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NAACP: social workers, judges need better training; a second questionable case of transracial adoption emerges | Courts

A controversial adoption case that has generated accusations of racism shows that police aren’t the only government officials who need to be aware of implicit bias and systemic racism, an official with the Manchester NAACP chapter said last week.

Donna Brown, a lawyer and chair of the chapter’s legal redress committee, said the case of Sandra and Clyde Lunsford — Black grandparents whose efforts to adopt their biracial grandchildren have been rejected by New Hampshire officials — is not an isolated case.

Mageorie Richardson, a Haitian-American in Medford, Mass., who has seen her nephews placed with a White family in New Hampshire, said this state’s social workers and judges have stymied her efforts to adopt her two biracial nephews.

“People who look like me, we don’t get justice,” Richardson said.

Brown said the second case reinforces the Manchester NAACP’s concern about how New Hampshire handles transracial adoptions.

“The recent focus

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Gov. Baker Pushes Flu Shots; Courts Plan for Jury Trials | Massachusetts News

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Getting a flu shot this year is one of the best ways to help the state guard against a spike in demand for health care services caused by any potential new surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday.

Public health officials have warned that an increase in both diseases could put pressure on the state’s hospitals and health care system, the Republican said at a news conference at a CVS Pharmacy in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston.

“As we continue to fight COVID-19, it’s critical that we do everything we can to minimize the impact of the flu and other respiratory diseases,” Baker said. “Having the flu and COVID-19 surge in the commonwealth at exactly the same time would be an incredibly difficult situation for them to manage their way through.”

Baker said the state must also push harder to

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