Important Press Releases

TSA and George Bush Intercontinental Airport jointly open new automated screening lanes

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HOUSTON — Today Houston Airport System Director Mario Diaz joined Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Deputy Administrator Huban A. Gowadia in a ceremony announcing new checkpoint technology at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The automated screening lanes incorporate enhanced capabilities at the airport security checkpoint while improving the passenger experience.

Student forestry club gets hands-on to remake famous Tightwad Hill

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UC Berkeley senior Hunter Noble pats the ground around a young valley oak tree he planted on Tightwad Hill. A group of forestry students are helping restore the hill.

Play it again: People find comfort listening to the same songs over and over

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ANN ARBOR—With the frequency that some people play their favorite song, it's a good thing vinyl records aren't used often because they might wear out.

Unique collaboration works to extend sea ice prediction from days to decades

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You might say that ice runs in Elizabeth Hunke’s blood.

Comstock Border Patrol Agents Recover Body

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DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Comstock Station found a deceased individual on a local ranch, Feb.

Home Repair Information Available in Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Nueces Counties

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Home Repair Information Available in Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Nueces Counties Feb.

Governor Carney Nominates Sheldon K. Rennie as Superior Court Judge in New Castle County

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WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday nominated Sheldon K. Rennie to serve as a Superior Court Judge in New Castle County.

Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships coming to MSU

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Around 500 of Michigan’s youngest robotic masters are coming to Michigan State University in East Lansing for the Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships Feb.

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces spring 2018 trout stocking and opening for downstate ponds

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DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced that Delaware’s spring 2018 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 3, with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked with rainbow trout, provided pond ice conditions do not prevent stocking or fishing. On that date, Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond near Greenwood in Sussex County will open for trout fishing beginning at 7 a.m.

UH Hilo part of research tying urban land-use change to financial credit

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A physics professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has co-authored a paper that attributes the United States housing boom from 1980 to 2008 to the increased availability of money made possible by legislation designed to promote the growth of a secondary market for trading mortgages. Philippe Binder, working at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, collaborated with Kathleen Sealey from the University of Miami and King Burch, an independent finance and real estate researcher based in Honolulu, to produce the study, entitled “Financial credit drives urban land-use change in the United States,” published in the March 2018 issue of Anthropocene. The authors sought to gain a better understanding of why conservationists and natural resource managers have lost ground in the past 20 years, more species are in decline, more protected areas are increasingly isolated with threats from development on all sites, and large, lucrative development properties were proposed, approved and funded at rates faster than the human population growth rate. Their research covered a three-year period, and included construction of a case study for South Florida to examine the complex, coupled systems of finance and land use change. Their findings concluded that the driver for the housing boom was the increased availability of credit, and the ability to transfer investment risks, which allowed more people to buy more expensive houses. Using ideas from ecology, finance, urban studies and complex systems, the authors develop a hypothesis on fundamental shifts in the flow of money throughout the entire development and construction process. The paper explores a basic premise that “nothing happens without funding,” and explains to a non-finance audience the financial instruments and innovations that diversify the sources of loans and credit through globalization of mortgage-based securities (MBSs). Their ideas were put to the test by examining operational data and documents from Lennar Corporation, one of the largest developers in the country, and "following the money." The analysis identified various interactions with capital markets and financial institutions, including those in-house, which supported their hypothesis.

Registration open for DNREC-sponsored living shorelines workshop March 7 and 8 in Lewes

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DOVER – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays will host a two-day workshop, “Introduction to Living Shorelines Training for Engineers, Contractors, and Landscape Professionals,” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 7 and 8, at DNREC’s Lewes Field Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958. Admission to the workshop is free, with lunch provided.

Tiffany Dena Loftin Joins NAACP as Youth & College Director

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BALTIMORE (February 15, 2018) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s premier civil rights organization, has named Tiffany Dena Loftin its new Director of the Youth & College Division. Today comprised of more than 700 Youth Councils, High School Chapters, and College Chapters, the NAACP Youth & College Division has fostered youth leadership and activism since 1936.

