BOSTON (AP) - A marriage equality group says Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade is easing its ban on gay organizations. MassEquality says a group of gay military veterans can march under its banner in a tentative deal brokered by the mayor, but marchers can't wear clothing or hold signs referring to sexual orientation. A parade organizer did not return a message for comment.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - President Barack Obama is showing no signs of letting up on his push for a higher federal minimum wage. He plans an appearance Wednesday in Connecticut with Northeastern governors, including Gov. Deval Patrick, who back his push to raise the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick is joining other governors in stepping up calls on President Barack Obama to scale back the proposed shrinking of the Army National Guard. The governors oppose a plan to reduce the forces from 358,000 nationwide to 315,000.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts has launched a new $200,000 pilot project to encourage farming in cities across the state. Grants have been awarded to food-growing projects in Boston, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Somerville, Springfield and Worcester. The program is designed to increase access to fresh, nutritious food for people in cities.
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Ayer Mill Clock in Lawrence is touted as the largest mill clock in the world with a face just a foot smaller than Big Ben's. It's now brighter than ever since its old halide bulbs were replaced with new fluorescent light bulbs. The bulbs are expected to last up to four years and should cut back on the light bill by 80 percent.
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