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Strange odor diverts plane to Logan

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March 19, 2008

A freight airplane carrying hazardous materials was diverted to Logan International Airport last night after the crew detected a strange smell, airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said. The plane landed safely at 9:50 p.m. No injuries were reported to the four people aboard, who had donned their oxygen masks during the flight. But they were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation, he said. Alitalia Flight 9180, an MD-11 plane bound from Milan to Miami, had reported possible damage to a cargo door. Orlandella would not specify what the plane was carrying, but he said an inspection of the plane determined there was no damage and no hazardous materials had been spilled.

BOSTON
East Boston stabbing victim succumbs
An East Boston man who was stabbed three weeks ago in Chelsea died of his injuries Monday, according to a release from the Suffolk district attorney's office and the Chelsea Police Department. Luis Garcia-Calle, 22, who was stabbed outside the El Carrib tavern on Williams Street at about 12:15 a.m. on Feb. 27, had undergone several surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital and was in grave condition until his death, according to the release. Police are searching for a suspect, described as a Salvadoran male, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, in his 20s, with almond-shaped eyes and black hair. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and work boots during the attack. Anyone with information can call the Chelsea Police Crime Stoppers tip line at 617-466-4880 or the Suffolk State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.

Calif., Ohio officials get Kennedy award
The secretaries of state in California and Ohio were named winners of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Tuesday for challenging the reliability of electronic voting systems. Debra Bowen severely restricted the use of electronic voting systems in California six months before the Feb. 5 presidential primary, after computer scientists at the University of California concluded they could be hacked. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner required counties using electronic voting systems to give paper ballots to voters who requested them in the primary election held this month. (AP)

Breyer to speak at Northeastern ceremony
US Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer will be commencement speaker at Northeastern School of Law in May, the university announced yesterday. Nearly 200 students will receive law degrees. The university will also give Breyer, a Harvard graduate who was nominated to the court in 1994, an honorary doctorate of laws. Justice Margot Botsford of the Supreme Judicial Court, who received her law degree from Northeastern and sits on the university's board of trustees, will also receive an honorary doctorate of public service.

Man guilty of putting blade in ice cream
A former employee of a Whitman-based ice cream distributor admitted in federal court yesterday that he stuck a piece of razor blade in a 3-gallon tub of Edy's Ice Cream that ended up at a Target store in New Hampshire. Stephen O'Brien, 26, who worked at the warehouse of Dari-Farms until his firing in February last year, pleaded guilty in US District Court in Boston to tampering with consumer products that affect interstate commerce. O'Brien stabbed the tub of ice cream in February 2007, with a razor-blade tool that employees use to cut through plastic wrapping, according to an affidavit by an agent for the Food and Drug Administration. O'Brien told authorities the blade snapped off and stayed in the ice cream. Several days later, an employee of a Target in Hooksett, N.H., opened the ice cream and discovered the blade. Nobody was hurt. O'Brien is to be sentenced Sept. 3. He faces a maximum of three years in prison, but Young said he is more likely to receive a sentence of six months to a year in custody.

NEWTON
$12m property tax override proposed
Newton voters will be asked to approve a $12 million property tax override on May 20. The Board of Aldermen approved the figure Monday night. An earlier request by Mayor David B. Cohen to seek a $23.9 million override was shelved before Monday's meeting. Proponents say the override is necessary to maintain quality of life and education, while opponents say the city needs to curb its spending habits. Cohen said Friday that the Newton North High School project would not cost more than $197.5 million. He said the override request is separate from the high school costs.

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