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Eleven defendants are being charged with hazing resulting in death, a felony. Two others face misdemeanor charges.


Tallest man in U.S. seeks shoes, normalcy

CANTON — The tallest man in the United States traveled from Minneapolis to Massachusetts on Thursday for a custom shoe-fitting with Reebok that he hopes will help him live a normal life.

Igor Vovkovinskiy said he’s had 16 surgeries in six years to fix problems created by shoes that didn’t fit. He’s 7 feet 8 1/3 inches tall with a shoe size somewhere between a 22 and 26.

Mr. Vovkovinskiy said his only shoes have no traction, making it “suicidal” to leave his home.

“I haven’t been able to go for a joyful walk for six years now,” he said. “I look forward to just going for a walk with my dog, just walking around the neighborhood.”

Mr. Vovkovinskiy was at Reebok headquarters in Canton on Thursday for a complex shoe-fitting that involved, among other things, custom pressure-mounting equipment, bio-foam, a device that takes precise measurements of length, a tape measure and a handful of technicians.

Reebok said it’s building the shoes at a cost of $12,000 to $20,000. It has helped Mr. Vovkovinskiy before and hopes to again, the company said.

The size of Mr. Vovkovinskiy’s shoes depends on measurements such as the length, width and distance from his soles to the top of his feet. Those measurements are particularly tricky with Mr. Vovkovinskiy since he has unusually shaped toes and feet because of his numerous surgeries.


2 Arkansas women fight to claim $1M lotto ticket

BEEBE — When she plucked a winning lottery ticket out of the trash, Sharon Jones’ luck changed instantly. The $1 million prize let the Arkansas woman pay off debts, give thousands of dollars to her children and buy a gleaming new pickup truck.

But now her jackpot is in jeopardy. A judge ruled this week that the money belongs to another woman, who said she threw the ticket away after a lottery machine incorrectly told her it was a loser. The Arkansas Lottery Commission is trying to stay out of the fray, insisting it did nothing wrong.

Ms. Jones claimed the $1 million prize in July, turning in a scratch-off ticket that the other woman, Sharon Duncan, had purchased moments earlier at a convenience store.

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