January 30, 2004 |
A federal judge imposed the first death sentence in Massachusetts in three decades, ordering the execution of a man who killed two people in a carjacking. U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf specified that Gary Lee Sampson be put to death in neighboring New Hampshire, saying relatives of Sampson's victims may want to witness the execution and that appeals could then stay in the same court system.
April 19, 2006 |
A federal judge rejected a bid by Microsoft Corp. to get letters that might help it fight European Union antitrust allegations and avoid more than $2 million in daily fines. Microsoft's subpoena against Novell Inc. "would circumvent and undermine the law of the European Community concerning how a litigant may obtain third-party documents," U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf in Boston wrote. Microsoft must comply with EU procedures and not seek help in U.S. courts, Wolf said.
December 25, 1986 |
--Christmas had become ho-ho-hum for Mary and Laurens Moore, what with their children being married and gone. But that all changed for the Gaffney, S. C., couple on Dec. 14, when the Moores answered a knock at their door to discover a tree about eight inches tall with a bird perched on top. The unsigned card attached read, "On the first day of Christmas . . . ." The next night, the Moores found two Christmas tree ornaments. The third day, it was three chocolate kisses, and so on.
June 22, 1991 |
A federal judge in Boston ruled that reputed crime boss Raymond (Junior) Patriarca may be released on bail while he awaits his federal racketeering trial in September, but he must be under virtual house arrest. U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf granted a motion filed by attorneys for Patriarca, who has been in custody since March, 1990. He will be required to wear an electronic bracelet at his Lincoln, R. I., home that allows authorities to check on his whereabouts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2012 |
Olympics coverage is certainly winning gold medals at L.A. City Hall, where so many employees are watching online that the city's chief technology officer begged them to stop for fear of a municipal computer meltdown. "We are experiencing a high volume of traffic due to people watching the Olympics online. I respectfully request that you discontinue this as it is impacting city operations," city tech guru Randi Levin wrote in an email sent to thousands of workers Tuesday morning.
January 23, 2004
"Damage From the Alert System Is Alarming" (Commentary, Jan. 19) is right on the mark. Crying wolf too often causes no one to believe you when the wolf finally comes. Unfortunately, I fear that the alert system will be with us for a long time. A homeland security agency will keep finding new "threats" to justify periodically raising the level -- and thus its existence. Likewise, the Transportation Security Administration will continue to claim that confiscating knitting needles from old ladies and Medals of Honor from veterans are preventing hijackings.