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Governor vetoes minimum wage increase

BOSTON

Governor Mitt Romney vetoed a bill yesterday that would have raised the minimum wage to $8 an hour by January 2008. The state's 250,000 minimum wage workers have made $6.75 an hour since the last wage raise, seven years ago. Romney had proposed increasing the rate to $7 an hour, starting in January 2007, and requiring the state to review the amount every two years. The bill approved by the Legislature would move the minimum wage to $7.50 as of January 2007 and increase it to $8 the next year. It had strong, largely bipartisan support, and the veto could be overridden Monday, the last day of the legislative session. (AP)

Man is indicted in Samuels's slaying
A Suffolk County grand jury yesterday indicted a Dorchester man on first-degree murder charges in the slaying of a 19-year-old woman. Rodrick James Taylor, who was arrested on May 12 based on witness charges and forensic evidence, is accused of killing Dominique Samuels, a Milton High School graduate. Her body was found badly burned in an isolated area of Franklin Park, and medical examiners ruled her homicide as death by asphyxiation. The indictment moves Taylor's case out of district court and into superior court, where he is expected to be arraigned next week.

HAVERHILL

Tot falls from a third-story window
A baby boy fell out of a third-story window in Haverhill yesterday but escaped serious injury because a bag of mulch broke his fall. The 14-month-old, who was being supervised by his baby sitter, fell approximately 23 feet out of the window of his home at an apartment building at 41 Cedar St. He was taken to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and later flown to Children's Hospital Boston as a precautionary measure. The cause of the child's fall is under investigation.

ATLANTIC CITY

Arrest made in fatal Mattapan stabbing
New Jersey police arrested Michael K. Penn of Dorchester yesterday in Atlantic City in connection with a fatal stabbing of a Mattapan man four months ago. Eric Johnson, 39, was found near his apartment on Hosmer Street with a single stab wound on April 17. He later died at Boston Medical Center. Witnesses told police they heard the victim arguing with another man shortly before his death. A month later, Boston police sought the public's help in finding Penn, 32. After a New Jersey court date on charges there, Boston police said yesterday, they expect Penn to be extradited to Boston to face homicide charges.

NEW BEDFORD

Sentence is life in fatal 2005 shooting
A 30-year-old man was sentenced yesterday in New Bedford Superior Court to life in prison without parole after a jury found him guilty of murdering a 21-year-old man last fall. The Bristol district attorney's office said Kyle Sylvia of New Bedford ran toward Anderson Rosa, also of New Bedford, on an October afternoon and fired seven shots at him, one directly into the back of his head. Two witnesses identified him as the shooter during nine days of testimony.

CHELSEA

Two men shot at Tobin Bridge offramp
Two young men were shot multiple times yesterday morning near the bottom of the offramp from the northbound Tobin Bridge, police said. The men, ages 19 and 22, were rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital and were upgraded yesterday afternoon to stable condition, said Chelsea police Captain Brian Kyes. Witnesses told investigators that a tall, thin man ran from the scene wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and a black and blue baseball hat.

KINGSTON

Boy, 9, rescues his brother from pond
A 5-year-old Kingston boy, John Richter, was rescued from White Island Pond in Wareham by his 9-year-old brother Robert on Wednesday, according to information shared with Kingston police by his mother Brigit Collins. Police Chief Joseph Rebello said the younger boy, who has muscular dystrophy and a seizure disorder, was swimming with his older brother and playing with a water trampoline, when he suffered a seizure. Robert went underwater to find him and brought him to shore. Their grandfather was then able to revive the youngster. Rebello said both Wareham and Kingston police are commending Robert ``for his quick thinking and actions that prevented a certain tragedy."

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