MassCentral, United States MassCentral, US Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:53:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MassCentral, United States 32 32 85647299 Coastal Flood Statement issued June 24 at 3:43PM EDT until June 25 at 1:00AM EDT by NWS Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:43:00 +0000 NOAA-NWS-ALERTS-MA125856E3D6FC.CoastalFloodStatement.125856F0E590MA.BOXCFWBOX.486e86db888a46e26df882a73e52e61e 2017-06-24T15:43:00-04:00 Actual Alert Public Alert for Barnstable; Eastern Essex; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth;.]]>

NOAA-NWS-ALERTS-MA125856E3D6FC.CoastalFloodStatement.125856F0E590MA.BOXCFWBOX.486e86db888a46e26df882a73e52e61e 2017-06-24T15:43:00-04:00 Actual Alert Public Alert for Barnstable; Eastern Essex; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Suffolk (Massachusetts) Issued by the National Weather Service Met Coastal Flood Statement Unknown Unknown Unknown SAME 2017-06-24T15:43:00-04:00 2017-06-25T01:00:00-04:00 NWS Boston (Southeast New England) Coastal Flood Statement issued June 24 at 3:43PM EDT until June 25 at 1:00AM EDT by NWS Boston …SPLASHOVER ON THE MOST VULNERABLE SHORELINE ROADS BETWEEN 10 PM AND 1 AM TONIGHT… * LOCATION…EAST COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS. * TIDAL DEPARTURE…LESS THAN ONE HALF FOOT. * TIMING…AROUND THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE NEAR MIDNIGHT. * COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS…VERY MINOR INUNDATION OF THE TYPICAL MOST VULNERABLE SHORELINE ROADS. && TIME OF HIGH TOTAL TIDES ARE APPROXIMATE TO THE NEAREST HOUR. NEWBURYPORT MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 11.0 FT, MODERATE 12.5 FT, MAJOR 14.0 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 1.5 FT, MODERATE 3.0 FT, MAJOR 4.5 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/01 AM 10.5/11.0 1.0/ 1.5 0.1/ 0.6 2 NONE 25/01 PM 9.0/ 9.5 -0.6/-0.1 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE 26/01 AM 10.4/10.9 0.9/ 1.4 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/02 PM 9.0/ 9.5 -0.6/-0.1 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 27/02 AM 10.2/10.7 0.7/ 1.1 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE GLOUCESTER HARBOR MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 12.0 FT, MODERATE 14.5 FT, MAJOR 15.5 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 2.5 FT, MODERATE 5.0 FT, MAJOR 6.0 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/12 AM 11.7/12.2 2.2/ 2.7 0.1/ 0.6 2 NONE 25/01 PM 10.2/10.7 0.7/ 1.1 0.1/ 0.6 2 NONE 26/01 AM 11.6/12.1 2.1/ 2.6 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE 26/02 PM 10.2/10.7 0.7/ 1.1 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 27/02 AM 11.3/11.8 1.8/ 2.2 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE BOSTON HARBOR MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 12.5 FT, MODERATE 15.0 FT, MAJOR 16.0 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 2.4 FT, MODERATE 4.9 FT, MAJOR 5.9 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/12 AM 12.3/12.8 2.2/ 2.7 0.1/ 0.6 1 MINOR 25/01 PM 10.8/11.3 0.7/ 1.1 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/01 AM 12.2/12.7 2.1/ 2.6 0.1/ 0.6 1 MINOR 26/02 PM 10.7/11.2 0.6/ 1.1 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 27/02 AM 11.9/12.4 1.8/ 2.2 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE REVERE MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 12.5 FT, MODERATE 15.0 FT, MAJOR 16.5 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 2.6 FT, MODERATE 5.1 FT, MAJOR 6.6 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/12 AM 12.2/12.7 2.2/ 2.7 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE 25/01 PM 10.7/11.2 0.8/ 1.3 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/01 AM 12.0/12.5 2.1/ 2.6 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/02 PM 10.6/11.1 0.7/ 1.1 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 27/02 AM 11.7/12.2 1.8/ 2.2 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE SCITUATE MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 11.5 FT, MODERATE 14.0 FT, MAJOR 16.0 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 1.8 FT, MODERATE 4.3 FT, MAJOR 6.3 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/12 AM 11.6/12.1 1.9/ 2.3 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 MINOR 25/01 PM 10.1/10.6 0.4/ 0.9 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/01 AM 11.6/12.1 1.9/ 2.3 0.1/ 0.6 1 MINOR 26/02 PM 10.1/10.6 0.4/ 0.9 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 27/02 AM 11.4/11.9 1.7/ 2.2 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE SANDWICH / DENNIS MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 13.0 FT, MODERATE 14.0 FT, MAJOR 15.5 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 2.7 FT, MODERATE 3.7 FT, MAJOR 5.2 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/12 AM 12.1/12.6 1.8/ 2.2 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 25/01 PM 10.5/11.0 0.2/ 0.7 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/01 AM 12.0/12.5 1.7/ 2.2 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/02 PM 10.5/11.0 0.2/ 0.7 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 27/02 AM 11.7/12.2 1.4/ 1.9 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE PROVINCETOWN HARBOR MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 12.5 FT, MODERATE 13.5 FT, MAJOR 15.0 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 2.4 FT, MODERATE 3.4 FT, MAJOR 4.9 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/12 AM 12.5/13.0 2.3/ 2.8 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE 25/01 PM 11.0/11.5 0.9/ 1.4 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/01 AM 12.4/12.9 2.2/ 2.7 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/02 PM 11.0/11.5 0.9/ 1.4 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE 27/02 AM 12.1/12.6 2.0/ 2.5 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE CHATHAM – EAST COAST MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 9.5 FT, MODERATE 12.0 FT, MAJOR 13.0 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 1.8 FT, MODERATE 4.3 FT, MAJOR 5.3 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/01 AM 7.1/ 7.6 -0.7/-0.2 0.1/ 0.6 3-4 NONE 25/02 PM 5.7/ 6.2 -2.0/-1.5 0.1/ 0.6 2 NONE 26/02 AM 7.0/ 7.5 -0.8/-0.2 0.1/ 0.6 2 NONE 26/03 PM 5.7/ 6.2 -2.0/-1.5 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE 27/03 AM 6.9/ 7.4 -0.9/-0.4 0.1/ 0.6 2 NONE CHATHAM – SOUTH COAST MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 9.0 FT, MODERATE 10.5 FT, MAJOR 11.5 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 4.5 FT, MODERATE 6.0 FT, MAJOR 7.0 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 25/01 AM 4.9/ 5.4 0.4/ 0.9 0.1/ 0.6 2-3 NONE 25/02 PM 3.9/ 4.4 -0.7/-0.2 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/02 AM 4.9/ 5.4 0.4/ 0.9 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/03 PM 3.9/ 4.4 -0.7/-0.2 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE 27/03 AM 4.7/ 5.2 0.2/ 0.8 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE BUZZARDS BAY – WOODS HOLE MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 5.5 FT, MODERATE 7.0 FT, MAJOR 8.5 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 3.5 FT, MODERATE 5.0 FT, MAJOR 6.5 FT TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT ——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——– 24/10 PM 3.4/ 3.9 1.4/ 1.9 0.1/ 0.6 2 NONE 25/10 AM 3.0/ 3.5 1.0/ 1.5 0.2/ 0.7 1 NONE 25/10 PM 3.5/ 4.0 1.5/ 2.0 0.2/ 0.7 1 NONE 26/11 AM 2.8/ 3.4 0.9/ 1.4 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE 26/11 PM 3.2/ 3.7 1.2/ 1.7 0.1/ 0.6 1-2 NONE 27/12 PM 2.7/ 3.2 0.8/ 1.3 0.1/ 0.6 1 NONE WINGS NECK MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 6.5 FT, MODERATE 9.0 FT, MAJOR 11.5 FT MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 2.2 FT, MODERATE 4.7 FT, MAJOR 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Kamala Harris Goes Silent When Confronted With True Sex-Based Oppression Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:35:43 +0000 Last week, Sen. Kamala Harris became the left’s designated victim of the month because she.]]>

