Friday September 7, 2012

Boston:

Officials seek appeal
in transgender ruling

A group of 50 Massa chusetts legislators has asked the state Department of Correction to appeal a ruling from a federal court judge who ordered prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate.

Sen. Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, a Republican from Glouc ester, said the group is "greatly troubled" by the court’s finding that the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment requires the state to provide the surgery to Michelle Kosilek, who is serving a life sentence for murder.

The group sent a letter Thursday to DOC Commis sioner Luis Spencer arguing that if the ruling is left standing, it "will compel an absurd action" by the department.

Amherst:

UMass to reimburse
victims in towing gaffe

The University of Massa chusetts plans to reimburse students about $15,000 for a parking snafu on move-in day that resulted in 132 cars getting towed from a campus lot.

Cars were barred from the lot near two residential areas on the Amherst campus from Sunday into Monday to make the move-in process smoother.

UMass’ towing contractor hauled 132 cars out of the lot at $145 a pop -- a $40 ticket and $105 in towing fees. The ticket will be waived and the towing fee reimbursed.

The school’s executive director of residential life sent an email to students to apologize for the "confusion and inconvenience."