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Boston Latin School Closed

Boston Latin School ClosedThe Boston Latin School will be closed until Wednesday, May 27 because approximately 260 students were absent today, said a source familiar with the situation.

Yesterday only about 200 students were absent and on average about 80 students are absent from BLS, which has a student population of about 2400.

Mayor Thomas Menino, the Boston Public Health Commission, as well as Dept. of Public Health officials will join together at 2:45 p.m. to talk about preventing the spread of the H1N1 flu aka the swine flu.

All families and staff have been notified of the closing via automated phone calls and letters home.

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Ryan Church Blunder

Ryan Church BlunderMets Dumbfounded by Their Mistakes.

His shoulders slumped, his eyes heavy, his goatee likely grayer than it was just four hours earlier, Jerry Manuel emerged from the Mets’ clubhouse late Monday night and spotted a massage table.

“I need to lie down,” Manuel said.

No wonder. The Mets arrived at Dodger Stadium in first place in the National League East. They left, after a 3-2 loss to the Manny Ramirez-less Dodgers in 11 innings, leaving Manuel wondering if he was managing a team sponsored by Chico’s Bail Bonds. The carnage included a season-high five errors — including two in the 11th, which led to the Dodgers’ winning run — one decisive base-running blunder by Ryan Church and countless slack jaws, head shakes and dumbfounded looks in a solemn clubhouse.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Carlos Beltran said.

And neither had anyone else. To be fair, Manuel said he had seen his former charges, the Chicago White Sox, commit five errors, not that he was boasting of that achievement or anything. But no, he had never seen a player completely miss tagging third base on his way home as Church did in the top of the 11th. That gaffe canceled what would have been the go-ahead run, ended the inning and breathed life into the Dodgers. Not that, on this night, they needed any extra help. The five errors were the Mets’ most since they committed six on Sept. 16, 2007, against Philadelphia.

“The guy missed third base, that’s unbelievable,” Manuel said. “I can’t explain why or how or anything, but he actually missed the base. To me, it’s just hard to miss third base. I know there are guys who miss first because they’re looking for the ball, that type of thing, but I don’t remember if I’ve ever seen a guy miss third base in a situation like that.”

Then he clarified. No, he had not. Church, for his part, said he thought he nicked the side of the bag as he rounded third, heading home on Angel Pagan’s gapper to right-center. But the third-base coach Razor Shines did not complain when the Dodgers appealed, and Manuel did not argue the call.

“I just feel terrible because touching the bag is a simple thing to do and I didn’t do it,” Church said.

Making the simple difficult since 1962 — that could be the Mets’ motto. At times this season, the Mets (21-17) have turned that act into an art form, missing cut-off men, failing to slide and running into outs. But they have played better recently, even as injuries have caused two of their stars — Jose Reyes (right calf tendinitis) and Carlos Delgado (right hip surgery) — and a valued utility player, Alex Cora (torn right thumb ligament), to miss time. In their stead, Manuel has been forced to mix and match, starting players at unfamiliar positions because he has little choice.

Which is how it came to pass that Ramon Martinez, who arrived at 6:45 p.m. — 25 minutes before the first pitch — after being recalled from Class AAA Buffalo, was playing shortstop Monday night and committed two errors. And how Pagan was getting his first major-league start in more than a year. And how Jeremy Reed, who now has a total of 16 1/3 innings of major-league experience at the position, came to be playing first base in the 11th inning.

From that post, Reed gazed out toward left-center field as Xavier Paul’s fly ball started to plummet. Pagan and Beltran converged. Beltran said he called the ball, “like, six times,” but Pagan did not move.

“Pagan was still in the middle and I couldn’t see the ball,” Beltran said. “If Pagan would have called that ball, my job is to get out of the way. Basically he stood in the middle and I just couldn’t see the ball.”

The ball dropped between them, and Mark Loretta, who had walked against Brian Stokes to lead off the inning, scooted to third. Paul zipped to second, and the Dodgers had the winning run on third. Not so fast, though. Juan Pierre was walked intentionally, loading the bases, and Rafael Furcal flied to shallow left. One out. The Mets should have — could have — escaped when Orlando Hudson followed by tapping a grounder to Reed.

Reed fielded the ball perfectly. He got into throwing position immediately. However, “looking back on it now, I probably just rushed,” he said.

His throw home sailed wide of the catcher, Ramon Castro, and Loretta scored. Dodgers 3, Mets 2. A premonition of these fill-ins being exposed that Manuel had offered a few hours before Monday’s game had come true.

“I haven’t practiced that,” Reed said. “But I should be able to do that. I pride myself — wherever he sticks me, I can make plays.”

The Mets have not hit a home run in five straight games, which would be an irrelevant piece of trivia if not for the fact that the last two nights have proven that they actually could really have used one. Their situational hitting skills must have played hooky Sunday, skipped the short flight from San Francisco and — even aware that Delgado is out indefinitely — made little effort to arrive in time for Monday’s game.

