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Game chief gets support for killing mountain lion

RIVERSIDE | The president of the California Fish and Game Commission who was under fire for legally killing a mountain lion in Idaho received overwhelming support during a public meeting in Riverside.

Dozens of people spoke Wednesday at a commission meeting in favor of Dan Richards, who has been asked to resign by 40 Democrats in the California Assembly and by animal rights activists.

Mr. Richards, a Republican commercial real estate developer, appeared in a photo that shows him with a mountain lion he shot during a visit to Idaho. Mr. Richards has said he will not step down from his appointed position.

MASSACHUSETTS

Hockey dad faces charges for using laser pointer

WINTHROP | A Massachusetts man accused of aiming a laser pointer into the eyes of the opposing goalie at his daughter’s high school hockey game is facing criminal charges.

Authorities announced Tuesday that Joseph Cordes, 42, will be summoned to East Boston District Court to face a charge of disturbing the peace.

Police say Mr. Cordes pointed the light at the Medway/Ashland goalie during a Feb. 29 tournament game in Winthrop, north of Boston. A school official ordered him out of the arena.

Winthrop won 3-1, prompting a protest from the Medway/Ashland parents who asked that the game be replayed. The governing body of high school sports in Massachusetts denied the appeal.

Mr. Cordes hasn’t been arrested. He told WBZ-TV that he feels “like a complete jerk” and humiliated his daughter.

ALABAMA

Jury acquits all 6 charged in casino corruption case

MONTGOMERY | A federal jury in Alabama’s gambling corruption trial has acquitted casino owner Milton McGregor and five other defendants on all counts.

The jury returned its verdict Wednesday in Montgomery after seven days of deliberations.

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