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Police investigate death of man in custody

Boston police are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive in a cell at a police station downtown earlier this month, according to a department spokesman. John Campbell, 45, of Revere, was found shortly after 8 a.m. on Sept. 7 in a cell at the station on Sudbury Street, said police Sergeant John Boyle. There was no indication of foul play, he said. Campbell’s death is being investigated by the Suffolk district attorney’s office and Boston police, as is standard practice when a person dies in custody, Boyle said. The cause and manner of his death are pending, as authorities await a toxicology report, Boyle said. Campbell was placed into police custody in the early afternoon of Sept. 6. He was booked for assault by means of a dangerous weapon, a knife, said Boyle.


Man fatally shot in Mattapan Square

A man was fatally shot in Mattapan Square Thursday night, the 39th slaying in the city this year, police said. Police responded to 1651 Blue Hill Ave., the heart of the neighborhood, shortly before 8:50 p.m., said Boston police Sergeant John Boyle. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Boyle said. Police cordoned off a section of the avenue that included a pizza shop, a liquor store, a clothing store, two law offices, and an ATM. Forming a line, least 15 officers with flashlights swept the sidewalk and the half of Blue Hill Avenue that was closed to vehicles with flashlights. No further information as available late Thursday night.


As bus drivers strike, girl hit riding bike to school

Authorities say a 13-year-old Rhode Island girl who was riding a bicycle to school because of the Providence school bus drivers’ strike has been struck and injured by a car. A police spokeswoman said the girl, who attends Nathan Bishop Middle School, was using a bike from a bike-sharing service at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday when she was struck. Police say she usually takes the bus to school. She was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital with what were described as minor leg injuries. The driver was not charged. The bus drivers went on strike Thursday in a dispute with management over retirement benefits, leaving thousands of students with no way to get to class. (AP)


Hanover, N.H.

Controversial murals to be put in college storage

Dartmouth College said it will move a set of racially insensitive murals that offended Native American students to an off-campus storage facility. The four painted scenes — inspired by a college drinking song written in the 1800s — objectify Native Americans and belittle their intellect. They have been kept in a closed room in a campus dining room. The murals will still be available to faculty members who want to use them for research and teaching off-campus, the Valley News reported. Dartmouth president Phil Hanlon said that the murals are ‘‘incompatible’’ with the college’s values. Interim provost David Kotz said the murals continue to have value as teaching tools, but officials recognize they are deeply insulting to Native Americans. (AP)


Officials seek help to ID owner of neglected dog

Beverly police and the Animal Rescue League of Boston are looking for the public’s help to identify the former owner of a dog found in a “appalling condition” and abandoned last week. The small, terrier-type dog was found at the intersection of Charnock and Prospect streets, State Police said in a statement Thursday. His bones were protruding, his fur matted, and his nails were “extremely overgrown,” making it hard for him to walk, the statement said. The rescue league has named him “Angel’’ and is caring for him until he is healthy enough to be adopted. The public’s help is critical to find out “who was responsible for the dog not only being on the streets, but also being in such poor and neglectful condition,” State Police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Beverly Animal Control at mlipinski@beverlyma.gov, or (978) 605-2361.