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CDC Launches Investigation of Lung Injury Associated with Vaping

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Ridgewood NJ, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to enhance the inter-agency response to the current investigation into cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping.

“CDC has made it a priority to find out what is causing this outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping-related injuries and deaths,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D. “Activation of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center allows us to enhance operations and provide additional support to CDC staff working to protect our Nation from this serious health threat.”

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Bergen County Sheriff’s officer arrested, Attempted to Help Inmates Escape from County Jail

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Hackensack NJ , A Bergen County Sheriff’s officer was arrested on charges of bring contraband and “implements for escape” into the Bergen County Jail, the county prosecutor’s office said.

According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office , the Bergen sheriff’s office received complaints on September 9 about corrections officer Jessica Stec’s behavior in the county jail. An investigation by the prosecutor’s office revealed evidence that Stec had “obstructed a governmental function and provided contraband to an inmate.”

Officer Stec has been suspended from duty and issued a summons charging her with one count obstructing administration of law or other governmental function; a disorderly persons offense; and one count of implements of escape or other contraband. She will appear for processing in Hackensack on October 10.

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In Government, Every Day Is Labor Day

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If there’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, Labor Day is it.

Ira Stoll | September 1, 2014

here’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, Labor Day is it.

The paradox is this: even as private sector unionism has declined, public sector unionism is in some ways more influential than ever.

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Labor Day stems from deadly labor strike, but few Americans know the history

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A labor movement in Chicago in 1894 left 30 Pullman workers dead, and later spurred Congress and President Grover Cleveland to pass a bill creating Labor Day. But the history of this holiday is rarely taught in schools, and there are few full-time labor journalists to write about working class communities.



NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
 
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 7:31 PM


WASHINGTON — Monday is the day to celebrate the American worker and his sacrifices and economic and social achievements.

You do know that, right?

If you don’t, you’re not alone.

Few recall the bloodstained origins of this holiday as we fire up the grill, throw on the burgers and dogs and turn on the U.S. Open tennis or maybe the Yanks, Mets or another ballgame.

And, in a sign of the times, the Sunday morning network news shows didn’t even offer their usual, token pre-Labor Day weekend spot for the head of the nation’s labor movement.

“No,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka when I asked him. “No invitations this year.”

I told the former mine worker-turned-lawyer that there seems to be a precious lack of understanding of the holiday’s origins.

In fact, it stems from an awful confrontation in Chicago in 1894 that saw federal marshals and the Army kill 30 striking Pullman railroad strikers.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/history-labor-day-forgotten-article-1.1923299

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Johnson & Johnson To Appeal Flawed Opioid Judgment in Oklahoma

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NEW BRUNSWICK NJ, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies today announced they will appeal the $572 million civil judgment entered in Cleveland County District Court in the State of Oklahoma’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. The Company is confident it has strong grounds to appeal this decision.

The judgment disregards the Company’s compliance with federal and state laws, the unique role its medicines play in the lives of the people who need them, its responsible marketing practices and that since launch, DURAGESIC®, NUCYNTA® and NUCYNTA® ER have accounted for less than one percent of total opioid prescriptions in Oklahoma as well as the United States.

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It’s August and Its Still Hot Out there

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Ridgewood NJ, its late August and we are in for another round of extreme heat in many parts of the state this week. Here is a reminder of some safety tips for your family, friends and communities to stay safe.

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National Congressional Campaign Committee’s (“NRCC”) Puts Pallotta, “On the Radar”

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MAHWAH NJ,  Frank T. Pallotta, GOP candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, released the following statement in response to the National Congressional Campaign Committee’s (“NRCC”) Young Guns “On the Radar” announcement:

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70% of All Those Applying for Green Cards would meet “Public Charge ” Criteria

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Star Ledger, out of 544,000 people on average applying annually for green cards, 382,000 (More than 70%) fall into the categories that would be subject to review of restricting issue of Green Cards, if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.

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Pal Park Man Victim of Hit and Run Remains in Critical Condition in HUMC

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Palisades park NJ, The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Palisades Park Police Department are requesting information from the public regarding a hit and run with a struck pedestrian where the victim sustained serious injuries.

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, at approximately 2:14 a.m., the Palisades Park Police Department received a report of a fight in progress outside of 400 Bergen Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers observed a male victim lying in the roadway with serious injuries. The victim, a 33-year-old male, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he remains in critical but stable condition.

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Congressman Gottheimer Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

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Wyckoff NJ, , the bipartisan Stop Bad Robocalls Act, cosponsored by U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), passed the House and will head to the Senate for a vote. The bill specifies that consumers should not face additional charges for having robocalls blocked through authentication technology and sets reasonable deadlines for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prescribe regulations to help fight against scammers.

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