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Obama advocates investment in jobs, education in SOTU

U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night in his fifth State of the Union speech, focusing on growing the middle class, expanding domestic clean energy production and enacting stricter gun control laws. Obama opened his speech reflecting on the last four years, saying the nation had come a long way economically. “Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can […]

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Menino plans to protect Hub from hurricanes, flood

Menino plans to protect Hub from hurricanes, flood

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced plans and policy proposals to prepare the city for future hurricanes and other natural disasters in a press release Tuesday. “In the wake of Sandy’s devastation on the East Coast, Menino is raising the profile of the City of Boston’s ongoing efforts and taking further actions to better prepare the city for future storms and […]

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Gas prices in Mass. shoot up 14 cents a gallon

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts increased by 14 cents this week due to the recent increase in the price of crude oil, and many drivers said they are not surprised. “AAA’s Feb. 4 survey of prices in the Commonwealth found self-serve, regular, unleaded gasoline averaging $3.599 per gallon, 14 cents higher than a week ago. Prices locally are up 14 cents over the past month, but […]

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Immigration reform likely, BU professor, students say

An ongoing battle in the U.S., the passing of immigration reform now appears likely due to political strategy and benefits it would create for American business, Boston University professors and students said. “This time it’s going to happen simply because the Republican Party has no choice but to support some kind of immigration reform package,” said international relations professor Joseph […]

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Kerry confirmed by Senate as Secretary of State

Kerry confirmed by Senate as Secretary of State

The U.S. Senate confirmed John Kerry as Secretary of State Tuesday, offering the Massachusetts Democrat the job of chief foreign minister for U.S. President Barack Obama. The Senate voted 94-3 to confirm Kerry to the post, ending what has been a relatively smooth process after Obama’s first nominee, United Nations ambassador Susan Rice, faced stiff opposition when she made confused […]

Barney Frank bids for interim senate seat

Barney Frank ended his 32 years representing Massachusetts’s fourth district in the House of Representatives on Thursday, but said on Friday that he would be interested in taking John Kerry’s interim Senate seat until a special election is held later in 2013. “I’ve told the governor that I would now like, frankly, to do that,” Frank said about filling Senator […]

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo will not return to BU

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo will not return to BU

Olivia Culpo, a former Boston University student, said she will not return to BU after winning Wednesday’s Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas. “I actually will not be returning to BU,” Culpo said in an interview with The Daily Free Press. “But it will always be a big part of my past.” In the upcoming year, she will be traveling […]

Brown highest paid Mass. private college president, report says

Boston University President Robert Brown was the highest paid Mass. private college president in 2010, according to data by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2010, Brown received a total compensation of $1,141,330, about $70,000 more than Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun, the second highest paid Massachusetts private college president, a data report released Sunday stated. The data shows compensation […]

BU community honors Silber’s legacy at memorial

Boston University chair of the Board of Trustees Robert Knox said he was always amazed by former BU president John Silber’s dedication and integrity. “He was a fearless man with a commanding presence,” Knox, who studied at BU during Silber’s tenure as president, said. “He was unafraid to express the truth as he saw it.” Hundreds of BU faculty and […]

Obama security advisor lays out foreign policy for future

Obama security advisor lays out foreign policy for future

In a forum at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on Thursday, Thomas E. Donilon, national security advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama, focused on the importance of restoring U.S. relations with allies and emerging world powers. “Alliances are a unique American asset,” he said. “If you look at the competitive nations around the world and the United States, no other nation in […]

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