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Russell FitzGerald said he resigned from the Abington School Committee on Monday after a weekend of reflection.

He told the Enterprise of Brockton that fallout from the trick played a part in his decision. The meeting was on live TV and was met in the room with silence and embarrassment.

Mr. FitzGerald is an amateur magician who generally started meetings with a trick. Neither the subject of the Sept. 27 bra trick nor his accomplice knew what was going to happen.

Mr. FitzGerald also noted he’s been on the board 11 years and his term is almost up.

NEW YORK

Chopper crash kills 1; 4 rescued

NEW YORK — A helicopter with five people aboard crashed into the East River on Tuesday afternoon after taking off from a launch pad on the riverbank, killing one and seriously injuring at least two others.

The pilot and three others were pulled alive from the water by rescue crews shortly after the chopper went down. The body of a woman also on the Bell 206 helicopter, which was submerged in the murky water, was recovered later, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

The private chopper went into the river off 34th Street in midtown Manhattan. It’s unclear what happened, but witnesses reported it was sputtering and appeared to be in some type of mechanical distress.

PENNSYLVANIA

Punishing illegal immigrant hires OK’d by state panel

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians who knowingly hire illegal immigrants would lose their professional licenses under a bill that passed out of a state House committee on a party-line vote Tuesday.

The Republican-majority State Government Committee approved the Professional Licensees Illegal Employment Act, which would cover anyone licensed by the Bureau of Occupational and Professional Affairs. Its penalties would apply to first-offense violations.

Supporters said the proposed law would help prevent people who are in the U.S. illegally from holding jobs that legal residents could otherwise have.

Democrats said they worried the bill could lead to large institutions going out of business because of a single hire and that the standards by which someone would be subject to a complaint and investigation were not spelled out.

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