to evaluate BGLTQ experiences and needs at...
  • Barney Frank keeping wedding details under wraps (pssst -- it’s on a holiday weekend in July)

    07/04/2012 6:40:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 2, 2012 | Christopher Rowland
    It’s not exactly the secret celebrity wedding of the season, but it still might be high-wattage enough -- at least in political circles -- to attract unwanted paparazzi. So a spokesman said Monday that Representative Barney Frank would prefer to keep the timing of his marriage to Jim Ready under wraps. It’s not working too well. Frank himself has leaked enough clues that it is easy to conclude the wedding is this Saturday afternoon, in a private ceremony in Newton. Barney said in a C-SPAN interview in May that he was not inviting President Obama and his wife, Michelle, to...