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Patient faults hospital in miscarriage

A 31-year-old Quincy woman says delays at South Shore Medical Center caused her to have a miscarriage. Patricia Murphy said she waited more than six hours Friday without medical attention despite her bleeding. The hospital, in a statement, said physicians had determined that Murphy was not at risk and that the hospital provided her with sufficient care. Murphy said she will file a complaint with the state Department of Public Health and has retained a lawyer.

BOSTON

State financing to aid Simmons expansion
A new 66,500-square-foot academic building in the Fenway, a 365-car underground garage, and science center and library renovations at Simmons College are anticipated under a financing package announced yesterday by the state's Economic Development Authority. Simmons will use proceeds from $49 million in tax-exempt bonds to pay for the improvements. The new academic building would house classrooms, offices, and the Simmons School of Management. (State House News)

NU plans new school of social science
Northeastern University trustees have approved a plan for the university to create a School of Social Science, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy, according to officials. The school is expected to open this year with existing programs, but its backers intend to spend several years raising funds to create new centers on topics including ethics and international affairs.

Patrick campaign buying Internet ads
Democrat Deval Patrick is making the first ad buy of this year's gubernatorial campaign, but reflecting the changing media world and his limited budget, he is purchasing banners and video space on Internet sites. The ads, which began airing yesterday, will be seen on Boston.com, NECN.com, CNN.com, masslive.com, and Univision.com. The campaign plans an initial run of four weeks at a cost of $50,000 to $100,000. (AP)

Ranger of Year works at Sandwich park
A Massachusetts man was selected as the nation's Ranger of the Year among the staff at more than 3,000 state parks. Les Perry, supervisor at the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Shawme-Crowell State Forest in Sandwich, received a certificate and acrylic desktop trophy yesterday from Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. (AP)

Date set for trial of former House speaker
Former House speaker Thomas M. Finneran is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 16 in US District Court in Boston on charges that he lied during a civil case about his role in a legislative redistricting plan that diluted the power of minority voters. After a private conference in chambers yesterday with US District Judge Richard G. Stearns, prosecutors and Finneran's lawyers said they had agreed on the trial date and estimated the trial would run three to four weeks. Finneran, who resigned in 2004 after eight years as speaker and now serves as president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

CAMBRIDGE

Marlborough man found guilty of murder
A Marlborough man was convicted yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court in connection with the 2004 killing of a Natick man, said Emily LaGrassa, spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley. Dwayne Taylor, 33, was found guilty of first-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm for shooting David Fleet, 23, on May 8, 2004. About 90 minutes after police found Fleet shot in the chest, police stopped a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle seen fleeing the scene. Kenneth Horne, 20, of Framingham, was driving and Taylor was a passenger. Police discovered a firearm in the vehicle and both men were arrested. Taylor is to be sentenced Thursday.

MASSACHUSETTS

Mihos says he'll pick running mate soon
Unenrolled gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos plans to pick his running mate within two weeks, he said yesterday prior to announcing a plan for indexing income tax deductions to the rate of inflation. Mihos said he has narrowed the field and jokingly added that he'll send the names to the attorney general's office to ensure they are vetted properly. Attorney General Thomas Reilly's choice for lieutenant governor, Representative Marie St. Fleur, dropped out of the race a day after she was picked by Reilly when the Globe reported she had financial problems.

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