VA electronic health records research shaped new Medicare policy

Guides developed by VA researchers to promote safe use of electronic health records are part of a new federal policy on Medicare reimbursement to hospitals, which will take effect in January 2022. The policy calls for hospitals to take advantage of extensive guides and checklists developed based on years of research by Dr. Hardeep Singh and hisContinue reading “VA electronic health records research shaped new Medicare policy”

Discipline demanded for disinformation doctors

Doctors who repeatedly spread misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines should face disciplinary review and actions, including the revocation of their licenses, said Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Bogus information on the Internet about the inoculated is spurring hesitancy among people all over the world, threatening disastrous public health effects PHR is a NewContinue reading “Discipline demanded for disinformation doctors”

Political nonprofit fundraising off breast cancer has deep ties to scam PAC networks

By Roger Sollenberger and Anna Massoglia | OpenSecrets This October, as Americans mark another Breast Cancer Awareness month, a number of organizations and advocates will want to make their cause known. But there’s one group donors may want to avoid: The American Breast Cancer Coalition. Although it sounds like a noble charity, the ABCC isContinue reading “Political nonprofit fundraising off breast cancer has deep ties to scam PAC networks”

UN hears call for climate action

Climate change is not the only—or even the main—driver of international discord but there is increasing evidence that it’s effect increase the risk of violent conflict in many contexts. Ilwad Elman, a panellist for SIPRI’s Environment of Peace initiative, addressed a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the effects of climate change onContinue reading “UN hears call for climate action”

Biden honors law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will attend a memorial service today at the United States Capitol in honor of law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service began in 1982 as a small gathering in Washington’s Senate ParkContinue reading “Biden honors law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice”

Climate change turning autumn leaves 

The changing of leaves from green to red, gold, and orange is a landmark event in fall. For trees, this is more than just a season of beauty, as it pauses photosynthesis and begins the storage of nutrients for the winter. But climate change could alter the details of this seasonal phenomenon. A team ofContinue reading “Climate change turning autumn leaves “

Congress gave free PPP money to unworthy companies but there’s no desire to get any of it back

by Lydia DePillis |ProPublica As Congress launched a historic bailout to keep businesses afloat at the outset of the pandemic, government officials stressed that the loans were for mom-and-pop operations that didn’t have another easily available lifeline. “This was a program designed for small businesses,” then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, as companies like $434 millionContinue reading “Congress gave free PPP money to unworthy companies but there’s no desire to get any of it back”

New Jerseyan gets 10 years in prison for sex trafficking in North Carolina

A Bergen County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for engaging in sex trafficking, said federal prosecutors in North Carolina. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Mark Daniel Benavidez, 40, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, also was ordered on Wednesday to pay $32,800 in restitution to his victims.Continue reading “New Jerseyan gets 10 years in prison for sex trafficking in North Carolina”

John Deere workers go on strike

UAW John Deere members struck at midnight on October 14, after the company failed to present an agreement that met the members’ demands and needs prompted the largest private-sector walkout since 49,000 UAW members struck General Motors for forty-one days in 2019. “Our members at John Deere strike for the ability to earn a decentContinue reading “John Deere workers go on strike”

Non-COVID patients suffer as Delta & unvaccinated patients swamp hospitals

A Boy Went to a COVID-overwhelmed ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst. by Jenny Deam | ProPublica What first struck Nathaniel Osborn when he and his wife took their son, Seth, to the emergency room this summer was how packed the waiting room was for a Wednesday at 1 p.m. The FloridaContinue reading “Non-COVID patients suffer as Delta & unvaccinated patients swamp hospitals”

Sgt. John Peck guides people back from a dark place after surviving his own

Retired Marine Sgt. John Peck lost both legs and both arms when he was hit by an improvised explosive device on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010. Coming home and facing life as a quadriplegic was hard, Peck said. But his lowest point emotionally stemmed from feelings of loneliness. He realized that, among a handful of otherContinue reading “Sgt. John Peck guides people back from a dark place after surviving his own”

America’s very wealthiest likely pay less in taxes than you do

The rich really are different from you and me: They’re better at dodging the tax collector. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid no income tax in 2007 and 2011. Tesla founder Elon Musk’s income tax bill was zero in 2018. And financier George Soros went three straight years without paying federal income tax, according to aContinue reading “America’s very wealthiest likely pay less in taxes than you do”

Drug ring conspirator pleads guilty

A Bronx, New York, man today admitted participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl from a drug mill in the Bronx to locations in New Jersey. Reimon Genao Rosario, 25, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy toContinue reading “Drug ring conspirator pleads guilty”

New Yorker sentenced to 33 months in prison for illegal firearm possession

A Suffolk County, New York, man was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, by Judge Kevin Charles McNulty of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Keith Richter, a/k/a “Conan,” 62, of Bay Shore, New York, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him withContinue reading “New Yorker sentenced to 33 months in prison for illegal firearm possession”

Study disputes view that Americans workers are insecure in their jobs

Contrary to the prevailing narrative that job insecurity is on the rise due to new “industry 4.0” technologies, jobs across the U.S. economy are more secure now than at any point in the past two decades, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technologyContinue reading “Study disputes view that Americans workers are insecure in their jobs”

Senate Democrats revive push for long-shot voting rights legislation

Democrats are making a fresh push for voting rights legislation in the Senate, and if the filibuster guarantees it will go nowhere there’s a fair chance that the arcane legislative rule will be the casualty of this critical fight for democracy. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act onContinue reading “Senate Democrats revive push for long-shot voting rights legislation”

The Taliban are committing cold-blooded executions in Afghanistan

Taliban forces unlawfully killed 13 ethnic Hazaras, including a 17-year-old girl, in Afghanistan’s Daykundi province after members of the security forces of the former government surrendered, a new investigation by Amnesty International has revealed. Another civilian, Fayaz, a newly-wed in his 20s, was also among those killed. The killings happened in Kahor village of KhidirContinue reading “The Taliban are committing cold-blooded executions in Afghanistan”

Biden Is First President to Mark Indigenous Peoples Day

President Joe Biden on Friday issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day, lending the most significant boost yet to efforts to refocus the federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus toward an appreciation of Native Americans. The day will be observed Oct. 11, along with Columbus Day, which is established by Congress. While Native AmericansContinue reading “Biden Is First President to Mark Indigenous Peoples Day”

New Jersey study leads to Nobel prize

In a study published in 1994, David Card of the University of California, Berkeley, looked at what happened to jobs at Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s and Roy Rogers when New Jersey raised its minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.05, using restaurants in bordering eastern Pennsylvania as the control — or comparison — group. Contrary toContinue reading “New Jersey study leads to Nobel prize”