Last week, Sen. Kamala Harris became the left’s designated victim of the month because she was interrupted by Republican Senators during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Harris kept interrupting the witness, Attorney General Jeff Session, so it’s debatable whether she had a genuine grievance. Nonetheless, the Democrats and their media allies were quick to level hackneyed allegations that, once again, sexist patriarchs have tried to silence a woman speaking truth to power.

The next day, two women with genuine grievances of sexism testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, of which Harris, regrettably, is a member. The women were our friend Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Q. Noman.

Both were born into deeply conservative Muslim families. Ayaan is a survivor of female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Asra defied Shariah by having a baby while unmarried.

Both have been threatened with death by jihadists for things they have said and done. Ayaan cannot appear in public without armed guards.

You might have thought that Sen. Harris would show considerable interest in what these victims of sexism had to say. If so, you don’t grasp that Harris slavish adherence to the left’s taboo against calling out Islamists trumps any real commitment she may have to women’s rights.

Here, as told by Ayaan and Asra in the New York Times, is what happened:

The Democrats on the panel, including Senator Harris and three other Democratic female senators North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill did not ask either of us a single question.

This wasn’t a case of benign neglect. At one point, Senator McCaskill said that she took issue with the theme of the hearing itself. “Anyone who twists or distorts religion to a place of evil is an exception to the rule, she said. We should not focus on religion, she said, adding that she was worried that the hearing, organized by Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, would underline that. In the end, the only questions asked of us about Islamist ideologies came from Senator Johnson and his Republican colleague, Senator Steve Daines from Montana.

Ayaan and Asra nail the meaning of what went down:

[W]hat happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamist extremism and what it means for women in many Muslim communities here at home and around the world.

