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April 8, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
After months of negotiations, Massachusetts passed legislation this week that promises near-universal healthcare coverage -- the most inclusive plan any state has crafted. But experts say the state's unique circumstances will make the measure difficult to replicate. The 145-page bill, passed Tuesday by the state's heavily Democratic Legislature, is expected to be signed soon by Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican who probably will seek his party's presidential nomination in 2008.
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NATIONAL
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.
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.
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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.
SPORTS
November 1, 2002 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Massachusetts on Thursday became the first state to ban aluminum baseball bats in high school competition, beginning with the spring 2003 postseason tournament. Following prolonged discussion, the baseball committee of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Committee voted, 9-6, to ban the metal bats and recommended that wooden bats be used at all levels of play beginning in 2004. The committee's recommendation will be discussed at a Dec.
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
September 4, 2009 | Associated Press
Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley announced Thursday that she would run as a Democratic candidate in the special election to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Coakley said the state has had a "crisis of confidence" since Kennedy's death last week of brain cancer, and that she believed she could continue to be "an effective voice for the people of Massachusetts." "We've depended on him here in the Commonwealth and in Washington, and we will miss his strength and leadership and his sense of humor.
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.
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