January 13, 2013

New England Dispatches

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Police said that Julene Alva and an associate whom they did not name dropped Luke Vanranst off at the Bellows Falls police department on the evening of Dec. 4, saying they had found him collapsed in a parking lot in New Hampshire. Vanranst later died, and drugs and alcohol were found in his system during an autopsy.

Police said Alva's statements about where Vanranst was found were false, and prevented police from going to the location to where the illegal drugs were.

Alva is to be arraigned in the criminal court in Brattleboro on Feb. 26.

CONCORD, N.H.

Law school to launch sports, entertainment law institute

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is launching a new sports and entertainment law institute.

The institute will start this fall. It will help students gain real-world skills to obtain, and succeed in, careers in sports and entertainment law.

It will be organized by Michael McCann, a leading expert in sports law.

MEDFORD, Mass.

Congressman picks manager for possible U.S. Senate run

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Markey has hired a veteran campaign manager to run his campaign for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.

Markey announced Saturday that Sarah Benzing will manage his campaign.

She most recently ran Democrat Sherrod Brown's successful race for re-election to the U.S. Senate, overcoming $40 million in spending that outside groups poured into Ohio.

Benzing also managed the successful campaign of U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in 2011.

She previously worked for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, after managing his winning campaign in 2006.

Markey said Benzing's record managing grass-roots campaigns shows she has the leadership, know-how and passion to lead his campaign to victory.

Markey is the only announced Democratic candidate. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch plans to decide soon whether to jump into the special election.

-- From news service reports

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