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Sentinel & Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 20, 2002, Fitchburg, Massachusetts SPORTS Oakmont cheerleaders headed to Florida Page Bl LOCAL NEWS Council recommendations Page A3 INSIDE coupons inter THE VOICE of NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS SINCE 1838 He's in Mitt Romney announces candidacy By Erik Arvidson Sentinel Enterprise State House Bureau BELMONT Hours after Gov. Jane M. Swift ly bowed out of the nor's Republican Mitt Romney Tuesday made his own candidacy promising to bring fresh management to state The 55-year-old chief of the Winter Olympics Organizing Committee held a brief an- in the driveway at his home in Belmont to an- Family little support from made Jane decide not to AP PHOTO Mitt Romney talks to supporters yesterday afternoon in he had filed his bigger splash at a more papers to He said he would make a Please see ROMNEY A10 She's out Jane Swift will not seek re-election By Frank Tutalo Sentinel Enterprise State House Bureau BOSTON Conceding that she isn't capable of being a successful and mother all at an emo- tional Gov. Jane M. Swift bowed out of the governor's race Swift delivered her deci- sion at a hastily organized noontime press conference at the State where she was greeted by warm cheers from supporters and a Jane M. Swift addresses the media Tuesday in of clicks from Swift said a primary battle against Mitt who announced his Please see SWIFT A10 By Margaret Smith Michael Cross of Leominster thinks Gov. Jane M. Swift made the right decision when she ed not to seek think she's just not the person to run for said a security guard recently applied for a deputy sheriff tion with the Worcester County Sheriff's A staunch Cross said lost his vote when she pushed for toll hikes on the Massachusetts Turnpike to help pay for the Big Cross said Republican support for Mitt now the lone GOP gubernatorial was right there that running wouldn't have been the right thing lor her to Romney's candidacy ment came within hours of Swift's announcement Tuesday that she would not Both decisions altered the landscape for the race and drew emotional reactions from voters of all While like feel Swift had proven herself many said the state's Please see CANDIDACY AID Fitchburg sees first OxyContin robbery FITCHBURG Police were searching for a man Tuesday night who revealed a gun and robbed the Walgreen's Drug Store at 571 John Fitch Highway of A description of the man was not able Tuesday Police scanner reports said the man lifted his shirt to reveal a and the salesperson handed over the No arrests have been OxyContin is a powerful painkiller that has spurred a wave of pharmacy robberies in recent This is the first reported OxyContin robbery in the BOB GREEN St. Leo parents denied meeting with church officials By Diane C. Beaudoin Correspondent LEOMINSTER A Texas attorney hired to represent parents seeking the ouster of a city priest is unsure about what his next step will be after being refused a meeting with officials from St. Leo's Attorney Daniel Shea requested the meeting at a press conference held Yesterday Shea and several parents of Leo's School students were turned away at the door of the parish rectory with the Doran is The group is demand the expulsion from St. Leo's of Assistant Pastor Peter J. Please see MEETING A9 Jean of and attorney Dan Shea are turned away by a woman who answered the door yesterday afternoon at St. Leo's Rectory in SENTINEL ENTERPRISE CHRISTOPHER HARRINGTON INSIDE TODAY'S SENTINEL ENTERPRISE SENTINEL ENTERPRISE JULIA CHENG A portrait of Ryan who died rests on messages of condolence from his High School LOCAL Leominster students mourn VISIT Us ONLINE Snow ending late 5 Officials decry loss of prison funds during meeting on Beacon Hill By Robert Mills The message has been now officials from Shirley and Gardner must wait to see how receptively it is A group of area leaders met with officials from the Executive Office of Public Safety Tuesday in Boston to ask that prison mitigation funds unexpectedly cut by the ment of Corrections earlier this month be immediately The Department of Corrections slashed about million in such funds from 10 towns around the state that house including Shirley was and about Lancaster was The funding had already been ured into municipal budgets for this leaving towns with only three months to make up for the Senators Pamela P. D- and Robert A. D- Brian Antonioni and Patricia A. D- Gardner Mayor Daniel J. Kyle chairman of the Shirley Board of and James chairman of the Lancaster Board of all met with state officials to inform them how severely the cut funds have affected towns that house and ask that the funds be of the representatives were literally speaking with one voice that this was Keady Antonioni said the group asked executive branch officials to trim another part of the state budget if they have to cut Please see PRISONS A9 Rre damages Lunenburg dwelling LUNENBURG A fire that spread through a one- story house at 439 Townsend Harbor Road Tuesday night left its occupants looking for other The number of people living in the rented home was not available Tuesday The fire began in a then spread up the walls and into the according to Assistant Chief Ken Firefighters had cut holes in the roof to Please see FIRE A9 Commerce Bank Dedicated to the Needs of North Central Massachusetts Call or Visit Commerce 565 Main I 978-466-6866 H OPEN 7am 7pm Member FDIC Equal Opportunity 1'4-MOT
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