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Harvard names acting dean of education

Harvard's Graduate School of Education announced yesterday that Kathleen McCartney, a professor in early childhood development, has been named acting dean as officials seek a permanent dean for that school. Ellen Condliffe Lagemann said in March that she would step down as dean after three years on the job, prompting speculation that her departure stemmed from tensions with Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers. Lagemann, however, denied there were tensions and said she resigned because she wants to write a book.

BOSTON

Youth, 15, arraigned on weapons charge

Boston Police arrested a 15-year-old youth with a loaded Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic firearm in Dorchester late Sunday, authorities said yesterday. The youth was arraigned yesterday in the Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Court on charges of trespassing; resisting arrest; and possession of a firearm on school property, a large capacity firearm, and ammunition. Police officers on patrol approached the teenager and a 17-year-old friend as they sat in a parking lot at a school on Mt. Vernon Street. The officers saw signs of drug use and were frisking the 15-year-old when he began struggling and attempted to reach for the gun, authorities said. He was held on $10,000 bail.

Reilly taps Budd, Meehan for campaign

State Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly announced yesterday that he has named Wayne Budd and US Representative Martin T. Meehan as the honorary cochairmen of his campaign for governor. Reilly, a Democrat, described Budd, a Republican and former US attorney, as his ''best friend growing up in Springfield" and said that ''he's my best friend today." Meehan is a Massachusetts Democrat. Reilly also said he has hired two well-known political strategists, Neil Oxman of Philadelphia and Lynda Tocci of Boston, to take on media relations and other strategy work as the campaign ramps up.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD

Red tide closes more shellfish beds

The potent red tide off New England spread to parts of Martha's Vineyard yesterday, closing down popular shellfish beds off Edgartown. Since the bloom was discovered last month, fishery officials have ordered shellfish beds closed from central Maine to Chatham, Cape Cod Bay, the northern tip of Buzzards Bay, around Nantucket, and the central part of Nantucket Sound. The bloom, made up of vast numbers of single-celled organisms, has already infected two-thirds of the state's shellfish beds and is believed to be the worst outbreak in more than 30 years. While the algae are not harmful to shellfish, humans can become ill or die if they ingest the red tide's neurotoxins, which accumulate in shellfish meat. State officials stressed yesterday that all shellfish meat being sold is safe to eat and red tide does not affect lobsters, shrimp, crabs, or fish.

FRAMINGHAM

2 Mass. sex offenders arrested out of state

Two of the state's Most Wanted sex offenders have been arrested out of state, State Police reported. Glen C. Wheeler, also known as Shareef Qadeer, 55, was arrested yesterday in Tampa. Wanted in Winchendon, he is scheduled to be arraigned in Florida tomorrow and will be sent back to Massachusetts to face charges in Worcester Superior Court of failing to register as a sex offender and probation violations, State Police reported. On June 3, Mark J. LaPerle, 47, who was wanted in Fitchburg, turned himself in to the San Diego Police Department after learning he was wanted in Massachusetts, State Police reported. He registered as a sex offender in San Diego and was released. The warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts will remain active in case LaPerle returns to Massachusetts, State Police said.

LOWELL

Councilor ordered to quit as housemasterThe Massachusetts State Ethics Commission ordered Chanrithy Uong, a city councilor, to pay $6,000 and give up his position as Lowell High School housemaster yesterday for violating the state's conflict-of-interest law, the commission reported. The conflict-of-interest law prohibits a municipal official from working in paid positions within the same city or town. An exemption to the law allowed Uong to continue to serve as a guidance counselor at the high school after his election in 1999, as long as he was not appointed to a new position while he served on the city council, the commmission reported. In 2002, however, Uong was appointed to the housemaster position at Lowell High School, according to the commission. Uong has 30 days to appeal the decision in Superior Court,

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