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April 17, 2013

Boston Marathon bombings feed


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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


August 27, 2012

Space pioneer Neil Armstrong, who did the actual moonwalk, dead at 82

Neil Armstrong, who in 1969 captured the attention of millions of television viewers and the world who took ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ when he became the first man to set foot on the moon died Saturday at age 82, from complications due to heart surgery Armstrong had undergone in July.

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July 20, 2012

‘The Mindless Menace of Violence’ strikes Aurora, CO

A lone gunman opened fire on a crowd at the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, killing at least 12 and wounding 50. The suspect allegedly hurled a can of tear gas into the crowd before spraying those gathered in the theater with gunfire. According to reports the gunman, 24-year-old James Holmes fled after the shooting and was apprehended by police in the theater’s parking lot.

This is one of the moments of horror where the rhythms of our own everyday lives are collectively interrupted by the realization man is just as capable of horror as he is of discovery, creation, or monotony. A speech that then Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy gave a day after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr is especially relevant and sums up incidents like this and the reverberations they send through mankind.

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March 11, 2012

Berkshire radio station pulls Rush Limbaugh from its lineup


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A Pittsfield radio station became the second to drop the ‘Rush Limbaugh Show’ from its weekday programming, a week after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a ‘slut’ and ‘a prostitute’ on his show.

Management at 1420AM WBEC announced on Monday March    5 that the conservative nationally syndicated talk show will no longer fill its noon to 3pm time slot, due to Limbaugh’s remarks which the station says go beyond ‘the bounds of civility’.

“Rush’s defamatory and disparaging remarks about Ms. Fluke clearly violated the standards we have set for our stations and left us with no choice but to remove him from our airwaves,” said WBEC Marketing Manager Peter Barry in a written statement posted on the station’s website.

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February 27, 2012

Northampton City Council says no way to the NDAA

Northampton  became the first city in Massachusetts to pass a resolution last Thursday night, objecting to the ‘National Defense Authorization Act’ of 2012 [NDAA].

At its Feb 16 meeting, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of the nonbinding resolution calling on Congress to repeal controversial portions of the law, and urging  city departments to not comply with federal or state requests that could lead to the indefinite detention of individuals suspected of terrorism.

The Council, said copies of the resolution will  be sent to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees,  Intelligence Committees, U.S Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA 02), Senators Brown and Kerry, the U.S Attorney General, and the President.

“I think it’s important this community says ‘this is wrong’,” said Bill Newman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Western Mass,  one of many in attendance to speaking out in favor of the resolutions’ passage.

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January 18, 2012

Warren fundraising strength shows, while both sides seek to curb super PAC ads

Seeking to capitalize on last week’s news that they brought in more money from donors in the closing three months of 2011 than incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown, the campaign of  Massachusetts Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren detonated a ‘money bomb’ Friday, that will deliver even more.

The fundraising blitz, which according to the campaign staff has already brought in $236,000, is scheduled to coincide with the two-year anniversary of Brown’s surprise victory over Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the 2010 Special Election  to complete the term of Sen. Edward M Kennedy, who died in August 2009.

Last Wednesday, the Warren campaign disclosed that during the fourth fundraising quarter of 2011, (or what is the term  employed to what us mortal refer to as October, November, and December), Warren raked in $5.7 million, while Brown raised $3.2 million during that same period.

Still Brown now has a campaign account totaling $12.8 million, while Warren who began flirting with a  possible Senate run in August and rocketed to the top of the Democratic primary field in September, has $6 million altogether.

Recent polls suggest that Warren maintains has developed a slim lead over Brown in the strongly liberal state. But Brown’s staunch support from Republicans, likability among independents,and image as a bi-partisan problem solver willing to defy partisan orthodoxy, makes Brown a strong candidate. 

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January 11, 2012

New Hampshire primary coverage

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Coverage of New Hampshire Primary:

9:35PM “It is time to bring the troops home from Afghanistan ladies and gentlemen.’

9:33PM- Huntsman says Americans no longer trust institutions of power or elected officals, calls for congressional term limits.

9:32PM- says economics and education are imperative to America’s future.

9:31PM- says Afghanistan and Iraq ‘are not our nation’s future’.

9:31PM- says Americans ‘ are tired of being divided’.

9:30PM- Huntsman seems to be adopting McCain’s 08 slogan of ‘country first’.

9:29PM- says third place is ‘ a ticket to ride’ I have never heard enthusiasm in Huntsmans’ voice before.

9:29PM- bad pun

9:29PM- Jon Huntsman about to speak.

9:28PM-  In NH with 50% of the vote in Romney has 37%, Paul 23%, Huntsman 17%, Gingrich 10%, Santorum 10%, Perry 1%.

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