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Dooley honored at housing dedication

BOSTON
The late Ray Dooley, a top aide of former mayor Ray Flynn during the 1980s, was honored yesterday as the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation dedicated a set of affordable apartments in his name. Dooley worked for Flynn as campaign manager and administrative services director following years working in the community as an activist and antiwar campaigner. Dooley's wife, Ann Rowland, and their three children visited from Ireland for the dedication of the 10 apartments on Long Avenue, close to where Dooley served on the CDC's board of directors in the 1980s.

Life sentence set in attack, fatal stabbing
A Dorchester man was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years yesterday in Suffolk County Superior Court for attacking his former girlfriend and killing her elderly friend in April 2005. Authorities said that Michael Hart, 51, slashed Tangela Gibson's throat while she was standing on 67-year-old Beother Billingslea's porch in Dorchester. He then fatally stabbed Billingslea, who came outside after hearing the woman's scream. Gibson, 31, crawled up the stairs to Billingslea's apartment, where neighbors noticed her injuries and called 911. Assistant District Attorney Kelly Downes requested the consecutive sentences to show what she called the "violent, brutal" nature of the attacks.

Man pleads guilty to child porn charges
A Middleborough man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to charges he possessed child pornography, prosecutors said. Donald Estey, 40, was sentenced to five years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender in any state where he lives, works, or attends school. In court yesterday, Estey said he received child pornography images between July and October in 2005 and possessed such images that November. Prosecutors said that Estey had been identified by law enforcement in two AOL chatrooms as someone receiving child pornography. A search of his home found that Estey had more than 300 images and videos of child pornography on his computer, prosecutors said.

ATTLEBORO

Gambling charges follow raid on business
Two men face gambling and weapons charges after investigators raided a downtown business they said was a front for a sports betting parlor. The raid Wednesday afternoon at Tyghe Consulting on Park Street capped an eight-month investigation. Police said they seized three computers, betting slips, log books, and a loaded handgun that had its serial number scratched off. Police arrested Nicholas A. Vito, 35, and Noah Sheridan, 29, who are charged with taking or allowing betting, using a telephone for gaming, and several gun charges. Police said they also plan to file similar charges against a third suspect whom they did not identify. CONCORD, N.H.
Former judge given 2-year suspension
A former judge and candidate for governor is banned from practicing law for two years, part of his punishment for forging a landowner's signature on real estate documents. The state Supreme Court announced the decision Wednesday. It was a compromise between the total disbarment of Leigh Bosse sought by the state attorney discipline office and an initial six-month suspension ordered by the court's professional conduct committee. The suspension went into effect immediately. Bosse faces 14 years in prison when he is sentenced next month. (AP)

Dracut man dies in storm-related accident
A Massachusetts man was killed when his car slid off Interstate 93 during a spring snowstorm that dumped up to 18 inches of snow in parts of New England. Dennis J. Gaudet, 60, of Dracut died during the height of the storm, when his 2005 Nissan Murano skidded off southbound I-93 at 5:51 p.m. Wednesday and hit a tree, New Hampshire State Police reported. Yesterday morning, 50,000 households in New Hampshire remained without power, as parts of the state dug out from more than a foot of snow. Further north, ski areas in Maine saw 18 inches. In Massachusetts, the storm hit hardest in Pepperell, where 7 inches of snow fell. Boston received a slushy mix of rain and snow.

Dogsledders get OK to use ATVs on trails
Dogsledders could use seven state trails to train their teams using all-terrain vehicles under a pilot program the House approved yesterday. Mushers had sought wider use of state trails to train their dogs. They hook up teams to ATVs to train dogs to run at a steady speed. The program's test run would begin in January 2009. (AP)

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