When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.

They will be waiting for a long time.

Ayaan and Asra continue:

[W]hen we speak about Islamist oppression, we bring personal experience to the table in addition to our scholarly expertise. Yet the feminist mantra so popular when it comes to victims of sexual assault  believe women first  isn’t extended to us. Neither is the notion that the personal is political. Our political conclusions are dismissed as personal; our personal experiences dismissed as political.

That’s because in the rubric of identity politics, our status as women of color is canceled out by our ideas, which are labeled conservative as if opposition to violent jihad, sex slavery, genital mutilation or child marriage were a matter of left or right. This not only silences us, it also puts beyond the pale of liberalism a basic concern for human rights and the individual rights of women abused in the name of Islam.

Why aren’t leftists willing to call out Islamic extremism? Ayaan and Asra offer this explanation:

Partly they fear offending members of a minority religion and being labeled racist, bigoted or Islamophobic. There is also the idea, which has tremendous strength on the left, that non-Western women don’t need Saving and that the suggestion that they do is patronizing at best. After all, the thinking goes, if women in America still earn less than men for equivalent work, who are we to criticize other cultures?

This is extreme moral relativism disguised as cultural sensitivity. And it leads good people to make excuses for the inexcusable.

The silence of the Democratic senators is a reflection of contemporary cultural pressures. Call it identity politics, moral relativism or political correctness it is shortsighted, dangerous and, ultimately, a betrayal of liberal values.

Ayaan and Asra have said it all. Almost. Another point needs to be made.

Sen. Harris and her fellow female committee members are cowards. If they believe Ayaan and Asra are presenting a misleading picture of Islam, based on their exceptional experiences, then take them on. Make the point by asking probing questions, the way Harris cheerleaders think she did with Jeff Sessions.

Harris wouldn’t do it. She probably recognized that Ayaan would have carved her up to the point that even her cheerleaders couldn’t have declared her the victor. So the supposedly fearless ace ex-prosecutor took the coward’s way out and tried to minimize the extent to which Ayaan and Asra were heard.

Ayaan and Asra conclude:

We believe feminism is for everyone. Our goals, not least the equality of the sexes are deeply liberal. We know these are values that the Democratic senators at our hearing share. Will they find their voices and join us in opposing Islamist extremism and its war on women?

This is the only off-key note in their article. The values of Ayaan and Asra are not the values of Harris and most of her fellow Democrats.

And they have found their voices. What you hear is what you get.

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Red Sox Notes: David Ortiz’s No. 34 Retirement Ceremony Was Special For Boston Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:05:54 +0000 Share this: BOSTON Fenway Park hosted a lot more than a baseball game Friday night..]]>

BOSTON Fenway Park hosted a lot more than a baseball game Friday night.

The Boston Red Sox honored former designated hitter David Ortiz, the man whose heroics helped bring three World Series titles to Boston, by retiring his No. 34 before the Sox’s 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

The ceremony had multiple memorable moments, including when Kirby Puckett’s family came onto the field, as well as Big Papi’s story about trying to hit the retired numbers on the right-field facade during batting practice.

And for those who were closest to the action in the Red Sox dugout, it was a special event to watch.

“I think any time that we put on a pregame ceremony to honor an individual, it’s done with such class,� Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “You see the number of different people in his past representing him. I think those two players, former being Pedro (Martinez) and then what Pedey (Dustin Pedroia) had to say about David, I think a touch of class by both guys. But a well-deserved night for David.�

And his former teammates felt the same way.

“Unbelievable. The Red Sox, man, unbelievable about everything,� Hanley Ramirez said. “Like I said he deserves it, and I’m happy for him. … David’s my family. He’s my mentor. He’s my big brother. He’s everything. What I saw today when he was on the field crying, that made me cry. So he was really, really happy. Like I said, what the Red Sox did, unbelievable.�

Ramirez, who since has taken over the DH duties for the Sox, even went deep on Ortiz’s big night with a key two-run home run, although he forgot to do Big Papi’s signature celebration.

Let’s take a look at a few more notes from Red Sox-Angels.

— Boston claimed veteran right-hander Doug Fister off waivers before Friday’s game, and Farrell announced afterward that Hector Velazquez was optioned down to Triple-A Pawtucket.

— Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski also announced before the game that Boston signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league contract.

“He had a real good spring,� Dombrowski said, via’s Christopher Smith. “Really didn’t have (the opportunity) to play very much at the beginning of the year. He had some injuries. We had some mixed reports on him during the regular season and we felt at least get an opportunity to go to Triple-A and get a look at him. So really, we’re open to improving our club however we possibly can really over the time period.�

— Carson Smith recently appeared close to making a potential rehab stint, but things since haven’t gone well for the reliever, who’s attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery.

“We have not closed the book in a sense on anything Carson can contribute this year,� Farrell said, via’s Jen McCaffrey. “We thought he was days from starting his rehab assignment after his last live BP. Unfortunately that was put on hold for the time being. To get into any kind of timeframes, timetables, I don’t know that any of us can predict that right now.�

— Rafael Devers, meanwhile is close to a potential call-up to the PawSox.

