Legislators consider adding baby boomer license plate

Baby boomers may soon have a new way to boast about their generation.

A bill being considered by Massachusetts lawmakers would create a license plate aimed at baby boomers — defined by the legislation as anyone born between 1946 and 1964.

The plate would include an image designed to represent the generation. The design would be the subject of a contest, with the winning submission picked by a committee of five individuals appointed by the state Secretary of Elder Affairs.

The plates would cost an extra $30, a portion of which would go to support local councils on aging across the state administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Firefighter, rescued boy reunited for ceremony

A 6-year-old boy and the firefighter who saved him from a massive apartment fire have met again.

Firefighter Glenn McGillivray caught Xavier Lara in his arms Monday morning after Xavier’s grandmother dropped the boy to him from a third-floor window. They met again Wednesday at McGillivray’s station, Boston Fire House 42.

Mayor Thomas Menino gave special commendations to McGillivray and his colleagues for their work on the six-alarm fire. The firefighters gave Xavier a fire department shirt and hat, and made him an honorary member of their engine company.

Also Wednesday, the man police said set the fire in an apparent suicide attempt pleaded not guilty to arson and other charges. Abdul Jabar Mohamed, 28, of Medford was arraigned at the hospital where he’s being treated for burns. His bail was set at $100,000.

Armenian museum refuses to give up Kevorkian art

The Massachusetts-based Armenian Library and Museum of America is refusing to surrender 17 paintings by assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

The paintings were among 140 of Kevorkian’s personal effects set for auction by his estate next week in New York City.

Kevorkian was of Armenian descent. He died in June in suburban Detroit.

The Watertown museum has sued the Kevorkian estate’s attorney in Middlesex County Court, arguing Kevorkian and his sister publicly declared he had donated the works to it. But Birmingham, Mich., attorney Mayer Morganroth on Wednesday said the claims are “absurd” because neither he nor Kevorkian signed any document donating the paintings. He says he’s filed a motion to move the lawsuit to federal court.


Same-sex couple allowed to attend yellow ribbon event

A National Guard member will be allowed to bring her same-sex partner to a family Guard event in North Conway, N.H.

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of Rye, N.H., had been told her civil union partner could not attend the “yellow ribbon reintegration” program this weekend.

But Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Wednesday that the Department of Defense had clarified regulations saying that gay and lesbian service members may take advantage of a regulation that allows service members to designate any one person, regardless of relationship, to join them at a yellow ribbon event.

Shaheen sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Tuesday urging him to end what she called a discriminatory policy that bans same-sex spouses of returning Guard members from participating in National Guard family events.


— From news service reports


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