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Coronavirus Nation – Princeton University moves to Virtual Instruction and Decreased Campus Gatherings

Princeton Strong news – Princeton, NJ: Princeton University reports President Eisgruber updates University on next steps regarding COVID-19 to ensure health and well-being of the entire community Dear members of the Princeton community, I’m writing to update you on a series of new policies that Princeton University will be implementing in the coming days in response to COVID-19, commonly known as ; Since I last…
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ICE FIELDS Boston arrests Zimbabwean national indicted for rape

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: ICE reports Officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a Zimbabwean national, who is facing a felony rape charge, in Boston on Wednesday. Alois Mutare, 42, a citizen of Zimbabwe, was arrested during routine enforcement actions targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal reentrants and other immigration violators in New England. Mutare, who legally entered…
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City Events and Gatherings Continue

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is receiving many questions from arts and culture organizations seeking guidance on responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and things are changing daily. At this time, we are not recommending the cancellation of any events or gatherings, and we will still…
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PUBLIC EVENTS – At Least 8 People Who Attended A Boston Biogen Conference Have Coronavirus

BOSTON STRONG news - Boston, MA: WBUR Elisabeth Harrison and Angus Chen report Five Massachusetts employees and three out-of-state workers who attended a Biogen conference in Massachusetts have tested positive for coronavirus, according to state public health officials. The workers took part in a conference that was attended by roughly 175 participants last week. Other attendees tested positive for the flu, according to Biogen representative…
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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) CONFIRMED IN BOSTON

coronavirus 2020 Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December of 2019. As of March 6, 2020, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Boston resident and 3 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19…
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President Trump Signs Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

US STRONG news – Washington, DC: The White House reports President Trump Signs the Congressional Funding Bill for Coronavirus Response President Donald J. Trump, joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, takes questions from the press following the signing of the congressional funding bill for coronavirus response Friday, March 6, 2020, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (Official White…
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Water Disasters – Urban flooding is becoming more frequent & severe

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Mass Emergency Management Agency MEMA reports Urban flooding is becoming more frequent & severe, with increasingly serious impacts to stormwater infrastructure, vulnerable neighborhoods, local and regional economies, and public health. For more info, see this urban flooding report:
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Governor Baker and State Health Officials Discuss Community Preparedness With Health Care, Infectious Disease Experts and Front Line Leaders

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Gov reports coronavirus 2020 Baker-Polito Administration convened a meeting with front-line leaders representing hospitals, local public health boards, emergency response, long-term care, and higher education to discuss ongoing preparations for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Massachusetts. Governor Charlie Baker was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel, MBTA…
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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE SARS – COVID – 19 IN BOSTON

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports As of February 28, 2020, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The risk to residents in Boston remains low.  The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of ;…
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White House forms Coronavirus Task Force

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference. coronavirus 2020 news US STRONG news – Washington, DC: The White House reports James S. Brady Press Briefing RoomFebruary 26, 2020 6:37 EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, ; Thank you very much. Before I begin, I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the victims and…
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Columbia Gas Agrees to Plead Guilty in Connection with September 2018 Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: USDOJ Boston reports Company agrees to sell its business in Massachusetts and pay a $53 million fine, the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the Pipeline Safety Act. BOSTON – Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) has agreed to accept responsibility for the gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018, in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover that killed one individual, injured…
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Race Discrimination – Justice Department Files Amicus Brief Explaining that Harvard’s Race-Based Admissions Process Violates Federal Civil-Rights Law

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: US DOJ reports The Department of Justice today filed an amicus brief in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In its amicus brief, the United States explains that Harvard’s expansive use of race in its admissions process violates federal civil-rights law and Supreme Court…
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Unleashed Novel Coronavirus SARS COVID-19 to “take a foothold in the U.S.” CDC Warns.

Is a Saturated Medical System Prepared to Handle a Widespread Epidemic ? CDC reports Situation and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that…
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Man Sentenced for Sending Threatening Letters and White Powder to FBI

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: US DOJ MASS reports BOSTON – A Southwick man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield for sending two packages containing white powder to federal agencies in Springfield. Kevin A. Johnson, 48, was sentenced by District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to time served in prison (almost 15 months) and three years of supervised release. In November 2019,…
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CBP Deploys Tactical Units in Neighborhoods

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Suffolks County District Attorney reports Statement of District Attorney Rachael Rollins on Deployment of CBP Tactical Units in Neighborhoods February 14, 2020 – “Deploying militarized units into neighborhoods creates even greater fear and disorder and significantly harms relationships that local law enforcement agencies and public officials have worked so hard to build and foster. Don’t be fooled. None of…
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Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts Fall 5 Percent Since Peak in 2016

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Mass Public Health reports The rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 5 percent from its peak in 2016, despite the growing presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a driver of opioid-related overdose deaths, according to preliminary data in the latest quarterly opioid surveillance report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 2019, the…
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MASS Sues JUUL for Creating Youth Vaping Epidemic, Reveals New Facts About Campaign Targeting Young People

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: MA Office of the Attorney General reports AG’s Lawsuit Demands JUUL Pay for Cost of Public Health Crisis in Massachusetts. Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that her office has sued JUUL Labs Inc. for creating a youth vaping epidemic by intentionally marketing and selling its e-cigarettes to young people. Based on multiple depositions and hundreds of thousands of…
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MASS Joins Multi State Coalition in Fight Against US Public Charge Immigration Rules That Block Access to Citizenship

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: MA Office of the AG reports AG Files Amicus Briefs Challenging the Federal Government’s Efforts to Implement Unlawful and Cruel Immigration Policies. BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey today joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing two amicus briefs opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to block immigrants from securing visas to enter the United States based on its reinterpretation of…
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Senate Demands Answers from Amazon Billionaire Jeff Bezos as Work-Related Injuries Rise

Washington DC Strong news - Washington, DC: VT Senator Sanders reports Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are demanding answers from Amazon as work-related injuries at the company’s facilities continued to rise over the holidays, and recent reports indicate poor and unsafe working conditions. In a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Senators urged the company to put worker safety…
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Power Outage Generator Safety

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: MA Dept Fire Services reports - Learn to use generators safely to prevent fires, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and electrocution. Generators can be helpful when the power goes out for an extended period of time. It is important to know how use them safely to prevent fires, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and electrocution. Place the generator outdoors facing away…
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