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7 hrs ago | Boston.com

Report: SIDS Risk Twice as High in Homes Monitored by Social Workers

A new report by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting finds that the risk of sudden infant death doubles in households monitored by state social workers.

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14 hrs ago | Daily Kos

MA Gov candidate walks the walk, stops to help stricken woman

Since Dr. Don Berwick announced his candidacy for the Dem nomination for Governor of MA, he's been saying that we need to be the kind of community that if you see a car broken down by the side of the road, you roll up your sleeves and you help: "Today, too many of our leaders just drive on by."

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18 hrs ago | Daily Kos

Civil Commitment: If You Build It They Will Come

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 123, Section 35 permits the court to involuntarily commit to an inpatient substance abuse treatment someone whose alcohol or drug use puts themselves or others at risk.

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23 hrs ago | MassLive.com

What accounts for discrepancies between organ donor rates in New England?

In the bottom right-hand corner of a Massachusetts driver's license, a small heart signifies whether a resident is a registered organ donor or not.

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Yesterday | Boston Herald

Editorial: A redo on pot law

It's hardly a secret that this state's medical marijuana law is a joke and the hapless Department of Public Health's handling of dispensary licenses has served only to confirm that.

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Fri Jul 11, 2014

Boston.com

Car Fire Shuts Down All Three Lanes of MassPike Eastbound Near Prudential Tunnel

The left and middle lanes of the MassPike Eastbound have reopened after all lanes were shut down when a car caught fire near the Prudential Tunnel exit, according to Massachusetts State Police.

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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal

Is Barack Obama the worst president?

Wow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II .

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Related Topix: 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, George Bush, W., Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Opinion

EDGE

Mass. Equality Applauds Funding of LGBTQ Youth Homeless Programs

Governor Deval Patrick, seated, signs into law an enhancement to the 2010 anti-bullying bill surrounded by colleagues On June 11, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick approved a new budget that funds LGBTQ homeless programs and services for youth.

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CNN

What's behind Romney 2016 speculation

Here we go again. Another poll adding to the feeding frenzy over a possible third Mitt Romney run for the White House.

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City of Framingham

State Public Health Officials Announce Season's First Positive Mosquito Sample for West Nile Virus

Wednesday, July 9, 2014- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today that West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year.

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The Paramus Post

UCS: Former RGGI Chair Urges Gov. Christie To Reconsider Withdrawl

The former chairman of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has written a letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urging him to reconsider his plan to withdraw the state from the emissions-reduction program.

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Boston Herald

Connector set for big-budget hiring spree

The Massachusetts Health Connector will embark on a hiring spree this year - spending an extra $1.6 million on personnel, including raises for staffers - and raid its cash reserves to make ends meet as the struggling agency tries to relaunch its disastrous online Obamacare exchange by November.

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Thu Jul 10, 2014

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Mass. House approves sweeping gun bill

Massachusetts House lawmakers approved a sweeping bill Wednesday designed to tighten the state's gun laws.

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USA Today

7 killed in Mass. apartment fire

An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children.

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Sacramento Bee Newspaper

Sen. Portman: Could consider '16 presidential bid

In this Oct. 25, 2012 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, left, shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney after Portman introduced Romney at a campaign stop at defense contractor Jet Machine in Cincinnati.

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FireHouse.com

Seven Killed in Mass. Apartment Building Blaze

An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors.

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Daily Kos

MA-Gov: Charlie Baker (R) Goads Democrats On Hobby Lobby

So yesterday, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker had this to say regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the Hobby Lobby case: "What I care about is Massachusetts, and in Massachusetts it doesn't change a thing," Baker said Wednesday.

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Health Data Management

Massachusetts Health Grants Require HIE Component

The State of Massachusetts is awarding $23 million to 61 hospitals and community health centers across the state to help them establish integrated delivery systems that provide more effective and cost-efficient care to patients in need.

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WAVY-TV Portsmouth

4 adults, 3 children dead in Mass. apartment fire

Authorities say four adults and three children have died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire, and nine others have been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

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AlertNet

Massachusetts curbs compounding pharmacies after 2012 meningitis ...

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a law Thursday to rein in compounding pharmacies, after tainted drugs produced by a local company sparked a meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed 64 people across the United States.

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