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Woonsocket, R.I.

Home searched in case of principal, pipe bomb

Federal authorities have searched a home in connection with a homemade bomb that detonated last month underneath a car belonging to a Massachusetts high school principal. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed a search warrant on Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed Thursday. The raid was part of the ongoing probe into a device that exploded on Nov. 16 beneath a car belonging to Bellingham High School principal Lucas A. Giguere at his home in Blackstone. Giguere was not injured. The Metro West Daily News and the Milford Daily News reported that agency raided the home of Susan Seery, a teacher at Bellingham High. Neither the federal explosives agency nor the US Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island could confirm that for the Globe. A message left at Seery’s Woonsocket address was not returned Thursday evening. Peter Marano, superintendent of Bellingham public schools, confirmed in an e-mail Thursday afternoon that Seery has been on paid leave since Nov. 15. He said his school district continues to cooperate with authorities in the investigation of the bombing.


New bird species named for Harvard biologist

Here’s something to tweet about: A new species of bird has been named for a retired Harvard biologist known as ‘‘the father of biodiversity.’’ The Rainforest Trust said Wednesday that the antbird discovered last year in northern Peru has been given the name Myrmoderus eowilsoni in honor of E.O. Wilson. The 88-year-old is an honorary curator of entomology at Harvard. Wilson is a myrmecologist — an entomologist who studies ants. He’s credited with coining the term ‘‘biodiversity’’ in 1988. Wilson said having a bird named for him is akin to winning a Nobel prize ‘‘because it’s such a rarity to have a true new species discovered.’’ (AP)



Lawyers spar over ‘copycat’ billboard

A law firm’s billboard decried by a competing firm as a copycat has been moved directly across from its purported look-alike, setting up a face-off between the rival lawyers. The Telegram & Gazette reports the billboards had been about two miles apart on opposite sides of Interstate 290. They are now about 800 feet apart, and the protruding cutouts of the firms’ lawyers now look directly at each other. Ellis Law Offices in Worcester has filed a federal lawsuit accusing The Law Offices of Joseph J. Cariglia of trying to create confusion and siphon off business. Cariglia’s marketing company says the billboards have numerous differences, including language. A lawyer for the marketing firm says the new location was planned before the lawsuit. (AP)


Concord, N.H.

AG’s office establishes civil rights division

New Hampshire is joining most other states in having a dedicated civil rights unit within the attorney general’s office. Republican Governor Chris Sununu revealed the new unit Thursday, along with a new advisory council on diversity and inclusion. He said the changes will help ensure the state lives up to its ‘‘Live Free or Die’’ motto. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said the new unit will reinforce the work his office on anti-bias and civil rights laws. (AP)