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Kennedy calls for more legal aid to poor

Jim Hand, The Attleboro Sun Chronicle

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III spoke at the White House Tuesday about improving access to the justice system for the poor.

Kennedy, D-Brookline, is a former prosecutor who as a congressman advocates for better funding for programs such as court-appointed attorneys.

“Our justice system – both civil and criminal – is our nation’s ultimate equalizer where money and power should hold no influence,” Kennedy said at the White House conference.

“But for our most vulnerable citizens, lack of access to civil legal aid has denied true access to the laws intended to guarantee them justice. That’s why it’s time to reverse the trend of dangerous cuts to legal aid programs and make good on the promise of equal justice under the law.”

 

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Kennedy hosts seminar to improve export market

Kevin O’Connor, The Fall River Herald

FALL RIVER — The SouthCoast sold $3.5 billion in goods outside the United States in 2013.

The goal of a seminar held Wednesday was to raise that number, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III said.

Kennedy was the introductory speaker and the organizer, along with the SouthCoast Development Partnership, of the Fourth District Export Forum, held at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 151 Martine St. The CIE, formerly known as the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center, is run by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Export trade is growing steadily in Massachusetts, Kennedy told the 70 people at the meeting.

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Feds, universities to team for advanced fabrics institute for Cambridge

Andy Metzger, State House News Service

BOSTON — Cambridge will be home to a $317 million venture, funded partially by the U.S. Defense Department, marrying universities and industry in support of advances in textile technology, according to government and higher education officials.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Baker administration plan to announce the establishment of New England’s first headquarters for a Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Friday.

There are seven other similar institutes nationwide, including one focused on digital manufacturing in Chicago, a San Jose, Calif. institute focusing on flexible electronics, and a center in Raleigh, N.C. geared toward semiconductor components.

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US backs MIT-lead research into wearable devices

Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

A consortium of colleges and businesses led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has won a national competition to host a novel federally funded research program to turn clothing fibers and fabrics into wearable electronic devices, officials are expected to announce Friday.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is scheduled to join Governor Charlie Baker at MIT’s Sloan School of Management Friday to reveal that Advanced Functional Fibers of America, a new public-private consortium, was selected for the initiative.

“Here is a bold vision that’s not just manufacturing stuff that we know about but also enabling a whole new interpretation of the fabric industry,” said Yoel Fink, director of the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics, who will lead the effort.

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Kennedy helps spearhead letter supporting gay ambassador

Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

When President Obama nominated a prominent gay rights activist to be US ambassador to the Dominican Republic, it was bound to provoke controversy in an island nation known for hostility toward gays and lesbians. And it has, from the moment James “Wally” Brewster Jr. and his husband landed in Santo Domingo.

The country’s Roman Catholic bishops accused the ambassador of “presenting a distorted version of the family.” The country’s largest Evangelical organization petitioned the White House for his removal. And Santo Domingo’s Catholic cardinal said “he should stick to housework since he is a man’s wife.”

Now, 70 members of Congress, led in part by Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts, have stepped in to defend Brewster.

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