In 48 hours, Manuel has seen a dramatic shift in the tenor of his team’s offense. In winning the opening three games in San Francisco, the Mets went 19-for-47 with runners in scoring position, slapping singles and lining doubles all over the field. In losing their last two games, the Mets have gone 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position, magnifying what has been a season-long dearth of power. The Mets entered Monday with 26 homers, ahead of only Pittsburgh, Oakland and San Francisco.

“I think you need a little power here and there, I think you need that, but I think it’s dangerous to ask the group that’s not sluggers to be sluggers,” Manuel said. “I think we have to continue to preach the type of baseball that we played in San Francisco, because we have the ability to play that type of game.”

The lone bright spot for the Mets was Tim Redding, who in his debut showed that he could be a capable fifth starter. After giving up two runs in the first, Redding shut down the Dodgers, allowing just two hits over six innings in emerging with a quality start. The Mets evened the score at 2-2 in the eighth, on an infield single by Gary Sheffield. Four Mets relievers combined to hold the Dodgers scoreless until the 11th, when, as Redding said, in beautifully understated fashion, “a couple things didn’t go our way tonight.”

If only it were a couple. Then Manuel may not have needed a rest.

“It was a bad game on our part,” Manuel said. “Very bad.”

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Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome

Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome
What is Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome? Brooklyn writer Carla Sosenko shares facts about condition.

Carla Sosenko, a freelance writer and full-time copy editor at Bauer Publishing who lives in Brooklyn, has revealed in the new issue of Marie Claire that she is suffering from a potentially fatal disorder called Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome.

Sosenko explains in the Marie Claire piece that she was born with the disorder.

“For me, it means my right leg is larger than my left and trails slightly when I walk,” Sosenko writes in Marie Claire. “My back is an uneven, fatty slab with a dense lump above the waist (which a guy in high school once called a meatball); and a gigantic port-wine stain reaches around my broad torso and down toward my right thigh.”

KTS is a congenital circulatory disorder that typically presents with abnormal benign growths on the skin, arteriovenous abscesses and varicose veins, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. There may also be fused toes or fingers, or extra digits, in patients with KTS, according to the Institute.

Although there is no cure for KTS, it is believed to occur early in the developmental stage of an embryo.

The progressive disorder is treated symptomatically. Skin lesions can be treated with laser surgery, and discrepancies in limb size may be treated with surgery or orthopedic devices.

Blood clots and skin infections are common in KTS, according to Boston Children’s Hospital’s Web site, and both pain and heaviness in the affected limbs are a big concern with the majority of patients.

The complications of KTS can be life-threatening, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

In Sosenko’s case, the writer had kept her devastating health news private until recently. Sosenko, who is currently working on a memoir, doesn’t let the disease get in the way of living life.

“My story doesn't begin or end with K-T,” she writes in Marie Claire. “I have a full social calendar, a job that I love, excellent clothes, a teeny-tiny nose ring, a filthy mouth and a badass triangle pose.

"Most important, I have family and friends who care about me - and if one of them were in my position, I'd tell her that any man who judges her as harshly as she judges herself isn't worth knowing - and I'd mean it.”

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Patrick Swayze

Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze death rumor denied.

A spokeswoman for Patrick Swayze issued a statement Tuesday refuting "severely reckless" reports that the cancer-stricken actor died.

The statement from publicist Annett Wolf read, “This is to confirm that Patrick Swayze did not pass away this morning contrary to severely reckless reports stemming from a radio station in Jacksonville, Florida. Patrick Swayze is alive, well and is enjoying his life and he continues to respond to treatment.”

In addition to the unspecified Jacksonville radio station, a German TV news channel also repeated the incorrect news, which went viral via Twitter as well.

Wolf could not be reached for comment.

Swayze most recently starred in the A&E series "The Beast."

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Aubrey Louis Berry

Aubrey Louis BerryAubrey Louis Berry Dolla!

Aubrey Louis Berry arrest in the rapper Dolla Beverly Cetner shooting was broke by LALATE last night. Aubrey Louis Berry 23 of Georgia is still being held on $1 million bail.

Rapper Rapper Dolla was shot dead in the head at the Beverly Center late Monday afternoon while waiting in the valet area with fellow rapper D.J. Shabbazz.

Police then quickly said a grey SUV Mercedes carried one person of interest, reportedly en route to LAX. As LALATE first reported, two individuals were spotted leaving the Beverly Center after the shooting. The Times reports Berry is one of those two in the silver Mercedes-Benz SUV. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, says another male and a female with Berry have been questioned but not charged.

Inside Terminal 1 at LAX Aubrey Louis Berry was then reportedly arrested after admitting to have a handgun in possession. “Aubery” was initially used by press on Monday is now being reported as “Aubrey”. LAPD says Berry was arrested on suspicion of murder prior to boarding a plane.

Dolla had signed with Jive Records and Akon’s Konvict Muzik to release his debut album, Dolla & A Dream. Dolla had said of his music:

“I make ‘me’ music. I can do street music or pop music, but I make music from the heart — meaningful songs, songs with substance. I rap about the struggle, like being five years old, seeing your father killed before your eyes and instantly becoming a man on the streets.”

Dolla delivered the 2008 hit “Who The F Is That” (feat. T-Pain & Tay Dizm) and most recently “Good P–sy”

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