Three scout hikers rescued; injured man helped off trail

Some Boy Scouts who got lost hiking and a man who injured his ankle on a mountain climb are safe after rescuers came to their aid on the weekend in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Fish and Game rescuers found two 14-year-olds and their scout leader from Brookline, Mass., in Gilmanton on Sunday night after the three got separated from their troop during a nine-mile hike on Straightback Mountain in Belknap County. A helicopter crew using infrared technology located the three, who were not hurt.

Also Sunday, rescuers helped 41-year-old Sergio Mori of Brookline, Mass., who suffered an ankle injury while climbing down a Mount Eisenhower trail Saturday and spent the night in the woods. He had no cell phone service; a hiker found him Sunday and called for help.


New congressional map would lump incumbents

A new congressional map would end up lumping two members of the state’s all-Democratic delegation into a single district, while creating one incumbent-free district.

The map also fashions the state’s first district where minority voters are in the majority by extending the Boston-area district currently represented by Rep. Michael Capuano.

The proposed map unveiled Monday would place U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch of South Boston and William Keating of Quincy in the same district by pulling Quincy into Lynch’s current district.

Keating, whose family owns a home on Cape Cod, could still run in the new district, some of which he already represents.

The district represented by Rep. Niki Tsongas of Lowell would extend through Lawrence to Haverhill, while the district represented by Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield would pick up the Berkshires.


Day off for Muslim holiday a first for Bay State schools

Cambridge public school students have a day off this week, but it has nothing to do with power outages or snow. The Cambridge school system is believed to be the first in Massachusetts to give all students a day off for a Muslim holiday.

Students are getting today off for Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. The day off was approved by the school committee last year because of the district’s sizeable Muslim population.

Superintendent Jeffrey Young told The Boston Globe that honoring the holiday is in line with the district’s values of “inclusion and respect.”

School committee member Marc McGovern says he got some criticism and even threats when he approved the holiday.


Fraternity’s charter revoked after 11 arrested in drug raid

A University of New Hampshire fraternity where 11 students were arrested during a weekend drug raid had its charter revoked Monday by its national leaders.

Nine Alpha Tau Omega brothers were arrested on drug charges early Sunday at their fraternity house in Durham. Two others were charged with disorderly conduct, and police expect to make more arrests as the investigation continues. Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley said Monday that the men are accused of selling and possessing marijuana and prescription medication.

The fraternity already had been issued a five-year suspension by the university last month for alcohol violations, and national fraternity leaders had begun the process of revoking the chapter’s charter last week. “The writing was on the wall a week ago,” said Wyn Smiley, chief executive officer of Alpha Tau Omega, which has 135 chapters and 7,800 undergraduate members nationwide.

Smiley said he has some concerns about police behavior after hearing from alumni and lawyers who have spoken to students at the house Sunday. Some have reported being woken up with guns pointed in their faces and being made to strip during the raid, he said.

“It strikes me as taking a sledge hammer to something that could’ve been solved with a hammer,” said Smiley, who emphasized that he was not defending the accused students.


New bridge opens to traffic at the tip of Lake Champlain

Traffic is flowing over the new Lake Champlain bridge between Crown Point, N.Y., and West Addison, Vt.

New York Lt. Gov Robert Duffy and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin cut a ceremonial ribbon Monday and once again opened a road link over the narrow straight at the lake’s southern tip. It’s been two years since the original 80-year-old span was closed and demolished because it was no longer safe.

The new bridge brings relief to local business owners who have lost customers and to commuters who had to wait in line for the 24-hour ferry service started after the bridge was shut down.

Before the opening, dozens of cars lined up on the New York side waiting to cross. The motorists were eager to be among the first to use the new bridge.