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                                                                          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
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                                                                                                                                                                          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.

Features                     Classified
                                                 Long-spurned BlackBerry poised to win affection anew
             B5­9 Legal notices
           B10­12 g
                                          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,
                                                                                   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.                                     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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