UPDATE: Channel 4 reports the girl has died.
A 12-year-old Boston Latin Academy student is "very, very, seriously, critically ill" with bacterial meningitis, but poses no risk to most other students, a city public-health official says.
A school nurse recognized symptoms of the potentially fatal disease... Read more
At some point last night, Margarita joined Ken, probably to tell him to talk to parents about the problem of late school bus arrivals, or something else.
CommonHealth alerts us to a Children's Hospital study that found kids infected with MRSA seemed to be especially at risk to death by flu. In some areas, up to 9% of kids now have the antibiotic-resistant bacteria living in their noses; such kids had an eightfold risk of severe and sometimes fatal H1N1 flu infections. And this, they say, is why kids need to... Read more
Parent Imperfect reports on the re-opening of the newly remodeled Hennigan School library - in a sea of red, participants were asked to wear Target's primary color - that included not just a spiffy new library but 40 pounds of food for each family:
After about ten minutes, they emerged with bags full of frozen chicken, pancake mix, apple juice, soup, crackers, granola bars,... Read more
Discovery reports on a Harvard School of Public Health study of Boston teens that found a link between soda intake and violence - although left unanswered is the question of whether the sugar makes them more violent or whether the violent consume more soda:
Twenty-three percent of teens who drank fewer than one soft drink a week reported carrying a weapon, for example, compared... Read more
BPS officials tonight offered a different take on a proposed reorganization that would shift schools around town, add 700 more seats to high-performance high schools and create two new "innovative" schools: It will help BPS better compete in a marketplace in which parents have a choice.
School Superintendent Carol Johnson said... Read more
Brian McGrory really should never write about sports.
He really has no clue. He attempts to wax poetically about the time when the Red Sox were lovable losers, but can't even manage a decent impression of Doris Kearns Goodwin in this regard.
But ya know what? Time for something happy:
Boston Police report the boy was found around 11 p.m. in an elevator at 225 Blue Hill Ave.
He woke up at a local hospital and was able to provide information about his mother, who was nowhere to be found, police say, adding once she does turn up, she'll be charged with child abandonment and child endangerment.... Read more
Parent Imperfect is a Roslindale father of two kids in the BPS system - Boston Latin and the Hennigan - yes, the school that delayed opening for two days because of that pesky PCB problem:
Just for the record, the Parent Imperfect contacted Robert Herrick of the Harvard School of Public Health to ask what he thought about the repairs to the Hennigan School.... Read more
Boston Police report the arrest of a mother for leaving her baby in a locked car, just one day after a 17-month-old was found dead, abandoned in the back of a day-care van.
Police say officers on foot patrol around 10:45 a.m. were alerted by a passerby about the baby in a car outside 2201 Washington St. in Roxbury:
While approaching the scene,... Read more
LoJack reports MBTA Transit Police used the human version of its tracking system to find an East Boston teen with a predilection for wandering away from home and school to ride the rails underneath Boston.
The company says yesterday's safe return marks the first successful use of its SafetyNet Service since it was introduced in Boston in January:
Approximately 20 minutes after arriving at... Read more
The company manager spoke to the driver who stated that she parked the vehicle at around 10:00am and states that she forgot the child was on the van because the... Read more
The Globe reports doctors at Boston Medical Center are seeing an increased number of young children suffering from malnourishment:
Many families are unable to afford enough healthy food to feed their children, say the Boston Medical Center doctors. The resulting chronic hunger threatens to leave scores of infants and toddlers with lasting learning and developmental problems.... Read more