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Six-car trains to debut today on Blue Line

September 15, 2008
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With high gas prices driving more and more commuters out of their cars and into public transportation, the MBTA is adding capacity by replacing four-car trains on the Blue Line with six-car trains. The first of the longer trains is scheduled to leave this morning from Wonderland Station in Revere. Officials say all of the four-car trains on the Blue Line will be replaced in the coming months. By early 2009, the Boston-area transit system expects to have 84 subway cars operating during rush hour, compared with 56 prior to the introduction of six-car trains. The T says overall ridership has increased for seven consecutive months. Average weekday ridership on the Blue Line was 66,933 in July, up from 53,424 last December. (AP)

Police break up party, arrest 3 students
Three college students were arrested early yesterday after Boston police broke up a rowdy party at their third-story apartment on St. Alphonsus Street in Mission Hill. Scott Abrahamsen, 21, Joshua Sipple, 19, and John Scott, 19, were charged with possession of a class D substance, keeping of a disorderly house, procuring alcohol for a minor, and possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21. When police arrived, just after 2 a.m., a large group of partygoers fled through a back stairwell, leaving behind marijuana and beer, police said. There were "quite a few parties" in the area over the weekend, said Officer Eddy Chrispin, a police spokesman. Abrahamsen, Sipple, and Scott will be arraigned today in Roxbury District Court.

Driver killed in crash on Cape Cod
A Dennis man died yesterday afternoon on Cape Cod when his Ford Mustang veered off the road and crashed into a tree, police said in a statement. Dana Callahan, 27, the only person in the car, was driving east on Upper County Road, near the intersection of Indian Trail, in Dennisport, when the car crossed into the westbound lane and hit a tree about 2:45 p.m., witnesses told police. Callahan became trapped inside the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is being investigated.

Guard helicopter crew on Ike duty
The Coast Guard says a helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod is assisting in relief efforts after Hurricane Ike. A spokeswoman for the Coast Guard said the team flew over the weekend to the Mobile Air Crew Training Center in Alabama and was awaiting orders to deploy. The crew consists of two pilots, two rescue swimmers, and a mechanic. (AP)

Parents may get say in twins' placement
Parents of twins and triplets would be given the choice of keeping their children together in the same classroom or splitting them up in different classrooms under a bill now on Governor Deval Patrick's desk. Schools would still be allowed to make a recommendation under the bill, but the final decision would be left up to the parents. Representative Brad Jones, who sponsored the bill, said parents know what is best for their children in a school setting. Under the bill, the parent or guardian must request the classroom placement no later than 14 days after the first day of each school year. The bill is awaiting Patrick's signature or veto. (AP)

Four teens accused of stabbing 12-year-old
Four male teens from Brockton allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old Rockland boy while trying to steal his bicycle on Saturday, Rockland police said. The boy was riding beside two friends who were walking along Liberty Street at 6:25 p.m., when four males, two 15-year-olds and two 14-year-olds, approached him and demanded that he turn over his bike, police said in a statement. The victim refused and the four males stabbed him in the lower back as the boy's friends ran for help, police said. The victim was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Police recovered a folding knife with a 3-inch blade from the scene. Friends of the victim caught two of the suspects at Liberty and Summit streets, police said, and held them until authorities arrived. A sheriff's deputy spotted the other two suspects outside a Rite-Aid about 9:20 that evening. Three of the suspects were charged with assault and battery with intent to rob, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, police said. All four were charged with shoplifting, after an earlier incident at a Rockland convenience store, police said. The youths will be arraigned today in Hingham or Brockton, police said.

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