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Obama to speak on energy at MIT Friday

October 21, 2009

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President Obama is planning to give a speech Friday at MIT, according to a White House statement and a copy of his schedule. Obama, who is in town to hold a fund-raiser for Governor Deval Patrick, will deliver remarks on “American leadership in clean energy,’’ according to the statement. He will address state, community, and business leaders, as well as MIT students and staff. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Boston at 11:30 a.m., and will depart about four hours later. His address at MIT will take place in Kresge Auditorium, beginning at noon. Afterward, the president will head to a luncheon fund-raiser for Patrick at the Westin Copley Place hotel.

Man, 49, held in immigration case dies
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High court upholds murder conviction
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19-year-old gets life in killing at party
A 19-year-old Randolph man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for the murder of another man at a Fourth of July party in that town in 2007. Jeanmarie Thebaud pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and firearms charges yesterday before Norfolk Superior Court Judge Wendie I. Gershengorn in the death of John Lubin, 24, of Randolph. Thebaud will be eligible for parole after 15 years. Prosecutors dropped charges against Thebaud’s codefendants, his older brother Jonathan, Destin Jean, and Kerry Lorquet, citing a lack of evidence.

Local man apprehended in car burglaries
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Two are arraigned in 2003 house arson
Two of the men charged with setting a church fire after President Obama’s election have pleaded not guilty to state charges in a 2003 house fire. Benjamin Haskell, 22, and Michael Jacques, 24, both of Springfield, were arraigned yesterday on charges they burned a city home on Christmas Eve in 2003. Haskell also pleaded not guilty to several drug charges. They and Thomas Gleason Jr., 21, of Springfield have pleaded not guilty to federal charges they burned the Macedonia Church of God in Christ on Nov. 5. Federal prosecutors say the men were angry about Obama becoming the first black president. (AP)