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Law OK’s betting on simulcast dog races

November 25, 2009

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Dog tracks in Revere and Raynham may offer wagering on races that are simulcast from other tracks under legislation signed yesterday by Governor Deval Patrick. Dog racing is banned effective Jan. 1, 2010, under a voter-approved ballot law. Proponents of the seven-month extension of simulcast betting rights at Wonderland and Raynham Park say the move will save jobs while respecting the voters and give track owners continued standing in the expanded gambling debate expected in the Legislature next year. (State House News Service)

Family seeks probate role in suicide case
The lawyer for a family seeking a second autopsy in the death of a Lynnfield woman plans to petition the Essex Probate and Family Court in Salem for an immediate order placing a member of the family in charge of the woman’s estate. Donald McNamee, lawyer for the family of Joan Barrafuldi, said yesterday that he will seek the immediate order today, a day after Barrafuldi’s friend, Tamara Kolz, an attorney from Melrose, and her husband filed paperwork naming them as the co-executors of her estate. Barrafuldi, 45, was found hanged earlier this month in a hotel room in the US Virgin Islands. While the death was initially ruled a suicide, her family has accused her husband, Robert Harris, 47, of playing a role in her death.

Retired USS JFK is offered for reuse
The Navy is offering the former aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, which is 1,052 feet long and weighs in at 82,000 tons, for free to any state, municipality, or nonprofit that wants to use it as a museum or memorial. The organizations must submit an application by Jan. 22 and must prove they are able to take care of the carrier, said Lieutenant Lara Bollinger, a Navy spokeswoman. The John F. Kennedy, with 38 years of service, was the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier the Navy built. After the decision in 2006 to retire the ship, it made a final voyage up the East Coast for a visit to Boston in March 2007. More than 40,000 visitors flocked to see the ship.

Shots for dozens delivered wrong vaccine
The wrong flu shot was given to 47 people in Needham, including 18 members of the Fire Department, according to a press release the town issued yesterday. The seasonal flu shot was inadvertently given, instead of the vaccine for the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu. Receiving more than one dose of the seasonal flu vaccine should not cause any ill effects, according to the release. The health department learned of the mistake on Friday, and began dispensing the H1N1 vaccine to those individuals on the Monday, according to the release. Needham Fire Chief Paul Buckley told WHDH-TV that labeling of the vaccines contributed to the mix up.

Inmate convicted in ex-girlfriend’s slaying
A Brockton man who was out on bail when he shot his ex-girlfriend to death has been convicted of first-degree murder. Amaral Montrond, already serving a five-year prison term in another shooting, was convicted Monday in Brockton Superior Court of killing Carlita Chaney as she slept in August 2007. The jury deliberated about eight hours over two days. Prosecutors say Montrond shot Chaney because he was angry that she had told police, who were investigating a shooting outside a Brockton bar, that he was hiding in South Carolina. (AP)

3 accused in sexual assault conspiracy
Three lacrosse players for a Catholic university in New England have been charged with conspiring to sexually assault a female student in a dorm room. A lawyer for one of the men said any accusations that a sexual assault occurred in the Sacred Heart University dorm were a gross exaggeration of alcohol-fueled hijinks. Wayne Keeney said his client, Timothy Sanders, 19, of Ashburn, Va., was having consensual sex with an 18-year-old woman when teammates Nicholas Travers, 18, of Smithtown, N.Y., and Zachari Triner, 18, of Marshfield, Mass., sneaked in as a prank. (AP)