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Police identify man killed in S. End attack

A man fatally stabbed in the chest in Boston's South End on Sunday night was identified yesterday as John A. Austin, 24, of Boston, police said. No arrests had been reported last night, but police believe Austin was attacked by an acquaintance following a dispute just after 10 p.m. outside 21 Castle Court. He was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center. The homicide unit is investigating.

Two get JFK award for work after Katrina
Mayor Bill White of Houston and Doris Voitier, head of schools in St. Bernard Parish, La., were named yesterday as recipients of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for their work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Houston welcomed hundreds of thousands of people who fled the Gulf Coast after the hurricane in 2005. The city matched evacuees with housing, jobs, and education, and White mobilized more than 100,000 residents to help, according to the award's selection committee. Voitier had been superintendent of the St. Bernard Parish public school system for a year when Katrina struck. She took out loans, secured portable classrooms, and rented trailers for displaced teachers to reopen the schools, despite having a borrowed computer and no working phones. By August, the parish expects to have five schools reopened, serving nearly 4,000 students. (AP)

State Senate opposes Iraq troop buildup
The Massachusetts Senate adopted a resolution yesterday to oppose the war in Iraq, specifically President Bush's plans to increase troop levels in the country. The resolution, sponsored by 13 Democrats and one Republican, was put to a vote without debate. The Senate typically avoids nonstate issues. However some Senators, citing the 3,100 Massachusetts National Guardsmen who have served in this Iraq war and the 320 who are there, said the resolution was an exception that looks out for the safety of the state's youth. "We are here to principally do state business, but there are times the action of the federal government has a direct impact on the people of Massachusetts," said Senator Stanley Rosenberg, Democrat of Amherst, one of the resolution's sponsors.


Vote on Proposition 2 1/2 override is today
Voters in Winchester go to the polls today to consider a property tax override, the first in the string of cities and towns in the Boston region trying to raise taxes this year with ballot initiatives. John Robertson, deputy legislative director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, said his organization is tracking 27 communities statewide considering overrides of Proposition 2 1/2, the state's tax-limitation law. Randolph, Scituate, and Walpole have override votes slated for the end of this month. East Bridgewater will follow on April 7, Needham on April 10, and Marshfield on April 28. In Winchester, voters will consider a $13.6 million tax increase to purchase Hamilton Farm and a $1.3 million hike to cover the fiscal 2008 budget. In 2006, voters rejected two-thirds of proposed overrides.


Teen charged with vehicular homicide
A 17-year-old Leominster High School senior was arraigned yesterday on charges stemming from a traffic accident last month that killed another student. Rebecca Richard pleaded not guilty in Leominster District Court to charges including vehicular homicide and speeding, according to the clerk's office. Police say Richard was driving the sport utility vehicle that struck and killed sophomore Brandon Martinez, 16, who was walking along Kingman Drive near the rear of the school on Feb. 5. Witnesses told police that the SUV spun several times, crossed into the opposite lane of traffic, jumped the curb, and landed on the sidewalk, where it struck Martinez. Richard was released on personal recognizance, said Timothy Connolly, a spokesman for the Worcester district attorney's office. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 27.


Fiancee found body of Boston singer
Brad Delp's fiancee found the rock singer dead at their Atkinson home after calling three times without getting through, police said yesterday. Delp, 55, lead singer for the band Boston, was found dead Friday. His death is not considered suspicious, but authorities said the state medical examiner's office is investigating. His fiancee, Pamela Sullivan, stayed out with friends Thursday night but called Delp Friday morning, Atkinson police Lieutenant William Baldwin said. No autopsy is planned, but toxicology tests are being performed, said Kim Fallon, an investigator for the medical examiner's office. Baldwin said police hope to finish their investigation by the end of the week. (AP)