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December 22, 2013

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Police ID elderly man killed in Waltham crash

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have identified an elderly driver who died after he suffered a medical incident before lost control of his car that crashed onto the center median barrier in Waltham.

State police said on Saturday that 77-year-old Edward Fredericks of Waltham was driving north on Interstate 95 when the crash occurred on Friday. He was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still investigating circumstances and facts surrounding the crash.

UNH study looks at student restraint, seclusion

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Students who have a disability are more likely to be restrained and secluded in school than students without a disability, according to a new University of New Hampshire study.

Restraint is a practice that uses physical or mechanical means to restrict a student’s freedom of motion. Seclusion is a practice that usually involves the involuntary isolation of a student for a period of several minutes.

The research, presented by the Carsey Institute, finds on average across school districts nationwide, there were 2.6 instances of restraint for every 100 students with a disability for the 2009-2010 school year, compared with only 0.1 instances for every 100 students without a disability. Seclusion rates followed a similar pattern.

Many school districts report no instances of restraint of a student with a disability. However, a small proportion of districts report exceedingly high rates.

“Schools today are tasked with implementing positive techniques that can effectively manage the difficult and sometimes violent behaviors of the most challenging students with a disability, which might lead some schools to more extreme measures,” the researchers said.

This research is based on data from the 2009-2010 Civil Rights Data Collection and the 2009 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

Mass. rapist seeks accuser’s crisis center records

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court is set to hear arguments next month in a case drawing strenuous opposition from advocates for rape victims.

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