- - 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

Seven charged in prostitution ring

NEW YORK — Seven people have been indicted on charges of running a 24-hour prostitution ring on Craigslist, New York’s attorney general announced Wednesday, the day after Craigslist’s chief executive officer filed a lawsuit to keep South Carolina’s attorney general from pursuing criminal charges against the company.

Five of the seven New York residents were arrested Wednesday on charges of corruption, conspiracy and money laundering.

Authorities are searching for the two others.

Late Tuesday night, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster sued South Carolina’s attorney general, saying the prosecutor’s threat to file prostitution charges against the San Francisco company violates its executives’ constitutional rights.

NORTH CAROLINA

Giuliani golf suit ruled out of bounds

RALEIGH — Suffice it to say that in U.S. Magistrate Judge Wallace Dixon’s opinion, ousted Duke University golfer Andrew Giuliani’s lawsuit against the school did not make par.

Judge Dixon sprinkled golf lingo and even a quote from the movie “Caddyshack” into his written ruling that Mr. Giuliani’s claim flew off the fairway and landed out of bounds.

Judge Dixon recommended dismissal of the lawsuit against Duke by the son of former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

The younger Giuliani claimed that Duke’s golf coach manufactured accusations to justify kicking him off the team in 2008, when he was a junior. He’s seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

PENNSYLVANIA

Man charged with trying to kill fetus

WILLIAMSBURG — A Pennsylvania man is in jail on charges that he tried to kill the fetus of a 17-year-old girl by helping two teenage boys put an abortion-inducing cow hormone into her drink.

Jonathan Imler, 46, of Williamsburg, was charged and jailed in Blair County on Tuesday.

Police said the girl’s 16-year-old boyfriend, who is the father of the child, a 17-year-old boy and Mr. Imler stole the hormone ProstaMate from a farm. The 17-year-old reportedly put a drop of it in the girl’s Gatorade in March 2008.

Police said they also plan to charge the boys.

The girl has since given birth. Her mother said the hormone apparently didn’t harm the baby.

UTAH

First death tied to swine flu reported

SALT LAKE CITY — State health officials are reporting the first death associated with swine flu in Utah.

David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, said a 22-year-old man died Wednesday morning at a Salt Lake City hospital.

Mr. Sundwall said the man was overweight and had chronic medical conditions, including respiratory problems and other health issues, that would put him at risk.

Not including the Utah death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports eight swine flu deaths in the United States.

The CDC on Wednesday said 47 states and the District have a combined 5,710 confirmed and probable cases.

From wire dispatches and staff reports