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MASSACHUSETTS

Romney aide: Patrick helping Obama camp

The top aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is using his office as “an opposition-research arm” of President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades leveled the charge Thursday — the same day the Boston Globe reported that the state has no email records from Mr. Romney’s tenure as governor because departing aides took their computers and erased email servers.

Mr. Rhoades said Mr. Patrick’s attorneys improperly provided the Globe with records showing that former Romney aides bought their computers from the state when they left his administration.

Mr. Rhoades accused Mr. Patrick of trying to embarrass Mr. Romney, who was governor before Mr. Patrick, and said the current governor should make public all communication between his office and Mr. Obama’s senior advisers.

HOUSE

Lawmakers seek hearing on Penn State, Citadel

The top Democrat on the House Education Committee called Wednesday for a hearing on the sex-abuse scandals at Penn State and The Citadel.

Rep. George Miller of California told the committee’s chairman, Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican, in a letter that the hearing should look at whether changes are needed in federal laws designed to protect children and students.

At Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, is charged with abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. University officials have been criticized for not alerting police.

The Citadel’s president acknowledged this week that the South Carolina military college lost public trust by not aggressively pursuing a 2007 report of sexual abuse allegedly committed at its former summer camp by an ex-counselor.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Cain meeting with newspaper canceled

CONCORD — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain returned to New Hampshire on Thursday for the first time in about a month, but couldn’t spare time for the state’s largest newspaper, an influential force among the group of voters he needs.

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