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Going after Perla
Three new defendants, along with the woman allegedly at the center of the "political stunt," have been added to a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of the migrants brought to Martha’s Vineyard. Perla Huerta, who was identified by migrants as the person who lured them with false promises, is now among the defendants. Meanwhile there are more details in the suit about how much the trip cost and it wasn’t cheap. Reporter Abigail Rosen has this update.
Field test
We have an update in the ongoing lawsuit by the MVRHS school district against the Oak Bluffs planning board. (Also known as taxpayers versus the taxpayers.) At a status hearing on Friday, the attorney for the school district made his intention known that he plans to file for summary judgment on the Dover Amendment issue. If that motion is successful, essentially the case would be over in the school district’s favor. However, comments by the judge make it appear that he is highly skeptical. Editor George Brennan has this story.

Mark your calendars
If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for Jan. 24 for the Steamship Authority’s head start program for summer ferry reservations. This year Islanders will be able to make 10 reservations and five of them will be transferable. At a meeting with Times reporters on Friday, SSA spokesman Sean Driscoll discussed the changes to the reservation system and answered questions about a host of other issues. Editor George Brennan has this story.
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Quote of the Day
"According to witnesses, each of the individuals were allegedly carrying what appeared to be semi-automatic handguns. The video surveillance also showed that one of the individuals was carrying what appeared to be a walkie-talkie. Once inside the bank, one of the individuals allegedly held a gun to the head of one of the bank employees and forced him to open the bank’s vault. It is further alleged that the individuals entered the vault and took approximately $39,100, then bound the employees with duct tape and plastic zip ties, demanded access to one of their vehicles, and left the premises in an employee’s car."
–A press release announcing that two men in custody in connection with an armed bank robbery will face federal charges

Hot Topic Comment
Katie Lane commented on the latest story about the armed bank robbery. "I don’t know how the employees are coping and don’t want to overstep by speaking for them. In general, this type of event has the potential to leave deep emotional scars. Not all injuries are visible, and I consider it ruthless to take someone’s sense of safety and peace. This case is about more than the money."

Hot Topic Letter
Jack Fruchtman wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court and the death penalty. "The court has never held the death penalty to be unconstitutional, although in 1972, it came close. It ruled that its implementation was so arbitrary among the states that they had to rewrite their capital punishment laws. And most did."
Today: It’s Bingo night, baby. The American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven hosts. Play starts at 6:30, but you can get there at 6 pm, in time to get your good-luck tchotchkes arranged by your cards. I have a few myself. –Connie Berry

Town M.V. hosts a Holiday Cocktail Competition with local bartenders battling it out for best cocktail. Wonder if they need any judges. 7:30 pm. –C.B.
Tomorrow: If you haven’t seen the Minnesingers in a while, here’s your chance. The December meeting of the Neighborhood Convention is at the United Methodist Church of M.V. and they will be there to entertain. 11 am. –C.B.

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Staying in?
This really beautiful salad (thank you Alison Shaw for the photo) is so simple and so fresh-tasting that it will become a go-to for you. It sure did for us. The Red Cabbage Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and Oranges recipe comes from Edible Vineyard’s Tina Miller.

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Something special
Is shopping for holiday gifts right now considered last minute? Either way, the Night Heron Gallery in Vineyard Haven is a one-stop destination for all kinds of Island-made goods to please even the most discerning of friends, family, and loved ones. Not only is the Main Street gallery filled with beautiful art, but shoppers can also pick up handmade ceramics, clothing, Christmas ornaments, leather goods, jewelry, and more. Night Heron is open through the end of the year (except for Christmas Day). Read Abby Remer’s story on all the unique finds here.

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