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Newsworthy Wrap-Up: Friday 1/6/12

1. Professional baseball to come to Malden?

A baseball stadium developer will present plans to the public next week that would convert a nearly 7-acre National Grid-owned site at 100 Commercial Street into a professional minor league baseball stadium, creating more than 100 jobs during the season, according to a press release from the Office of Malden Mayor Gary Christenson. The 6,000+ seat stadium would cost $45 million to construct. For more information on the potential project, read our full-length article.

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2. Scott Brown announces formal campaign kick-off event

In a letter and email to supporters this morning, United States Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) announced  that he will formally kick off his reelection campaign in Worcester later this month. The event will be held in Mechanics Hall, and is scheduled for January 19, “the two-year anniversary of our historic 2010 victory”. Brown called the campaign “an uphill battle”, but promised to continue holding public events, raise the necessary funds to be competitive against Democratic-contender Elizabeth Warren. Read the letter on Brown’s campaign website.

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3. Homelessness among Mass. veterans drops 21%

According to the 2011 supplement of the Annual Homeless Assessment Report prepared by the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, the rate of homelessness among Massachusetts veterans dropped 21 percent the past year, nearly twice the nation reduction rate. The success can be attribute to innovative programs, a widespread network of service providers, and a strong benefits system here in the Commonwealth. The Patrick administration has vowed to continue working with local, state, and federal agencies to help people, especially our veterans, move to affordable and stable housing.

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4. Flicked cigarette may be cause of Beverly fire

According to an article on the Salem News website, a flicked cigarette from an upstairs apartment may have caused a Wednesday fire in Beverly that caused more than $1 million in damages. The fire is being considered entirely accidental, according to Beverly’s deputy fire chief, however, it has displaced 23 families, including 7 children and a total of 44 families according to the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts.

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