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Parents end effort to save Catholic school

March 20, 2009
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SALEM
About three months after the Archdiocese of Boston announced that St. Joseph School would close in June at the end of the school year, a group of parents who tried to save it has abandoned its efforts. Steve Szpak, a parent, said that after gauging community support the group decided that "there was no viable way forward" to save the last Catholic school in the city. The archdiocese cited the school's small enrollment of about 156 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as debt estimated at more than $450,000 as the reasons for closing in December. (AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Kerry brother tapped for Commerce post
President Obama nominated Cameron F. Kerry yesterday to serve as general counsel for the Department of Commerce. US Senator John F. Kerry's brother is a partner in the Boston office of the national law firm Mintz Levin. He has specialized in telecommunications and environmental law and regulation, and has been an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School. He serves on multiple boards, including Citizen Schools Boston and the National Jewish Democratic Council. Kerry was one of nine nominees for key administrative posts that Obama announced yesterday.

SOUTH AFRICA
Milton Academy students saved from bay
Three teenagers in Milton Academy's jazz band were rescued after a wave swept them from the shore at a South African nature reserve Wednesday. The teens, part of a 45-member hiking group, had ventured to the rocks along Plettenberg Bay when they were swept out to sea, two of South Africa's largest newspapers reported. Once rescued, the teens were briefly hospitalized for hypothermia, shock, and lacerations, The Times and The Weekend Post reported. Reached last night in Dover, Susie Caspar, the mother of one of the boys, said the South African press overplayed the incident.

WOBURN
Comic's sibling indicted in larceny case
The older half-brother of Dane Cook has been indicted on charges that he stole millions from the Boston-born actor-comedian, prosecutors said yesterday. Darryl McCauley, 43, of Wilmington, is charged with eight counts of larceny over $250, as well as forgery and larceny by continuous scheme. A grand jury handed up the indictments yesterday. Prosecutors allege that McCauley, who was Cook's business manager from the early 1990s until early December 2008, transferred millions from Cook's business accounts to his own personal accounts. In one instance, McCauley allegedly forged a $3 million check written from Cook's account to himself. McCauley was arrested Dec. 30 and is being held on $500,000 bail. The case now moves to Superior Court, where an arraignment is expected at a later date, prosecutors said. The investigation is ongoing.

MEDFORD
Family gets $4m in eminent domain case
Former Medford land owners were awarded more than $4 million yesterday after a jury found that the family was insufficiently compensated when the Mystic Valley Development Commission purchased the land in 2004 through eminent domain. A Middlesex County jury awarded the Walk family $3,625,000 and more than $400,000 interest. The parcel abuts the Malden River on Corporation Way in Medford. The commission bought the land in April 2004 for $280,000. Members of the Walk family did not respond to requests for comment last night. The land was bought as part of the River's Edge Project, an effort to develop residential and commercial property along the river in Medford, Everett, and Malden.

BOSTON
Man, 28, shot in the head in Roslindale
A 28-year-old man was critically injured when he was shot in the head near a basketball court outside a Roslindale housing project last night. Residents in the three- and four-story apartment buildings on Beechland Street said they heard two shots about 8:30 p.m. The victim was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said.

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