Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page August 18, 2018 Tucked into the comprehensive opioid legislation that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law this week was a pilot program for the state to treat inmates suffering from opioid addiction with medications such as methadone or buprenorphine. The program will be limited to five correctional facilities, but it has already drawn criticism from some law enforcement officials.The Barnstable County sheriff’s office recently released a video of a clinician interviewing inmates who related their concerns around having Suboxone, which is the trade name of buprenorphine in the form of a film that dissolves in the mouth, offered in jails. One inmate called it a “terrible, horrible idea.” Another one said that an “8-milligram Suboxone strip can be cut into 16ths and those 16ths of a Suboxone go for $20 a piece.”Barnstable County Sheriff James … [Read more...] about Keeping every option on opioid treatment
Cellphones at school Officials at Edmond Public Schools recently announced a policy to limit student use of cellphones at school. Students will be required to put their phones away, whether that's in a backpack, locker, purse or elsewhere. At the same time, every student from sixth through 12th grade is provided a Chromebook that provides access to email and the internet, so the policy may represent only a minor change that's unlikely to cause severe technology withdrawal symptoms among students. But in France, officials are taking things further. A new law in that country bans smartphone use anywhere on school grounds for students in the equivalent of preschool through ninth grade. In 2017 in France, 86 percent of kids age 12 to 17 had a smartphone, compared with 79 percent in the United States. Research suggests students' academic performance increases where cellphones are banned, making the French experiment one to watch. Liberals for racial profiling? Brothers Charles and David … [Read more...] about Oklahoma ScissorTales: Difficult choices for Oklahoma City Council
The local news is full of devastating losses on our streets. Four people have been killed in separate, unrelated traffic accidents in Colorado Springs in the last week. Two of the accidents involved motorcycles, and two were single-vehicle crashes.These are the 29th, 30th, 31st, and 32nd traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs this year. We are on a pace to surpass last year, a record year for traffic fatalities in the city, with a total of 39.This doesn’t surprise anyone who drives in our city. The statistics speak volumes. Colorado Springs drivers are speeding, running red lights and driving while distracted.This is nothing new, but the volume of traffic has increased with an increase in population. There are simply more cars on the road. Combine that with limited traffic patrols because of a shortage of police officers and you have a prescription for mayhem.We all share the responsibility to pay attention and focus on the task at hand — getting from point A to point B … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: Red-light cameras a good tool for Springs
The current president of the United States governs a little, shall we say, differently. So we weren't quite sure how to take his initial floating of the idea of creating a sixth branch of the military to handle out-of-this-world threats. But since Donald Trump has continued to talk (or tweet) about creating a Space Force, we thought it was worth weighing in with a few thoughts of our own.For starters, we're strong supporters of our military. Those who don our nation's uniform deserve our respect and support as they seek to preserve the safety and security of our country. And with that in mind, we wonder what value there would be in creating a new branch of the U.S. military.But then the Air Force already has an organization to support military use of satellites, rockets and cyberwarfare operations and track space junk, and many of the military's top brass say the nation doesn't need a separate new force. In other words, we already have a constellation of agencies and a military branch … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Space Force isn’t a serious proposal, but China and Russia pose real risks
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page August 18, 2018 The long-abused Malden River got a boost from the state last week, when the Department of Environmental Protection ordered a key landowner to build a bike and pedestrian trail along a section of the waterfront. Slowly but surely, a plan to increase public access and connect Everett, Malden, Medford, Somerville, and surrounding areas is becoming a reality, thanks to the effort of municipalities, environmental groups, and now the Baker administration.The order requires utility company National Grid, which owns a big chunk of land on the Everett-Malden border, to construct a 10-foot wide pathway that will be almost a half-mile long. It comes as a condition for renewing the utility’s Chapter 91 license, which applies to waterfront landowners and gives the state the ability to protect public access.When built, the path will help knit together trails along … [Read more...] about The Malden River, coming to life
AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File The aversion many Nevada officials have to the state’s public records law is well-documented. In too many cases the default reaction — from Jarbidge to Laughlin and in between — is to retreat into the shadows rather than to acknowledge taxpayers have a right to examine government documents. But that unfortunate tendency is not confined to the Silver State. Chicago is one of 20 remaining finalists hoping to land Amazon’s second headquarters. It’s bid no doubt contains billions in potential tax breaks and other handouts. Yet ethis month, an Illinois judge ruled that Chicago officials may keep secret the details of their proposed giveaways in the Amazon sweepstakes. That’s right. A judge has determined that the Illinois taxpayers who would be forced to foot the bill for many of the giveaways to the online retail giant have no right to know what officials have promised in their name to one of the world’s richest … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: Cities, states push to keep Amazon bids secret
When it comes to bargaining new teacher contracts this summer, school districts across Washington state need to show some backbone. Sure, Washington’s Legislature decided to put an additional $1 billion toward teacher salaries for the coming school year. But that doesn’t mean every penny of that salary money is meant to go straight into the pockets of teachers in the form of double-digit raises — no matter what the statewide teachers union tries to claim. Setting up such false expectations ignores the history of the landmark McCleary school-funding case, which helped spur the recent K-12 funding influx. Lawmakers approved a massive increase in state funding for education. But much of that money — billions, in fact, over the next few years — is designed to replace the local property taxes that for too long have been propping up the state’s failure to amply fund schools. Because those local school district property-tax levies are set to go … [Read more...] about Unsustainable teacher raises risk new school-funding crisis
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Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print 23andMe is one of several new services that have analyze a person's genetic material for information about their health or ancestry. Getty Images/Claudio Reyes Enlarge In recent years, there has been a growing market for private companies that, for a fee, will analyze a person’s DNA and offer information about one’s ancestry or health predispositions. But as these services become increasingly popular and more affordable, concerns about privacy have been growing. 23andMe, which has more than 5 million clients, is perhaps the most popular of these companies. For as little as $100 — other companies offer packages that start as low as $60 — 23andMe will analyze data saliva and offer insights into a customer’s genetic makeup. Click here to view more Blade editorials But while most customers have used the service to learn something about their ancestry or health, law enforcement have found that … [Read more...] about The pitfalls of private DNA companies
Within weeks of taking office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott made one of the worst decisions of his administration and refused $2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. Within months of leaving office, the governor now thinks the rail line is a swell idea. No wonder. It turns out the governor and his wife invested at least $3 million in a credit fund for the parent company of the outfit that wants to build the rail line. Scott is a walking conflict of interest, and this is another exhibit in the growing case for overhauling financial disclosure requirements for Florida candidates and officeholders.Let’s follow the time line. As Mary Ellen Klas of the Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau reports, All Aboard Florida and its parent company gives more than $200,000 to Scott’s 2010 campaign and his inauguration. Scott kills the plan in 2011 for high speed rail, which would have been running by now. He hires as his chief of staff in 2012 an … [Read more...] about Editorial: Did Rick Scott’s wallet affect his epiphany on rail line?