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Ex-governor King in intensive care

Former governor Edward J. King is in intensive care after undergoing surgery last week to relieve internal bleeding caused by a fall at his family's home in Middleton, said his son, Timothy. ``He's had two strong recoveries," Timothy King said. ``We're hoping for the best." The elder King, 81, fell Thursday and had surgery the same day, his son said. He is hospitalized at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. King had two similar surgeries in Miami earlier this year. Recovery this time is expected to take longer, his son said. King, a former NFL player with the Baltimore Colts and Buffalo Bills, is a conservative Democrat who defeated Michael S. Dukakis in the 1978 Democratic primary for governor. King lost a rematch four years later. (AP)

Court overturns 2004 rape conviction
The state Appeals Court yesterday reversed the 2004 rape conviction of a former Harvard dental student, ruling that a judge bungled her instruction to the jury about the law concerning intoxication and the ability to consent to sex. In a unanimous ruling, the three-member panel said Suffolk Superior Court Judge Elizabeth B. Donovan's explanation of the law was ``seriously flawed" and prejudicial to Martin Urban because she failed to specify the high standard that prosecutors must meet to prove someone was too intoxicated to give consent. A spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney's office said prosecutors plan to appeal.

Statute of limitations extension advances
Victims of childhood sex crimes would have a longer time to report those offenses under a bill approved yesterday by the Massachusetts Senate. The bill, which was passed by the House on Friday, extends the statute of limitation for certain sex offenses against children from 15 to 27 years. That time limit could be extended indefinitely if evidence to support the claim is presented to prosecutors. Both chambers must take a final procedural vote on the bill.

Reputed mobster freed from prison
Reputed New York Mafioso Giovanni ``John" Gambino walked out of federal court in Boston a free man yesterday after a federal judge overruled a decision that would have extradited him to Italy to face drug charges. US District Judge Reginald C. Lindsay ruled that Gambino, 66, already served a 15-year sentence in the United States for drug trafficking and murder and can't be tried again for the same charges in Italy, according to Gambino's lawyer, Paul V. Kelly.

Gillette funds homelessness prevention
The Gillette Co. announced a total of $420,000 awarded to six Boston social services aimed at homelessness prevention at an event held at Project Hope in Roxbury yesterday. Mayor Thomas M. Menino attended along with State Senator Jack Hart and State Representative Marie St. Fleur. Companies that received yesterday's grants are Horizons for Homeless Children, Project Hope, Family to Family project, Traveler's Aid Family Services, Roxbury Multi-Service Center, and Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

CAMBRIDGE

Woburn teacher to face lewdness case
A Woburn teacher was arraigned yesterday on two charges of open and gross lewdness after police officers say they caught him exposing himself to passersby on the porch of a friend's Arlington home, the Middlesex district attorney's office said. Arlington police approached Patrick J. O'Connor , 35, of Charlestown, on the porch after witnesses complained. Police said he ran into the residence and locked the doors, and they arrested him after obtaining a warrant. O'Connor was ordered held on $1,000 bail and is due back in court Oct. 2. Woburn school officials said O'Connor has been suspended from his teaching duties, and parents have been informed.

WELLESLEY

Fire displaces 75 condominium residents
More than 75 people, many of them elderly, were evacuated from their Wellesley condominiums yesterday after a fire in a basement electrical room knocked out power to the building. Adams House, one of three complexes in the Wellesley Green development, is unlivable, said Robert Moore, the property manager. It will take at least three days to correct the damage and complete and investigation of the fire, Deputy Fire Chief Rick DeLorie said. Residents were bused to Dana Hall high school after the blaze just after 1 p.m. The American Red Cross offered to provide hotel rooms for those with no other options.

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