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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
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.
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
Long-spurned BlackBerry poised to win affection anew
B59 Legal notices
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
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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.