“He’s real close,� Dombrowski said, via Smith. “He’s really close to doing to that. He’s continued to make strides. I think for him it’s really been more the maturity aspect of playing day-in and day-out as far as at the plate and what you’re trying to do, what they are trying to do to him. Trying to expose weaknesses that he has. Him making those adjustments.

“He’s got 14 home runs in the middle of the season for someone that’s 20 years old there. He’s hitting .300. He’s played well defensively at third base. Probably not an opportune time right now with the Sandoval/Peralta situations coming about. But I’d say he’s real close.�

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Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:16:00 +0000 This Friday, June 23, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, shows the scene.]]>
This Friday, June 23, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, shows the scene of a suicide bombing after a police raid in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Police said the bomber shot at them when they tried to raid the three-story house and that the man blew himself up during the confrontation, leading to the building’s collapse. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

(AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.

The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid in Jiddah province, as well as two areas in Mecca itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighborhood, located near the Grand Mosque.

There, police said they engaged in a shootout at a three-story house a suicide bomber, who blew himself up and led to the building’s collapse. He was killed while the blast wounded six foreigners and five members of security forces, according to the Interior Ministry’s statement. Five others were arrested, including a woman, it said.

Saudi state television aired footage after the raid Friday near the Grand Mosque, showing police and rescue personnel running through the neighborhood’s narrow streets. The blast demolished the building, its walls crushing a parked car as what appeared to be shrapnel and bullet holes peppered nearby structures.

The Interior Ministry “confirms that this terrorist network, whose terrorist plan was thwarted, violated, in what they would have perpetrated, all sanctities by targeting the security of the Grand Mosque, the holiest place on Earth.”

“They obeyed their evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad whose aim is to destabilize the security and stability of this blessed country,” the statement said.

The ministry did not name the group involved in the attack. The ultraconservative Sunni kingdom battled an al-Qaida insurgency for years and more recently has faced attacks from a local branch of the Islamic State group. Neither group immediately claimed those arrested, though Islamic State sympathizers online have urged more attacks as an offensive in Iraq slowly squeezes the extremists out of Mosul and their de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria comes under daily bombing from a U.S.-led coalition.

The disrupted attack comes at a sensitive time in Saudi Arabia as King Salman earlier this week short-circuited the kingdom’s succession by making his son, Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, first in line to the throne. The newly appointed crown prince, 31 years old, is the architect of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen against Shiite rebels, now stalemated. He has also offered aggressive comments about the kingdom confronting Shiite power Iran.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties to neighboring Qatar and are trying to isolate the energy-rich tiny country over its alleged support of militants and ties to Iran. Qatar long has denied those allegations.

As the Interior Ministry announced the raid, over 1 million Muslim faithful prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina to mark the end of Ramadan. In July 2016, a suicide bombing there killed four members of Saudi Arabia’s security forces. Millions of Muslims from around the world visit the mosque, the burial site of the Prophet Muhammad, every year as part of their pilgrimage to Mecca. The same day in July, separate suicide bomb attacks targeted a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia and near the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah.

The Grand Mosque has been the target of militants before, in part as it represents a symbol of the ruling Al Saud family’s clout in the Islamic world. King Salman is known as the “custodian of the two holy mosques,” a title used by the monarchs before him as well.

In 1979, some 250 militants seized the mosque and held it for two weeks as they demanded the royal family abdicate the throne. When Saudi troops stormed the mosque, the official death toll was 229, including extremists and soldiers.


Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Studies offer conflicting conclusions on marijuana legalization’s role in car crashes, fatalities Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:51:31 +0000 Published: Jun 23, 2017, 5:51 pm • Updated: Jun 23, 2017, 6:09 pm By Alicia.]]>

Hours after one study connected legalized recreational marijuana to an increase in car crash claims, a second study claimed legalization played a less certain role in motor vehicle fatalities.

A study published Thursday afternoon in the American Journal of Public Health concluded that in the three years since Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, motor vehicle crash fatality rates increased but were “not statistically different as compared to those in eight comparable states that had not legalized cannabis.

Early Thursday morning, the Highway Loss Data Institute reported that legal marijuana states Colorado, Oregon and Washington had collision claims rates that were 2.7 percent higher than those rates in neighboring states in the three years since legal sales began.

Although the first-of-their-kind studies landed at differing  and critiqued conclusions, researchers and industry members alike did come to a consensus on one aspect: More research is needed.

We believe that an increase in claim frequencies did occur in these state when retail sales began, said Matt Moore, senior vice president with the Highway Loss Data Institute. There is a range of results that indicate there’s a need for additional work here.

The AJPH study was based on U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System statistics from 2009 to 2015. Researchers compared year-over-year changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates — on a basis of per-billion vehicle miles traveled to rates in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Those control states, which have not legalized medical or recreational marijuana, were selected because they exhibited similar traffic, roadway and population characteristics to Colorado and Washington, researchers said in the report.

