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Growing concern about 'juuling' among teens in schools

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 7:58 AM

‘Juuling’ Trend Growing Among Teens, Raises Concerns

There’s growing concern in our area about a dangerous new trend among teens.

Boston 25 News first told you about “juuling” over the summer. It’s a way of vaping with a small new device that can be easily hidden, or mistaken for a thumb drive.

They can easily be recharged, even with a computer, and because the Juul pods are flavored, the scent can be mistaken for perfume.

MORE: Local doctor warns parents of dangers of Juul e-cigarettes

The principal of Newton South High School posted information about e-cigarettes, including the Juul device, for parents on Oct. 31.

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The letter shows examples of how the Juul device can be disguised by looking like a Sharpie or a pen. The letter also warns parents that the vapor is unsafe and harmful to young people when mixed with liquid nicotine or THC.

Doctors said smoking one Juul is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes, and even before the school year was underway, they told Boston 25 News that they were concerned.

“I’m seeing kids starting to get this,” a doctor said. “I’m seeing the marketing has entered into the kids and I’m seeing parents have no idea about these things.”

In a letter to parents, the principal at Newton South High School wrote, “We know that nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain. The use of the devices on school grounds is both against school policy and against city ordinance. Students caught using or in possession of these devices are subject to school discipline.”

The Juul is also easy for teenagers to get. It costs about $50 for the starter kit, and the age verification process online isn’t very complicated.

According to the Boston Globe, Juuling is also popping up in high schools in places like Wellesley, Needham and Braintree.

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Loyal dog stays with lost 3-year-old overnight, police say

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 11:38 PM

Loyal Dog Stays With Lost Toddler Overnight

A family’s loyal dog stayed with a lost 3-year-old girl until search crews found them Saturday, according to police.

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Max, a 17-year-old blue heeler that is deaf and partially blind, walked off with the girl Friday afternoon. He stayed with her through the cold, rainy night until they were located about 15 hours later, more than a mile from home, on a remote part of the family’s property, according to ABC News.

"The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she'd traveled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her," Ian Phipps, an area controller with the State Emergency Service, told ABC News

The girl’s grandmother, Leisa Marie Bennett, faintly heard the child’s voice. She first found Max, who led her to the girl, who had minor cuts and bruises.

“When I heard her yell 'Grammy' I knew it was her," she told ABC News. "I shot up the mountain, and when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her. He never left her sight. She smelled of dog. She slept with the dog. It could have gone any of 100 ways, but she's here. She's alive. She's well and it's a great outcome for our family."

For his efforts, Max was named an honorary police dog.

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Steve Bannon strikes deal in Mueller probe: reports

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:14 AM

Steve Bannon Makes Deal With Robert Mueller

Steve Bannon has struck a deal to be interviewed by a special prosecutor in the Robert Mueller investigation, according to reports.

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In the deal, Bannon will be interviewed by prosecutors rather than in front of the grand jury, according to CNN

Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief strategist, was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury last week. He is the first in Trump's inner circle to be interviewed in the investigation. It is unclear when the interview will take place.

Bannon was in Washington on Tuesday to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in its ongoing investigation of Russian meddling. The closed-door meeting was expected to focus on Bannon's time as Trump's campaign chief.

During the 12 hour testimony, Bannon's attorneys were relaying the interview to the White House, according to The Associated Press.

Bannon attorney Bill Burck corresponded with the White House counsel's office asking if his client could answer the questions he was being asked. The office told Burck that Bannon should not to talk about his work on Trump's transition team and his time in the White House, according to The Associated Press.

Trump named Bannon, the former chairman of the conservative news website Breitbart News, as his campaign chief in August 2016. Bannon left the Trump administration in August 2017.

He rejoined Breitbart News after his departure, but announced last week that he would be leaving again amid criticism of his comments to "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" author Michael Wolff.

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Steel rods to blame for flat tires to 30 cars on Florida highway

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

Stranded motorists on northbound I-95 are assisted after 30 vehicles got flat tires Monday morning, April 23, 2018 due to metal debris in the road. (Photo: Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)
Stranded motorists on northbound I-95 are assisted after 30 vehicles got flat tires Monday morning, April 23, 2018 due to metal debris in the road. (Photo: Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

A truck and trailer dropped steel rods onto Interstate 95 in South Florida early Monday, causing flat tires to 30 vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Crews have removed debris from the roadway and troopers are looking on the shoulders of the highway to make sure all of the rods have been collected, said Lt. Alvaro A. Feola, a FHP spokesman.

No one was injured, Feola said. A few cars also sustained damage to the rims of their tires. 

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Fight over Facebook post causes Florida woman to lose toe

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:56 PM

Fight over Facebook Post Causes Woman To Lose Toe

A Jacksonville, Florida, woman lost part of her toe in a fight that apparently started because of a post on Facebook, according to police. 

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On Tuesday at 11:47 p.m., an officer responded to a call about a battery with injuries at a residence in the 1700 block of W. 27th Street. 

The caller said that a woman would not leave her property, but that the woman had left the area by the time the officer arrived.

The caller told 911 that the woman had thrown a brick at her. Once the officer arrived at the scene, the caller said no one had thrown a brick and no one had been injured.

Shortly after the officer left the residence, the woman who was initially accused of throwing a brick flagged down an officer in the 4500 block of Moncrief Road and said she had been battered, the police report said. 

The accused woman, who is identified as the victim in the police report, said she had been in the front yard of the home, talking to her boyfriend. She said 19-year-old Gionet Dennis exited the residence and started yelling for the victim to get off her property. 

The victim told the officer that she had begun yelling back, and the two women had gotten into a fight. 

The victim's boyfriend tried to stop the fight by standing between the women. When the victim tried to get into her car and flee the scene, Dennis threw a brick at the vehicle and the brick landed on the victim's toe, the police report said.

The victim was able to leave the area, police said.

According to the police report, the boyfriend told the officer he had been trying to get the victim to leave the residence because he said Dennis was mad and posting on Facebook

The police report said the victim's toe was severely injured and appeared disfigured. The officer noted the tip of her toe was no longer attached. 

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded and treated the victim's injuries. 

Dennis was arrested and taken to a pretrial facility. 

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