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Patrick urges Robert Covelle to resign

Medford housing chief is unswayed

Governor Deval Patrick demanded the resignation of the head of the embattled Medford Housing Authority on Friday amid an intensifying investigation into alleged favoritism in hiring and contracting at the agency as well as possible theft of money from the sale of metal salvaged from a housing project.

The housing authority’s director of operations told the Globe this week that he kept money from the sale of salvaged copper pipes in 2011. John Lonergan said that he planned to use the money for an employee barbecue - with the approval of housing director Robert Covelle - but the barbecue never happened.

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