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Rider is killed in motorcycle accident

BOSTON

A 20-year-old Bulgarian national living in Cambridge was killed in a motorcycle accident on Storrow Drive yesterday about 3:35 a.m., State Police reported. Ivan D. Dimitrov was taking the Fenway exit eastbound when he lost control of his 1998 Kawasaki 600 motorcycle. He died of his injuries at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said State Police Sergeant Robert Bousquet. No other vehicles were involved. Speed may have been a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation, State Police said.

1,000 attend SEIU gathering in Hub
Upwards of 1,000 people, mainly of them immigrant workers, attended a convention held by the Service Employees International Union yesterday in Boston, according to a spokeswoman for the union. The event, called Working for a Stronger New England, focused on the group's contract negotiations; the current contract for janitors with multiple employers expires this year. Security officers in Boston and Cambridge are in the process of joining the union and will be negotiating their first contract. Speakers included Andy Stern, SEIU international president; Rocio Saenz, SEIU Local 615 president; and union members. SEIU Local 615 represents 16,000 property service workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

MILTON

Islamic groups condemn vandalism
The Boston chapter of the Muslim American Society and about a dozen local Islamic organizations have condemned the vandalism at Temple Shalom in Milton last weekend in which two swastikas were drawn on the temple. "We are very aware of how tough it can be to feel hatred directed in this way," said Bilal Kaleem , executive director of the Muslim American Society's Boston chapter. "The power of symbols can be very strong and very oppressive, and a grotesque symbol like this is a disgusting and even frightening thing to see." The Islamic Society of Boston, Islamic Council of New England, Islamic Society at Boston University, the Mosque for the Praising of Allah in Roxbury, and Masjid Al-Quran in Dorchester are among those denouncing the desecration. Some plan to attend a vigil at the temple at 7 tonight, Kaleem said.

WORCESTER

Blackstone teacher denies child rape
A Blackstone middle school teacher pleaded not guilty Friday in Worcester Superior Court to multiple charges of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, said Tim Connolly, a spokesman for the Worcester district attorney's office. Prosecutors have charged Donna Giguere, an eighth-grade teacher at Frederick Hartnett Middle School, with befriending a 13-year-old male in her class, becoming his legal guardian, and engaging in a sexual relationship with him for more than a year. She is also accused of having a sexual relationship with another teenager after he graduated from Nipmuc Regional High School, where she also taught. Neither Giguere nor her defense lawyer could be reached for comment yesterday. She is slated to return to court May 18.

PLYMOUTH, N.H.

Mass. man dies of injuries from assault
A Marshfield, Mass., man beaten last weekend in Plymouth has died from head injuries. Jared Barrows, 23, died Friday night in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon of head trauma from an assault during the early morning of April 15 outside a residence on Russell Street, according to Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin. Benjamin Grew, 19, of Yarmouth, Mass., was arrested last week and charged with second-degree assault. Both were students at Plymouth State University.

PROVIDENCE

Body is identified as missing woman's
A body that washed ashore on a Portsmouth beach Thursday has been identified as that of the missing wife of a University of Rhode Island professor, the state medical examiner's office said Friday. Adrianne Lynn Matoney, 58, had been missing for two months, since a fire destroyed the couple's house in South Kingstown. She was married to Joseph Matoney, an accounting professor at URI. The cause of death is under investigation. Police say her car was discovered parked and locked on the Sakonnet Bridge the morning after her disappearance. (AP)

BURLINGTON, Vt.

City's cable company offers Al-Jazeera
A cable company is offering the Al-Jazeera network in its cable package, one of only a few in the nation to do so. Burlington Telecom, a city-owned cable company that serves 1,200 households in Vermont's largest city, began offering the Arab-operated network about six months ago. "We were certainly squeamish about it at first, given its reputation in the United States," said Tim Nulty, director of Burlington Telecom. "But if you look at it, it looks like BBC. I think it's more mainstream and more objective than CNN." (AP)

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