Prior to legalization, the crash fatality rates were comparable between Colorado and Washington and the control states, according to a draft version of the report provided by the AJPH to The Cannabist.

In the three years after the voter-approved 2012 legalization, researchers noted a difference-in-differences coefficient of 0.2 fatalities per billion vehicle miles traveled — equating to 77 excess crash fatalities, or 2.7 percent, of 2,890 total (and nearly 38 million person-years of exposure), according to the report.

“We do not view that as a clinically significant effect, but others might disagree,� researchers wrote in the report.

Dr. Jayson D. Aydelotte, the lead author on the report, could not be immediately reached for comment Friday or to provide the full report, including supplemental appendices showing additional analysis.

Mason Tvert, spokesman for advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project, said he needed to investigate both studies further, but said legalization’s potential impact on automobile incidents is a complex issue with no simple answer.

It’s a “fool’s errand�  to attempt to conduct before-and-after analysis of legalization’s effect, he said, noting that certain data were not being collected prior to legalization.

“I don’t want to minimize the issue — I think it’s an important issue that needs to be studied,� he said. “Thus far, these studies suggest opponents’ concerns about a doomsday scenario have not materialized; and there’s a need for continued studies.�

Trade group Cannabis Business Alliance didn’t mince words in its criticism of the Highway Loss Data Institute study, claiming that it was “just another attempt to incite reefer madness.�

Interpretations of data aside, statistics tracking the potential effects of legalization are a preliminary baseline in these early years.

Data showing increases in arrests of people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs in Colorado can be misleading, said Mark Bolton, marijuana adviser to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Following the 2012 passage of recreational marijuana legalization Amendment 64, the state increased funding to train officers on implementing new roadside tests and procedures.

Additionally, while drivers may have THC in their system, it’s less certain to know what extent they’re impaired, he said.

And data do suggest that roadway fatalities have increased between 2013 and today, but those come with caveats as well, Bolton said.

Traffic fatalities in Colorado have been on a six-year rise, according to Colorado Department of Transportation data released earlier this year. The state agency tracked 605 deaths on Colorado roadways in 2016, an increase of 11 percent from the prior year.

Officials did not cite one specific cause for the increase in fatalities, noting contributing factors could include distracted and impaired driving, low seat belt use, and motorcyclists not wearing helmets or other protective gear.

“At least for now, it’s something we’re trying to continue to monitor,� Bolton said.

The Highway Loss Data Institute has initiated a large-scale, case-control study in Oregon to further delve into how legalized marijuana might be affecting the risk of car crashes with injuries, Moore said, adding that his organization will continue to research this topic.

“No single study is ever definitive,� he said. “This is a complex problem, and we’re going to continue to study it.�

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Missouri Sues Three Big Pharma Companies For Campaign Of Fraud And Deception. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:50:16 +0000 Published: Jun 23, 2017, 3:22 pm • Updated: Jun 23, 2017, 3:25 pm By Katie.]]>

Published: Jun 23, 2017, 3:22 pm • Updated: Jun 23, 2017, 3:25 pm

Helen Fabick was an honors student who in February 2014 was supposed to attend a daddy-daughter dance at her high school.

Instead, her father found the 17-year-old dead in her bed.

If this sounds like a nightmare, it has definitely been a nightmare for our family, Helen’s mother, Jammie Fabick, said during a news conference Wednesday with Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. It’s something no parent should ever have to do, to bury her own child, to something so senseless.

Fabick and Hawley stood together in St. Louis as the state’s top lawyer announced he was suing three pharmaceutical giants he claims are responsible for a coordinated campaign of fraud and deception that has led to Missouri’s current opioid crisis.

The lawsuit, Hawley said, will seek “hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and civil penalties from Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson, reported the Associated Press.

He said the companies have used fraudulent science to mislead patients on the addictive risks of opioids and profited from the suffering of Missourians.

They used bogus front organizations and fake research; they used fraudulent advertising and deceptive trade practices Hawley said in prepared remarks, according to Reuters. “And they repeatedly lied about the true risks of the drugs they sold.

In Missouri in 2015, thousands of people were hospitalized from non-heroin opioid overdoses and about 500 people died, according to the AP.

Yet it’s the only state in the country with no prescription drug monitoring system, a database that experts have said is a crucial step to curbing addiction and overdoses.

Proposals have languished in the legislature for half a dozen sessions.

At the news conference Wednesday, Hawley said Missouri lawmakers should act to pass a prescription drug monitoring program as just one of several efforts to address what is a national epidemic but one that has had serious consequences here in the state of Missouri, reported the AP.

With Hawley’s lawsuit, Missouri becomes the third state to legally challenge the pharmaceutical industry over the current opioid epidemic.

