Noteworthy News of the Week

Posted on April 22, 2011


1 in 4 report bullying at Mass. schools
Apr 22 2011, Kay lazar, Boston Globe
One-fourth of Massachusetts middle-schoolers and 16 percent of high school students report enduring bullying at school, according to a federal report released yesterday that puts the state at the center of the national discussion over the issue.


Hub set to launch bike-share program
Apr 21 2011, Eric Moskowitz, Boston Globe
As early as this summer, residents and visitors taking quick trips in Boston will be able to rent bicycles from dozens of sidewalk kiosks, under an agreement expected to be signed today that will create a bike-sharing network inspired by those in Paris and Washington.


CDC predicts smoking bans in every state by 2020
Apr 21 2011, Mike Stobbe, Associated Press
By 2020, every state may have bans on smoking in restaurants, bars and the workplace, federal health officials predicted Thursday, based on the current pace of adopting anti-smoking laws.


Major measles outbreak in Europe, WHO reports
Apr 21 2011, John Heilprin, MSNBC
Europe is experiencing a major outbreak of measles, with France hardest hit by three-quarters of the more than 6,500 cases reported in 33 nations, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency in Geneva there have been 4,937 reported cases in France between January and March — compared with 5,090 during all of 2010.


Is Sexually Transmitted Gonorrhea Becoming a ‘Superbug?’
Apr 20 2011, Rachael Rettner, Live Science
The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea is increasingly developing resistance to all of the antibiotics we have to treat it in the United States, researchers warn.


Washington Teen Gaby Rodriguez, 17, Fakes Pregnancy as Social Experiment
Apr 22 2011, Neal Karlinsky & Jessica Hopper, ABC News
Gaby decided to make her senior year project at Toppenish High School in Washington a social experiment where she pretended to be pregnant. The straight-A student got the approval of her principal, her mother, her boyfriend and best friend. They were the handful of people in on the secret. Six of Gaby’s seven siblings didn’t know and neither did her boyfriend’s parents.