February 15, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

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Veterinarians gave the eagle IV fluids and have been feeding it with a tube because it's so weak. They hope to return it to the wild when it gets better.


Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend's parakeet

Police in Rhode Island have charged a man with killing his ex-girlfriend's parakeet during an argument at her home last week.

North Providence police told The Providence Journal they charged 27-year-old city resident Dorian Moron with malicious injury to an animal, assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct.

Police say Moron and his former girlfriend got into an argument last Friday and he smashed a birdcage with two birds inside. Officers say Moron slapped one of the birds when the woman tried to pick it up.

Authorities say Moron also stole the woman's television and her cellphone.

Moron posted bail and is due in District Court on Thursday.


Picking Sen. Kerry successor could cost state $13.5 million

State officials say it is expected to cost Massachusetts at least $13.5 million to hold the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump has estimated that it will cost cities and towns nearly $8.3 million to run the April 30 primary election and the June 25 final. The special election has been classified by the auditor's office as an "unfunded local mandate," meaning the state must reimburse local communities for the costs they incur.

Secretary of State William Galvin told lawmakers Thursday that he will be asking for an appropriation of at least $5.2 million to cover election-related costs to his office.

Galvin suggested that some municipalities could shave costs by holding their local elections on the same day as the Senate election.


What illnesses can pot treat? Let docs decide, state urged

Dozens of people, many with debilitating illnesses, have asked Massachusetts health officials to allow doctors to decide what conditions should be treated with marijuana.

Speakers urged the state Public Health Department on Thursday to not limit the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be used.

About 100 people turned out for the second of three "listening sessions" hosted by the department as it drafts medical marijuana regulations.

Karen Munkacy, a breast cancer survivor and a physician, said she wants to make sure doctors are allowed to make the decisions with their patients.

Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana through a ballot question in November. Civil and criminal penalties were eliminated for the use of marijuana by people with cancer, Parkinson's Disease, AIDS and other serious conditions.


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