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Senator Kennedy released from hospital

Senator Edward M. Kennedy was released from Massachusetts General Hospital yesterday, a day after undergoing successful surgery to remove partial blockage from a neck artery, according to Stephanie Cutter, a Kennedy spokeswoman. "After a few days of rest at home in Hyannis Port, the senator will return to the Senate," Cutter said in a statement. The blockage in Kennedy's carotid artery was discovered Tuesday night, as Mass. General doctors reviewed results from an MRI Kennedy underwent at Cape Cod Hospital earlier in the day. The one-hour operation was performed to prevent a possible stroke, according to Mass. General doctors.

Driver shot in legs during carjacking
Police are searching for three suspects in connection with a carjacking and shooting that occurred early yesterday morning on Glenway Street in Dorchester. At 12:37 a.m., officers received a call reporting a person with multiple gunshot wounds, they said. The victim, whose name was not released, told police he was driving along York Street when his white Nissan rental car was surrounded by three males dressed in black hooded sweatshirts, black jeans, and black sneakers, said Officer James Kenneally, a spokesman for the department. The suspects all drew guns, ordered the victim from the vehicle, robbed him, and then shot him multiple times in the legs before driving away in the car. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Kenneally said.

Walkers raise $350,000 for diabetes fight
Thousands of people crowded the Charles River Esplanade yesterday ready to pound the pavement to help fight diabetes. Step Out to Fight Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association's signature event in which participants raise money by walking. Event organizers estimated about 2,200 people spent yesterday afternoon walking down the Esplanade, across the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, down Memorial Drive, and back to the Hatch Shell. Participants raised $350,000, organizers said. The money will help fund research, education, and advocacy efforts.

Body of Hyannis man, 40, found on beach
The body of a 40-year-old Hyannis man who set out fishing from Dowses Beach Friday afternoon was found on Craigsville Beach early yesterday. Barnstable police received a 911 call at 6:20 a.m. from a jogger who spotted the body, said Sergeant Sean Sweeney. Barnstable police and the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department responded; the man was pronounced dead at 7 a.m. They would not release his name. Police received a call about 8:30 a.m. from an Osterville resident who reported that the truck of a man he had seen loading an aluminum canoe into the water on Friday was still parked in the beach's lot, Sweeney said. Police said the man's wife identified his body and said he was an avid fisherman experienced with canoes.

Town Hall offices robbed, ransacked
Burglars broke into Town Hall over the weekend, taking cash and leaving town offices in shambles, police said. The robbers smashed the window near the handicapped entrance of Town Hall, broke into several offices, ransacked desks, and stole cash from the safe inside the tax collector's office, police said. The crime is similar to other robberies this year of town halls in Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. State Police are investigating those break-ins and have yet to determine whether this weekend's is connected. Police said they believe the break-in occurred between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 7:50 a.m. yesterday. Anyone with information can call 508-473-3800.


Jury convicts defendant in murder trial
A New Hampshire man faces life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder for stabbing another man to death in his apartment last year. Gary Messerschmidt had claimed self-defense against Mark McManus and two other men. He was convicted Friday of slashing McManus's throat from ear to ear as well as stabbing him in the heart, liver, and stomach. Prosecutors said Messerschmidt then watched a pornographic movie, took a shower, and hid his bloody clothes. (AP)

Sprinkler douses fire in historic building
A sprinkler system is being credited with extinguishing an arson fire in the basement of the historic downtown Gates-Briggs Building. The building is home to dozens of businesses and offices, including the Windsor County State's Attorney's office. The Thursday night fire had begun to attack the structural timbers in the basement when the sprinklers were triggered, said Hartford Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Leinoff. Hartford Police Captain Lenny Roberts said the suspect or suspects had set fires in several locations in the basement. (AP)

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