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December 2011 Archives

Drinking in Boston: Highest in America

Bostonians love their booze. Does that really surprise anyone? In a recent study, the city placed highest in terms of drinking statistics, reports the Daily Beast.

Statistically it is a perfect storm of alcohol-consumption numbers:

  • Population over age 21: 4,750,296
  • Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person: 15.5
  • Percent of population that are heavy drinkers: 7.4%
  • Percent of population that are binge drinkers: 20.1%

Mass. Hospital Mistakes

Wrong body parts getting operated on; getting the wrong medication; getting seriously disbaled -- according to a hospital safety report released by Mass. regulators the year 2010 was just as bad as 2009, reports the Boston Globe. According to the Globe:

In all, 510 patients suffered from a so-called serious reportable event in 2009 compared with 512 in 2010, according to the numbers released by the state Department of Public Health.

The data is for Mass. hospital mistakes is state-wide and not released for individual hospitals.

Brittany Murphy Toxic Mold Death Alleges Mom

Brittany Murphy, the young actress that appeared in movies like Clueless and Uptown Girl, who passed away in 2009 from pneumonia, is back in the news after her mother claimed that the actress may have died from toxic mold, reports the Huffington Post.

Brittany Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy, claims that the people that built the Hollywood home that Brittany was living in are to blame for the mold and the death. Oddly, Brittany Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjak, died a few months after his wife. Now Sharon Murphy is claiming that she was tricked into signing a settlement that would prohibit her from suing the construction company.

Sledding in Boston Could Be Risky For Property Owners

When winter comes one of the perennial popular articles at the Boston Globe is Paul Makishima's 2009 effort 40 Great Places to Sled Around Boston. He lists some well known, and other more difficult to find hills where people might sled. A useful tool.

A great majority of the places listed are public properties, like parks and schools. But the article raises the question that if people are looking for sledding spots in Boston they are apt to use just about any good-looking hill. And that could mean, if you are a homeowner, that people might be stopping by your own personal hill.

Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt Sex Abuse, Guilty Plea Likely

A former Boston area religious leader, Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt, will likely plea guilty to sex abuse charges stemming from his alleged molestation of three boys in the 1970's, reports the Boston Globe.

Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt's sex abuse allegations come from former students at the exclusive orthodox day-school Maimonides School in Brookline, reported the Jewish Exponent.

Harvard Indecent Assault: Bradley J. Spencer Charged

A Harvard student, Bradley J. Spencer, was charged for assault on a woman on the Red Line, reports the Boston Globe.

Spencer was arraigned on one count of indecent assault and battery after a woman from Cambridge alleged that a man assaulted her below the waist and then got off the train at Park Street. On Monday, he plead not guilty to the charges.

More Red Sox Donald Fitzpatrick Sexual Assault Allegations

Donald Fitzpatrick, the former Boston Red Sox Clubhouse Manager, may have passed away, but his sexual molestation of boys during his tenure with the Red Sox is still haunting the team. This time, the Red Sox Donald Fitzpatrick sexual assault claims come from a pair of Florida men that are seeking $5 million each in damages, reports the New York Post.

One of the men that has come forward, Charles Crawford, alleges that the molestation happened not only at Sox spring training in Florida, but also inside a bathroom of the storied Fenway Park.

Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping

With the holiday shopping season in full-swing, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and the Retailers Association of Massachusetts teamed up to offer tips for safe holiday shopping.

These tips are broken down for in-store shopping and online shopping.

Andover School Bullying Stopped by Administrators

Schools across the country are being sued for bullying and hazing. While bullying has happened for many years, it seems that the media has placed a greater spotlight on the dangers of bullying and the psychological and physical effects on the victims.

In an effort to stop bullying, the Andover school system took affirmative action and disciplined nine members of the basketball team for participating in these activities. For the Andover school bullying, some students were expelled and others were suspended, reports The Boston Globe.