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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.”

Jul 17, 2012

Massachusetts targets killer mosquitoes with aerial spraying

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts will launch an urgent campaign of aerial spraying after numerous mosquito samples collected in the southeast of the state tested positive for the killer Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, health officials said on Tuesday.

A bite from an infected mosquito can transmit the EEE virus, triggering a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain that can also leave survivors with significant brain damage.

Jul 13, 2012
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Maine governor draws ire with new IRS “Gestapo” comments

Maine’s Republican governor ignited a fresh firestorm on Thursday when, for the second time in a week, he compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, Nazi Germany’s murderous secret police.

Democrats suggested that Governor Paul LePage, a Tea Party favorite elected in 2010, was unfit to hold office.

Jul 12, 2012
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Scott Brown trails Elizabeth Warren in Q2 donations

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The race for the Senate seat from Massachusetts is shaping up as one of the marquee Congressional contests of the year, and likely the most expensive, as both candidates keep up a frenetic fundraising pace.

On Thursday, the campaign of Republican Senator Scott Brown said it hauled in $5 million for his re-election campaign in the second quarter – a strong result, but well short of his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, who on Monday announced she had pulled in $8.67 million for the quarter.

Jul 10, 2012

Massachusetts man pleads guilty in plot to attack Pentagon, Capitol

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with large, remote-controlled model airplanes packed with explosives has agreed to plead guilty, authorities said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to request a 17-year sentence for Rezwan Ferdaus on charges that he attempted to damage and destroy a federal building, and attempted to provide material support to terrorists.

Jul 10, 2012

Guilty plea in plan to attack U.S. with model-plane bombs

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with large, remote-controlled model airplanes packed with explosives has agreed to plead guilty, authorities said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors and defence attorneys have agreed to request a 17-year sentence for Rezwan Ferdaus on charges that he attempted to damage and destroy a federal building, and attempted to provide material support to terrorists.

Jul 9, 2012

Massachusetts governor signs $32.5 billion budget

BOSTON, July 9 (Reuters) – Massachusetts Governor Deval
Patrick on Sunday signed a $32.5 billion state budget for
fiscal 2013 that boosted funds for education, including
community colleges, and projected savings in health care costs.

The budget, for the year that started July 1, marked a move
away from years of austerity. In fiscal 2012 Patrick slashed
spending by $750 million, the biggest year-on-year cut in two
decades.

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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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