May 22, 2013

Breaking News: Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray to step down

 

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray (Photo: Masslive.com)

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray (Photo: Masslive.com)

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will leave office next month, a year and a half before his term ends, to take a job in the private sector.

The Boston Globe broke the surprising news this morning, citing an unnamed Patrick administration official who said Murray, a former Worcester Mayor, will resign in June to become the new Chief Executive Officer and President of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Continue reading

April 17, 2013

Boston Marathon bombings feed

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5:14PM- Evidently the Federal courthouse in Boston was evacuated following a bomb threat this afternoon, which explains the large concentration of people including Police, outside the building.

People have since been allowed to reenter the building. 

The 5PM press conference by law enforcement officials initially scheduled for 5PM but later postponed, will still happen though it is not known when.

5:00PM- The press conference in Boston scheduled for five o’clock has been postponed.

In other news, the security video recovered by Police from the Lord and Taylor restaurant on Boylston Street, shows a man setting down a black backpack similar to that which investigators believe held the bomb.  

Investigators have also said bits of what is said to be a nylon bag, along with bee bees and remnants of a pressure cooker believed to be used for one of the bombs.  

 4:48PM- There seems to be a lot of confusion. News Center 5 in Boston is reporting that  a source has said a suspect has been identified, and there has been described as a heavy presence of Police and U.S  Marshals, the kind it would seem would seem to indicate something big is about to happen or be revealed.

Police continue to dispute that they have any suspect in custody, but the Associated Press seems to be standing by its story. Continue reading

February 12, 2013

Reaction to the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

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Varied reaction of praise, sadness and even criticism upon the news that Pope Benedict XVI will be stepping down. Continue reading

February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict stuns the world, becomes first since 1415 to resign the Papacy

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Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic Church and the rest of the world Monday,  becoming the first Pontiff since the Middle Ages to resign the office.

Benedict, 85  made the announcement during a Latin Mass in Vatican City, saying his deteriorating health and waning energy made him unable to effectively continue leading the world’s nearly 2 billion Catholics.  Benedict’s resignation will take effect on Feb 28 and a new Pope is expected to be chosen before Easter. Continue reading

January 29, 2013

Kerry wins confirmation, will become 68th secretary of state

The nomination of Massachusetts Democratic Senator John F Kerry (above), has been approved by the U.S Senate. [ photo: Boston Globe]

[ photo: Boston Globe] 

With broad bipartisan support, the U.S Senate on Tuesday confirmed Sen. John F Kerry (D-Mass) as the next Secretary of State.

The final tally was 94-3, with three Republicans : Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and James Inhofe of Oklahoma opposing the nomination. Senators John Hooven (R-N.D.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash) were absent from the floor, while Kerry himself voted present in a vote that caps  over a quarter century in the Senate.

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War Veteran, five-term Senator, and the 2004  Democratic presidential candidate, was nominated by President Obama last month to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as the President’s chief foreign policy adviser in his second term cabinet. Continue reading

January 28, 2013

Journalist and historian Stanley Karnow dead at 87

The Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent, author, historian, and documentarian died Sunday at the age of 87.

Stanley Karnow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist who produced acclaimed books and television documentaries about Vietnam and the Philippines in the throes of war and upheaval, died on Sunday at his home in Potomac, Md. He was 87.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said Mr. Karnow’s son, Michael.

For more than three decades Mr. Karnow was a correspondent in Southeast Asia, working for Time, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, The Washington Post, NBC News, The New Republic, King Features Syndicate and the Public Broadcasting Service. But he was best known for his books and documentaries.

Karnow was one of a crop of print journalists whose reporting during the Vietnam War pointed out the discrepancies between the upbeat statements of the U.S government and military, and the far more complicated and less sundry reality on the ground. Continue reading

December 21, 2012

President Obama taps Kerry for Secretary of State

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President Obama has chosen Massachusetts Senator John F Kerry (right), as his nominee to be the next U.S Secretary of State….( LA Times, from Carolyn Castor/ Associated Press )

President Obama has nominated Massachusetts Senator and former Democratic Presidential candidate John F Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as the 68th U.S Secretary of State, a move that could lead to yet another high stakes Senate race in the Commonwealth.

