Nancy Turnbull, an insurance specialist who helped shape the state's landmark health coverage initiative, is joining the board overseeing its implementation. Attorney General Martha Coakley appointed Turnbull yesterday to the unpaid board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority. Turnbull, who advocated for the full insurance coverage as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, recently stepped down from that post to become an associate dean for educational programs at the Harvard School of Public Health. Turnbull replaces Charles Joffe-Halpern, whose term expired last month. Turnbull's appointment runs through June 2010.
West Nile carriers found in West Roxbury
For the first time this summer, mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus have been detected in Boston. Statewide, insects carrying West Nile have been identified in six cities and towns. In Boston, the infected mosquitoes were found in West Roxbury. No human cases of the potentially lethal disease have been reported in Boston or elsewhere in the state. Last year, three people contracted the illness; all survived. The other cities and towns where West Nile has been found in mosquitoes include Berkley, Brookline, Marlborough, Medford, and Salem. August is usually when West Nile begins widely circulating in mosquitoes.
6 held in assault on officer outside club
Six men were arrested for disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer outside a club in Dorchester early yesterday morning. Officers were conducting a routine check at Kay's Oasis Night Club around 1:30 a.m. when a patron began to badger the officers, police said. After identifying themselves as police officers, one of the individuals said, "I don't care," police said. While escorting the first person from the club, a second individual became aggressive, leading to a number of men pushing and shoving the officers, police said.
Trucker killed as his tractor hits a ledge
A truck driver was killed yesterday when his tractor veered off the right shoulder of Interstate 93 and hit a rock ledge, State Police said. The driver, Jonathan D. Allard, 35, of Attleboro, lost control of the tractor while traveling on the ramp from Route 28 onto southbound I-93 about 4 p.m. He was later pronounced dead at Caritas Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. Police were unclear as to whether he was wearing a seatbelt.
Triple-E detected in second mosquito pool
The state Department of Health and Human Services said yesterday that tests are positive for Eastern equine encephalitis in a mosquito pool found in Brentwood. This is the second mosquito pool found positive this year for Triple-E; the first was in Newton last week. Health Commissioner John Stephen said that even if Triple-E hasn't been found in a community, that does not mean there is no risk, especially for residents in Rockingham, eastern Hillsborough, and southern Strafford counties. where the disease has shown up for several years. The department is urging everyone to wear mosquito repellent when outside, remove standing water from around homes, and wear long sleeves and pants when outside around dusk and dawn, the mosquitoes' favorite feeding time. (AP)
Cute kitty was actually a wild bobcat
A kitten that wandered into an auto parts store yesterday elicited oohs and aahs from onlookers. But this was no ordinary kitty. It was a feisty, frightened bobcat. The feline entered VIP Auto shortly before 8 a.m. and wandered the length of the store before it went into a bathroom, where it hid. The Maine Warden Service was called, and soon Warden Alan Curtis donned thick gloves and brought the kitten out in a plastic basket. It was transferred to the Maine Wildlife Farm in Gray. (AP)
Group helps search for missing student
A missing persons' group is getting involved in the search for a University of Massachusetts nursing student who went missing in New Hampshire over three years ago. Arkansas-based Let's Bring Them Home is offering a $75,000 reward for information that could solve the mystery of Maura Murray, who disappeared Feb. 9, 2004. Her car left the road on Route 112 in Haverhill but she was gone when police arrived. The group's toll-free tip line is 866-479-5284. (AP)
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