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The New Politics: Avoiding the Media

The New York Times today profiles Nevada US Senate candidate Sharron Angle’s apparent strategy of avoiding contact with the mainstream media at all cost. Angle is the Tea Party candidate who went from longshot to Republican nominee despite gaining national attention for suggesting the people should pay for their health…

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The Supreme Court and gun control

Today’s decision of the United States Supreme Court in McDonald v Chicago came as no surprise. This case involved a citizen’s challenge of what he considered an overly restrictive gun control law in the city of Chicago. Two years ago, the US Supreme Court clarified the long-ambiguous 2nd Amendment to…

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Charles Cowley – Week 3

In 1868, Lowell resident Charles Cowley wrote the “Illustrated History of Lowell”, a book filled with fascinating facts about our city. Here’s my third weekly compilation of “tweeting” from Cowley’s book: June 19 – In 1686 Col Tyng, Maj Henchman et al purchased from Wannalancet all land in region, leaving…

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Big week in real estate

The coming week should be one of the busiest of the year in the real estate world. Buyers seeking to claim the Federal first time home buyer tax credit of $8000 must complete their closing by June 30 to qualify (they had to have the property under agreement by April…

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Globe revisits fatal Lowell fire

Today’s Globe publishes a major investigative report re-examining the evidence in a 1982 Lowell fire on Decatur Street that killed 8 people. Immediately after the fire was extinguished on March 5, 1982, investigators suspected arson and the trail soon led to 24-year old Victor Rosario who signed a statement incriminating…

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Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, Mass

I came across an article from the November 22, 1922 issue of “The American Architect and Architectural Review” on the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. I’ll reproduce it in three parts over the next few days. Part I: The Lowell Memorial Auditorium was created by an act of legislature authorizing the City…

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