In 2015, Mississippi sued several drug companies and just last month, Ohio filed its own lawsuit against five pharmaceutical groups. Purdue, Endo and Johnson & Johnson were cited in both, reported Reuters.

Endo told the Kansas City Star it would not comment on pending litigation, but Stephen Mock, the vice president for investor relations and corporate affairs wrote in an email that the company’s “top priorities include patient safety and ensuring that patients with chronic pain have access to safe and effective therapeutic options.

A spokesman for Purdue vigorously denied the allegations, reported the Star, but said the company shares the attorney general’s concerns about the opioid crisis and we are committed to working collaboratively to find solutions.

A Janssen spokeswoman told the Star that the company had “acted appropriately, responsibly and in the best interests of patients regarding our opioid pain medications, which are FDA-approved and carry FDA-mandated warnings about the known risks of the medications on every product label.

In March, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., launched an investigation into five top opioid manufacturers and their alleged role in the deaths of more than 200,000 people since 2000, as The Washington Post previously reported. Purdue and Janssen were on her list of companies from whom she demanded information.

At the news conference Wednesday with the attorney general, Fabick said she wasn’t educated when her daughter died in 2014.

“I didn’t see any of the exact signs (of drug abuse),� Fabick said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You never know when it’s going to be your last hug.�

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Celebrities Who Have Condemned Johnny Depp’s Comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:34:23 +0000 After Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp joked about assassinating President Trump on Thursday,.]]>

After Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp joked about assassinating President Trump on Thursday, the White House responded and called for the rest of Hollywood to condemn such incendiary comments.

President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead, the White House said in a statement sent to news organizations. “I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.

The Secret Service also said Friday in a statement that they were aware of the comments” but could not officially confirm whether they were investigating the 54-year-old actor.

Thus far, celebrities have been silent, essentially, about Depp’s words. While the actor apologized, his mea culpa seemed as hollow as the apology from comedian Kathy Griffin – who infamously held up the likeness of Trump’s decapitated head in a photo shoot not long ago – especially since he admitted before the Thursday crowd that his comments would land him “in the press.”

Singer Joy Villa expressed disappointment on Twitter about Depp’s remarks, calling him a “former crush” and saying the president’s assassination is not a “joke.”

“Judge Judy” star Judy Sheindlin also said Depp’s words were in “not good taste” to TMZ.

One A-lister also called out Depp early — and the identity of this individual wasn’t much of a surprise.

Actor James Woods has been an outspoken conservative for the past few years and a supporter of Donald Trump since he was elected to the presidency. Woods commented before in 2013 that his openness about his politics had cost him jobs in Hollywood and would likely keep him from having the professional career he once had — which included acting for such acclaimed directors as Martin Scorsese and John Carpenter.

Woods’ last major role was a six-episode run on the Showtime drama “Ray Donovan,� which was in 2013. Since then, he’s done some voice work and a low-budget film called “Jamesy Boy.�

Kudos to Woods for refusing to be silent about his beliefs at a time when it has been proven to cost people major opportunities and careers.

  1. Donald Trump
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  3. Johnny Depp
  4. kathy griffin
  5. pirates of the caribbean
  6. Ray Donovan
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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000 Transcript: My fellow Americans, Millions of families across our nation are suffering under the disaster.]]>


My fellow Americans,

Millions of families across our nation are suffering under the disaster known as Obamacare.  Traveling throughout our country over the last two years, I have met so many of these wonderful Americans, and I have never forgotten their stories.

In Wisconsin, I recently met a proud Veteran and his wife – Michael and Tammy Kushman. When they were forced onto Obamacare and the exchange in 2015, they thought they would be able to keep their doctor-but they couldn’t.  They thought they would be able to keep their plan – but they weren’t allowed.  They were told their premiums would go down – but instead, they soared by 120 percent upward.  It was one Obamacare lie after another.  Today, the Kushmans spend $1,400 dollars a month on health insurance – nearly one-fourth of their entire net monthly income.

On the same visit, I met another family, Robert and Sarah Stoll. Robert is a volunteer captain for his local fire department.  After their Obamacare premiums nearly doubled, they needed extra money and Sarah had no choice but to leave retirement to pay their bills.  But this new income meant they were no longer eligible for the tax credit they had once received, and the federal government actually forced them to repay thousands and thousands of dollars.

These families and so many others are victims of a catastrophic law that is wreaking havoc on our healthcare system and our families.

Democrats in Congress created this calamity and now, if we don’t act, millions more Americans will be hurt by Obamacare’s deepening death spiral.

Americans were promised lower premiums, more choices, and better access.  Instead, premiums have doubled nationwide – and insurers are still fleeing the market that Obamacare has nearly destroyed.  Americans in nearly one-third of all counties have only one insurer to choose from on the exchanges – and many markets may soon have no insurers at all.  It really is a disaster.

The American people are calling out for relief, and my administration is determined to provide it – and we are working with Congress to get a bill to my desk so we can rescue Americans from this catastrophe.

