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Northeast States Digs Out With More Snow on The Horizon

As New England continue to dig out from yesterday's storm, state officials are planning for the next round of winter weather due to arrive overnight which could make for a slow morning commute Wednesday. Winter Storm Warning URGENT- Winter Weather Message National Weather Service Taunton, MA 1222 pm Est. Tue Feb 4, 2014 ...Wintry weather will return to Southern New England late tonight through ...Low pressure will deepen off the mid-Atlantic coast late tonight before passing south of Nantucket early Wednesday. the storm will spread plowable snow from west to east across the region and perhaps a wintry mix to the south coast.…
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FDA Launches New Anti-Smoking Campaign

The Food and Drug administration is launching a new campaign geared towards teens in hopes of stopping them from smoking and encouraging them to quit. This $115 million multimedia education campaign called "The Real Cost" will use adds depicting yellow teeth, wrinkled skin, and other costs at-risk teenagers face if they smoke cigarettes. Beginning February 11, advertisements will run in over 200 markets throughout the US for at least one year. Ads will air on TV stations like MTV and be found in magazines such as Teen Vogue. They will also use social media, which today's youth heavily uses. "Our…
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Organized Criminal Gambling Operation Centered in Northern Rhode Island Dismantled During the Early Morning Hours Resulting in the Arrest of 13 Individuals

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announces the arrest of 13 individuals as the result of an investigation conducted by the Rhode Island State Police and Rhode Island Department of Attorney General of an illegal organized criminal gambling operation. The investigation commenced in June of 2013 and culminated with the arrests early this morning, as well as the execution of 4 court-authorized search warrants. It is alleged that the operation was facilitated by David A. Ayotte, age 53, of 634…
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Microsoft Board names Satya Nadella as CEO

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 4, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of Directors. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will…
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Action Needed to Improve Educator Data Literacy States urged to make data easier for teachers to access and promote development of stronger skills

WASHINGTON-February 4, 2014-States should promote data use skills, ease of access to data, and the use of a common language about data literacy to support strengthening data literacy among the nation's educators as an important lever for improving student achievement, according to a new policy brief, Data Literacy: It's About Time. Released today, the policy brief looks at current state efforts through educator licensure and teacher preparation training programs, as well as other policies to promote data literacy - or the skills needed to effectively use data to improve instruction - analyzes research on teacher data use, and provides a…
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Last of the Mirabal Sisters Passes Away

The last of the four Mirabal sisters known as the butterflies, Bélgica Adela Mirabal, died Saturday, February, 1, 2014 of pulmonary complications at a hospital in Santo Domingo. She was 88. Known as Doña Dede in the Dominican Republic, she and her sisters fought to overthrow one of the most notorious dictators in Latin America, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. The assassination of three of the Mirabal sisters on November 25, 1960 created an uproar in the country and ultimately led to the assassination of the dictator in May 30, 1961. The story of these sisters has been told countless times, most…
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Massachusetts Grants 20 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Last November voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Massachusetts. Now it has granted the first 20 dispensary licenses across 10 of its 14 counties. Despite being permitted to award up to 35 licenses, the state has only decided to grant 20, leaving many wondering about the Registered Marijuana Dispensary Selection Committee's strategies. Despite being awarded a license, these companies will still have to pass a final inspection by the state health department and must comply with local requirements before opening. There are still mixed feeling among residents about medical marijuana. Some local officials…
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TOLMAN STATEMENT ON THE COMMITTEE TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE REPORT

Massachusetts - Following the report issued by the Committee to Reduce Gun Violence, Warren Tolman, candidate for Attorney General, released the following statement: "I applaud the work of the Committee to Reduce Gun Violence. They have developed important recommendations to strengthen and streamline gun regulations, add new training requirements, improve security at our schools, and repair our crumbling mental health system. As Attorney General, reducing gun violence in our communities would be one of my top priorities. That's why I proposed using the existing power in the AG's office to require all new guns sold in Massachusetts to have fingerprint…
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A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer & Tea

PROVIDENCE, RI - With the approach of the Season Four Finale of the popular television drama Downton Abbey, Providence Public Library invites fans of the show to join cultural historian Madelyn Shaw for a discussion of the season’s fashion and a look at where -- sartorially -- the Grantham family has been and where they are heading. The program will take place on Sunday, February 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room (3rd Floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence. Following the lecture, participants are invited to gather for tea on the Library’s Grand Marble Staircase balcony. The…
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RI Students Engage Their Peers to Help Them KNOW MORE About Dating Violence

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is launching Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2014 with a campaign created and depicted by teens from a Providence organization called Young Voices. Prior to February, these high school students met and brainstormed ideas for a public service announcement () that focuses on dating abuse perpetrated via social media platforms. When asked why they chose this particular topic, the teens’ collective answer was, “It’s real. It happens all the time.” Aware of recent tragedies in Rhode Island involving digital dating violence, where abusers had become excessively jealous over their partners’…
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