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The skinny: Vice President Biden congratulates wrong guy

This is Marty Walsh, Boston’s new mayor. He didn’t get a phone call.

Associated Press

This is Marty Walsh, Boston’s new mayor. He didn’t get a phone call.

mayoral mistake

vice president congratulates the wrong guy

When Marty Walsh won the Boston mayor's race, Vice President Joe Biden was quick to pick up the phone to congratulate him. But there was a problem. The Marty Walsh who Biden had on the other end of the phone wasn't the Marty Walsh who had been elected to succeed longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The Marty Walsh who Biden had connected with was a former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. That Marty Walsh said before he could explain the mix-up, Biden launched into his congratulations, saying "Marty, you did it, you son of a gun." Walsh, who said he has received misplaced calls for the other Marty Walsh in the past, said he set Biden straight and passed along the number for the mayor-elect.

What is good taste?

Court hears case for 'COPSLIE' plate

A New Hampshire man told the state's highest court Thursday that denying him a vanity license plate that reads "COPSLIE" violates his political free speech rights. David Montenegro, who last year legally changed his name to "human," said he wanted the plate because he feels it highlights government corruption. Lawyers for the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, who joined the case, say the DMV regulation is unconstitutionally vague and gives too much discretion to a person behind a counter. The policy prohibits vanity plates that "a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste."

Craigslist caper

Police: Man stole cow costumes

Police in Southern California have busted a cattle costume rustler after he tried to sell the stolen suits online. Redlands police say the two 7-foot cow costumes created for the Chick-fil-A chain were nabbed in separate restaurant burglaries. The costumes turned up for sale for $350 apiece on Craigslist on Oct. 30. An undercover officer arranged to buy the bovine attire. When the seller produced the black-and-white outfits, he was arrested. Forty-three-year-old Robert Michael Trytten of Riverside is being held for suspicion of possession of stolen property on $275,000 bail.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Vice President Biden congratulates wrong guy 11/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:14pm]
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