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Newtown Families Safe After Boston Marathon Bombings

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Among the myriad worried questions that raced through the nation’s mind in the immediate aftermath of the twin explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon Monday was–are the Newtown families ok?  Some family members of the 26 children who died in the December mass school shooting were seated in a VIP section at the marathon’s finish line, and six family members ran the race as a team.  Fortunately, according to news reports, all were safe and accounted for, as Yahoo News reports:

Victims of the Newtown, Conn., massacre were also honored along the course with a special marker at the 26th mile.

That marker was not far from where a pair of bombs exploded, killing three people and wounding 144 others. But while some of the families of the Newtown victims were reportedly seated in a VIP area near the finish line, none were reported injured.

Six runners ran the race as part of Team NewtownSTRONG, a scholarship fund benefiting the siblings of the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School—with each mile dedicated to a different victim.

“In the first 20 miles, we’re honoring the 20 Sandy Hook first-graders [who were killed],” Laura Nowacki, a spokesperson for Newtown Strong, told WBUR radio before the race. “When we crest Heartbreak Hill and we’re coming back towards Boston, we run the final six for our six fallen educators.”

According to a post on the group’s Facebook page, all six finished the race before the bombings and were not among the victims.

“I just got a text message from one of our runners letting me know that they are all safe,” the post read.

 

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First-Grader Under Investigation for Possible Sexual Harassment

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

A 7-year-old Boston first-grader is under investigation for possible sexual harassment following an incident in which he punched another boy in the groin after the other boy allegedly choked him and stole his gloves, The Associated Press is reporting.  Tasha Lynch, the boy’s mother, says her son was acting in self-defense.  The AP reports:

A spokesman for Boston public schools confirmed an investigation but refused to discuss specifics of the incident or why it has been classified as a possible case of sexual harassment.

Lynch says because her son punched the other boy in the groin, school officials say they consider it sexual assault. She counters that the other boy should be charged with attempted murder for choking her son.

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Boston Playgrounds Post No-Smoking Signs

Monday, October 31st, 2011

More than 100 playgrounds across the city of Boston are about to receive signs prohibiting smoking on the grounds.  The signs read, “Children at Play, No Smoking,” and they are intended, The Boston Globe reports, to protect children from the harmful effects of second hand smoke, including asthma attacks, respiratory infections, lung cancer, and heart disease.

The signs are not legally binding; there are no new laws or city ordinances that prohibit smoking at playgrounds.  But Boston’s mayor says the signs will empower parents to keep smokers at a distance from play areas.

“I know that nothing we put on the law books could be as strong as a parent who is trying to protect their kids from secondhand smoke and cigarette debris,’’ Mayor Thomas M. Menino said.

Similar initiatives are under way in 570 countries nationwide, the Globe reported.

Boston’s Public Health Commission cited studies suggesting that sitting outdoors a mere 3 feet from a smoker can expose a child to the same amount of second-hand smoke as sitting indoors in the same room with someone who is smoking.  Other studies reported incidents of children being burned because lit cigarettes are held at a child’s eye level while they are running around a playground.

(image via: http://www.palmarsh.kent.sch.uk/)

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