Thousands of firefighters in Boston for funerals of two comrades

Thousands of firefighters in Boston for funerals of two comrades

April 3 (UPI) -- Thousands of firefighters gathered in Boston this week for the funerals of two comrades killed in a conflagration that gutted a small apartment building.
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Mass. governor signs 'upskirt' law two days after court ruling

BOSTON, March 7 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill banning the taking of "upskirt" photographs Friday, two days after a controversial court ruling.

Mass. lawmakers ban 'upskirt' photos after high court says they are legal

BOSTON, March 6 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts bill banning "upskirt" photography has made its way to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk.
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Obama calls for increase in minimum wage

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., March 5 (UPI) -- President Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage in a speech Wednesday in Connecticut, saying the United States needs to provide more good jobs.
Deval Patrick opens door to possible presidential run

Deval Patrick opens door to possible presidential run

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, in Washington for a National Governors Association meeting, said he would consider running for president but not in 2016.

Winds, snow cause power outages in U.S. Northeast

BOSTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Parts of New England got socked Saturday by more snow and high winds that knocked out power to thousands, officials said.

Event to officially mark anniversary of Boston Marathon bombings

BOSTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Boston Athletic Association said Thursday there will be an invitation-only tribute event to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Mass. state legislature to vote on expulsion of House member

Mass. state legislature to vote on expulsion of House member

SUFFOLK, Mass., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Massachusetts state Rep. Carlos Henriquez is facing expulsion from the House Thursday, as a result of his conviction for beating his girlfriend.
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At least 2 killed in monster storm across mid-Atlantic, Northeast

At least 2 killed in monster storm across mid-Atlantic, Northeast

BOSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A monster weather system across the mid-Atlantic and New England is being blamed for at least two deaths and widespread travel disruption, authorities said.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.
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Romney says Obama lied about the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Sunday President Barack Obama undermined his second term by lying about the Affordable Care Act.

Boston drug-lab chemist offered plea deal for 5-to-7 years in prison

BOSTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley recommended 5-to-7 years in prison for Annie Dookhan for allegedly falsifying hundreds of drug-test records. 

Massport gets flack for Sept. 11 fire drill

BOSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts Port Authority caused an uproar by holding a fire drill at Logan International Airport on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick: I'm not running for president

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick: I'm not running for president

BOSTON, July 17 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he plans to return to private life after he finishes his second term and will not run for U.S. president.

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Deval Laurdine Patrick (born July 31, 1956) is the 71st and current Governor of Massachusetts. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as an Assistant United States Attorney General under President Bill Clinton. He is the state's first African American governor of Massachusetts and the second African American to be elected governor of any US state.

Born and raised by a single mother on the South Side of Chicago, Patrick won a scholarship to Milton Academy in Massachusetts in the eighth grade. He went on to attend Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. After graduating he practiced law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He later joined a Boston law firm, where he was named a partner at the age of 34. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on issues including racial profiling and police misconduct. Patrick returned to Boston in 1997 to work in private law. In the following years he worked as general counsel for Texaco in New York City and Coca-Cola in Atlanta, which were both facing large racial discrimination settlements.

When he announced his candidacy for the 2006 gubernatorial election in Massachusetts, Patrick was initially seen as a dark horse candidate, but ultimately won the Democratic primary against veteran politicians Thomas Reilly and Chris Gabrielli. He went on to defeat Republican Lieutanent Governor Kerry Healey in the general election, and was inaugurated in January 2007. In his first term, Patrick oversaw the implementation of the state's 2006 health care reform program, increased funding to education and life sciences, won a federal Race to the Top education grant, passed an overhaul of state transportation industries to create the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, worked with the legislature to defend the legality of same-sex marriage, and increased the state sales tax from 5% to 6.25%. Under Patrick, Massachusetts joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and greatly expanded services to veterans. His two legislative battles to implement casino gambling failed: he could not win the approval of the House of Representatives in March 2008, and he vetoed a bill passed by the legislature in August 2010 for going too far.

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