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Lawmakers hear differing accounts in Framingham drug company case

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – Legislators investigating the scandal involving a Framingham pharmaceutical compounding company heard varying accounts of a decision to reject stricter disciplinary action against the firm a decade ago, with pharmacy board members testifying the ruling was made by higher ups.

But public health officials said they are still investigating to find out who is responsible for the lenient treatment.

“It was presented as this is the decision that’s been made by people above us,” Karen Ryle, the secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, told a legislative panel on Wednesday.

Massachusetts Health Council outlines solutions to obesity, drugs

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

By Katie Doyle, The Lowell Sun

The Massachusetts Health Council has released its latest report outlining measures to improve public health in the commonwealth, addressing some of the major challenges dogging Lowell, including drug abuse, obesity and poor access to care.

The council, a nonprofit organization charged with increasing wellness in the state, presented its biennial report Tuesday at the Statehouse, including proposals to secure unused prescription drugs and provide better food supplies to inner-city neighborhoods.

“Communities need to be involved,” said Executive Director Susan Servais, who called on legislators, educators, police, health workers and citizens to work toward the reports goals. “That is how these things will get done.”

Sen. Warren, in short remarks, touches on very long to-do list

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

By Katie Doyle, The Lowell Sun

BOSTON – U.S. Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren was subdued during her first press conference since the election, giving short answers to reporters’ questions on Sen. John Kerry’s future, the so-called “fiscal cliff,” tax cuts and the national debt.

Less than 48 hours after her bruising campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown came to an end, Warren visited the Statehouse for a private, one-hour meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick.

After the meeting, Warren took questions from the media for 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes provided few details on her thinking about issues facing Congress, as she answered most questions with just a sentence or two.

Buckley reelected by landslide as Plymouth County register of deeds

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

By Edward Donga, Patriot Ledger

BROCKTON — Plymouth County Register of Deeds John Buckley Jr. rode a landside to victory on Tuesday over GOP opponent Anthony O’Brien Sr., a Plymouth County Commissioner.

Buckley, 55, of Brockton, a former Plymouth County commissioner, received big support in his home city, where he crushed O’Brien, 52, of Pembroke, by almost 20,000 votes. The trouncing in Brockton gave Buckley an 82 percent to 18 percent margin of victory in the city to secure his third six-year term as register.

The race was closer in Plymouth, where the registry’s main office is located, with Buckley winning by just under 3,000 votes against O’Brien, the county’s commissioner for the last four years.

Atkins re-elected in the 14th Middlesex District

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

By Katie Doyle, The Lowell Sun

LOWELL – Incumbent state Rep. Cory Atkins, D-Concord, cruised to victory in 14th Middlesex district, which
includes Concord, Acton, Carlisle and Chelmsford, defeating Republican Michael Benn with 66 percent of the vote.
Atkins said she received 12, 685 votes, while Benn, also of Concord, received 6,583 votes, or 34.2 percent.

In a phone interview, Benn congratulated Atkins on her victory.

“It was a nice campaign,” he said. “My supporters were terrific, the volunteers were great. I wish I delivered for
them. I mostly feel bad about that, but otherwise, life will go on.”

Bedford’s Gordon wins race for the 21st District

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

By Katie Doyle, The Lowell Sun

LOWELL – Bedford Democrat Ken Gordon defeated Republican Walter Zenkin of Burlington in the 21st
Middlesex District state representative race, which includes Bedford and Burlington, winning with 55 percent of the

The seat was vacated when Rep. Charlie Murphy, D-Burlington, resigned mid-summer.

Gordon, who was endorsed by Murphy in late October, received a total of 11,743 votes. He said he attributed his
success to a “substantive” campaign, in which he said he laid out all of the issues to the voters.

Brown’s Bid Falls Short

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

By Jim Morrison, Boston University News Service

BOSTON – Less than two years after celebrating his unexpected victory in a special election to the U.S. Senate, Scott Brown’s s election night party ended in a very different way.

Nearly half an hour after news organizations gave the election to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, Brown took the stage with his wife and daughters in front of a cheering crowd.

“We ran a fantastic campaign”, Brown said. “We stood strong in the fight and we stand strong now even in disappointment.”

Warren Wins Senate Seat

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Boston University News Service

BOSTON – Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated incumbent Sen. Scott Brown Tuesday night in a historic race that will send a woman senator from Massachusetts in the most expensive Senate election in state history.

“This victory belongs to you. For every family that has been chipped at, squeezed and hammered, we’re going to fight for a level playing field,” Warren told supporters at her victory party at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in downtown Boston.

Hundreds of supporters thronged the hotel ballroom, cheering wildly as Warren took the stage around 10:45 p.m. to proclaim victory after Scott Brown gave a concession speech at a nearby hotel.

Ed Markey cruises to victory in new 5th District

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – U.S. Rep Ed Markey, the longest serving Massachusetts congressman, was elected to his 19th term in Congress on Tuesday, taking a wide lead in a newly refigured district.

With 55 percent of precincts reporting, Markey, of Malden, led with 75 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Tom Tierney, a Framingham actuary.

“I thank the voters of the new 5th Congressional District for their support, faith and trust,” said Markey, who had joined other Massachusetts Democrats at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel where Elizabeth Warren staged her U.S. Senate victory party.

Lyons wins tight race in 18th District

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

By Katie Doyle, The Lowell Sun

LOWELL – State Rep. Jim Lyons of Andover won the 18th Essex District race, which includes portions of
Tewksbury, defeating Andover Democrat Barbara L’Italien by just over 600 votes.

Lyons, the Republican incumbent, reported 11,835 votes. He said L’Italien received 11,210 votes.

Lyons said he attributed his victory to his “terrific” team and the volunteers that assisted his campaign.