5 Things to Know Today, Thursday, Aug. 30

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Weather: Sunny skies with highs in the Mid-80s are expected today, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures could reach the mid-90s tomorrow.

Medford Schools to Reduce Buses from 18 to 16, Merge Minuteman Bus: In a cost-saving measure, Medford Public Schools will be using two fewer buses than last school year, according to Superintendent Roy Belson. As part of the consolidation, a bus previously dedicated to Medford students attending Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington was eliminated, Belson said. Instead, a bus will pick up Medford students attending Minuteman, drop them off in Lexington and return to Medford to run routes for Medford Public Schools, Belson said. After making a run of elementary school drop-offs in the afternoon, the bus will return to Lexington to pick up Minuteman students at 3:30 p.m., about an hour after the school day ends, except on Wednesdays when it will arrive in Lexington at 2:30 p.m., Belson said.

An unidentified Cambridge man in his 70s is the second person in Middlesex County to be infected by the West Nile Virus this year, according to the state's Department of Health and Human Services. The man remained hospitalized as of last week, according to a DHHS press release.

How Big Of A Problem Are Drugs/Alcohol At MHS?: According to a new study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, roughly 17 percent of American high school students engage in smoking, drinking or doing drugs during the school day. The study also indicated that approximately 86 percent of students indicated that they knew of classmates who abused drugs or alcohol during the school day. Are drugs a problem in Medford?

Medford Readers' Choice Winners 2012: Check out the winners, if you haven't already.


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