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Romney vetoes $450 million transfer

BOSTON

Governor Mitt Romney vetoed a $450 million transfer from the state's rainy day fund that state lawmakers approved to help pay for initiatives in the current state budget, including money for healthcare and education. The transfer was included in a supplemental budget approved by lawmakers during an informal session. Romney signed off on such things as money for union contracts and bulletproof vests for police, but vetoed the $450 million transfer. Lawmakers are meeting in informal session, making it unlikely that they could override the veto. Leaders in the House and Senate have talked about coming in for a one-day formal session, but have been unable to come up with a date. Romney has been pushing for the formal session, faulting lawmakers for not passing a bond bill to fund the state's information technology systems and construction projects. (AP)

Ex-US worker sentenced on drug charge
A former federal employee has been sentenced to three years of probation for selling prescription painkillers in and around the John F. Kennedy Federal Building while she worked there. Eula Gallop , 59, of Dorchester, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Vicodin for selling the prescription drug between October 2005 and January while she was working for the Office of Veterans Affairs. US District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton placed Gallop on probation Wednesday and also ordered her to complete a three-month inpatient drug treatment program, followed by three months of home confinement. She was also fined $1,000.

Former military contractor admits fraud
A former military contractor at Hanscom Air Force base pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to mail and wire fraud charges for bilking a California company out of $12 million worth of computer products. Nicholas Stoupis , 36, of Pepperell, admitted that he used fictitious e - mails to order replacement parts for equipment that was no longer owned by the military because it had been recalled. After arranging for the company to deliver 90 shipments to his home, Stoupis then sold the parts over the Internet. US District Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for Jan. 9.

Rights groups counter parent's suit
A contingent of gay and civil rights groups has filed a brief opposing the lawsuit filed by Lexington parent David Parker , who has sued his hometown school district for failing to notify parents in advance of class discussions about homosexuality. The groups filing the brief include the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign. Parker's lawsuit was prompted in March when a class of Lexington second-graders were read ``King and King," a fairy tale in which two princes fall in love. The case is pending in US District Court. The opposition brief, filed on Sept. 20, argues that the state statute that requires prior notice and allows parents to opt out of curriculums pertaining to human sexuality does not extend to books depicting households headed by gay people or same-sex couples. The groups also assert that exposure in the public schools to ideas a parent objects to does not violate freedom of religion or the right of parental control over the upbringing of a child. In April 2005, Parker was arrested for trespassing after he refused to leave his son's school during a meeting in which he insisted that parents be informed in advance of class discussions of homosexuality.

Menino pledges to buy hybrid cars for city
Mayor Thomas M. Menino pledged yesterday that when plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are made available in Boston, he will purchase 200 for the city's fleet. The vehicles combine the gasoline and electric motor of an ordinary hybrid with plug-in technology, which can allow the vehicles to operate solely on electric power for up to 60 miles. The city has partnered with NStar and the electrical workers union, IBEW Local 103, to encourage use of the vehicles in Boston because of the development opportunities and job creation the new market would create.

FRANKLIN

2 pedestrians, driver hurt in car accident
Two pedestrians who were struck by a car as they walked in Franklin around 5:30 p.m. yesterday were hospitalized with serious injuries, as was the driver who hit them, according to the Franklin Fire Department. Police could not confirm the circumstances of the accident last night, but the Norfolk district attorney's office said the two pedestrians were flown from the scene at Arlington and Union streets to hospitals. All are expected to live, according to the Norfolk district attorney's office.

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