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Jonathan Kantrowitz

Shareholders Call for Immediate Action on Diversity by Urban Outfitters

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Source: State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier Sending a clear message, almost half the independent shareholders at Urban Outfitters – 46 percent – have voted in favor of a resolution calling on the company’s Board of Directors to commit itself to a policy of inclusiveness and consider women and minority candidates for the Board. The resolution […] [Read More]
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Super PAC whose mission is to lessen the influence of big money in politics by targeting congressional candidates opposed to campaign finance reform

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Most Americans believe big money donors have too much influence over politics, leading to a dysfunctional government and political decisions that benefit the few, not the many. Recent Supreme Court decisions, like Citizens United, have made the problem worse by ending limits on donations, and further increasing the influence of wealthy donors, large corporations and […] [Read More]
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My Recent Blog Posts

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My blogs: Hospice Care Research Health News Report Education Research Report Archaeology News Report American Mating Habits Stopping statins may benefit terminally ill patients Jonathan Kantrowitz at Hospice Care Research – 1 minute ago Results presented May 30 2014 at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and June 6 […] [Read More]
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FREE Homeowners Mortgage Assistance Event – Trumbull Marriott

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Friday, May 30, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Trumbull Marriott 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT Meet one-on-one with your mortgage lender or a HUD-approved housing counselor! Participating Lenders Bank of America CitiMortgage Green Tree Servicing HSBC National Bank USA – HFC (Household Finance) – Beneficial Finance JPMorgan Chase Nationstar Mortgage Naugatuck Valley Savings and […] [Read More]
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How To Get a Tax Break in Connecticut

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by Jon Pelto, from Wait, What As the 2014 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly came to a close two weeks ago, the $55 rebate that Governor Malloy had promised disappeared…. Poof! So did the promised tax break for retired teachers, and the tax break on clothing costing less than $50, and the tax break […] [Read More]
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Water pipe smoking causes significant exposure to nicotine and cancer-causing agents

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Source: American Association for Cancer Research Young adults who smoked water pipes in hookah bars had elevated levels of nicotine, cotinine, tobacco-related cancer-causing agents, and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in their urine, and this may increase their risk for cancer and other chronic diseases, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, […] [Read More]
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The Perversity and Hypocrisy of “Reformers”

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Journey for Justice has just issued a new report Death by a Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage. It’s well researched and heavily footnoted, but more than that, it is a powerful, moving piece of social and political commentary: The move toward the expansion of charter schools, and away from public schools, […] [Read More]
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E-Cigarettes: Levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde could exceed those in tobacco smoke

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Source:Roswell Park Cancer Institute High-voltage electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may expose users to increased levels of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, according to research led by Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, a researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). The study was published online today by Nicotine and Tobacco Research, […] [Read More]
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Teacher Evaluations At The Heart Of Education Reform Are Flawed

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This week, two new studies have reported on significant flaws at the heart of teacher evaluations: standardized tests don’t really measure teacher’s value added, and classroom observations are often biased. Here’s a summary of the first report: “There are very weak associations of content alignment with student achievement gains and no associations with the composite […] [Read More]
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Thousands Sent to Emergency Room by Preventable Pool Chemical Injuries

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 emergency room visits in 2012, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of these preventable injuries were in children and teenagers and more than a third occurred at a home. Pool […] [Read More]
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