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Boston and Beyond

August 26, 2012

In brief

Ferry runs aground in Boston Harbor

BOSTON — Authorities say a fast ferry traveling to Cape Cod ran aground in a foggy Boston Harbor, but none of the 149 people and one dog who were onboard was injured.

A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman says the ferry headed to Provincetown ran aground yesterday near Nixes Mate, one of the smaller islands in the harbor.

Rescuers spent more than an hour and a half transferring passengers, crew members and the dog to another ferry. The Coast Guard will investigate.

Springfield mayor to hear casino plans

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is set to meet with representatives of several companies interested in putting a casino in the state’s third-largest city.

Sarno has scheduled private meetings with potential developers tomorrow. The mayor is expected to have a key role in future casino negotiations, as the state’s new gambling law requires a host community agreement be reached with city officials and approved by voters before developers can apply for a license from the state gaming commission.

MGM Resorts unveiled an $800 million proposal last week for a resort casino and entertainment complex in downtown Springfield.

Ameristar Casinos has proposed a casino at a former industrial site off Interstate 91. Two other companies, Penn National Gaming and Hard Rock International, are also considering Springfield.

Towns holding moose festival

COLEBROOK, N.H. — The 21st North Country Moose Festival is drawing moose fans from all over to New Hampshire and Vermont this weekend.

There are moose-calling contests, a moose stew cook-off and activities such as helicopter rides, an auto show and a craft fair.

The New Hampshire towns of Colebrook, Stewartstown and Pittsburg are holding events, as well as the Vermont town of Canaan. The moose festival runs through Sunday.

Hit-and-run victim identified

WELLESLEY — Police have identified a Wellesley cyclist who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

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