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A high-profile Boston defense attorney was charged today by federal authorities with allegedly laundering drug money.
Robert Albert George, 56, of Westwood allegedly conspired with a person cooperating with federal investigators to launder $225,000 in drug proceeds between 2009 and 2011.
George is one of Boston’s better-known defense attorneys, with a client list that has included organized crime figures and Christopher M. McCowen, who was convicted for murdering fashion writer Christa Worthington in a Truro home.
George appeared in US District Court in Boston this afternoon, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges and was expected to be released on $50,000 unsecured bond. He was arrested at his home this morning.FULL ENTRY
Pope Benedict XVI has named the Rev. Christopher Coyne, a former spokesman for Cardinal Bernard F. Law and pastor of St. Margaret Mary in Westwood, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Coyne, 52, served as spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston from 2002 to 2005, in the immediate aftermath of the sexual abuse crisis and the period during which Law stepped aside over criticism of his failure to remove sexually abusive priests from ministry.
Coyne's tenure also coincided with the archdiocese's decision to close some five dozen parishes, a handful of which are still occupied by parishioners and fighting to re-open.
After leaving the archdiocesan job, Coyne served as pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton before moving to St. Margaret Mary.
In a statement yesterday, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley praised Coyne's pastoral and leadership skills.FULL ENTRY
Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said all trains between Boston and New York will be canceled as of 5 p.m. today.
"Blizzard like conditions associated with a major winter storm continues to impact a large portion of east coast," Cole said in a statement. "This has caused Amtrak to make several service adjustments including the cancellation Northeast Corridor service between Boston and New York beginning later this afternoon."
In addition, Cole said all Downeaster service between Portland, Maine and Boston has also been canceled for today.
At South Station, where all Amtrak service from Boston to Washington D.C was canceled after 5 p.m., would-be passengers bundled with their luggage waited in line to reschedule their travel plans.
Alexis Ostnioff was trying to get home to New York City after her flight out of Logan International was canceled today. She then bought an Amtrak ticket via Washington D.C. but was left stranded with the cancellation of that train.
“I tried to get an earlier flight, but then I said ‘oh I’ll just take the train,’” the 30-year-old said. “I thought it would be the best shot.”
Ostnioff, who was visiting family in Medford for Christmas was tentatively rebooked on a 5:10 train tomorrow morning. She said she wasn’t sure if she was going to stay in a hotel near the station or bother her family to pick her up for the night. She said this was the first time her holiday travel plans had hit a serious snag because of weather.FULL ENTRY
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