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Copyright 2005 Boston Herald Inc.

The Boston Herald
May 11, 2005 Wednesday

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HEADLINE: iRobot abhors knockoffs;

Its vacuum has copycat by Chinese

iRobot Corp. is getting into a legal rumble over its Roomba vacuum cleaner, saying Chinese knockoffs are infringing on its robotic patents.

The Burlington-based firm announced at yesterday's RoboBusiness Conference in Cambridge that it's suing the former Canadian distributor of Roomba - the hit robot that wheels around rooms vacuuming up dust without a homeowner lifting a finger.

iRobot filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Colin Angle, iRobot's co-founder and chief executive, said Ontario's Koolatron apparently started selling knockoff Roombas earlier this year.

Koolatron, whose spokesman did not return calls seeking comment, distributed Roombas for iRobot from March 2003 until May 2004.

Angle said Koolatron's Roomba wannabes are apparently ``closely studied reproductions'' of iRobot products, but made in China.

``We're going to defend our patents,'' the CEO said in an interview.

iRobot has sold more than 1.2million of the small, disk-shaped Roombas since the devices hit the market in late 2002.

Costing about $280 each, the cute mechanical wonders have won an almost cult-like following - even appearing in ``Saturday Night Live'' skits.

iRobot also makes the PackBot, a robotic reconnaissance vehicle used by the military to hunt terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq.

iSUE: The Roomba, a vacuum-cleaning robot by Burlington's iRobot Corp., is at issue in a patent dispute. STAFF FILE PHOTO BY FAITH NINIVAGGI
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The Boston Herald
May 10, 2005 Tuesday

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HEADLINE: Jane battles back, wins over BU crowd
BYLINE: By Laura Crimaldi

An adoring Boston University crowd hissed away a man who attacked Jane Fonda last night for her protests of the Vietnam War.

``You were on the side of the killers,'' the man said. ``The question becomes . . . are you rooting for the bad guys to win in Iraq?''

Fonda, who has said she regreted her tour of North Vietnamese military positions during the conflict, responded, ``Well, I'm sad that you still don't get it. I did not root for the bad guys to lose. I'm not even deciding who the bad guys are in this case. The war never had to happen.''

Immediately after the man walked away from the microphone Vietnam veteran Joe Bangert of Brewster got up to welcome Fonda to Boston.

``She was my pinup girl,'' said Bangert, a machine gunner in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 who marched with Fonda in Philadelphia with Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1970.

The Academy Award-winning actress vowed to ``smash the patriarchy,'' recalled using sign language to accept her Oscar for ``Coming Home'' and doled out love advice during her appearance and book signing at the Tsai Performance Center.

Fonda has recently published her memoirs ``My Life, So Far''' and is starring in a new movie with Jennifer Lopez called ``Monster-In-Law.''

A lovelorn Andy Kwong, 30, a cashier from Boston, asked for dating advice in the feminists' era from Fonda, who has been divorced three times.

``If you don't boss women around, then they're not going to start bossing you around,'' said the ``Barbarella'' star, who champions feminist causes.

Told that she should run for public office, Fonda responded, ``We need women in the White House. I will not be one of them.'' But she added, ``It's not like I have any more skeletons in my closet.''
GRAPHIC: STAR TURN: Jane Fonda gestures during her Boston University appearance last night. Staff photo by Renee DeKona
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The Boston Herald
May 9, 2005 Monday

LENGTH: 691 words
HEADLINE: Letters to the editor

Penalty flawed

The Herald's editorial supports the irrational flaw of a revenge-based value system (``Death penalty foes will exploit flaws,'' May 2).

The moral value our society learns when the government takes a man out of a cell and kills him is that killing is OK. Since the United States is the only major civilization in the world that supports the death penalty, your newspaper perpetuates a way of thinking about killing that makes us the most violent nation in the world.

Francis Bacon said, ``In taking revenge, a man is equal to his enemy, but in passing it over, he is his superior.''

- Tom Larkin, Bedford

Torture is no answer

It is not often that I question the sanity of a member of the press, but columnist Cal Thomas' suggestion that mistreatment of prisoners of war as a legitimate policy for a civilized country boggles my mind (``Terrorists deserve tough war tactics,'' May 4).

He not only ignores the Geneva Convention, he ensures that American P.O.W.s receive treatment in kind, or worse. I can only surmise that Thomas has never been in combat, or he would never suggest such foolhardy policy.

From World War I to Korea to Vietnam, the U.S. engaged adversaries who paid scant attention to civil norms in their treatment of our P.O.W.s, yet we did not lower ourselves to the level of barbarians. This is what separates us from barbarians, and must always stay so.

