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Harvard Law School Professor Judge Kavanaugh Appointed to Supreme Court of the United States

Boston, MA: - Judge Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge during a private ceremony in Washington DC. US Supreme Court Washington released the following information - The Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh will be sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., will administer the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice…
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New Large Venue Security Task Force Formed

Kraft Group Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft speaks during press conference announcing State's formation of an additional security task force for large stadiums. Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots/Eric J. Adler Boston, MA: - Governor Baker today signed an executive order to assemble a task force of security experts who will analyze ways to augment safety and preparedness at large venues like sports stadiums,…
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Sandy Hook Promise Receive $1 Million Grant to Expand Violence Prevention Education, Train Nearly 140,000 Students Across Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA: by AGO — Attorney General Maura Healey and Mark Barden of Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, announced today that the AG’s Office will receive $1 million to expand school-based violence prevention and suicide training and mental health training to nearly 140,000 students across Massachusetts. “With Sandy…
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Dozens Arrested in and Around City of Lawrence as Part of Project Safe Neighborhood Sweep

Defendants arrested on drug, gun and immigration charges BOSTON – Dozens of individuals were arrested today on federal drug, firearms, and immigration offenses, as well as state warrants. In addition, 11 criminal aliens were arrested and will be processed administratively. Today’s sweep, netting more than 35 criminals in and around the City of Lawrence, is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative…
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Reigning Champions Return to Boston for this Sunday’s B.A.A. Half Marathon DEFENDING CHAMPIONS DANIEL SALEL AND JOAN CHELIMO LEAD STRONG INTERNATIONAL FIELD FOR 18TH ANNUAL B.A.A. HALF MARATHON.

BOSTON, MA: BAA reports – The Boston Athletic Association today announced the elite field for the 18th annual Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Headlining the men’s field is three-time reigning Half Marathon champion Daniel Salel, who will toe the line against 2018 10K winner Gabriel Geay. On the women’s side, defending champion Joan Chelimo looks to make it two…
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BOSTON HERALD Digital First Media Billionaires Eliminate Boston’s Top Seasoned Photojournalists & Sports Staff

Boston, MA: by Jack Sullivan Commonwealth Magazine. THE STRUGGLING BOSTON HERALD laid off about 20 more staffers Thursday, including at least two award-winning veteran photographers for a tabloid that thrives on pictures. Longtime photographer Mark Garfinkel posted on social media that he was let go after reporting for work Thursday morning. “Goodbye Boston Herald,” Garfinkel, a photographer at the paper for a quarter century, wrote on Twitter. “Today…
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NATION – Sen Bernie “Feel the Bern” Sanders Ups Amazon Bezos Labor Floor Wages to $15 hour

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released the following statement Tuesday after Amazon said it would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all of its United States workers: “It is no secret that I have been a harsh critic of the wage and employment practices of Amazon and its owner Jeff Bezos. It has been my view that the middle class and working families of…
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ICE arrests 40 in New England during 3-day operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives

BOSTON, MA: — Deportation officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 40 criminal aliens and immigration violators throughout the New England region during a 3-day enforcement action from Sept. 20-22. Some of the cities and towns that ERO deportation officers made arrests in during the operation, were: Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Hartford, and Waterbury, Connecticut; in Boston, Brighton, Chelsea, Lowell,…
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Boston-based Coast Guard cutter returns home following counter-drug patrol, $61 million in cocaine and marijuana seized

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns to homeport in Boston following a patrol of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During the patrol the crew seized $61 million in cocaine and marijuana. ( Coast Guard photo) BOSTON, MA: US Coast Guard reports - The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned Tuesday to their homeport of Boston following a 50-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Seneca…
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WORLD – ICE HSI Ho Chi Minh City participates in destruction of 13 tons of seized counterfeit items

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: On Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, joined with Vietnam Customs Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department (ASID) and multiple brand representatives to witness the destruction of tons of counterfeit items which had previously been seized by Vietnamese authorities at ports of entry. The items included counterfeit footwear, garments, handbags…
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BUREAU OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO BE ESTABLISHED AT BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

September 24, 2018 - New Superintendent Nora Baston receives her badge from Anne Murphey during her promotional ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters in Roxbury. (Mayor's Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson) Bureau will aim to strengthen relations between communities and law enforcement; will be led by newly appointed Superintendent Nora Baston. Boston, MA: - City Hall reports - Building on Boston’s leadership as a city with a…
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CITY COUNCIL RECOGNIZES NATIONAL CLIMATE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN BOSTON

The Council declared September 24 - 30 as Climate Preparedness Week in the City of Boston. Councilor Wu provided what she referred to as a "public service announcement" before the Council and guests during this week’s Council meeting. She announced that September is National Preparedness Month, explaining, "We have seen the need for preparedness, not just in the tragedy that happened in Lawrence, Andover and…
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Massachusetts Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Planning ISIS Inspired Attack

BOSTON, MA: - by ATF Boston Field Division  – An Adams, Mass. man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by and in the name of ISIS. Alexander Ciccolo, a/k/a Ali Al Amriki, 26, was sentenced by District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised…
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CITY COUNCILORS EXAMINE THE SAFETY OF BOSTON’S GAS INFRASTRUCTURE

Councilors O’Malley, Flynn, and Pressley called for a hearing to examine the safety of gas infrastructure in the City and to look at our emergency preparedness measures and plans to prevent a situation like the gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley from happening in Boston. Boston, MA: - City Hall release - The Councilors called for a discussion around natural gas safety features…
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BOSTON FIELDS – Two Springfield Men Sentenced for Federal Firearms and Drug Charges

BOSTON, MA: by ATF - Alexis Ayala, 40, and Wilfredo Perez, 38, were sentenced by District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to six years in prison and six years of supervised release, and one year in prison and three years of supervised release, respectively, on firearms and drug charges. Ayala and Perez previously pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to…
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Industrial Opioid Disaster – CITY OF BOSTON PURSUES LITIGATION AGAINST THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

The City of Boston has filed a complaint against 13 opioid manufacturers, four distributors, and one local doctor. via Mayor's Office - Boston, MA: Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston has filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court against 13 opioid manufacturers, four distributors, and one local doctor that have contributed to the local opioid epidemic through misleading marketing and reckless dissemination…
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Gas Explosion Disaster – Residents Allowed Back Home

Eversource and Columbia Gas crews worked through the night to shut off gas meters and make sure buildings were clear of natural gas. As of 6:00 , Sunday all residences/buildings have been cleared. Residents are allowed back into their homes as of 7:00 Most residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover will be allowed to return to their homes. National Grid and Eversource have restored…
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