As families across the nation continue to suffer under this law, I only hope that Democrats in Congress will have the political courage to help fix what we know to be a catastrophic situation – a total disaster – that they have created.  To be part of the solution, instead of obstructing – always obstructing – change, blocking reform, and doubling-down on Obamacare’s failure.

But no matter what, my Administration will never stop fighting for you – and for the healthcare system that you deserve.  We’ll get it done.  Even if we don’t have any help from the Democrats, we’ll get it done.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

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Remarks by Vice President Pence to Troops Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:39:00 +0000 Schriever Air Force BaseColorado Springs, Colorado 2:06 P.M. MDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so.]]>

Schriever Air Force Base
Colorado Springs, Colorado

2:06 P.M. MDT

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  How about a big round of applause for General Raymond.  He is a remarkable leader.  (Applause.)  We couldn’t be more honored to be here in Colorado with the men and women of Schriever Air Force Base where every day you are evolving the force, driving innovation, and mastering space.  Give yourselves a round of applause, would you please.  (Applause.)  

I bring greetings this afternoon from your Commander-in-Chief, a champion of the Armed Forces of the United States, the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) And I also brought my commander-in-chief with me –(laughter) — my wife of 32 years, who also is a Marine Corps mom.  Would you give a rousing welcome to the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, is with us today.  (Applause.) 

MRS. PENCE:  I’d like you all to know I was born on McConnell Air Force Base.  (Applause.)  

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  And we’re just delighted to be with all of you today and for the great work at Air Force Space Command.  And also I want to congratulate the newest Brigadier General of the United States Air Force — just announced this morning — the Commander of the 50th Space Wing, General Deanna Burt.  Congratulations, General. (Applause.)  And lastly, allow me to just — this is my first opportunity to do this — to introduce the President’s choice to be the United States Secretary of the Air Force, herself an 11-year veteran of the Air Force.  I served with her in the Congress of the United States.  She is an incredible advocate of our armed forces, a courageous veteran who has worn the uniform.  Join me in welcoming Secretary and Doctor Heather Wilson.  (Applause.) 

And to all the leadership and all the men and women who serve at Schriever Air Force Base, it’s an honor to be with you. The Old Book says if you owe debts, pay debts; if honor, then honor; if respect, then respect.  And I’m just really here to pay a debt of honor and a debt of gratitude on behalf of the American people for your service to this country.  Each and every one of the men and women in this cafeteria have stepped forward in this all-volunteer military that we have to serve our country at an enormously important time.  And you here at Space Command in every real sense — as I’ll say more than once — literally, you might be in Colorado, but you are on the front lines and every day you are in the fight for freedom and the American people are grateful.  (Applause.) 

I told the President this morning I was headed your way and he said to me just, “just tell ‘em I’m proud of ‘em.�  And I’ll tell you what, the President speaks for all of the American people.  I can attest to it.  The pride the American people place in all the men and women of our armed forces is incalculable and I hope you feel it every single day.  

This Air Force Base has really exemplified American leadership and American excellence now for more than 30 years.  There may not be any runways here, but every day you reach into the stars and you make it possible for your fellow warriors to be able to take the fight to the enemy with enhanced security and enhanced safety.  And you guard the nation in space and in cyberspace.  You’re on the cutting edge of technology and arms and you complete the Air Force’s mission.  You know, the Air Force’s mission — if I get this right, Heather –is to “Fly, fight, and win in air, space and cyberspace.â€� And you’re the last two of that in every sense of the word and we commend you for it. 

You know, this base is named after a legendary American who wore the uniform, General Bernard Schriever — the father of the Air Force Space program.  And today the more than 7,700 members of the 50th Space Wing operate the space and cyber systems that literally are the envy of the world and keep America one step ahead of all who would do us harm.  

You direct no fewer than 175 American satellites that are crucial to our national security every day — in weather, communications, and early warning of foreign missile tests.  Every American benefits from your efforts here — the world’s only global utility, the GPS system that’s essential to our daily life.  

And as the President said in his inaugural address and many times since, space is a priority for this administration and it is a priority for the American people and it will always be.  (Applause.)  In fact, I’m pleased to report that nearly two decades after it was disbanded, in just a few short weeks the President will soon relaunch the National Space Council.  And it will be my great honor as Vice President of the United States to serve as its chairman, which has been a historic role for this office.  The President recognizes that America needs a coherent and cohesive approach to the last, greatest frontier in history, and the National Space Council, as it has played a role before, will advise the President on both civilian and military national policy and strategy for space and we look forward to the work of that new entity.

It will strengthen opportunities that we have and it will encourage more investment at the national level and more aspiration for all of our people to look to space for careers and for service.  And I just want you all to know that this administration is determined to once again ensure that America is leading in space in near Earth orbit and exploration far, far beyond our planet.  

And you, the men and women of Schriever Air Force Base, will play a leading role as America leads in space.  Under President Trump your mission will be more important than ever before because this administration knows that your work, in the depths of space and cyberspace, is crucial to our security in the 21st century.

