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Kevin Cullen

Slaughter of the innocents

On Friday afternoon, Dr. Judy Palfrey was doing her rounds at Children’s Hospital, above Longwood Avenue. Two miles away, on the other side of town, her husband, Sean, like her a pediatrician, was doing the same at Boston Medical Center.

The news about what had happened 150 miles away in Connecticut seeped out slowly along the corridors where sick children are cared for. The adults — the nurses, the parents, doctors like the Palfreys — gradually realized the extent of the horror in Newtown but did their best not to betray that knowledge to the kids.

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