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State & Region Briefs


Friday, December 08, 2017
Sen. Warren critical of Trump decision on Jerusalem

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she worries that President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will make it more difficult to achieve peace in the Middle East.

The Massachusetts Democrat spoke to several thousand attendees Friday at The Union For Reform Judaism convention in Boston.

Warren said she believes a two-state solution is the best hope for peace and that diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians should determine the final status of Jerusalem.

She called on Trump to deliver a “comprehensive strategy” for negotiations.

The Union For Reform Judaism said this week that while Trump was affirming “an age-old dream of the Jewish people,” it also had serious concerns about the timing of the announcement and that it could undercut peace efforts.

Flu widespread in Mass., 6 other states already

NEW YORK — This year’s flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.

Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it’s too early to tell how bad this season will be. The main flu bug this season tends to cause more deaths and hospitalizations and vaccines tend not to work as well against this type.

Flu began picking up last month. By the end of last week, seven states reported widespread flu activity: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia.

Most flu seasons don’t really get going until around Christmas. That’s how last year’s flu season played out.

Police return with Christmas gift for terminally ill boy

CHELSEA — Police in Chelsea have returned to visit a terminally ill boy with a special Christmas gift.

The Boston Globe reports police cruisers again filled 2-year-old Edison Cordero’s street in Chelsea on Wednesday. The officers brought a 9-foot Christmas tree, a child-sized police uniform and an electronic police car large enough for Edison to ride in.

Chelsea Police named the car an honorary unit in the city fleet and Edison an honorary police officer.

The Boston Police Department also donated $5,000 for the Corderos for the holidays.

Chelsea Police first visited Edison in November, after his mother asked if just one officer could stop by their home. The entire day shift showed up instead, bringing gifts for the boy who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

From Associated Press