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Report: Hundreds of at-risk Mass. kids are revictimized

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Allegations of child abuse outside of children’s homes rose by 16 percent in Massachusetts in 2013, according to a new state report, providing fresh incentive for Governor-elect Charlie Baker and his administration to continue focusing on vulnerable children after a tumultuous year for child welfare officials. Continue Reading →

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Physician society urges better understanding of new prenatal tests

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A national society of high-risk obstetricians urged health professionals to be more vigilant about prenatal screening tests in response to a New England Center for Investigative Reporting story that showed that some doctors and patients are placing too much faith in the tests' results, with several women inadvertently aborting healthy fetuses. Continue Reading →

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Mass. appeals court upholds ruling dismissing DCF lawsuit

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A nonprofit’s effort to improve Massachusetts' struggling child welfare system hit another roadblock this week with an appeals court decision that closed the door on an effort to get the federal court to oversee reform. The court on Dec. 15 upheld a lower court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed against the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Chief Judge Sandra Lynch of the US First Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in the 40-page decision that a district court judge – while pointing out major deficiencies in the child welfare system – was correct in dismissing the suit filed by the New York-based national advocacy organization, Children’s Rights. Continue Reading →

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Mass. state lawmaker urges action on elder abuse

A state lawmaker is urging Bay State officials to do more to help the growing number of exploited and abused elders in Massachusetts. Rep. James O’ Day, a Worcester Democrat and chair of the House Elder Affairs Committee, said colleagues should act on a recent state report that documented the rising risks to seniors, especially financial exploitation suffered by women who are 80 years old and older. The report, by the 19-member Elder Protective Services Commission, laid out a blueprint to help seniors, including better training of people who work with elders and an awareness campaign to educate the public about the potential for abuse. First on the list were recommendations to help elder caseworkers, not generally experts in financial services, to scout out financial abuse through the help of  “multidisciplinary teams,” including lawyers, financial specialists and lenders. The 31-page report also recommended an awareness campaign to educate the public, similar to campaigns revolving around domestic and sexual violence. Continue Reading →

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A letter to Putin from NECIR journalist detained by Russian authorities

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Dear Mr. Putin, Was it really necessary to replay a scene from a tired, old cold war movie? I’m referring to Thursday morning when your government dispatched at least six of its immigration agents to disrupt an investigative reporting workshop that a colleague and I were conducting at a hotel in your hometown of St. Petersburg. Among our “subversive” topics: how to be fair and balanced, ethical and thorough, and how to use data to be more precise and accurate. Continue Reading →

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