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NEW ENGLAND IN BRIEF
Patrick takes a dig at rival Reilly

By 0, 3/19/2006

Democratic candidate for governor Deval Patrick slammed Attorney General Thomas Reilly yesterday, alleging his efforts to recover money from the managers of the overbudget Big Dig are inadequate. ''Attorney General Reilly has sole authority over the Big Dig cost-recovery efforts and we've all been waiting for his big decision on how much of our money he would fight for,'' Patrick said in a prepared statement. ''After years of cost overruns and mismanagement of the Big Dig,'' news of Reilly's actions against Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff and two dozen design firms ''will be disappointing to most people.'' Patrick said the $108 million claim against a $14.6 billion project ''seems like only a small down payment for the leak repairs, the padded budgets, and the multiple-year delays.''

Police probe separate shootings of 2 men
Two people were wounded early yesterday morning in apparently separate shootings, according to police. The first victim was found in a hallway at 153 Norwell St. with a gunshot wound to the right leg. He was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Shortly after, officers stopped a second victim as he was driving erratically on Washington Street. The man had a gunshot wound to the chest, also not life-threatening, and was attempting to transport himself to the hospital, police said. He was taken by ambulance. Police are investigating.

Ex-mayor Flynn decries 'Irish mob' books
Former mayor Raymond L. Flynn yesterday decried the number of books and television shows about Boston's ''Irish mob'' released around this year's St. Patrick's Day holiday. ''Irish-American culture and history is under attack in America today,'' Flynn said in a statement faxed to media. CBS ''60 Minutes'' recently aired a segment on South Boston mobster and FBI fugitive Whitey Bulger and several books on the subject have been released in recent weeks. Flynn said many South Boston residents have complained to him about the characterization of South Boston as a haven for organized crime. Flynn called for the creation of a committee on Irish-American discrimination. ''It's received extraordinary national attention,'' Flynn said in an interview. ''I hope we can get this back on track.''

Five accused in identity theft scheme
Five people were arrested Friday in what police are calling an identity theft scheme. Dmitry Nekrasov, 21, Kirill Adreenko, 21, Tatiana Mishanina, 23, Semen Nikulin, 23, and Svetlana Kravtsova, 19, all of Allston, were arrested and charged with larceny by scheme and receiving stolen property, police said. Credit card information of at least seven people was used to purchase digital cameras online from a New Jersey-based company over the course of three months, police said. From Jan. 1 through March 15, one cellphone and 22 cameras -- goods with a total value of about $20,000 -- were delivered to 35 Allston St. All five will be arraigned in Brighton District Court tomorrow.

FALL RIVER

Man, 22, fatally shot at residence
Nathan Harrigan, 22, of Fall River was fatally shot Friday night at 18 Quequeehan St. , police said. Harrigan was found on the porch of the home with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital and later to Rhode Island Hospital, where he died yesterday morning. Detectives reported a man armed with a handgun was seen speeding from the area. It appears the suspect and the victim knew each other, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 508-324-2796.

Bolton

3 injured in one-car crash on I-495
Three people were injured yesterday afternoon in a one-car crash on I-495 south in the Bolton area. The driver of a Honda Civic was airlifted to UMass Medical Center; two other male passengers were transported to Marlborough Hospital. The conditions of the victims could not be learned yesterday. Police said they were investigating whether the car was racing other vehicles.

PROVIDENCE

Officials warn flu season is not over
The flu season is not over yet, state health officials say. This month they labeled flu activity ''widespread,'' the highest designation on a five-level scale. The next activity report is expected Tuesday. Officials consider flu activity widespread if the percentage of doctor visits related to the flu is rising in at least three of the state's five counties and there is a laboratory-confirmed case within the past three weeks. Officials are advising Rhode Islanders to continue taking precautions against the flu, including flu shots for the elderly and the very young, who are most susceptible to the virus. Kevin Garcia, a 6-month-old Central Falls boy, last week became the 15th victim nationwide to die from the flu this season. (AP)

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