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 2, 1997 |
When Boston police Det. Kathleen O'Toole disclosed to her supervisors 10 years ago that she was pregnant, they let her decide when to exchange her beat for an office job. They didn't ask if she could run up 10 flights of stairs, mow the stationhouse lawn or rope a horse or cow and pull it off a roadway.
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.
July 29, 1997 |
The odds seem heavily against him and his political future hangs in balance. But in deciding to resign as Massachusetts governor to devote all his energy to becoming U.S. ambassador to Mexico, William F. Weld is pursuing a strategy designed to bring him a long-run net gain, even if he loses his battle for the diplomatic post.
October 17, 2004 |
Graphic designer Margery Stegman took notice the first time President Bush called his opponent a "Massachusetts liberal" in last week's final presidential debate. She bristled the second time the president tossed the term at Sen. John F. Kerry. Clearly the description was not intended as a compliment. When Bush used the expression a third time, Stegman said, "I thought to myself: How did this become such a pejorative?"
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.