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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."
April 10, 1993
In his paean to Augusta National (April 6), Jim Murray suggested that "Republicans Capturing Massachusetts" was as likely an event as an unknown winning the Masters. Bad choice of similes; Massachusetts has a Republican governor. Perhaps a better example of an unlikely event would be, "Times Tells Truth." DONALD BRIAN WARD Los Angeles
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.
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