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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 History.  As always, discussing these topics openly with colleagues, family, and friends helps to build…
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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 they are unable to place a voice ; “This is a significant improvement to our…
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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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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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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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Justin McCarty, DO, Is Named 2018–19 Stepping Strong Trauma Fellow

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellow Justin McCarty, DO, and Innovator Award recipient Eric Goralnick, MD. Boston, MA: Brigham and Women’s Hospital reports - The Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship, now in its fourth year, enables promising young surgeons and researchers to train with experts to learn the most innovative and advanced techniques to transform trauma care. Justin McCarty, DO, follows in the footsteps of three previous fellows: Trajan Alistair Cuéllar, MB, BCh, Giorgio Giatsidis, MD, and…
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Dr. Giorgio Giatsidis Wins Stepping Strong Innovator Award for Mitigating Damage to Injured Limbs After Tourniquet Application

Boston, MA: Brigham and Women’s Hospital reports - Giorgio Giatsidis, MD, PhD, Plastic Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Instructor, Harvard Medical School, has won the 2017 Stepping Strong Innovator Award and received an additional $150,000 from the Department of Defense. Here is the Project: Mitigating Damage to Injured Limbs After Tourniquet Application When faced with a traumatic injury, tourniquets can control bleeding and save lives. But because they restrict blood flow to tissues, with prolonged use these life-saving pieces of equipment can also cause damage to…
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NATION – Protecting Our Southern Border and Working With Mexico to Address Caravans and the Safety of Those Transiting Mexico

STATE DEPARTMENT WASHINGTON - Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, provide the following statement on Southern United States border protection:  I have been in close contact with Mexican Foreign Secretary Videgaray and it has been one week since Secretary Nielsen and I had a constructive meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary-designate Marcelo Ebrard to discuss the migrant caravans. We have affirmed our shared commitment to addressing the current challenge. The caravans will not be permitted to enter the United States. There are…
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NATION – Mismanaged Power Lines Cause Fire Disaster. 71+ Dead, 1000+ Missing as California Inferno Wildfires Burn Homes, Late Evacuee’s in Autos. 8,000 Structures Gone

Col. Vic Teel, director of operations for the California Military Department Joint Staff, reports on the devastation in Paradise, California. The Camp Fire burned through most of the town, destroying 7,600 structures since it began Novermber 8. It has scorched 125,000 acres and is currently 30% contained. CA Governor Brown Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration MATHER, CA: Nov 11, 2018 CA gov Reports -  Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the ongoing…
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NATION – Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy at Thousand Oaks, California Bar Shootings

Washington, DC: – As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and…
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Guidance for Tenants and Landlords Affected by Columbia Gas Explosions

Below is guidance about the rights and duties of tenants and landlords following the September 13, 2018 gas explosions and the resulting lack of heat and/or hot water. This guidance applies only to those households impacted by the September 13 incidents. As a first step, the Attorney General’s Office encourages landlords and tenants to discuss the situation and work cooperatively to try to resolve issues. You should discuss what claims each of you can make with Columbia Gas. For example, landlords should…
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VOTE TUESDAY – NATION Joint Statement on Election Day Preparations

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—in coordination with federal, state, local, and private sector partners nationwide—are continuing efforts to protect our elections. Today, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, DNI Dan Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray released the following joint statement: “Our agencies have been working in unprecedented ways to combat influence efforts and to…
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