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“Happiness” exercises can boost mood in those recovering from substance use disorder

Mass General Hospital reports - Brief, text-based, self-administered exercises can significantly increase in-the-moment happiness for adults recovering from substance use disorders, report researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute. The study, published online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, is the first of its kind to test whether positive psychology exercises boost happiness in persons recovering from substance use. “Addiction scientists are increasingly moving beyond the traditional focus on reducing or eliminating substance use by advocating treatment protocols…
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Governor Baker Signs Bill To Ensure First Responders’ Confidential Access to Mental Health Services

BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined law enforcement and elected officials for a ceremonial bill signing for , An Act relative to critical incident intervention by emergency service providers. This bill established a privilege for communications by first responders who, after witnessing traumatic events, seek out their peers for crisis intervention services. This will ensure law enforcement officers are able to confide in their peers about their experiences without fear of the conversation being used against them…
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AG Healey Prioritizes Opioid Epidemic, Climate Change, Gun Violence Prevention and Education Funding in Inaugural Address

BOSTON, MA:  — Attorney General Maura Healey was sworn in for her second term today and administered the oath of office to hundreds of Assistant Attorneys General. In her inaugural address, AG Healey focused on a few specific priorities for the years ahead, including a continued focus on the opioid epidemic, leadership on clean energy and addressing climate change, gun violence prevention efforts, and support for new funding for education to help all students in Massachusetts succeed. At the Emerson Colonial Theatre – after…
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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh STATE OF THE CITY 2019

January 15th, 2019 - Mayor Martin Walsh delivers the 2019 State of the City address at Symphony Hall in Boston. (Mayor's Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson) Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his State of the City address. Thank you everyone. To my mother Mary , my brother John , and to Lorrie : Thank you for never letting me forget where I come from. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you. Governor Baker and Constitutional Officers; Speaker…
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Historic Occurrences – The Great Molasses Flood Boston Disaster of 1919

Boston, MA: - Cylinder Stress Failure - The Great Molasses Flood, also known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919 in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A large molasses storage tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event entered local folklore and for decades afterwards residents claimed that on hot summer days the area still smelled of molasses. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. On…
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WORLD – Robert Kraft, New England (football) Patriots Owner, Announced as the 2019 Genesis Prize Laureate

New York, USA and Tel Aviv, Israel – Today, , The Genesis Prize Foundation announced prominent American philanthropist and owner of the New England Patriots football team, Robert Kraft, as the 2019 Genesis Prize Laureate. Awarded “Jewish Nobel” for his commitment to Israel, social justice and equality. Will use $1 million award to combat anti-Semitism, efforts at de-legitimization of Israel. The annual $1 million Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” by Time Magazine, honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, and…
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Marathon Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet Struck by Car in Back Bay, Hospitalized

“Struck by a car on Commonwealth Avenue, while on a crosswalk,” she wrote in the post. “Thrown into the air and landed, crushing the left side of my body. Yesterday. I’m completely broken. More surgery to come.” Heartbreakers heart for Boston bombings survivor Adrianne Haslet who has been hospitalized following a Back Bay pedestrian motor vehicle accident. Haslet lost her leg as a result of the Boston bombings. A high tech replacement prosthesis allowed her to dance again. She is…
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Mogul Law Boston – DAs will appeal court order to turn over files to Boston Globe

Boston Red Sox baseball enterprise and Boston Globe owner John Henry. Boston, MA: Boston Globe reports – Three district attorneys, who have already spent more than $80,000 in public funds fighting a public records suit for data on the cases they prosecute, vowed this month to appeal an order to turn over the records to the Globe, which is likely to further boost their legal bills. Attorney General Maura Healey. Attorney General Maura Healey sued the three prosecutors — Plymouth…
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