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Over Fifty Local Boards Of Health Call On Governor Baker To Require Health Impact Assessments For Gas Pipelines

Boston, MA: via Sierra -  53 local Boards of Health across Massachusetts today urged Governor Charlie Baker to require comprehensive health impact assessments for any new gas infrastructure, to measure the effects on the climate and human health. In a joint letter, the Boards of Health say that fracked gas infrastructure “increases health disparities, worsens public health, and makes poor use of our health care resources by…
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Massachusetts Sierra Club Responds to Attorney General’s Request that Department of Public Utilities DENY National Grid Special Contract for Back Bay Pipeline

Boston, MA :  -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed an initial brief on Tuesday in the matter of National Grid’s request for approval of a Special Contract with luxury real estate developer One Dalton LLC., recommending that the state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) deny the request. The Special Contract would pave the way for construction of the Back Bay/South End Pipeline to service…
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OPIOID CRISIS – CITY REQUEST FOR INFORMATION TO EXPLORE LITIGATION AGAINST PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES INVOLVED

The City of Boston seeks to gather information from qualified law firms, universities, think tanks, hospitals, governmental entities, researchers, and any other interested parties. Boston, MA: - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the City of Boston's approach to potential litigation against pharmaceutical companies and other entities contributing to the opioid crisis. The City seeks to gather information…
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INNOVATION – NJOHSP and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Receive Over $1.7 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

HAMILTON, NJ – The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) $1,701,657 for research and development aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders. NJOHSP’s effort is a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory. NIST reviewed 162 proposals from a diverse pool of national and international applicants…
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Suicide Prevention – In an Acute Imminent Crisis – call 911

Coping with a Traumatic Event.  What Is a Traumatic Event? Most everyone has been through a stressful event in his or her life. When the event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors,…
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Historic Occurrences – Media Innovation Website Facebook facebook . com Launches 2004

Philadelphia, PA: Facebook innovator Mark Zuckerberg orders Philly cheesesteaks at Pat's King of Steaks September 2017. Boston, MA: The Facebook website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website's membership to Harvard students; however, later they expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area, the Ivy League schools,…
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MA Governors Baker, PA Wolf Place Friendly Wagers on Super Bowl LII

New England Patriots to take on Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. BOSTON — Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, today Governors Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced a friendly wager on the game’s outcome. Governor Baker wagered a variety of the Commonwealth’s finest local offerings should the Eagles pull off an upset, including: Clam…
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The Boston Police have placed temporary “No Stopping” restrictions on certain streets for Sunday Feb 4

Beacon Street Both sides, from Chestnut Hill Avenue to Ayr Road Brighton Avenue Both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Allston Street Cleveland Circle Cassidy Playground Area – Both sides of metered area Sutherland Road Area – Both sides of metered area Harvard Avenue Both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Cambridge Street ay State Road Both sides, from Beacon Street to Granby Street Beacon Street Both…
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ICE ‘Operation Team Player’ nets over $15 million in fake merchandise

MINNEAPOLIS – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) representatives announced today that enforcement actions led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Customs and Border Protection resulted in the seizure of over 171,926 counterfeit sports- and entertainment-related items worth an estimated $ million, and joint investigative efforts led to 65 arrests with 24 convictions. The results from Operation Team Player, a year-round effort developed by the HSI-led…
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Customs and Border Patrol National Targeting Center Roundtable

Responsible Immigration Reform Will Secure Our Borders. For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They’ve allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. President Donald J. Trump BORDER SECURITY SOLUTIONS: President Trump has put forth an immigration framework that lays out the steps needed to secure our borders. It…
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FLU – Deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) is above the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System.

Atlanta, GA: Based on National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality surveillance data available on January 25, 2018, of the deaths occurring during the week ending January 6, 2018 (week 1) were due to P&I. This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of for week 1. Background: Weekly mortality surveillance data include a combination of machine coded and manually coded causes of death collected from death…
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President Donald Trump delivers first State of the Union

State of the Union Speech Excerpts January 30, 2018. Together, we are building a SAFE, STRONG, and PROUD America. We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work; we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love. Just as I promised the American People…
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Joe Kennedy responds to President Trump – State of the Union

Joe Kennedy III delivers the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. good evening, ladies and gentlemen. It is an absolute privilege to join you all tonight. We are here in Fall River, Massachusetts, a proud American city, an American city built by immigrants. From textiles to robots, this is a…
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Black History Month begins in Boston with a kick-off celebration at City Hall

Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston's Black History Month Committee, and the entire City of Boston will begin a month-long celebration in honor of Black History Month. Special events around Boston will celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the Black community, and will acknowledge the trailblazers, activists and leaders who have fought so hard for diversity, inclusion and equality. This month of…
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Unleashing America’s Offshore Oil and Gas Potential

Draft Proposed Program considers nearly the entire Outer Continental Shelf for potential oil and gas lease sales. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) develops the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for oil and gas development in accordance with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCS Lands Act). This National OCS Program establishes a five-year schedule of oil and…
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AG Healey Opposes Rollback of Safety Protections During Proposed Expansion of Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling.

Boston, MA:  — Attorney General Maura Healey joined a coalition of attorneys general in submitting comments to the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) opposing a plan to weaken BSEE’s regulations designed to reduce environmental and safety risks associated with offshore drilling following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. “The Deepwater Horizon tragedy caused the death of 11 oil…
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DHS Announces Additional, Enhanced Security Procedures for Refugees Seeking Resettlement in the United States

New risk-based measures will bolster public safety and national security. WASHINGTON, DC: Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced additional security enhancements and recommendations to strengthen the integrity of the Refugee Admissions Program. These new measures are part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to intensify screening and vetting for all persons seeking to travel to the United States, and they are designed to keep…
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Governor Baker Testifies to Combat the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

BOSTON, MA: - Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders testified at a hearing of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in support of the administration’s second significant package to fight the opioid and heroin epidemic, including legislation titled “An act relative to Combatting addiction, Accessing treatment, Reducing prescriptions and Enhancing prevention” (CARE Act). TESTIMONY AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY BY GOV. CHARLIE…
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