SPORTS Mystery quarterback No Rondo, but Celtics romp abcde 49ers’ KAEPERNICK A SUPER BOWL UNKNOWN PIERCE, GARNETT PACE 9981 VICTORY OVER KINGS VOLUME 283 DEGREES OF SEPARATION NUMBER 31 Thursday Some rain, then sun. Suggested retail price High 51-56. Low 26-31. $1.25 Friday Some flurries, then sun. $2.00 outside of Greater Boston High 33-38. Low 17-22. High tide: 1:38 a.m. 1:55 p.m. * Sunrise: 6:59 Sunset: 4:57 Full report: Page B13 Th u r s d ay, Ja n ua r y 3 1 , 2 0 1 3 In the news Israel launched an airstrike deep inside Syria, apparently For Senate, Patrick picks a confidant targeting a convoy carrying weapons for militants in Leb- anon. It was Israel’s first at- A mentor to many, Interim choice Cowan tack of a target in Syria in more than five years. A3. he made his own way is new to D.C. politics By Michael Levenson By Frank Phillips GLOBE STAFF GLOBE STAFF Yadkinville, N.C., is an unlikely launch- Governor Deval Patrick, bypassing the ing spot for a senator from Massachusetts. glitz and glamour of a popular former con- “ You e ver seen ‘ T he Andy Griffith gressman or a Kennedy, has turned to his Show?’ ” Mo Cowan once said in an inter- longtime friend and trusted State House view. “It was a simple life. Most folks, if they aide, William “Mo” Cowan, as the state’s weren’t in the farming industry, worked in temporary senator to hold John Kerry’s factory positions. You knew your neighbors, seat. and most of your neighbors you were relat- The 43-year old Cowan, a North Carolina ed to.” native who rose to the top of Boston legal But Cowan said Wednesday that his up- circles before joining Patrick’s staff, will bringing in that largely segregated tobacco become the first African-American to repre- Former representative Gabri- town was essential to his rise. It was there sent Massachusetts in the Senate since elle Giffords, a 2011 shoot- that his mother, a widowed seamstress, in- Edward W. Brooke held the seat as a Repub- ing victim, implored sena- stilled in him the confidence that helped lican from 1966 to 1978. tors to come to grips with him navigate a town where he saw the Ku PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF In choosing Cowan, the governor has gun violence, but the com- Klux Klan, still active in the 1970s, burn a William “Mo” Cowan was Governor Deval Patrick’s chief of staff. made a clear statement that he did not want mittee hearing laid bare the cross, march on his high school, and hand the politically combative but skillful retired deep divisions on whether to out literature on Main Street. Kerry farewell Inner circle In character legislator, Barney Frank, or the nostalgia enact new laws. A2. Cowan went on to attend Duke Universi- The senator praises Patrick often turns to The choice reflects Pat- and Washington star power that Victoria COWAN, Page A10 and cautions. A6. close associates. A10. rick’s priorities. A12. SENATOR, Page A10 Scientists reported evidence that tuberculosis-causing bacteria may hide in stem cells in bone marrow, a find- ing that could help efforts to eradicate the disease. A9. ONE DAY’S DIFFERENCE Catholic event Boston University and local police departments will step cancels talk by Islam critic up patrols following the lat- est and most violent attack near the campus. B1. Regulators approved deep cuts in fishing quotas for Muslim group calls two types of cod in New Eng- speaker’s views extreme land, a decision that advo- cates said will imperil the By Lisa Wangsness livelihoods of many. B1. GLOBE STAFF The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester Steward Health Care System rescinded an invitation Wednesday to Robert complied with state require- Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam ments during a money-losing as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its first year after taking over annual Catholic Men’s Conference in March. the six Caritas Christi Health The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims Care hospitals, the attorney in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the dio- general’s office reported. B5. cese about the appearance of Spencer, sched- uled to be a featured speaker at the DCU Center Egyptian opposition leaders on March 16. appealed in vain to President Spencer is director of the blog Jihad Watch Mohammed Morsi to form a and a leader of the American Freedom Defense national unity government in Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, an effort to stem the coun- both of which are seen as anti-Muslim groups try’s spiraling violence. A5. by some organizations that monitor extremism. His books include “Stealth Jihad: How Patty Andrews, the last sur- Radical Islam is Subverting America without viving member of the An- ISLAM, Page A8 drews Sisters trio, died at 94. The group sold more than 80 million records and captured the home-front spirit of World War II. B12. Tech sector spurs Have a news tip? E-mail email@example.com or call Mass. growth as US 617-929-TIPS (8477). Oth- er contact information, B2. economy contracts By Robert Gavin POINT OF VIEW: GLOBE STAFF NICHOLAS BURNS No one is calling it a return to boom times, but the state’s economy grew modestly in the “The strengthening of US final three months of 2012, even as the US econ- alliances in Asia is sensi omy unexpectedly contracted slightly, the Uni- ble but amounts to only versity of Massachusetts reported Wednesday. half a policy. In the sec The contrast offered further evidence the ond term, Obama and state is rebounding from the recession at a more robust pace than the nation as a whole, largely Kerry need to match this on the strength of its technology industries. resurgence of American “This appears to be a slow quarter, but the military power with an Massachusetts economy is growing still,” said equally ambitious diplo PHOTOS BY DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF Alan Clayton-Matthews, a Northeastern Univer- matic strategy to try to Wednesday’s near-record 60-degree temperature melted away the wintry look that enveloped the sity economist and author of the report. “And engage China more ef Public Garden the day before. A return to seasonable weather is predicted for week’s end. B13. ECONOMY, Page A16 fectively.” A15. Inside Features Classified Long-spurned BlackBerry poised to win affection anew Business Deaths B59 Legal notices B1012 g B4 Hiawatha Bray accepted — a good omen given it once held nearly half the US Editorials A14 TV/Radio, Comics, how BlackBerry lately couldn’t market for smartphones, Lottery B2 Crossword, Sudoku, TECH LAB seem to give its phones away. BlackBerry now accounts for a Weather B13 KenKen, Movies, Horoscope Better yet, the phones are mere 2 percent. © 2013 Globe Newspaper Co. NEW YORK — worth paying for. Using an Crawford Del Prete, a smart- The struggling overhauled operating system, phone analyst for IDC Corp. in company the Z10 touchscreen phone is a Framingham, said the new For breaking news, updated BlackBerry, smart, snappy little marvel that BlackBerry should help reverse stories, and more, visit our website: formerly Re- ought to put BlackBerry right the slide in sales. BostonGlobe.com search in Mo- back at the leading edge of the “In the near term, it will be tion Ltd., of- industry. enough to get BlackBerry loyal- fered hun- But is it enough to reverse ists to stay with the platform,” dreds of free the spectacular fall of a compa- said Del Prete. devices at an event in Manhat- ny so successful that the name Well-built, reliable, and with tan Wednesday to launch its of its marquee product, the a familiar traditional keyboard, ANDY RAIN/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY long-delayed revamped smart- BlackBerry, was synonymous the BlackBerry introduced a phone. The crowd cheerfully with mobile computing? Where BLACKBERRY, Page A7 BlackBerry’s Z10 is expected help reverse a slide in sales.
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