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Pelosi draws protest outside fund-raiser

March 6, 2010

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BOSTON
Chanting “Listen to the people’’ and “Go back to San Fran,’’ about 20 activists from the Tea Party Movement protested US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s appearance yesterday at a downtown Boston fund-raiser. The demonstrators gathered outside the Liberty Hotel were largely motivated by their opposition to President Obama’s health care bill, holding signs bearing messages like “60 percent of the people say no’’ and “Reconciliation - Unforgivable - Unforgettable.’’ Pelosi, a Democrat from California, was helping to raise funds for US Representative Carol Shea-Porter, Democrat of New Hampshire.

Thieves rob, stab man at his apartment
An East Boston man was stabbed inside his apartment yesterday morning by thieves who stole his television and DVD player, police said. Officer Eddy Chrispin, a department spokesman, said the 52-year-old man left his Marion Street apartment shortly after 5 a.m. to buy cigarettes and was confronted by three men wearing ski masks and dark clothing when he returned. They pushed him inside his residence, and he was stabbed in the ensuing scuffle, Chrispin said. The thieves made off with his 37-inch television and DVD player, according to police. Chrispin said the man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The victim’s name was not immediately available.

Ten are arrested for underage drinking
Students drinking at a Boston University fraternity party were a little too hospitable for their own good early yesterday morning. They invited a plainclothes police officer into the building, who got a good look at what was going on and called for reinforcements, Boston police said. Ten people were arrested for underage drinking and disturbing the peace, police said. Officers responded to reports of a loud party on Ashford Street in Allston around 12:50 a.m. Since officers have responded to the address several times in the past with little success, they sent a plainclothes officer to the house. The officer was invited inside, where 75 to 100 partygoers were seen drinking. Although the off-campus address is not recognized by BU as a fraternity house, it is home to several members of Chi Pi, a university spokesman said.

CAMBRIDGE
MIT to raise tuition, fees by 3.8 percent
MIT said yesterday that it will increase undergraduate tuition and fees for the next academic year by 3.8 percent. Tuition and fees will cost $39,212, compared with $37,782 this year, the institute said. Combined expenses for tuition, fees, room, and board will be an estimated $50,446 in 2010-2011, an increase of 2.7 percent. At the same time, MIT said it will bolster its financial aid budget by 6.7 percent, to $87 million. More than 60 percent of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology receive financial aid based on need, officials said.

FRANKLIN
Teen driver flown to hospital after crash
A 17-year-old male was flown to a hospital yesterday afternoon after the vehicle he was driving rolled over on a stretch of highway in Franklin. State Police Sergeant Michael Popovics said the youth’s 2002 Isuzu Axiom rolled over on Interstate 495 south at about 3:40 p.m. The unidentified teen was airlifted to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with serious injuries, Popovics said, adding that lanes were closed briefly to allow the helicopter to land. The teen’s condition was not known last night. Popovics said the cause of the accident is under investigation. No one else was hurt and there was no indication that the teenager had passengers in the car, Popovics said.

LYNN
Homeowner suffers burns in house fire
A Lynn man was hospitalized with burns after his home was badly damaged in a fire yesterday afternoon. The fire broke out in the basement of the 55-year-old man’s two-story house on River Street just after 2:20 p.m., Lynn District Chief Bob Bourgeois said. The man, whose name was not released, was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in stable condition, Bourgeois said. Gasoline vapors may have caused the fire, he said.