- - Thursday, May 21, 2009

MASSACHUSETTS

Schools close as swine flu expands

BOSTON — Authorities shuttered three schools as a precaution Wednesday in Boston, where a growing number of students was infected with the swine flu or H1N1 virus.

“This morning we have two confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus at Boston Latin. We’re monitoring all the Boston schools,” Susan Harrington, a city health spokeswoman, told reporters.


Boston Latin, where 260 of its 2,400 students had some symptoms, was shut for a week. Also closed were Dana Hall, a private school for girls in nearby suburban Wellesley, and the private Winsor School on Boston’s Beacon Hill.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino appeared on television urging residents to mind their hygiene and not to panic.

In New York, home to the largest outbreak in the United States, 18 schools were closed Wednesday, three more than a day earlier, authorities said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said 47 states and the District have a combined 5,710 confirmed and probable cases.

NEW JERSEY

Rappers’ lawyer accused in killing

NEWARK — A former New Jersey prosecutor who once represented stars including Queen Latifah and Lil’ Kim is accused in New Jersey of arranging the murder of a witness.

FBI agents arrested Paul Bergrin and three others Wednesday.

Prosecutors accuse Mr. Bergrin of leading a racketeering conspiracy that included the murder of a witness in a drug case, the attempted hiring of a hit man in another drug case, wire fraud and money laundering.

The charges come two weeks after the Morganville resident pleaded guilty in New York to helping run an exclusive Manhattan call-girl ring.

NEW YORK

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