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October 28, 2012

Don't Print That

“None.”

That’s the response Pedro Torres offered to a question on his application to serve on the Lawrence Licensing Board. It asked him to list “any abilities, skills, licenses, certificates, specialized training or interests you have which are applicable to this board.” The City Council voted 6-3 to approve Torres.

Cost of college

At a recent debate, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas said her late husband, U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas, didn’t pay off his college loans until he was a member of Congress.

Jon Golnik, Tsongas’ challenger in next month’s election, told the audience he’s in a similar spot. Golnik said his son, Zeke, is in eighth grade, and that Golnik probably won’t pay off his own student loans until Zeke heads to college.

Mayor Romero?

Lawrence police Chief John Romero spoke at a neighborhood meeting, after state Sen. Barry Finegold and state Rep. Paul Adams, who are both running for state Senate, had their say.

“My name is John Romero and I am not running for office,” Romero joked.

“Run for mayor,” a voice yelled out from the crowd.

Romero said he plans to stick to police work.

Hair-raising issues

Salem selectmen often find themselves dealing with some “hairy” issues, which can cause confusion.

Chairman Patrick Hargreaves thought fellow Selectman Stephen Campbell had something to say at the board’s meeting Monday, so he called on him.

“What?” Campbell responded.

“You had your hand up,” Hargreaves said.

“No, it’s not,” Campbell said. “I’m pushing my hair over.”

“I don’t have that problem,” said Hargreaves, who is bald.

“That will be in the Trib,” Selectman James Keller said.

And, so it is.

Like a kid again

Along with his round-the-clock job as governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick has taken on the responsibility of top surrogate for President Barack Obama’s re-election, a role that has taken him into some unique situations.

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