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Sep 12, 2012

Tree-killing Asian beetle found in Massachusetts

BOSTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The emerald ash borer, an
invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of trees in North
America since being accidentally introduced from Asia, has been
identified in Massachusetts for the first time, state officials
said on Wednesday.

The beetle, named for its bright green color, was found in
Dalton, a town in Berkshire County in western Massachusetts.

Sep 12, 2012

Texas woman to receive first U.S. double arm transplant

BOSTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – A Texas woman who lost all four
limbs to a flesh-eating bacteria has been approved for a double
arm transplant at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in what
will be the first such procedure performed in the United States.

Katy Hayes, 44, of Kingwood, Texas, will receive two new
arms above the elbow. The hospital is working with a regional
organ donor bank to find a donor. The surgery has not yet been

Aug 1, 2012

Connecticut town ruled not liable in fatal 1997 shooting

BOSTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the town of East Haven, Connecticut, is not liable in the 1997 shooting death of Malik Jones, an unarmed black man, by a police officer.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York overturned a lower court decision in favor of Jones’ mother, Emma Jones. It had awarded her $900,000 in damages in 2010 for the death of her son, but the town of East Haven appealed.

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

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


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.

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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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