New England in brief

7 arrested at high school graduation


Seven men were arrested after fights erupted at the Brockton High School graduation ceremony Friday, police said. Police are investigating what sparked the fights, but believe they were gang-related, said Brockton Police Lieutenant William Hallisey. None of those arrested were graduating, Hallisey said. The ceremony, held in the school’s football field at 470 Forest Ave., was open to the public. The first fight started at 7:20 p.m. in a corner of the field, and school administrators “didn’t miss a beat, they just kept naming the names,” Hallisey said. Four men were arrested. A bystander uploaded a video of the fight onto YouTube, and it will probably be used in court, Hallisey said. A second fight began near the field at 7:54 p.m., after which police made three more arrests.


Ill-prepared hikers with kids are aided

Officials say a group of hikers from Vermont that included four young children was not prepared for an outing that ended with them getting lost in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Fish and Game Department officers were called at 9:15 p.m. Friday in response to a report that Josie Rogers and Christopher Kangers of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and four children — ages 2, 5, 6 and 8 — were lost on Little Haystack Mountain in Franconia. Officials say the group, lacking navigational tools and appropriate clothing and footwear, was helped by three other hikers until conservation officers reached them slightly below the mountain summit. They reached the foot of the mountain about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. (AP)

Norwich, Conn.

Racing is out after dragon boat flips

Dragon boat racing has been canceled at a Norwich festival after one boat capsized, dumping its 22 occupants into the choppy waters. Authorities said all the rowers were quickly rescued Saturday morning and no injuries were reported. The boat that flipped over was part of Norwich’s Riverfest. It was in the middle of the harbor, practicing, when it capsized in high winds and rough waters. Race committee cochairman Bob Reed told the Norwich Bulletin organizers canceled the event to be sure everyone stayed safe. (AP)


Arizonan picked to head diocese here


The dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix has been elected the 13th Episcopal bishop of Rhode Island. The Providence Journal reported that the Very Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely won a majority on the first lay and clergy ballots during voting Saturday at a special convention at St. Paul’s Church in Pawtucket. Mayor Scott Avedisian of Warwick, acting chancellor of the state’s Episcopal diocese, called Knisely at his Arizona home to tell him he had won the vote among five nominees. His election still needs to be ratified by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention next month. (AP)


Tall ship festivals set for 2 cities

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Tall ships from around the world will converge on southern New England for one weekend in early July, sailing into two different ports. New London, Conn., will host the OpSail2012 tour July 6 to 9, the same weekend that Newport, R.I., holds its Ocean State Tall Ships festival, part of the traveling Tall Ships Challenge series. The convergence of the two events, less than 60 miles apart, means fewer ships for each, and competition for tourist dollars in a tight economy. Operation Sail is expecting 11 tall ships, and the Ocean State festival has 15 tall ships coming. (AP)