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Opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017 fell by more than 8 percent

BOSTON, MA: 2/14/2018 — Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined in 2017 by an estimated percent compared to 2016. This is the first time in several years there has been a year over year decline, according to the quarterly report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). This is the third consecutive quarterly report where the number of estimated and confirmed opioid-related deaths declined. "While there is…
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SPORTS NEWS – Game Day Revisited

WATCH VIDEO - Game Day Revisited. Boston, MA: Hi my name is Kiko! I am a one-year-old neutered Jack Russell Terrier Mix. I am such a spunky hyper boy with a short tail that always wags! I love to run around and play while also jumping up and giving kisses.  I am a little man with a BIG personality. For instance, I love playing with big…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – Opioids Present Unprecedented Threat, Sessions Tells Southcom Summit

SummitNavy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of Southern Command, hosts a one-day opioid summit at Southcom headquarters in Miami, Feb. 8, 2018. Participants included Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other agency officials and experts in public health and law enforcement. Southern Command photo WASHINGTON, DC: Feb. 9, 2018 By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity. The nation is facing an unprecedented threat from opioids, with tens…
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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $5.65 Million to Combat Gang Violence in Cities

BOSTON, MA: - Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release of $ million in competitive grant funds to communities and local partners to bolster their efforts to combat gang violence. The awards were made to 15 sites across 27 cities and 12 research partners through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, which targets gang…
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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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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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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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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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CLIMATE READY BOSTON EXPLORES SOLUTIONS FOR COASTAL RESILIENCE IN SOUTH BOSTON

Boston, MA: City of Boston - South Boston is expected to experience more coastal and stormwater flooding due to climate change impacts. The City of Boston is exploring solutions to decrease these risks as part of our Climate Ready Boston initiative. You can add your on-the-ground perspective to this discussion about the neighborhood’s resiliency by taking our community survey as a part of the Climate Ready South Boston project. In…
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“Taste​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Caribbean” fundraising for Hurricane Maria Survivors

Boston, MA: In collaboration with the city of Boston, the Boston Police Department and the Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston (LLEGO Boston), are hosting several fundraisers that culminate on Sunday, October​ ​22,​ ​2017​ ​at​ ​500​ ​Morton​ ​Street​ ​in​ ​Dorchester​. LLEGO will host a “Taste​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Caribbean”​ lunch and dinner event on Sunday, October​ ​22​nd​ from 11am​ ​to​ ​7pm. Lt. jg. Lucas Taylor, a pilot at Coast Guard…
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Patriotic or Deplorable Etiquette – American Flag Executive Order US Code: The Flag should not be used as part of a athletic uniform

Patriots Strong - American Revolutionary Old Barracks Fifes and Drums re-enactors march on President's Day. Watch Exclusive Video How the American flag is not to be used. The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal. The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a…
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ICE arrests over 450 on federal immigration charges during Operation ‘Safe City’

WASHINGTON – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations teams arrested 498 individuals from 42 countries for federal immigration violations in multiple cities across the during a four-day operation that ended Wednesday. Operation ‘Safe City’ focused on cities and regions where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are…
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NATURAL DISASTERS – The Hurricane is the Easy Part – Cyclone Destroys Puerto Rico, Relief Supplies Stuck on Trucks, Humanitarian Disaster Expands, 59+ Killed, 100s Rescued

Puerto Rico - The Hurricanes are the easy part. One week after the cyclone - Survival following the season's second hurricane, Maria, which destroyed or damaged most structures, electric, and water supply, has been slowed by the inland distribution of relief supplies. According to Puerto Rico's Governor, there are not enough licensed truck drivers to move supplies. Navy deploys hospital ship "Comfort" to Puerto Rico.…
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