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Named in the latest lawsuits are Lynn, Archbishop Charles Chaput, his predecessor, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and the priests accused by the plaintiffs of sexual abuse.

CONNECTICUT

Navy: Sub commander faked death to end affair

HARTFORD — Navy investigators say the commanding officer of a Connecticut-based nuclear submarine faked his own death to end an affair with a woman.

Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II was relieved as commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh last month. He had taken command of the submarine a week earlier.

Investigators found Mr. Ward sent his mistress an email from a fictitious person named “Bob” stating Mr. Ward had died. The report was obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, a submarine group spokeswoman in Groton, Conn., said Mr. Ward was found guilty of Uniform Code of Military Justice violations including dereliction of duty. He received a letter of reprimand.

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh, county settle 911 blizzard death suit

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died at home after waiting 30 hours for help despite 10 calls to 911 during a record-setting snowstorm.

The attorney for Curtis Mitchell’s family told the Associated Press on Tuesday that terms of the settlement won’t be disclosed until city and county officials can approve the deal in the next few days.

The lawsuit was thrown out of federal court last year, but remaining claims under state law were scheduled to go to trial Friday in Common Pleas Court.

Medics couldn’t reach Mr. Mitchell’s home during the February 2010 blizzard and asked him to walk to them instead.

The city solicitor confirmed the settlement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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