Charges filed against Pacers, fans

Five Indiana Pacers players and five fans were charged Wednesday for fighting in the stands and on the court at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons last month. Players Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, David Harrison and Anthony Johnson were all charged with one count of assault and battery, a misdemeanor that carries up to three months in jail and a fine of up to $500. Jermaine O'Neal, a three-time NBA All-Star, was charged with two counts of assault and battery. All the fans ...

Red Sox executives meet with Martinez

Pedro Martinez briefly met with Red Sox owner John Henry and president Larry Lucchino on Wednesday while passing through the international airport. The two executives talked with the free-agent pitcher for 45 minutes before attending the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Red Sox baseball academy on the island. Martinez, who was with agent Fernando Cuza, was in the airport preparing to travel to Miami for his sister's wedding, Henry said. "The meeting was very satisfactory," ...

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark has stroke

"American Bandstand" icon Dick Clark was hospitalized this week after suffering a mild stroke. Clark, who turned 75 on Nov. 30, suffered the stroke this week, publicist Paul Shefrin said Wednesday, declining to give any details. He would only say Clark had been hospitalized in the Los Angeles area. The entertainer, who went from hosting "American Bandstand" to game shows and producing awards ceremonies, is scheduled to host ABC's "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005" ...

Grimard named LRGH volunteer of year

Having logged over 2,000 hours of volunteer service at Lakes Region General Hospital and at Franklin Regional Hospital since 1998, Norman D. Grimard of Laconia was honored yesterday as the hospital's Volunteer of the Year. With his family and fellow volunteers looking on, Grimard accepted the award from LRGHealthcare President and CEO Tom Clairmont at an Awards Breakfast held in the hospital's cafeteria. Lynne DeVivo, Director of Volunteer Services at LRGH, noted that the nominations ...