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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Like Natick, Brockton takes 'Champions' label seriously

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(AP Photos by Steve Senne)

NATICK

The compromise that allowed Natick to officially be designated the "Home of Champions" settled a long-simmering dispute between Natick and Brockton, the Associated Press is reporting.

The governor signed the bill Dec. 31 giving the state's seal of approval to Natick's longtime slogan while also letting Brockton continue to lay claim to its "City of Champions" moniker. It was no small accomplishment.

As heavily as Natick promotes its connection to Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, Brockton hails its association with hometown hero boxer Rocky Marciano.

Natick state Rep. David Linsky says area lawmakers did not back down. "You fight tooth and nail," he told the AP.

-- John C. Drake

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