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5 Things: K-9 Sniffs Out Cocaine Stash; Brown/Warren in Dead Heat; Cornel West at Tufts

Here's Five Things. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

Good morning, here are five things to know today:

A routine speeding stop last week near Fulton Street led to the discovery of nearly two ounces of cocaine in a hidden compartment of a mini-van, according to a police report. Police allegedly found 14 plastic bags containing 1/8 ounce of cocaine each, and another bag and two one-gram bags of cocaine in a hidden compartment in the floor of a van driven by Seymour Hernandez-Garcia, 28, of Peabody on Friday. The discovery came after a State Police K-9 searched the van and police obtained a search warrant to open the hidden compartment, according to a police report.

A poll released by WBUR Feb. 14 has Scott Brown narrowly trailing Elizabeth Warren, but within the margin of error. Warren leads Brown by three percentage points, 46 to 43, with a 4.4 percent margin of error, according to the poll, conducted by independent think-tank MassINC. A total of 503 likely voters were surveyed between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9 for the poll. It also showed Barack Obama holds a 21-point lead over the not-yet-nominated Mitt Romney in Massachusetts.

3. Chance of Rain: Temperatures will top out near 50 degrees today and there's a 20 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Similar weather is expected tomorrow.

4. City Councilor Recognized: The city council's newest member, Rick Caraviello, has been honored by the Medford Chamber of Commerce at the city's businessman of the year. Caraviello, the owner of R.C. Limo and former interim executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, was recognized by his colleagues on the City Council Tuesday night.

The scholar, philosopher, musician and civil-rights activist will speak at Tufts Feb. 22 in an event open to the universtiy community only.

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