Domenico Grasso named next UM-Dearborn chancellor

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ANN ARBOR—Domenico Grasso, an engineering professor who also served as provost and chief academic officer at the University of Delaware, has been selected as the next chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

A.G. Schneiderman And Comptroller DiNapoli Announce Criminal Charges And Civil Lawsuit Against Pharmacy Owner For Allegedly Defrauding Medicaid

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NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the arrest and indictment of, as well as a civil asset forfeiture action against, Arkady Goldin, 39, of Brooklyn, and Value Pharmacy, Inc.

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With Company Over Misleading Solicitations For Insurance Products

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ALBANY — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Iowa-based Trustage Insurance Agency, which mailed solicitations for Accidental Death and Dismemberment policies that appeared to come from New Yorkers’ credit unions. Trustage is a wholly owned subsidiary of CMFG Life Insurance Company, which markets a variety of insurance products to credit union members, including Accidental Death and Dismemberment policies. The settlement requires Trustage to make a number of changes to its solicitations based on concerns raised by the Attorney General’s office, and pay $75,000 in restitution, penalties, costs, and fees.

WCS Conservationists Win ACE Award For Conservation Excellence

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Dr. Nyawira Muthiga and Dr. Tim McClanahan presented with inaugural award.The winners are founders of WCS’s coral reef programs and have pushed the frontiers of coral reef science.

Governor Cuomo Announces 30-Day Amendment to Prohibit the Use of So-Called "Gay Panic" and "Trans Panic" Defenses in New York State

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a 30-day budget amendment will be advanced to prohibit the so-called gay and trans panic defenses from being used in New York State to blame LGBTQ people for the violence committed against them. The current gay and trans panic defenses allow those responsible for violent crimes against LGBTQ people to receive a lesser sentence, and in some cases, even avoid being convicted, by placing the blame on a victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with the City and County of Honolulu and All Island Automotive Towing for Illegally Auctioning Servicemembers Cars

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The Justice Department today announced it has reached an agreement with the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii (Honolulu or the City) and its contracted towing company, All Island Automotive Towing (All Island Towing), to remedy alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).  The Department’s lawsuit, filed Feb.

Online Hospital Complications Calculator launched

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One in four patients who stay overnight in an Australian hospital will have something go wrong,  but a veil of secrecy hangs over which hospitals – and which doctors – have higher rates of complications and which are safety leaders.

New UMass Amherst, Stanford Research Identifies Plant Cell Wall Sensing Mechanism

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Feronia mutant seedlings have high levels of callose in the cell wall, here seen as bright dots, that normally accumulates only when the plant is under stress. It reflects a defect in the cell wall. AMHERST, Mass.

Gerber Receives Riegelman Award for Excellence in Public Health Education

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Daniel Gerber, senior lecturer in community health education and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been selected by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to receive the 2018 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education.

Study: Fragile X syndrome neurons can be restored

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Whitehead Institute researchers are using a modified CRISPR/Cas9-guided activation strategy to investigate the most frequent cause of intellectual disability in males.

NCDA&CS schedules a public meeting Feb. 28 in Pilot Mountain on proposed gypsy moth treatments

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking input from residents and other interested parties in Surry County concerning planned treatment activities for the non-native, highly destructive gypsy moth.

Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties, Disproportionately Affects People of Color: EFF Report

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San Francisco, California—Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit, says an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report released today.

Court Hears Arguments in Challenge to Secretary Zinkes Suspension of Waste Prevention Rule

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February 15, 2018) EDF joined other conservation and tribal citizen groups in district court yesterday to try to stop the waste of a valuable resource.

CRISPR scissors, Cas12a, enables cutting-edge diagnostics

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CRISPR-Cas12a, one of the DNA-cutting proteins revolutionizing biology today, has an unexpected side effect that makes it an ideal enzyme for simple, rapid and accurate disease diagnostics.

