October 3, 2006 |
Massachusetts began signing up its poorest residents for low-cost health insurance Monday, the beginning step in the state's goal to be the first to require all citizens to have health insurance. "This is a historic day for us," said Gov. Mitt Romney, who signed the state's new health care law in April. "It's real today." Madeline Rhenisch, 56, will be among about 62,000 of the state's poorest residents, living at or below the federal poverty line of about $9,800 a year, offered the program.
September 30, 1994 |
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who two days earlier attacked his Republican opponent in the Senate race over his Mormon religion, appeared to be backing off those earlier remarks after a barrage of press criticism. "I believe that religion should not be an issue in this campaign," Kennedy said in a statement. "The way to make that so is to stop talking about it and to focus on issues like jobs and health care, which is exactly what I intend to do."
February 18, 1993 |
Three brothers who disappeared while playing in the snow were found safe Wednesday after hundreds of people spent hours searching through a swampy, wooded area in stormy weather. The Eklund brothers, Brian, 13, Robert, 11, and Matthew, 9, were found after an overnight stay in the woods near an industrial park, New Bedford Police Officer Paul Chaves said.
October 6, 2004 |
Massachusetts' main state pension fund said Tuesday that it fired money management giant Capital Group Cos. because of poor returns, costing the Los Angeles company an account worth nearly $1 billion. The defection is the latest Capital has suffered from its Capital Guardian Trust unit, which at midyear managed about $95 billion in foreign stocks for institutional investors.
July 22, 2006 |
The couple who lent their name to the lawsuit that legalized same-sex marriage in Massachusetts have separated, a family spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Julie Goodridge, 49, and Hillary Goodridge, 50, were married on May 17, 2004, the first day that same-sex couples were permitted to wed in Massachusetts under the terms of the court case Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health.
February 13, 1996 |
"Dig Me" is out and "Fax Me" is in. The New England Confectionery Co., which makes the small candy hearts bearing short Valentine's Day messages, has phased out a 1960s counterculture come-on in favor of a 1990s high-tech one. "Dig Me" joins other discarded sayings such as "Cha-Cha" and "Why Not."
March 28, 1990 |
Four more reputed mobsters surrendered following a three-state sweep that authorities claimed left the New England Mafia "in disarray." Vincent Gioacchini surrendered in Boston, said Stephen Morrill, an FBI spokesman. Gaetano Milano, John Castagna and Jack Johns surrendered in Connecticut. Twenty-one alleged mobsters, including reputed New England crime boss Raymond (Junior) Patriarca, were named in indictments unsealed this week.
February 10, 2006 |
An unemployed computer engineer who flew to his native England after the slayings of his wife and 9-month-old daughter in Massachusetts last month was arrested Thursday at a London subway station and charged with murder. At a news conference here, Middlesex County Dist. Atty. Martha Coakley said Neil Entwistle, 27, had used a .22-caliber handgun belonging to his father-in-law to commit what might have been intended to be a murder-suicide. "Obviously, the murder was affected," Coakley said.
February 6, 2004 |
One day after the state high court ruled that same-sex couples were entitled to marry, Beacon Hill was in a frenzy Thursday -- with Massachusetts lawmakers meeting in emergency session and lobbyists of fiercely divergent views trying to influence the debate. One prominent Democrat vowed to introduce an amendment to the state constitution that would nullify the Supreme Judicial Court's decision Wednesday allowing gays and lesbians to wed. The "defense of marriage" bill, Rep.
March 9, 2003 |
After 16 years together, they are the kind of couple who worry about life's nagging "what ifs?" What if the mortgage doesn't get paid? What if the furnace blows up? What if Julie Goodridge keels over and the state will release her body only to next of kin? "Well," said Hillary Goodridge, "that would be her second cousin Patsy in Mississippi."