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July 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) led a number of Massachusetts politicians in demanding that the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, apologize for blaming the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal on "liberalism" in Boston. In an unusually personal speech on the Senate floor, Kennedy said "Boston-bashing might be in vogue with some Republicans, but Rick Santorum's statements are beyond the pale." Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.
July 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Fremont General Corp., which made thousands of sub-prime loans in Massachusetts, will stop foreclosure proceedings in the state to give officials time to review all transactions, the state said Wednesday. Martha Coakley, Massachusetts' attorney general, said her office had reached a preliminary agreement in which the Santa Monica-based lender would stop foreclosures on more than 2,000 Massachusetts loans that the company services.
August 19, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A state judge in Boston rejected a challenge of a 1913 law barring out-of-state gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts, where residents have had that first-in-the-nation right since May. Superior Court Judge Carol Ball denied a request by eight gay couples from other states for a preliminary injunction blocking Massachusetts from enforcing the law, which prohibits marriages that would not be legal in couples' home states.
June 19, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Eight couples and more than a dozen municipal clerks filed lawsuits challenging the 1913 law used to block out-of-state gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts. The law bars couples who live outside Massachusetts from marrying in the state if their marriages would be illegal in their home states. Gov. Mitt Romney and Atty. Gen. Tom Reilly cited the law in denying marriage licenses to out-of-state gay couples.
December 15, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
More than 570,000 customers still lacked power after the devastating New England ice storm that hit upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine late last week. Utilities in hardest-hit New Hampshire said power might not be fully restored to the region until Thursday or Friday. President Bush declared a state of emergency for New Hampshire and nine of Massachusetts' 14 counties, directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide relief assistance.
March 29, 1987
Chris Botte had a home run, triple and double and drove in the winning runs in each game to lead United States International University to a sweep of Massachusetts Saturday at USIU. The Gulls (17-18-1) won the first game, 12-7, and the second, 9-6. In the opener, Botte hit a two-run double in a seven-run seventh inning as USIU overcame a 5-4 Massachusetts lead. In the second game, Botte's two-run triple highlighted a six-run USIU third.
March 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A pilot and his three small sons miraculously survived a plane crash in a remote Massachusetts forest that killed the mother and two other children, and then had to endure a brutally cold night before being rescued, police said. The three boys, ages 2, 5 and 10, suffered severe hypothermia and were in critical condition at Albany Medical Center in New York after being plucked by helicopter from the wooded, mountainous crash site in western Massachusetts, officials said.
July 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Vatican has defrocked the priest who was the first in Massachusetts convicted of sexual abuse more than two decades ago, the Boston Archdiocese said. In 1984, Eugene O'Sullivan was sentenced to probation after he admitted sodomizing a 13-year-old altar boy. A condition of O'Sullivan's sentence was that he not be allowed to work with children.
October 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A lesbian couple from Rhode Island who won the right to marry in Massachusetts held their ceremony in Attleboro. After being denied a marriage license in Massachusetts, Wendy Becker and Mary Norton challenged a 1913 state law that prohibits people from out of state from marrying if they were not allowed to in their home state. They argued that same-sex marriage was not specifically banned in Rhode Island.
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