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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Scarlet Letter Posted on Nov 30

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter (1850) describes the plight of Hester Prynne, who has been forced to wear a scarlet letter A (for “adultery”) on her dress as a sign of shame.  She also had to stand on the scaffold for three hours as   …Continue Reading Scarlet Letter

Famous Trials Online Posted on Nov 29

Famous Trials in American history is a website, created by Professor Douglas O. Linder and maintained by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, that tells the stories of over 70 famous cases, by using a mix of transcripts, testimony, maps, pictures, audio clips, primary documents, links,   …Continue Reading Famous Trials Online

Massachusetts License Renewal Notices Are Back! Posted on Nov 26

The Massachusetts RMV stopped sending out renewal notices five years ago to save money.  Registrar Rachel Kaprielian said that the postcards reminding Massachusetts drivers to renew their licenses will be going out this week. Advertising will pay for the reinstituted service.  

What are Executive Orders? Posted on Nov 26

Executive Orders are written orders of the Governor setting forth policies and procedures in furtherance of his statutory and constitutional responsibilities, including: his constitutional authority as “supreme executive magistrate,” his constitutional duty to enforce state laws, his supervisory authority over the executive branch, his constitutional   …Continue Reading What are Executive Orders?

Official Music Posted on Nov 25

     Music plays an important role in our society. It is used in many different ways and has been since the beginning of time. Drums have been used to send messages over long distances. Parents play music and sing to calm crying babies. Protestors use   …Continue Reading Official Music

Are You Being Harassed? Posted on Nov 24

209A restraining orders are issued in domestic situations, while 258E orders are used in cases where the parties are unrelated. To learn the difference and see which might apply to your situation, take a look at our page on restraining orders.

50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Posted on Nov 22

President John F. Kennedy died 50 years ago today at 1 p.m. (CST).  There are many commemorative events surrounding the anniversary including ones held in Boston. has an interactive video experience which links to interviews of notable Americans speaking about the various aspects of JFK’s life and death, and   …Continue Reading 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Amazon Sales Tax Agreement Posted on Nov 20

On December 11, 2012, the Governor’s Office announced that an agreement had been reached that would see Amazon collecting sales taxes on purchases made on-line after November 1, 2013. Although the issue may now be moot, an email to Amazon confirms that sales taxes will   …Continue Reading Amazon Sales Tax Agreement

Words Long Remembered Posted on Nov 19

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation   …Continue Reading Words Long Remembered

Turkey time Posted on Nov 19

In his argument to make the wild turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo) the national bird, Ben Franklin argued that the turkey is “a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.”  Although the wild turkey did not prevail over the bald eagle as our national bird,   …Continue Reading Turkey time