You know, it really is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who cares so deeply about the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States, their families, and our veterans.  In fact, you’ll probably see on the news a little bit later today that not more than a couple of hours ago, President Trump gathered in the East Room at the White House and signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act — comprehensive legislation to provide our veterans with the care they earned in the uniform of the United States and America and we’re going to see it through for world-class healthcare for all those who served.  

This new act, following the Choice Act the President signed into law, is a historic step to hold VA employees accountable to the highest performance standards, it will ensure they’re accountable when those standards are not met, and it includes long-overdue protections for VA employees who uncover wrongdoing or blow the whistle on poor care.  We all remember those terrible stories.  Literally some of our veterans, men and women who have worn the uniform of this country and protected our freedom, who literally struggled with health and some who passed away waiting for care at the VA.  I promise you, with this new legislation today and under President Trump’s leadership and Secretary Shulkin, the day of bad healthcare at the VA are over.  And reform at the VA is coming.   

And let me also say — as I already mentioned before — as the proud parents of a United States Marine, I couldn’t be more grateful to stand with a President who is so committed to rebuilding our military, restoring the arsenal of democracy.  And President Donald Trump is fighting every day to make sure that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard have the resources and the training you need to accomplish your mission and bring our soldiers home safe.  (Applause.) 

Last month, the President signed a $21 billion increase in funding for the Armed Forces of the United States.  It was the largest investment in our military readiness in nearly a decade. In his first budget the Congress will take up this fall, the President called for the biggest increase in military spending since the days of Ronald Reagan — including a nearly 20 percent increase in the Air Force space budget.  We’re going to fight to lead in space and we’re going to put the resources of the United States of America behind you.  (Applause.) 

In short, the President of the United States is going make the strongest fighting force in history stronger still — American strength will only grow under the leadership of this new President and this new administration.  It doesn’t matter whether we’re dealing with a brutal regime in North Korea or Iran, or radical Islamic terrorists in Syria, Yemen, or Iraq, the United States will continue to stand strong.  We’ll continue to take the fight to the enemy on our terms on their soil.  

And each one of you are going to continue to be at the tip of the spear, and I understand that, and so does the President.  It’s one of the reasons I wanted to be here today.  It’s one of the reasons why I’m told the Secretary of the Air Force has already been here once before in her very short tenure.  Because you warriors in the room are playing a central role every hour, every day in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism and the fight for freedom around the world, and we recognize it.

As we speak, your brothers-and-sisters-in-arms are stationed across the wider world on the frontiers of freedom in the mountains of South Korea, fields and forests of Eastern Europe, the deserts and valleys of Iraq and Afghanistan; and it’s an enormous comfort to them and a great source of confidence that you’re here.  That your vigilance and your professionalism is here ensuring that they have the real-time information to accomplish their missions.  

You know those who wear the uniform of the United States, all of you in this room, and all those around our country and around the world are really the bulwark of American freedom.  Every day you here at Schriever Air Force Base play your part to defend our freedom, protect the American people, and I want you to know we’re grateful each and every day.  

You know, it’s always humbling for me to stand before men and women who are wearing the uniform of the United States because my life did not take me on that path.  I didn’t wear the uniform.  I’m actually the son of a soldier.  My father saw combat in the Korean War.  And as I mentioned, I’m the proud father of a United States Marine. But maybe it’s altogether fitting that someone like me stands before men and women like you just to say thanks.  Make sure you know how grateful the American people are each and every day for the service that you provide here and the sacrifice you and your families make to keep our country safe.  

So let me tell you, I can assure you that you have the support of your Commander-in-Chief and of his number two and of our entire administration.  You have the support of the Congress of the United States and the support of the American people that they represent.  Let me also assure you one other way — you also have the prayers of the American people.  I know each and every day, there are people across this country who pray for your protection, who pray for your skill and professionalism, and you provide protection and cover over those in harm’s way.  And they’ll continue to carry you, carry you in faith and in prayers as you serve our country.  

So I came today to say thank you.  Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your service that creates our freedom at home and our security around the world.  And I look out around this room I have faith.  I have faith that in the days ahead we will keep America safe.  That we’ll make it possible for America to prosper.  And to borrow a phrase, we’ll Make America Great Again.  

Thank you for your service, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.) 

2:16 P.M. MDT

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Worcester to Make Major Economic Development Announcements Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:18:26 +0000 Worcester, MA (June 23, 2017) – The City of Worcester on Monday will make a major.]]>

Worcester, MA (June 23, 2017) – The City of Worcester on Monday will make a major economic development announcement on the steps of the former Worcester County Courthouse.

WHAT: Economic Development Announcement
WHERE: Former Worcester County Courthouse, 2 Main Street, Worcester
WHEN: Noon, Monday, June 26th

The former courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, consists of about 250,000 square-feet located on 4.28 acres at Main and Highland streets. The City took over the vacant property from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for $1 on August 6, 2014.

Source: Office of the City Manager

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