Around the Region: Labor Day Fire in Somerville, Redistricting Vetoed in Boston

A look at some of the top recent headlines from nearby.

: A Labor Day fire at a two-story condo building on Irvington Road in West Somerville has displaced five people—a family of four, with two young children, who lived on the second floor and a woman who lived on the first floor, according to Chief Kevin Kelleher of the Somerville Fire Department. -Chris Orchard

Police said they are confident a child abduction scare Wednesday afternoon was a "misunderstanding" after interviewing the suspect and determining "there was no intent to harm, coerce or entice the child."  An unidentified witness filed a police report Thursday morning alleging they saw an alleged abduction of a child leaving Mystic Valley's Bus 1 at the intersection of Clifton and Summer Streets in Malden.  "Detectives located the man in question and he was identified, interviewed, and released after corroborating his story with that of information obtained during the Police Department’s investigation," a statement from the Mayor's office read. -Chris Caesar

Two people were injured at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday when a 2005 Jaguar X-Type and 2001 Dodge Stratus collided head-on on Mystic Valley Parkway, at Hayes Street. Patricia Randall, 64, of Arlington, who was driving the Jaguar, and 19-year-old Jose Santos, of Boston, the Dodge’s driver, were both taken by ambulance to area hospitals with minor injuries, according to Trooper Kenneth Gaetz, a State Police spokesman. Randall was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Santos to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, he said. -John Waller

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vetoed the redistricting map submitted by the Boston City Council, saying the map "concentrates our many citizens of color into too few districts, and in doing so may limit their equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice." In his letter to the Boston City Council, which was received by City Council President Stephen Murphy today, Menino outlined his suggestions for improving the map. (The letter is attached to this article.) The -David Ertischek


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