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Robert Kosilek was convicted of his wife’s 1990 murder but has since identified as “Michelle,” and the judge ruled in September that a sex change is the “only adequate treatment” for his gender-identity disorder.
The judge says the state has paid large legal fees in other prisoner rights cases. He notes Kosilek’s lawyers have offered to dismiss their request if the state drops its appeal.
Strike looms at East and Gulf Coast ports
BOSTON — East Coast businesses are bracing for a possible walkout of 14,500 workers that could close 14 ports from Massachusetts to Texas.
The latest talks between shipping companies and dockworkers broke down Tuesday, less than two weeks before the contract expires Dec. 29. That’s led to worries that a strike is inevitable.
The National Retail Federation wrote to President Obama this week to ask him to use “all means necessary” to head off a strike, which it fears could have catastrophic economic ripple effects.
A key sticking point is union workers’ royalty payments, which are based on the weight of cargo received at each port. The container carriers and port operators want to cap the payments, saying they are too large and eroding competitiveness.
Snowstorm cause problems from Rockies to Midwest
DENVER — A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains was causing problems for travelers as it spread across the Plains on Wednesday.
The main east-west route across Colorado, Interstate 70, was closed from east of Denver to the Kansas line because of poor visibility due to blowing snow. Smaller highways were also closed in eastern Colorado.
Drivers in Iowa and Nebraska were warned to be cautious or stop driving altogether starting Wednesday evening as the Plains got its first major winter storm of the season.
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