Senate allots funeral home $47,000 for securing body

The state Senate has allotted $47,000 to reimburse the city of Worcester for securing a funeral home that held one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers.

The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev was kept at Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Home for five days in May, while Tsarnaev’s relatives looked for a burial site. In the meantime, police dealt with a crowd of media and protesters, some of whom held vigils.

At the time, Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme said the details were costing $10,000 per day.

Tsarnaev was eventually buried in Virginia.

Legislators must still agree on a final bill.


Yale creates fund to benefit women after fatality in lab

Yale University has established a $14 million fund to benefit women studying science and other fields at Yale in memory of a student killed in a laboratory accident.

Yale on Friday announced the creation of the Michele Dufault Endowment for Yale Women in Science. Dufault, a senior from Scituate, Mass., was killed in 2011 when her hair was pulled into a fast-spinning piece of lab equipment.

The endowment will benefit women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Yale. It will fund undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, summer undergraduate research opportunities and conferences and workshops designed to encourage women to pursue such studies.

A committee including Dufault’s parents will advise the fund.


Mother accused of forcing her two kids to drink bleach

A New Hampshire woman has been accused of forcing her two young children to drink bleach.

Arrest warrants were issued Friday for 33-year-old Wendy Wright of Seabrook on charges of attempted first-degree assault. The Portsmouth Herald reported that Wright is being treated in a hospital in Boston. She would be arrested in Massachusetts as a fugitive from justice and then returned to New Hampshire.

The warrants allege that Wright attempted to cause serious bodily injury to the children, ages 6 and 7, by inducing them to consume bleach. The children also were taken to a hospital and released.

Arrangements for the care and custody of the children have been made.


Priest says religious bias motivates critics of plan

A Roman Catholic priest is claiming that religious prejudice is motivating some critics of a proposal to transfer control of a Northbridge cemetery to his parish.

Pine Grove Cemetery trustees are considering transferring ownership of the financially troubled cemetery to St. Patrick Parish or selling open land to Whitinsville Christian School.

In response, a group formed to press trustees to preserve the nondenominational mission of the cemetery’s founders. The Telegram & Gazette reported that in a posting last week, St. Patrick’s pastor, the Rev. Michael Broderick, wrote religious prejudice is motivating some in the group.

He wrote, “The flames of religious intolerance have been fanned under the guise of preservation.”

Northbridge resident Shelley Buma said Broderick was “hurling invective.”

She said her group is simply opposed to an historic cemetery being transferred to a religious entity.


University System’s board approves a new chancellor

The University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees has voted unanimously to name Todd Leach chancellor.

Leach has been serving as interim chancellor since March 2, when former Chancellor Ed MacKay retired. The board approved him as chancellor Friday.

Leach is the president of Granite State College, one of the four USNH institutions. He serves on the USNH board of trustees and as one of New Hampshire’s commissioners of higher education.

Under Leach’s leadership Granite State College has achieved the highest enrollment levels in its 40-year history and in 2013 celebrated its largest graduating class.


Neighbor of slain couple found dead in apartment

The next-door neighbor of the Nashua, N.H., couple who were stabbed to death last week also has been found dead, but authorities haven’t said if there’s a connection between the deaths.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the body of the man was carried out of the house Wednesday, which has six apartments.

The discovery of the bodies of William and Eleanor on June 17 inside the home they occupied for 40 years shocked a neighborhood where many said “everyone knows everyone” and watches out for one another.

Police have not released the neighbor’s name. No further information was immediately available.


Man gets 30 days in crash that killed father and son

A Vermont man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for his role in a crash that killed a father and his 10-year-old son.

Joshua Ouimette, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of gross negligent operation as part of a plea deal. He originally was charged with two counts of careless and negligent operation with death resulting.

Police said Ouimette’s vehicle crossed the center line on Route 4 in Bridgewater in 2012 and crashed into an oncoming sport utility vehicle. Killed were 56-year-old Christopher Raleigh and his 10-year-old son, Travis, of Las Vegas.

Police said Ouimette may have turned around to check on his baby in the backseat, causing the crash. The judge said many drivers experience such distractions, although the results are not usually as tragic.

– From news service reports