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Week in Review: Mayors Race Set; Fells Plan Revealed

Some of the top stories from Medford this week

Here's some of the top stories from around Medford this week, Sept. 12 to Sept. 16, 2011:

Medford held a ceremony at Morrison Park Sunday morning to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Mayor Michael McGlynn and Rep. Ed Markey both addressed the crowd, along with Marines Sergeant Patrick Harrington and Medford Police Officer and Army Veteran Charles Hartnett.

Medford held its first mayoral primary since 1999 on Tuesday, with Incumbent Michael McGlynn and Anthony D'Antonio coming out the winners, eliminating John Byers. McGlynn and D'Antonio will square off the general election in November.

Officials from the DCR presented a draft managment plan for Middlesex Fells Wednesday that calls for improved trail signage and maps, preserving areas that are currently trail-free, and designated areas for uses like mountain biking and off-leash dogs. It also calls to eliminate some trails that are either poorly kept or redundant.

The state house overwhelmingly approved a bill to allow casinos in Massachusetts Thursday morning, but two out of three Medford representatives voted against it. The bill, which calls for licensing of three resort-style casinos and one slot parlor to Massachusetts overwhelmingly passed through the state House of Representatives Wednesday with a vote of 123-32. Rep. Paul Donato voted in favor of the bill, while Carl Sciortino and Sean Garaballey, Medford's other two representatives, both voted against the measure.

The U.S. News and World Report released it's annual Best Colleges list, rating in a tie as the 29th best in its national university rankings, one slot back from last year, when it ranked 28th.

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