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Worcester Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Fentanyl, Cocaine and Firearm Offenses

Boston Field ATF reports - BOSTON, MA: A Worcester man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester for drug and firearm offenses. Cleon Riley, 36, was sentenced by District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In November 2018, Riley pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition,…
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U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Conviction and Sentence of New Hampshire Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Charges Arising Out of Saco Home Invasion

Boston Field ATF reports - Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that the First Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday affirmed the conviction and 20 years plus life in prison sentence of Gregory Owens, 62, formerly of Londonderry, New Hampshire, imposed in July 2016 in District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen. After a 10-day jury trial in February 2016, Owens was convicted of…
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New CDC analysis shows steep and sustained increases in STDs

Latest data reveal threat to multiple populations. CDC reports - Nearly million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, This surpassed the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases and marked the…
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NATION – Federal, state law enforcement agencies partner with nonprofits to rescue trafficking victims prior to NBA All-Star 2019

CHARLOTTE, ICE reports – Representatives from a variety of federal and state law enforcement agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations hit the streets of Charlotte early Thursday morning to target potential human traffickers and aid victims in the hours leading up to NBA All-Star 2019.“Criminals often capitalize on large, special events to conduct illicit activity, including the trafficking of human beings,” said John Eisert, acting…
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Baker-Polito Administration Names Samantha Phillips as MEMA Director

BOSTON, MA: Office of the Governor reports ;— The Baker-Polito Administration has named emergency management expert Samantha Phillips as the new director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the state agency that works to ensure the state is prepared to withstand, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters. She will succeed outgoing Director Kurt Schwartz, who has spent 30 years in public…
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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND CULTURE

Febuary 1, 2019 - Mayor Martin Walsh offers remarks at the kick off event for Black History Month at Boston City Hall. (Mayor's Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson) City of Boston reports: February is Black History Month. We at the Employee Assistance Program want to take this opportunity to explore issues and resources that impact the African American community, as well as local City events celebrating Black…
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Kraft Secures the 6th NE Patriots Victory Trophy

(Boston, MA 2/5/19) The New England Patriots victory parade. (Mayor's Office Photo by John Wilcox) New England Patriots football principal Robert Kraft carries the 6th17 617 Trophy while riding a Duck through Boston. View additional photos by (Boston, MA 2/5/19) The New England Patriots victory parade. (Mayor's Office Photo by John Wilcox) (Boston, MA 2/5/19) The New England Patriots victory parade. (Mayor's Office Photo by…
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NATION – “The State of Our Union is Strong” President Donald Trump

Washington, DC: President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address. Washington, DC: White House reports – Here are the special guests who will join the President and First Lady at the Capitol when President Donald J. Trump delivers the second State of the Union Address of his presidency. This year’s guests come from all different walks of life, and each has an incredible…
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New England Patriots win Super Bowl – VICTORY PARADE Tuesday

The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams and win the Super Bowl 13 to 3. Lawyer Milloy and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for the 6th win of the Patriots. The City of Boston will host a duck boat parade Tuesday to celebrate the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII victory over the Los Angeles Rams. The parade will kick off Tuesday, February 5, at 11 ;from…
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Dept of Homeland Security Secures Super Football Bowl 53 Entertainment Event

DHS CBP AMO is providing vital, real-time aerial downlink via cameras mounted on our aircraft to ground-based law enforcement personnel, increasing their situational awareness. Twenty-five DHS Entities Involved in Securing the Event at taxpayer expense. WASHINGTON, DC: US DHS reports – Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel, local law enforcement officials, and the National Football League (NFL) security…
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AGE STRONG COMMISSION ANNOUNCED BY MAYOR WALSH

Mayor Walsh announced the launch of the Age Strong Commission perviously know as the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, during his annual State of the City ; (Boston, MA 1/15/19) Mayor Martin Walsh State of the City Address at Symphony Hall. (Mayor's Office Photo by John Wilcox) Boston, MA: - Office of the Mayor reports - Mayor Martin J. Walsh tonight announced the launch of the…
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911 Runs in MA – Call if you can, text if you can’t. Boston Strong !

BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts State 911 Department is pleased to announce that Text to 911 is now available throughout the Commonwealth. All Massachusetts 911 call centers now have ability to receive a text message through their 911 system. The Baker-Polito Administration has supported making these system enhancements since ; Text to 911 allows those in need of emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 911 when…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – A blizzard of prescriptions’: Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin

Stat News by Andrew Joseph reports - When Purdue Pharma started selling its prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin in 1996, Dr. Richard Sackler asked people gathered for the launch party to envision natural disasters like an earthquake, a hurricane, or a blizzard. The debut of OxyContin, said Sackler — a member of the family that started and controls the company and then a company executive — “will…
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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…
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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…
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