Appeals Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

Appeals Court: Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled today that DOMA, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman (and ultimately denies federal benefits to same-sex married couples), discriminates against gay couples. [AP]

Elizabeth Warren: I Told Harvard, UPenn of Native American Heritage. “At some point after I was hired by them, I … provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,’’ Warren said in a statement issued by her campaign. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.’’ []

Lawrence Official Announces Changes to Public Schools. New Lawrence receiver Jeff Riley made the announcement just after Lawrence made headlines in the New York Times for this. [WBUR]

Consumer Reports Rates the Top Doctors in Massachusetts. Not just rating cars and kitchen appliances anymore. [CBS]

Someone Buys Talbots and All of Its Debt. The Hingham-based retailer disclosed the details of the deal with Sycamore Partners, worth $369 million including debt. So now Talbots is looking toward its future … again. [Bloomberg]