National news briefs: Brain-dead girl in California is transferred to a new facility

January 6
CALIFORNIA
Brain-dead girl taken to new facility

A 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is being cared for at a facility that shares her family’s belief that she is alive, her uncle said Monday.

Jahi McMath’s family and their lawyer would not disclose where the eighth-grader was taken Sunday night after a weeks-long battle to prevent Children’s Hospital Oakland from removing her from the breathing machine that has kept her heart beating for 28 days.

The uncle, Omari Sealey, told reporters Monday that Jahi traveled by ground and that there were no complications in the transfer, suggesting that she may still be in California. Nurses and doctors are working to stabilize her with intravenous antibiotics, minerals and supplements while she remains on the ventilator, lawyer Christopher Dolan said.

The nearly $50,000 in private donations the family has raised since taking the case public helped cover the carefully choreographed handoff to the
critical-care team and transportation to the new location, Sealey said.

— Associated Press

MASSACHUSETTS
After 20 years, new mayor in Boston

One political era ended and a new one began Monday as Martin Walsh was sworn in as mayor of Boston, succeeding Thomas Menino, the city’s longest-serving chief executive, who retired after more than two decades in office.

“I will listen. I will learn. I will lead,” Walsh, 46, said in his inaugural address at Boston College, his alma mater.

The former Democratic state representative and onetime labor leader thanked Menino, who first took office in 1993, saying his “legacy is already legend, and his vision is all around us.”

Menino, 71, left City Hall for the last time as mayor Monday morning to applause from staffers and city workers.

— Associated Press

ENVIRONMENT
In report, 8 options to stop invasive carp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a report years in the making on options for keeping Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

The report, given to Congress on Monday, focuses on the Chicago Area Waterway System, a network of rivers and canals that provides a direct link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River.

The report offers eight plans for preventing Asian carp and other species from migrating between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basin. Some involve placing physical barriers in waterways to separate the watersheds. The report estimates that physical separation could cost as much as $18.4 billion and take 25 years to complete.

Other potential steps include the use of locks, electric barriers and water treatment to remove invasive species.

— Associated Press

Man held in fire at Chinese Consulate: The FBI announced Monday that a Chinese national with permanent-resident status has been arrested in the investigation of a fire set intentionally at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. Yan Feng, 39, of Daly City, Calif., was arrested Friday and made his first court appearance Monday. According to an FBI affidavit, Yan says he was motivated by voices he was hearing. No one was hurt in the New Year’s Day blaze, which charred a doorway and damaged the lobby of the building.

New Boston mayor is sworn in: Martin Walsh, a former Democratic state representative and onetime labor leader, was sworn in as mayor of Boston on Monday, succeeding Thomas Menino, the city’s longest-serving chief executive, who retired after more than two decades in office.

Ohio student convicted of rape leaves prison: One of two high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a 2012 party in Steubenville, Ohio, in a case that drew national attention, has been released from juvenile detention. Ma’Lik Richmond completed his sentence at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility on Sunday, his attorney Walter Madison said. Richmond was sentenced to one year in juvenile detention. Trenton Mays, who was also convicted on charges of rape and child pornography for using his phone to take a picture of the victim naked, was sentenced to two years.

Crash closes Aspen airport: Two men from Mexico were being treated Monday for serious injuries and another was dead after a fiery plane crash at the airport in Aspen, Colo., a popular ski resort where wealthy visitors shuttle in and out on private flights. The plane went off the right side of the runway, flipped over and burst into flames Sunday afternoon, said Alex Burchetta, director of operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department. The airport remained closed as authorities investigated the crash during the busy ski season.

Bombing victim’s family to build marathon team: The family of Martin Richard, 8, one of three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing last April, has created a charitable foundation in his memory and is recruiting a team of charity runners for this year’s marathon. In a blog posting Monday, the family said the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation’s mission is to invest in education, athletics and community.

— From news services

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