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Study to test gas effects at subway stops

August 19, 2010

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Researchers working for the US Department of Homeland Security will release odorless, nontoxic gases in more than 20 MBTA subway stations for a week, beginning tomorrow, to study the possible effects if airborne contaminants were to be released there, officials said. Electronic devices will track the innocuous agents, according to federal officials, and subway travel will not be affected. Results of the study will be used by designers working on new chemical agent detection systems, the officials said.

Man, 26, killed in Dorchester stabbing
A 26-year-old man was fatally stabbed in Dorchester yesterday, police said. Boston police said officers responded to 600 Blue Hill Ave. at about 12:40 p.m., where they found the victim, who was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Police urge anyone with information on the stabbing to contact the Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 800-494-TIPS.

Dorchester man arrested in Lawrence
A Dorchester man wanted on indecent assault and battery charges was arrested in Lawrence yesterday after a lengthy investigation, police said. Boston police said that Jonathan P. Santos, 22, was arrested at about 1:20 p.m. and charged with indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, intent to rob while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession with intent to distribute Class B drugs. His arraignment is scheduled for today in Dorchester District Court.

Rescued sea turtles returned to Atlantic
Eighteen endangered sea turtles were returned to the ocean yesterday off Dowses Beach in Barnstable. Staff and volunteers from the New England Aquarium and the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, began placing the turtles, who were rescued last fall off various Cape Cod beaches, on the sand at about 5:15 p.m., said Connie Merigo, director of the rescue department at the Aquarium. The turtles, juvenile Kemp’s Ridleys, are the world’s most endangered sea turtles and the species most affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Hatched on a beach in Mexico, the turtles make their way up to Cape Cod Bay for the summer and return to the Gulf of Mexico when temperatures drop, but often get trapped on their return trip.

Falling concrete shuts down Route 85
Police closed about a mile of Route 85 in Southborough for three hours last night after concrete fell off a Massachusetts Turnpike bridge that runs over the highway. Southborough police received calls at about 5:30 p.m. of “several pieces of brick-sized concrete’’ falling off the bridge and into the road, said dispatcher John Thorburn. The concrete did not hit any cars or cause any injuries, but the road was closed on either side of the bridge, and traffic was rerouted.

Pedestrian killed near Interstate 93 split
State Police said they closed off a section of Interstate 93 northbound at the Braintree split to investigate a fatal pedestrian accident late last night. The accident took place at about 11:05 p.m., State Police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement. Police diverted northbound traffic at Route 37 after the accident. No additional details were available early this morning.

Firefighter charged with distributing porn
A Northbridge firefighter was charged in federal court in Boston yesterday with distribution and possession of child pornography. William R. Davis, 33, of Whitinsville, a section of Northbridge, is accused of sending pornographic images of young boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct over the Internet on several occasions to undercover FBI agents.

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