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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.
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.
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.
April 28, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Time Staff Writer
Their plan was to fly here May 17 and take out a marriage license. After the required three-day waiting period, Matt Foreman and Francisco de Leon intended to exchange wedding vows in Cambridge, then head home to New York. But Gov. Mitt Romney has ordered city clerks to enforce an obscure 1913 law that prohibits out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts if their home states do not permit them to marry.
May 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to block the nation's first state-sanctioned gay marriages from taking place in Massachusetts starting next week. The justices declined without comment to intervene and block clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The state's highest court had ruled in November that the state Constitution allowed gay couples to marry and declared that the process would begin Monday. The U.S.
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.
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.
October 30, 2003 | From Reuters
Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill urged the state's pension fund Wednesday to fire Putnam Investments, becoming the first investor to publicly turn his back on the fifth-largest U.S. mutual fund company one day after it was accused of civil securities fraud. Cahill, who is the chairman of a nine-member board that oversees the fund, will recommend today that the trustees vote to take away Putnam's mandate, his spokeswoman, Karen Sharma, said. Putnam manages $1.
May 5, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
One side says a 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound will provide a fine source of renewable energy. The other says the 24-square-mile development will despoil one of the country's most majestic expanses of open water. The debate over the proposed Cape Wind project has simmered in this state for almost five years. But as concern about skyrocketing energy prices mounts, the fight has taken a sharp turn, thanks to a deal blessed by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
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