William “Mo” Cowan is Governor Deval Patrick’s choice to serve as the interim US senator until the successor to John F. Kerry is chosen by the voters June 25. This week, Kerry formally resigned from the US Senate seat he held for 29 years and was also confirmed as the nation’s secretary of state by his Senate colleagues in an 94 to 3 vote. Cowan is a North Carolina native and Duke University graduate who came to Boston to attend Northeastern University Law School in the early 1990s - and never left the region. One of the city’s leading African-American lawyers, Cowan is a former partner in the politically connected law firm of Mintz Levin.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester on Wednesday rescinded an invitation to Robert Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its annual Catholic Men’s Conference in March. The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the diocese about the appearance of Spencer, scheduled to be a featured speaker. Spencer said he had not been alerted to the cancellation. “There is nothing hateful or bigoted about what I say,” Spencer said.
The Massachusetts economy grew slightly faster than the nation as a whole at the end of last year, continuing a modest expansion despite the economic crisis in Europe and political crisis in Washington, the University of Massachusetts reported Wednesday. In the the last three months of the year, the Massachusetts economy grew at a 1 percent annual rate compared with a slight contraction in the US economy, due largely to a pullback in government spending as federal agencies awaited the outcome of the so-called fiscal cliff debate.
Abby Larson, founder of Boston-based Style Me Pretty, hosted an event for Gilt City Boston at GrettaCole in Back Bay recently to talk about her new book and her humble blogging beginnings. Larson founded her well-curated wedding site with her husband and “tech guru,” Tait, in 2007, and since then her readership has exploded, becoming a respected online resource for all things bridal.