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Columbia Gas Agrees to Plead Guilty in Connection with September 2018 Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: USDOJ Boston reports Company agrees to sell its business in Massachusetts and pay a $53 million fine, the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the Pipeline Safety Act. BOSTON – Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) has agreed to accept responsibility for the gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018, in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover that killed one individual, injured…
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Race Discrimination – Justice Department Files Amicus Brief Explaining that Harvard’s Race-Based Admissions Process Violates Federal Civil-Rights Law

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: US DOJ reports The Department of Justice today filed an amicus brief in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In its amicus brief, the United States explains that Harvard’s expansive use of race in its admissions process violates federal civil-rights law and Supreme Court…
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Unleashed Novel Coronavirus SARS COVID-19 to “take a foothold in the U.S.” CDC Warns.

Is a Saturated Medical System Prepared to Handle a Widespread Epidemic ? CDC reports Situation and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that…
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Man Sentenced for Sending Threatening Letters and White Powder to FBI

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: US DOJ MASS reports BOSTON – A Southwick man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield for sending two packages containing white powder to federal agencies in Springfield. Kevin A. Johnson, 48, was sentenced by District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to time served in prison (almost 15 months) and three years of supervised release. In November 2019,…
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CBP Deploys Tactical Units in Neighborhoods

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Suffolks County District Attorney reports Statement of District Attorney Rachael Rollins on Deployment of CBP Tactical Units in Neighborhoods February 14, 2020 – “Deploying militarized units into neighborhoods creates even greater fear and disorder and significantly harms relationships that local law enforcement agencies and public officials have worked so hard to build and foster. Don’t be fooled. None of…
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Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts Fall 5 Percent Since Peak in 2016

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Mass Public Health reports The rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 5 percent from its peak in 2016, despite the growing presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a driver of opioid-related overdose deaths, according to preliminary data in the latest quarterly opioid surveillance report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 2019, the…
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MASS Sues JUUL for Creating Youth Vaping Epidemic, Reveals New Facts About Campaign Targeting Young People

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: MA Office of the Attorney General reports AG’s Lawsuit Demands JUUL Pay for Cost of Public Health Crisis in Massachusetts. Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that her office has sued JUUL Labs Inc. for creating a youth vaping epidemic by intentionally marketing and selling its e-cigarettes to young people. Based on multiple depositions and hundreds of thousands of…
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