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According to the New York Times, the Brooklyn district attorney on Wednesday confirmed that the investigation into the September death was continuing.

The medical examiner’s office determined the cause of death was Type 1 herpes caused by “ritual circumcision with oral suction.”

The ritual is almost exclusively practiced in ultra-Orthodox communities. The city has tried to work with the Hasidic community to alert it of the procedure’s potential health risks.

The oral-suction ritual involves removing the foreskin of the penis and then sucking the blood from the wound to clean it.

The city reported three cases of Type 1 herpes linked to the ritual in 2003-04. One resulted in death.


Biologists project big Pacific salmon season

SACRAMENTO | Pacific Coast fishermen can start gearing up for what’s expected to be the best salmon fishing season in years.

Federal fishery managers are projecting robust populations of Chinook and coho salmon off the Pacific Coast and in California and Oregon rivers.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council on Wednesday approved three options for managing West Coast salmon fisheries this year. All of them give anglers plenty of time to fish later this spring and summer.

The regulatory council is expected to choose a final plan when it meets in Seattle early next month.

Biologists say the number of Chinook salmon returning to the Sacramento, Klamath and Rogue rivers is projected to be significantly higher this year.

In 2008 and 2009, poor salmon returns led to the largest fishery closures on record.


Family wants answers in teen’s shooting death

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