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Jul 31, 2012

Massachusetts to vote on healthcare cost-control bill

BOSTON, July 31 (Reuters) – Massachusetts lawmakers on
Tuesday are expected to vote on a sweeping bill aimed at
containing the growth of healthcare costs and supporting the
state’s 2006 health reforms, which became a national blueprint.

The 350-page bill, which has broad support from businesses
and the healthcare industry, is being debated on the final day
of the legislature’s formal session, and if passed would go to
Governor Deval Patrick for approval.

Jul 26, 2012

New Hampshire hepatitis C outbreak triggers U.S. fears

BOSTON, July 26 (Reuters) – Hospitals in several U.S. states
are scrambling to check if patients were exposed to the
hepatitis C virus by an itinerant medical technician charged
last week in connection with an outbreak in New Hampshire.

The worker, David Matthew Kwiatkowski, was charged with
federal drug crimes. Authorities say the Michigan native stole
drugs and contaminated needles while working at New Hampshire’s
Exeter Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Unit in 2011 and 2012.

Jul 26, 2012

Boston mayor to anti-gay-marriage Chick-fil-A: stay away

BOSTON, July 26 (Reuters) – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has
waded into the national controversy surrounding fast food chain
Chick-fil-A, whose president has publicly opposed same-sex
marriage, urging the chicken sandwich sellers to stay out of
Boston.

Even as the chain took heat from Menino, gay rights
activists and even the Muppets, conservative politicians,
including former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum,
pushed back.

Jul 24, 2012

Massachusetts asks U.S. high court to take on gay marriage case

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a recent appeals court decision striking down parts of the federal law that defines marriage solely as the union of a man and a woman.

The request sets up a potential first consideration of a gay marriage case by the Supreme Court.

Jul 24, 2012

Record profit for Massachusetts lottery as casinos loom

BOSTON (Reuters) – Record sales for the Massachusetts State Lottery in fiscal 2012 will make almost $1 billion available for aid to cities and towns in a possible final surge before the state embraces casino gambling.

The state lottery said on Tuesday that net lottery profits of $981 million were up $87 million from the previous year and $30 million above the previous record of $951 million set in fiscal 2006.

Jul 23, 2012

Worker charged in Maine nuclear submarine fire

BOSTON (Reuters) – A 24-year-old civilian worker was arrested and charged on Monday with setting the fire on a U.S. nuclear submarine at Maine’s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in May that caused an estimated $400 million in damage.

Casey James Fury started the blaze on the USS Miami “to get out of work,” a Navy investigator said.

Jul 23, 2012
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Scott Brown’s latest channels poet Langston Hughes

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Scott Brown, locked in a tight race to hold onto his Senate seat from Massachusetts, has become the second Republican in the current election cycle to channel Langston Hughes, the African American social activist poet with Communist sympathies who is also regarded as a literary hero by many in the gay community.

A new video from Brown, soliciting donations for his neck-and-neck campaign against Democrat Elizabeth Warren, is headlined “Let America Be America Again” – the title of Hughes’ well-known 1935 poem, first published in Esquire magazine, that suggests the American dream never really existed for many Americans, including the lower classes, blacks, Native Americans, and other minority groups.

Jul 21, 2012

Groff out to put U.S on triathlon map

BOSTON, July 21 (Reuters) – While the United States’
swimmers and track athletes have had to endure cut-thoat
qualifying competitions to secure their places in the Olympic
Games, triathlete Sarah Groff has had the luxury of a year to
prepare for London.

Groff, 30, will be one of three U.S. athletes to compete in
the women’s triathlon on Aug. 4, starting with a 1,500 metre
swim in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park and followed by a
40-kilometre bike ride and a 10-kilometre run.

Jul 20, 2012

Would-be Pentagon model-plane bomber enters guilty plea

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled model airplanes filled with explosives entered a guilty plea in a Boston federal court on Friday.

Rezwan Ferdaus told a packed courtroom, including his distraught family members, that he would accept the plea deal for a 17-year prison term that was hammered out by his attorneys and prosecutors this month.

Jul 19, 2012
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Scott Brown jabs Elizabeth Warren’s Hollywood supporters

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Republican Scott Brown, in a close race to keep his Senate seat in Massachusetts, is mounting a new fundraising drive using donations to rival Elizabeth Warren by a bevy of Hollywood talent as catnip for potential donors.

“What do actresses Charlize Theron, Sally Field, Kyra Sedgwick, Kate Capshaw, and Reese Witherspoon have in common? ” Brown asked rhetorically in an email to supporters on Thursday. “They’re all big bankrollers for Professor Elizabeth Warren who raises money like she wants to be the first United States Senator to represent Hollywood.”

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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