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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...