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800 Miles From The Game, Boston Steps Up Super Bowl Security

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Super Bowl XXXVI celebration, Boston (Jessica Rinaldi/AFP/Getty Images News)

Super Bowl XXXVI celebration, Boston (Jessica Rinaldi/AFP/Getty Images News)

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BOSTON (AP) _ Boston officials are urging fans to celebrate responsibly on Super Bowl Sunday as the New England Patriots play the New York Giants.

On Thursday, Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis and other officials announced plans to head off rowdiness.

Police will step up patrols and video monitoring near Kenmore Square and North Station, where fans often congregate. Access to those areas will be restricted after the third quarter to discourage street crowds near bars and restaurants. Alcohol and drunken driving laws will be strictly enforced.

Colleges say students arrested may also face punishment from their schools.

Celebrating was mostly peaceful when the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in June. Two fans were killed after title wins by the Patriots and Red Sox in 2004. One died after the Celtics championship game in 2008.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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