Three more high-profile Republicans, in rapid succession, withdrew their names from the special US Senate election Monday, leaving the GOP with the prospect of fielding a relative unknown in what the party had hoped would be a pitched battle for John F. Kerry’s former seat. Just three years after Republicans triumphed in Scott Brown’s unlikely victory to replace the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the only GOP candidate actively pursuing a campaign is a 47-year old Cohasset businessman whose only electoral experience is a failed bid for town selectman.
For years, it was a weekly event: A truck or bus would crash into one of the bridges along the Charles River. Massive rubber signs were installed at overpass level to brush against the top of oversized vehicles, warning drivers of a low bridge. In case drivers didn’t feel the impact, cowbells were added. Over the years, some signs faded, got lost, or became tangled on the stanchions that support them. On Saturday, a bus ferrying high school students slammed into the Western Avenue bridge — a spot once slated to get one of the overhead warning signs but never did.
The number one question people ask Lee Kantar, the moose biologist for the state of Maine, is simply: How many moose are there? The answer to that question has long been little more than an educated guess, and just about the only thing people agreed on was that the number had to be wrong. It wasn’t like you could count them one by one. Or could you? Using a helicopter, and its loud rotors, Kantar is trying to do just that.