SJC pick Lenk – reports look at cuts and muni-health – Lantigua says he was nearly run down

SJC: Gov. Deval Patrick named state appellate court justice Barbara Lenk as his nominee to fill the seat on the Supreme Judicial Court left vacant by retired Justice Judith Cowin (Globe). Lenk would be the first openly gay member of the state's highest court. (Reuters, AP)

REPORTS: A report released (WBUR), yesterday details how years of budget cuts are taking a toll on towns and education. Another report (Globe, WBUR) from the MTF and Boston Foundation says that municipal health coverage is more generous than state and private plans.

LANTIGUA: Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua says he was nearly run down by a mystery assailant (Globe), criticizes police investigation on the radio, apologizes (AP).

BELL: Patrick aide Ron Bell suffered a heart attack last week and is recovering, says the Dorchester Reporter.

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