January 16, 2013

New England Dispatches

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Critics of the decision signed online petitions and sent thousands of emails from around the world.

School officials said area slaughterhouses were threatened as well.

The college eventually decided to euthanize the injured ox and to keep the other ox at the farm.


Murder suspect's computer held child porn, police say

Vermont State Police say they have found child pornography on the computer of a woman charged with killing a popular Vermont prep school teacher.

Documents filed in the case against Patricia Prue say investigators also uncovered forensic evidence showing the computer was used to conduct research on kidnapping.

The 33-year-old Prue and her husband, 30-year-old Allen Prue, have both been charged with the kidnapping and murder of St. Johnsbury Academy teacher Melissa Jenkins in March 2012. Both have pleaded not guilty.


Pubs' owner drops 'Raven' from names, adds 'Patriot'

The owner of two Massachusetts pubs says he's temporarily changing their names to eliminate the word "Raven" and replace it with "Patriot."

Mark McAuliffe owns The Raven's Nest in Walpole and The Mad Raven in Waltham, but said he's been told by his regulars they won't go near them in advance of Sunday's AFC championship game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.

So on Monday, he put up new signs, changing the names to The Patriot's Nest and The Mad Patriot.

He did the same when the teams played in the AFC title game last year, and told WBZ-TV it boosted business at the Walpole pub, just five miles from Gillette Stadium.


Truck strikes, kills woman who got out of moving car

State police say the driver of a car on Interstate 290 on the Worcester-Auburn line has died after getting out of her moving vehicle and being struck by a tractor-trailer.

Police say 51-year-old Catherine Berthiaume of Shrewsbury was driving east on the highway just after 5 p.m. Monday.

She got out of the moving Toyota Camry, was struck, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are still trying to determine why the woman got out of her vehicle.


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