Monday, December 9, 2013
From news service reports
Girl mauled by Rottweiler now in Children's Hospital
A private plane carrying a Bolivian girl badly mauled by a Rottweiler has arrived in Boston, where plastic surgeons hope to operate on the 4-year-old's face and head.
The child's arrival Friday in the pre-dawn hours was confirmed by Bolivian businesswoman Claudia Tolay.
She and her American husband, Dr. Joseph Currier, have led a campaign to get Rosalia to Boston and traveled with her from the Bolivian capital of La Paz. The girl was also accompanied by her father, Agustin Aparza.
Rosalia was taken to Boston Children's Hospital, where her costs will be paid by the Currier family and U.S. organizations.
Tolay said she heard about Rosalia's case on Facebook and began a campaign to help the girl in the United States.
Bill signing paves way to posthumous position
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has ceremonially signed a bill that paves the way for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier to be posthumously appointed to the Somerville Police Department.
Members of Collier's family joined city officials and lawmakers from Somerville for the event in the governor's office on Friday. Patrick signed the bill privately last month shortly after it was approved by the Legislature.
Collier, a Winchester native, was fatally shot April 18 while sitting in his police cruiser.
Authorities said he was attacked by the two suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
Before his death, Collier had been offered a job with the Somerville police and his family said he was looking forward to joining the force.
Events set to celebrate colonial charter's 350th
Rhode Island is marking the 350th anniversary of its colonial charter with a day of historical lectures, Statehouse tours and a party.
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday a new one-room Statehouse museum where the influential document will be displayed. Historian John Barry will deliver a lecture on Rhode Island founder Roger Williams.
Later in the day, 104-year-old Elsie Williams, a descendant of the founder, will unveil a new plaque marking the site of William's home.
On Saturday night the Statehouse will host a reception and cocktail party.
Tickets for the event will raise money for the preservation of the charter.
The charter was one of the first documents in modern history to set out the principal of religious freedom.
Report alleges hospital ignored workers' concerns
New Hampshire's public health department says Exeter Hospital ignored employee concerns about a medical technician accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C, and in one case a worker was told not to formally report her suspicions.
David Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline tainted with his blood.
The state report issued Friday recommends better drug diversion prevention and detection, further regulation of health care workers and improved communication between hospitals and the state.
But Exeter Hospital president Kevin Callahan says much of the report is false.
He says the hospital did investigate but was duped by a skilled con-man.
Kwiatkowski, who has pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges, faces trial in January.
State officials are holding a community meeting about the report Monday.