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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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E-cigarettes expose people to more than harmless vapor, should be regulated

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Source: University of California – San Francisco In a major scientific review of research on e-cigarettes, UC San Francisco scientists found that industry claims about the devices are unsupported by the evidence to date, including claims that e-cigarettes help smokers quit. The review marks the first comprehensive assessment of peer-reviewed published research into the relatively […] [Read More]
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E-cigarettes and mental health

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Source: University of California – San Diego Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that people living with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions are twice as likely to have tried e-cigarettes and three times as likely to be current users of the controversial battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices, as people without […] [Read More]
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