Governor Cuomo Announces Record-Breaking 71 Million Visit State Parks in 2017

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York's system of state parks, historic sites, campgrounds, and trails welcomed 71.5 million estimated visitors in 2017. This milestone marks seven years of steady visitor growth and represents an overall increase of 23 percent, or 13.6 million visitors since the Governor took office in 2011.

Deadline Nearing for Sales Tax Relief Available to Sevier County Wildfire Victims

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NASHVILLE - Attention, people who own homes in Sevier County and were affected by the 2016 wildfires: the application deadline for getting sales tax refunds on certain items is approaching quickly.

Whirling Disease Found in Watauga and South Holston

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NASHVILLE --- Whirling disease was recently discovered by biologists during their annual trout population monitoring in the South Holston and Watauga tailwaters. The discovery is the first known occurrence of this disease in Tennessee.

University community invited to public conversation on 'Transforming Education'

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University community is invited to join in a conversation about the “Transforming Education” theme of the 2016-2020 University Strategic Plan, to be held from 9 to 11 a.m.

Healthy Stark Citizens Commission Launched to Help Guide Future of Health Care in Western Stark County

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The Healthy Stark Citizen’s Commission was launched this week by nurses, patients, union workers, and community leaders to guide and participate in shaping the future of healthcare in Western Stark County in the wake of the Affinity Medical Center closure in Massillon.

Groups Hail Appeals Court Victory In IAAB v. Trump Case Striking Down Muslim Ban

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The 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., today upheld a lower federal court’s order blocking implementation of the Muslim Ban in three consolidated cases, Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump, IRAP v Trump, and Zakzok v Trump. This ruling is a significant victory for the many individuals and families whose lives are still hanging in the balance.

FERC Opens Wholesale Markets to Energy Storage

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued an order requiring that grid operators allow energy storage to participate in wholesale markets, where electricity is bought and sold. The order, however, did not provide a similar pathway to participation for distributed energy resources. FERC will instead hold a technical conference on the subject in early April.

Small animal hospital at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University receives referral accreditation for 15 specialties

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The Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University has received referral accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association in 15 veterinary specialties.

CBP Arrests Alien Felon Attempting to Fly from San Juan to New York

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found and arrested Tuesday a previously deported alien from the Dominican Republic attempting to fly to from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to New York.

UMass Amherst Physicists Speed Up Droplet-wrapping Process

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A drop of water (top) falls onto an ultrathin polymer sheet (dark layer) and is instantly wrapped in the sheet, then falls through to a water layer (bottom image) in a new technique developed by experimental physicists at UMass Amherst. The method relies on the velocity of the drop and the size of the sheet to offer a process that once took tens of minutes but can now be done in a fraction of a second. AMHERST, Mass. – Experimental physicists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today report that they have developed a fast, dynamic new process for wrapping liquid droplets in ultrathin polymer sheets, so what once was a painstaking process taking tens of minutes can now be done in a fraction of a second.

Tufts University to host U.S. Senator Susan Collins

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will visit Tufts University on Feb.

Study: Harris Countys large uninsured population limits TMC spending on community health

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The large uninsured population in Harris County may be limiting the ability of Texas Medical Center (TMC) institutions to spend funds on community health improvement or subsidized health services, according to a new issue brief by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Fujitsu to Showcase Latest Advances in Quantum-Inspired Computing at Mobile World Congress 2018

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At Mobile World Congress 2018, Fujitsu will showcase how it is at the forefront of the next wave of computing technology. With its pioneering work to accelerate the application of Quantum Computing concepts, visitors will be able to see how Fujitsu addresses real-world business challenges across different industry sectors such as finance, chemistry, energy, and distribution.

CBP Releases Use of Force Recommendations

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection released today the Use of Force Recommendations from the CBP National Use of Force Review Board (NUFRB) on cases of use of force that are posted on These recommendations relate to improvements and updates in policy, training, tactics, and equipment, and are being shared as part of CBP’s continued efforts toward transparency.