- Jim DuBois, West Wareham

Sharansky shows bias

I was surprised and pleased to read your editorial regarding President Bush's muse, Natan Sharansky, and his total failure to notice the plight of the Palestinian people while he enthusiastically advocates for what really should be called a racist Jews-only democracy (``Democracy for Gaza too,'' May 3).

Such blatant and blind racism is the epicenter of the violence and despair throughout the Holy Land. The ramifications at the cradle of civilization, including what happens in Iraq, are widespread.

No one is winning. You can't win a racist war.

- Anne Selden Annab, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Columnist skirts issue

Columnist Margery Eagan blatantly misquoted me in her whining rant against those of us who have the nerve to oppose the same-sex marriage ruling (``Activist, scribe hide-and-seek is labor of love,'' March 6).

Eagan quotes me in her article as saying I once spent time cruising gay bars, witnessing unspeakable acts, hanging around transvestites and other bizarre things. I certainly did not say that.

I've said many times in public that I once knew people who were engaging in those activities. It's a very sad existence, and unfortunately, some of them are now dead.

Apparently, my real quotes don't serve Eagan's purpose, so she has to doctor them. It's a cheap way of attempting to demonize me personally rather than discuss the issue.

- Brian Camenker, Newton

I.D.'s key to safety

I support Rep. Tim Toomey and Sen. Dianne Wilkerson's bill to license undocumented immigrant drivers (``Safe-streets initiative is licensed immigrants,'' April 26).

The immigrants I have encountered come to this country to share the same freedom that our ancestors once enjoyed. They come here to do what is best for their families, and they are better able to provide for them here than in their native lands.

Since they are not being deported, we must take legislative action to ensure the safety of the public. We must make sure that they are eligible for insurance, driver's education and proper licensure through legal channels. Licensing and insuring every motorist on the road is without question in the best interest of every motorist.

- Paul P. Donovan, East Boston,

Addicts not real victims

Your story regarding OxyContin abuse almost brought tears to my eyes - not so much for the morons who claim it ruined their lives, but more for the poor people who need it and may soon have to go without (``For addicts, pills pave a precarious path,'' May 4).

OxyContin didn't ruin the addicts' lives, they ruined their own lives. Derek Surette said, ``No one ever asks to be a drug addict. We were just born into a time - it's like one of the worst drug episodes ever.'' The addicts should stop acting like victims.

- Rakesh Khetarpal, Brookline
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The Boston Herald
May 8, 2005 Sunday

LENGTH: 423 words
HEADLINE: follow-up;

What's new in last week's top news stories

Plymouth police continue to defend their position that arresting the father who used a belt to discipline his son for lost homework was a precautionary measure against potentially escalating domestic violence.

``I don't want to be the police department who goes to the house two months later when the kid loses an eye because the buckle hit him,'' said Plymouth police Capt. Michael Botieri. ``We're not disagreeing with what he says - that he did it out of love. Our task is clear in that if we're going to err, we're going to err in protection of a 12-year-old child.''

Richard ``Shannon'' Enloe, 42, said he does not have a criminal record and was just trying to properly discipline his son.

``This is not a question of abuse, it was a question of discipline,'' Enloe told the Herald. He is due back at Plymouth District Court June 1.

Despite outrage from parents of a 7-year-old special-needs student who was handcuffed after throwing a tantrum his first day at a Fall River elementary school, police continue to maintain they did the right thing.

``The Fall River Police Department supports the actions of the officers in this instance,'' read a statement released by Fall River Police Chief John M. Souza. ``Officers utilized the most readily available method of restraint (their handcuffs) to prevent the child from further assaultive behavior and to protect him from causing harm to himself or others.''

On his first day of school at Coughlin Elementary, Adam Joseph Torres allegedly assaulted three teachers, trashed the principal's office and punched a responding officer in the groin.

His mother, Stacey Bernier, said her child was mistakenly placed in a mainstream classroom that did not account for his special-needs status. She blamed police for failing to control her son without humiliating him and said she would seek advice on whether to sue the school district.

South Boston representatives are calling for a meeting with the Navy to determine whether special operation forces should use the neighborhood for Pentagon war games.

And Homeland Security guru Carlo Boccia will meet with the Navy this week.

The Navy has requested that Mayor Thomas M. Menino sign off on a plan that would allow them to use Drydock and Kennedy avenues at the Black Falcon Terminal to practice sniper fire with paintballs and perform hostage rescues. The Navy is also interested in using Southie to land helicopters, simulating wartime rescue missions in Iraq.

U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch has told the Herald that he is in favor of the Pentagon's request.
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The Boston Herald
May 8, 2005 Sunday

LENGTH: 331 words
HEADLINE: Editorial;

Can you say that in Farsi?