 The President announced the nomination to members of the press Friday afternoon, during a joint appearance with Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden in the White House Roosevelt room. In his prepared remarks, the President lauded the five-term lawmaker and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for what he called ‘an extraordinarily distinguished career’.

 “Over these many years, John has earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world,” said the President. “I think it’s safe to say that few individuals know as many Presidents and Prime Ministers or grasps our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry.” Continue reading

November 6, 2012

Election night 2012 live feed

Well, what  is said to have been one of the most expensive, longest, and ideologically charged national elections in recent memory has ended. Despite a stubborn 7.8 percent unemployment, tepid economic growth, and a growing partisan divide, American voted to give President Barack Obama a second term.

The final result was of little surprise. Since May, when the General election began in earnest, polls consistently showed Mr Obama beating Republican candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by a narrow margin in the popular vote and with a built in advantage in the electoral college. In the end that is how it turned out. President Obama edged out Governor Romney in the popular vote 51-48 percent, and a wider margin in the Electoral college 332-206. Continue reading

October 22, 2012

The Rumble in Florida 2012

Photo courtesy of NBC News

12:30am- Talking Points Memo points out something else in Romney’s statement about having Ahmadinejad placed under arrest, that he justifies it by saying “his words amount genocide in citation, considering no concrete action has been taken by Ahmadinejad or anyone else to actually do this, it would seem hard to make charges of genocide stick especially since one hasn’t yet happened and there is no hard evidence that it is about to happen.

12:16am- CNN Snap poll on who won the debate: Obama 48%- Romney 42%, in other words a win but not nearly as decisive as Romney’s win over Obama in the first debate.

11:09- CBS Post debate ‘instant poll’ finds that 53% of undecided voters say Obama won the debate.

10:42- Will update with links and a wrap up soon.

10:31- Romney: ‘I want to see growing peace’. Emphasizes secure future, hits Obama on declining pay and claims he can work across the aisle.  Washington is broken, and I know what it takes to fix it.”

10:31- Romney gets last word.

10:29- Obama: ‘ After a decade of war, I think we all realize we need to do some nation building at home.’

10:29- Obama’s argument – we’ve made progress compared to where we were four years ago, Romney wants to take us back and coddle the wealthy. Continue reading

September 11, 2012

Western Massachusetts observes the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

Residents throughout Massachusetts and the nation will be marking the tragic anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Several events honoring the victims and recalling the horror of that day will be held in several communities throughout Western Massachusetts.

AGAWAM
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Agawam Fire Dept., 800 Main Street.
Event: Memorial and prayer service, featuring speakers and music

AMHERST
Time: 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Where: North Pleasant Street Fire Station

BELCHERTOWN
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Town Common
Event: Candlelight Vigil

CHICOPEE
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 56 Saint Anthony Street
Event: Memorial Mass, celebrated by consortium of eight churches in Ludlow and Chicopee

EAST LONGMEADOW
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Where: East Longmeadow Fire Dept., 150 Somers Road
Event: Candlelight vigil

ENFIELD
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Enfield Fire Station No. 2, 199 Weymouth Avenue
Event: Parade, followed by a ceremony at the 9/11 memorial garden

LUDLOW
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Ludlow Fire Department, corner of Chapin and Center Streets

PALMER
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: War Memorial, Converse Middle School, 24 Converse Street
Event: Candlelight vigil featuring speakers and song

SOUTHWICK
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Where: Southwick Fire Department, Depot Street

SPRINGFIELD
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Public Safety Complex, 1212 Carew Street
Event: Memorial service, featuring city leaders and song

WESTFIELD
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Sons of Erin Club, 22 William Street

WEST SPRINGFIELD
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Melissa Harrington Hughes Memorial, Town Green