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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.
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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
March 13, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Mitt Romney said Friday that he might turn to the courts in his fight to keep Massachusetts from issuing same-sex marriage licenses starting in May. That is when an order from the state's highest court takes effect, making Massachusetts the first state to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples. State legislators have twice voted to pass an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, but the measure requires additional approval before it becomes law.
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
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.
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 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.
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