Local Headlines: October 28, 2019
Brigham & Women's Doctors Perform First Full Face Transplant for Black Patient.
Robert Chelsea, 68, was left with facial disfigurements after a car accident in 2013 in which his car caught on fire. Now, he is grateful for a second chance after a 16-hour surgery at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. A team of over 45 physicians and medical professionals was involved with the surgery. [WCVB]
The Background on the Proposed Bill That Would Ban the B Word.
In Massachusetts, anyone can write a bill and request that their legislator file it on their behalf. Democratic Representative Daniel Hunt filed a bill last week that seeks to ban the word "bitch." Hunt said he believed it was his duty to "serve as a conduit for direct petitions from our constituents." [WBUR]
Airlines Have Policies for Passengers with Offensive Body Odor.
In some cases, you may not be allowed to fly if fellow passengers are offended by your BO. A couple who had completed hiking the Appalachian Trail and were catching a flight from Logan this month were escorted off of a Frontier Airlines flight. The airline did provide them with travel toiletries and told them to come back after they'd had a shower and found clean clothes. [Outside Online]
Saturday Was Drug Take Back Day.
On Saturday October 26, the Drug Enforcement Administration hosted a national Take Prescription Drug Back Day. This year the list of acceptable items to dispose of expanded to include vaping cartridges and e-cigarettes, though the lithium ion batteries must be removed prior to drop off. If you missed the day, Massachusetts also offers permanent locations where you can dispose of medications and vape supplies. [WBUR]
Boston Public Library Will No Longer Fine Young People.
The BPL has announced that it will no longer charge late fees for anyone under 18, with the goal of removing barriers to access for library services. However, young people will still not be allowed to check out new material until the overdue items are returned. [CBS Boston]
Pedestrian Traffic Safety in Massachusetts.
A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association has released numbers on pedestrian traffic deaths across the U.S. Last year in Massachusetts, there were 38 deaths, putting the state at #24 for most pedestrian traffic fatalities. [Patch]