January 8, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

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Boston firefighters examine the cargo hold of a Japanese airliner that sustained a small electrical fire following a flight from Tokyo to Logan International Airport on Monday.

The Associated Press

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Roger Mundell Jr. is being treated for rabies after a bobcat pounced on him in his Brookfield garage.

The Associated Press

State officials may use the grants to fund projects such as nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, preservation education, architectural planning, repairs and other subjects.

The grants were announced Monday by Vermont's congressional delegation.

NEW YORK, N.Y.

Harvard Medical School plans series of e-books

The publishing arm of the Harvard Medical School is planning a series of short, original e-books on work, parenting, yoga and how to be a surgeon.

The eight books launched Monday by Harvard Health Publications are part of a new series, "A Harvard Medical School Guide." They will be distributed by RosettaBooks, a digital publisher. The books have a list price of $5.99.

Titles include "Your Brain on Yoga" and "Taming Your Child's Temper Tantrums." Rosetta also publishes books by Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke.

PITTSFIELD, Mass.

Stolen parrot recovered, suspect faces charges

A $600 parrot police say was stolen from a Pittsfield pet store has been found unharmed.

Police say the South American parrot -- known as a sun conure -- was recovered from a city apartment at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after officers received a tip that it was there.

Police tell The Berkshire Eagle it appears the woman in whose apartment the bird was found did not know it was stolen and she has not been charged.

Meanwhile, the man charged with stealing the bird on Friday and trying to sell it faces arraignment Monday in Central Berkshire District Court on charges of larceny and animal cruelty.

Police say 52-year-old Charles Williamson stole the bird from a Petco store and tried to sell it in city bars.

BOSTON

State police disbanding units, redeploying troopers

The commander of the Massachusetts State Police has disbanded the department's drug diversion unit and auto theft strike force and redeployed those troopers and resources to what he considers more critical assignments.

Col. Timothy Alben says the dissolution of the two squads at the end of December allowed him to shift 25 troopers to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Logan International Airport, both areas where police vacancies have gone unfilled and more forces were needed.

He tells The Boston Globe it will also help him reduce a $3 million deficit in this year's budget because their salaries will come from the highway and airport budgets.

Alben says he has to be diligent with taxpayer money.

Critics of the move say tackling prescription drug abuse should be a priority.

 

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