The Defense Department is mounting a major effort to increase foreign-language ability in the military. Our only criticism of this long-overdue initiative is it took two years to get off the ground after the first memorandum was floated in the Pentagon.

Among other things, the department says it will require certain language abilities for promotion to general or admiral. It will increase assignments of junior officers to language study and service with foreign militaries. It also will expand recruitment to Reserve units made up of foreign-language speakers.

The pre-Sept. 11 war on terror was hampered by a backlog of untranslated intelligence, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq likewise have been hampered by a shortage of translators. If fighting were to break out tomorrow against North Korea, Iran or China, the same shortages undoubtedly would be apparent.

History is full of dreadful events that were the result of clumsy translations. The atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945 may have been one. The British Navy's attack on the French fleet at Oran in 1940 may have been another. Yet each new conflict finds global armies, not just the American military, scrambling for help in understanding an unexpected enemy - or an unfamiliar ally.

We hope the military will revive public interest. Language study in American colleges long has been in decline: In 1960, 16 percent of students were taking at least one foreign-language course; in 2002 the figure was 8 percent.

``Conflict against enemies speaking less commonly taught languages, and thus the need for foreign language capabilities, will not abate,'' noted one of the Pentagon's background documents. The military needs fluency in European languages less than fluency in Arabic, Pashto (a major language of Afghanistan), Farsi (Iran), Urdu (Pakistan), Chinese and many others.

Word to the wise: People who know two of these languages will be able to write their own tickets in the military and civilian worlds for years to come.
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The Boston Herald
May 8, 2005 Sunday

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HEADLINE: Engagements


Paul Thompson of Pembroke, Maine, and Veronica Thompson of Norwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Lynn Thompson of Norwood, to Brad Spearin of Randolph, son of Susie and Wayne Spearin of Taunton.

The future bride is employed at Jordan's Furniture in Avon. The future bridgegroom is employed as a UPS driver based in Brockton.

A June 2006 wedding is planned.


Robert and Carol Langlois of Lynn announce the engagment of their daughter, Christine Angela, to Mark Huggins, son of Kerrie Burggren and Clifford Huggins, both of Lynn.

The future bridge is a graduate of Lynn English High School and attended Salem State College in Salem. She received her certification from the Bryman Institute. She is employed at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The future bridegroom is a graduate of Lynn Classical High School in Lynn. He is employed at Centra Software.

A September wedding is planned.


Edna and Richard Tarris of Hull announce the engagement of their daughter Julie Tarris, also of Hull, to Brian Mulvey of Roslindale, stepson of Roger and son of Tracy Bullock, also of Roslindale.

The future bride is a graduate of St. Clare High School in Roslindale and attends Regis College in Weston.

The future bridegroom is a graduate of West Roxbury High School in Boston. He is a private first class in the Army and is currently deployed in Iraq.

A November 2006 wedding is planned.



Julie and Michael Burrey of Plymouth announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Leigh. She was born Jan. 16 at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.

She is welcomed by her brother, Jacob.

Her grandparents are Jeanette and Jack Burrey of Kingston and Ann and Robert Letendre of Vernon, Conn.

Her great-grandparents are Florence and John Consolati of Lee.


Kristen Moitoza and Matthew Dailey of Taunton announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Ann. She was born Jan. 21 at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.

Her grandparents are Cheryl and Peter Moitoza of Taunton, Marilyn Dailey of Plymouth and Robert Dailey of Foxboro.

Her great-grandparents are Natalie and Robert Moitoza of Taunton and Dorothy Dailey of Foxboro.


Anna-Marys and Nicholas Cullivan of Plymouth announce the birth of their daughter, Jasmine Marie. She was born Jan. 23 at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.

She is welcomed by her sibling, Bailey Joseph.

Her grandparents are Dianne and Daniel Cullivan of Middleboro and Maria and Johnny Torres of Florida.

Her great-grandparents are Eilleen and Pellegrino Tulimieri and Norma and Lawrence Cullivan, all of Weymouth.


Jennifer and Paul Zupperoli of Plymouth announce the birth of their son Jonathan Antonio. He was born Jan. 24 at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.

He is welcomed by his brother, Nicholas.

His grandparents are Gene and Dennis Tibbetts and Dorothy and Vincent Zupperoli, all of Plymouth.

His great-grandmother is Barbara Tibbetts of Plymouth.


Kristen and Robert Mulcahy of Falmouth announce the birth of their daughter Bree Kathryn. She was born Jan. 25 at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.

She is welcomed by her siblings, Ethan and Caitlin.

Her grandparents are Sharon Mulcahy of Falmouth, Robert Mulcahy of Florida and Carolyn and Frank Rusignuolo of Falmouth.

Her great-grandfather is Fred Hahn of Florida.

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