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.
May 22, 2004 |
With wedding bells pealing all week in Massachusetts for same-sex couples, Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday stepped up his effort to block out-of-state gays and lesbians from marrying here. The Republican governor, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, delivered the records of 10 nonresident couples who received marriage licenses this week from city and town clerks to Atty. Gen. Tom Reilly.
July 1, 2005 |
Plans for new liquefied natural gas terminals in Massachusetts and Texas won federal approval on Thursday. An LNG project in Rhode Island was rejected as regulators said they tried to balance energy needs with public safety. It was the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's first such rejection. Seven other projects have been approved since 2003. Commissioners approved the Weaver's Cove Energy project for Fall River, Mass., by a 3-1 vote.
May 21, 2004 |
One of the last men to face the death penalty in Massachusetts walked out of a courtroom free Thursday, 30 years after he was jailed in the slaying of a transit worker. Laurence Adams, 51, was released on his own recognizance after a judge's decision to overturn his conviction last month. Adams said he harbored no grudge against the prosecutors and police who put him in prison. "You can't be bitter because you can't stop the clock," he said.
May 28, 2005 |
Gov. Mitt Romney vetoed a bill Friday to expand stem cell experiments in Massachusetts because it would allow the cloning of human embryos -- a practice he has called morally wrong. However, the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed the bill by big enough margins to override his veto when lawmakers take up the measure again next week. Romney, a Republican, supports research using adult stem cells or cells extracted from leftover frozen embryos from fertility clinics.
March 7, 2004 |
On the appointed day -- March 21, 2001 -- seven carefully selected couples fanned out across Massachusetts to apply for marriage licenses. At Boston's city hall, Ed Balmelli remembered, the clerk looked up and asked: "Where is the bride?" Balmelli smiled at his partner, Mike Horgan, and replied: "There is no bride." After all seven same-sex couples were denied licenses, they filed a lawsuit, and two years later won the right to marry.
February 24, 2005 |
Massachusetts' highest court, which legalized gay marriage in the state, has agreed to hear a challenge to the 1913 law being used to bar out-of-state gay couples from getting married in the state. The law denies out-of-state couples the right to marry if it would be illegal in their home state. The Supreme Judicial Court agreed in late January to hear the case, but no public announcement was made.