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November 6, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
In a case that has fueled the debate over capital punishment in Massachusetts, federal prosecutors on Wednesday asked a jury to impose the death penalty on a 44-year-old drifter who confessed to murdering three good Samaritans. Gesturing toward Gary Lee Sampson, Assistant U.S. Atty. George Vien told the jury: "This man sitting right here in the blue shirt is a cunning, manipulative, cold-blooded killer who preyed on the good-hearted.
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NATIONAL
May 6, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
With city and town clerks threatening rebellion, Gov. Mitt Romney has softened his position on residency requirements for same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Massachusetts. Gay and lesbian couples who apply for marriage licenses starting May 17 will not be forced to provide "documentary evidence" that they live in Massachusetts, the governor's press secretary, Shawn Feddeman, said Wednesday.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
For weeks now, Margaret Drury has fielded a steady flow of inquiries from gay and lesbian couples wondering how to get marriage licenses on May 17, when Massachusetts is scheduled to become the first state where same-sex marriage is legal. But the volume of calls to the Cambridge city clerk surged Tuesday as prospective brides and grooms reacted to the Legislature's approval Monday of a constitutional amendment that two years from now could take away their right to wed.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2002 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Republican gubernatorial candidate strolls through a neighborhood of multimillion-dollar homes. His neighborhood, he stresses. His hometown. "This is Belmont, where I've lived, voted, raised a family and paid taxes for 30 years," says Mitt Romney, wearing shirt-sleeves and gazing straight into the camera.
NATIONAL
June 18, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Eight same-sex couples from outside Massachusetts said Thursday they would file suit today to challenge the 1913 law that had blocked nonresident gays and lesbians from marrying in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Also planning to file suit today are the clerks of 12 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
TRAVEL
July 12, 2009 | Susan Spano
In the cold, dark, dead of winter, when my thoughts turn to summer, I think of it in New England. I think of still nights with plenty of stars and the conversation of cicadas, the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, swimming in a lake, Friendly's ice cream and sweet corn on the cob. Much has been made of New England's colorful falls, but my cup is filled by its deep green summers. I carry memories of them from when I worked at a summer stock theater in western Massachusetts in my college years.
NEWS
April 11, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Mitt Romney is taking the first step toward a full-blown presidential campaign, announcing Monday the formation of an exploratory committee that's likely the precursor to his second White House run. Romney's announcement came after an unannounced visit to the University of New Hampshire, where he says he spoke with students about the economy. "From my vantage point in business and in government, I have become convinced that America has been put on a dangerous course by Washington politicians, and it has become even worse during the last two years.
NATIONAL
December 24, 2003 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
In Massachusetts, which has no state death penalty law and where no one has been executed in more than half a century, a federal jury on Tuesday sentenced a drifter to die for the slayings of two men who had stopped to help after he feigned being a stranded motorist.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2010 | By Janet Hook
Senator-elect Scott Brown -- the truck-driving, "tea party"-backed Republican who scored an upset victory in Massachusetts -- visited Capitol Hill on Thursday and quickly picked up a nickname: 41. That is the number of senators it takes to sustain a filibuster, the GOP's delaying tactic of choice. And Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a canny insider, was delighted with the moniker: "This is a man who understands how the Senate operates. So henceforth, I will always think of him as 41."
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