October 19, 2001 |
Surprising no one, Acting Gov. Jane Swift declared Thursday that she will be a candidate for the state's top office in 2002. Swift, 36, has occupied the coveted corner office of the gold-domed statehouse since April, when fellow Republican Paul Cellucci abandoned the governorship to become U.S. ambassador to Canada. After several missteps as lieutenant governor, a very pregnant Swift took office with low approval ratings and widespread skepticism about her ability to do the job.
October 2, 1994 |
As a child, bleeding in his joints caused by hemophilia tortured his limbs. As a young man, a contaminated transfusion left him with the virus that causes AIDS. Now Bob Massie is the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, perhaps the first HIV-positive candidate for statewide office. "I'm very, very aware that you only have a certain time on this Earth and some people have more and some have less," he said, "and the goal is to live life to the fullest within that span.
September 18, 2002 |
State Treasurer Shannon O'Brien scored a strong victory Tuesday in Massachusetts' Democratic gubernatorial primary, setting up a November battle with GOP candidate Mitt Romney in a state that hasn't had a Democratic governor since Michael Dukakis left office in 1991. O'Brien, the Democratic front-runner for months, held off former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, state Senate President Tom Birmingham and former state Sen. Warren Tolman to win the nomination.
November 24, 1998 |
Radio talk show host Upton Bell focused on four topics on his program here Monday: Iraq, Boris N. Yeltsin's latest illness, Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the Patriots' decision to abandon Boston for Hartford. "I guarantee you," Bell said as he prepared for his broadcast, "the Patriots will blow everybody else off the air." It's been like that since word leaked out last week that the state's beloved, if also bedraggled, football team was packing up and heading south.
November 17, 1998 |
Death penalty opponents here realized a narrow victory last year when a push to reinstitute capital punishment lost by a single vote in the state House of Representatives. With the conviction last week of one of two defendants in the especially horrific murder of a 10-year-old child, that margin may grow shakier still. "Clearly, the case has had a major impact," said newly elected Republican Gov. Paul Cellucci.
August 19, 2001 |
It couldn't have been the best of weeks for acting Gov. Jane Swift. First came the revelation that her heretofore untalked about, 25-year-old gay stepson is angry because Swift, a Republican, opposes same-sex partnerships. Then there was the disclosure that Swift, 36, is actually the fourth wife of the young man's father. She and her husband, 47-year-old Charles T. Hunt III, have never pretended he was not previously married.
July 30, 1999 |
A panel of independent arbitrators on Thursday awarded $775 million to five law firms that prosecuted a case against the tobacco industry that yielded an $8.3-billion settlement for the state of Massachusetts. The award, which is to be paid by the tobacco companies and cannot be appealed, is far short of the $2 billion that the law firms were seeking but far more than the $26.4 million that the tobacco industry said the firms should get.
May 25, 1999 |
Tiger Woods hadn't won anywhere since Feb. 14, so his three-stroke victory in the Deutsche Bank Open golf tournament Monday in Heidelberg, Germany, was welcome. So was the $200,000 he earned in his first European tour event on the continent, as well as the reported $1 million in appearance money he got. Woods holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, his only birdie on the back nine, and finished with his third consecutive 68, four under par.
January 14, 2000 |
Jane Swift gave birth to a baby girl three weeks before her election as Massachusetts' lieutenant governor in 1998, rankling conservatives who said a woman shouldn't combine career and family. Now she's giving them plenty of reason to say, "I told you so." After a weeklong furor, the state's most prominent working mom apologized Wednesday for using aides to baby-sit and for taking a state police helicopter to get home because 14-month-old Elizabeth Ruth had pneumonia.
September 19, 1991 |
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) has suffered extensive political damage as a result of publicity over rape charges involving his nephew, William Kennedy Smith--as well as his own conduct--in West Palm Beach, Fla., last spring. But how long the damage will endure is uncertain. Interviews by The Times last week show that voter chagrin over recent headlines generated by Kennedy remain uncharacteristically strong in the Boston area that has been his stronghold. But the problem may be on the mend.