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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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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 be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.” Five years later,…
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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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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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ICE Nation – Over a million websites seized in global operation

Washington, DC: ICE reports - More than 1 million copyright-infringing website domain names selling counterfeit automotive parts, electrical components, personal care items and other fake goods were criminally and civilly seized in the past year through the combined efforts of law-enforcement agencies across the world, high-profile industry representatives and anti-counterfeiting associations. The ongoing intellectual property enforcement initiative targeting fake websites, dubbed Operation In Our Sites, was facilitated by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), a joint-task force…
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Join Team MR8 and be part of a movement to help young people learn, grow and lead

Boston, MA: TeamMR8 August 18 Falmouth road race 2018 Applications are available online. The Martin Richard Foundation helps young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement. We look to advance sportsmanship, inclusion, kindness and peace.
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ICE HSI Boston, Attorney General announce 25 arrests in large-scale document and benefit fraud scheme

BOSTON — Twenty five individuals were charged as a result of a Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe targeting offenders of document and benefit fraud. Peter C. Fitzhugh, HSI Boston special agent in charge, joined Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew E . Lelling in the announcement Thursday. Many of the defendants have prior criminal histories, including a convicted murderer who escaped from prison in Puerto Rico in 1994 while serving a 40-year…
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Illegal Immigration Crisis – DHS Secretary Nielsen’s Remarks

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen delivered remarks at the White House Press Briefing on the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border: SECRETARY NIELSEN: Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to be here because I would love to see if I can help explain some of what is going on and give you some of the facts. I know there have been a lot put out there but hopefully we clarify some things today. I just…
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IN 1868, AMERICANS COMMEMORATED THE FIRST MEMORIAL DAY

Boston, MA: After the Civil War, local veterans organizations in both the North and South began decorating the graves of fallen soldiers. In 1868, General John Logan, of the Grand Army of the Republic, the veterans organization of the Union Army, called for a national “Decoration Day,” dedicated to honoring and commemorating deceased soldiers. May 30 was chosen because flowers were in bloom, making it easy to decorate soldiers’ graves. Veterans organizations were an important part of American cultural and political life following…
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