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What is the use of polymer in the field of medical?




Features of Medical equipment include precise calibrations, complicated machinery as well as technologically advanced design. If we think logically we will understand the fact that medical equipment pieces are important tools which are used by doctors and surgeons to treat and operate sick and diseased patients. 

The medical agencies, scientists as well as medical labs are working hard to develop new medical devices besides making effort to improve the existing manufacturing techniques. There are attempting to redesign and re-imagine the methodologies in which patients will receive treatment. In many cases, they are trying to incorporate new materials as well as technologies to turn it stronger and efficient. One such material is Polymer.

You will be surprised to know the fact that in the last few years time polymers emerged out as one of the most used as well as investigated materials for making applications in the field of medicine. For tissue engineering, some of the most critical features of polymers will be to show the ability to get reproduced easily, its versatility, tunable properties and last but not the least biodegradability. The Biomedical polymer manufacturing can again be divided into two main groups: The first one is naturally-occurring polymers and the second one is synthetic polymers.

Natural Polymers include:

  • Collagen
  • Silks
  • Hyaluronic  acid
  • Fibrin
  • Chitosan 
  • Alginates 

Synthetic Polymers include: 


  • Poly(caprolactone) (PCL) 
  • Poly(lactic acid) (PLA), poly(glycolic acid) (PGA)
  • Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) 
  • Poly(urethanes) 


Polymers managed to create a revolution in the world of medical science. Such versatile compounds are very easy to be created and are also manipulated in ways which perhaps will be impossible for certain other materials for example metals. 

The world of medicine is now making a solid influence on the labs for creation of new materials; on the other hand, new polymer manufacturing techniques are making effort to inspire scientists towards exploring new tools and techniques for benefit of this industry and certain patients.

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One of the key advantages of polymers over metals in that in medical field polymers are not going to disrupt X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, fluoroscopy, or other scans, based on Orthopedic Design & Technology. Leading companies are now working to produce and distribute a new range of polymer in North America which is empowered to make effective mimic of metal’s strength in addition to polymers’ favorable radiolucency. 

The advancement made in the industry of additive printing holds huge potential to serve, especially towards the medical sector. Well, the labs which are making use of additive printing need to be careful and ensure to use only polymer materials which can pass testing of medical product from an independent testing laboratory before same is applied or tried with patients.

In the available new crop of substances, the most important one is the biodegradable polymers as well as modified natural substances which are specially designed. 

It is designed for making use in a wide variety of implantable applications in orthopedic as well as dental devices besides drug-delivery systems and tissue engineering scaffolds, besides many others. After several years of research on Polymers for medical industry Ketone polymers, Polyethylene and cyclic olefin copolymers, Bioresorbables and Fluoropolymers managed to find its application in the industry.

If you are fortunate to get into a conversation with the scientists working in labs for identifying the more improved and advanced role of Polymers in the field of medical, things will be clearer to you. We strongly believe in the fact that in the coming time we will see more involvement and contribution of polymer in medical instruments and especially in Tissue engineering. 

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Red Sox take big series win over Mariners, head home in ideal positioning for playoff chase



Red Sox take big series win over Mariners, head home in ideal positioning for playoff chase

With two weeks left in the heat of a playoff chase, every game certainly matters for the Red Sox. But there was something about how they finished this difficult road trip that might go a long way into determining if they play deeper into October.

After a tough beginning to the trip, the Red Sox ended it on an emphatic high note. A night after winning in dramatic fashion, they took a close game that looked destined for more drama and turned it into a rout. The Red Sox scored six runs in the top of the 10th to break the tie and poured it on for a 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners and a critical series win.

With winnable games ahead of them, a handful of off days and Chris Sale coming back this weekend, the Red Sox are in a great position with 14 games to go. After going 3-3 in their six-game trip against the White Sox and Mariners, they sit tied atop the wild-card standings heading into a three-game set with the last-place Baltimore Orioles.

“It’s a happy flight,” manager Alex Cora said. “Like I said before, not too many people thought the last homestand of the season was going to mean something. Now it means a lot. Hopefully it’s going to be fun Friday and the rest of the week and we can take care of business.”

The game was tied at 3 from the third inning on until the Sox broke it open in extras. The Red Sox had recorded just one hit — Jose Iglesias’ seventh-inning infield single — in six innings before the 10th, when they figured it out against the Mariners’ bullpen as singles from Alex Verdugo, Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez gave them a 5-3 lead.

Then, a familiar face was again at the center of clinching a Red Sox victory. Kyle Schwarber, a night after his three-run double sent them to a huge win, came up again Wednesday in a huge spot with one out and the bases loaded. He worked the count full before rifling a two-run single to right, which gave the Sox more than enough breathing room.

Two batters later, Christian Vazquez lofted a two-run double down the right-field line to put the icing on the cake before Martin Perez completed another big performance from the Red Sox’ bullpen to cap the win and their first series victory in Seattle since 2013.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of something great for us and we can get hot swinging the bats,” Cora said.

The Red Sox had an early 3-0 lead after Hunter Renfroe’s first-inning homer and a two-run second that included doubles from Bobby Dalbec and Iglesias. But the Mariners got it all back in the third. Renfroe was charged with his 13th error of the season on a throw to third that squirted by Rafael Devers to allow a run to score before Kyle Seager’s two-run, game-tying double.

Tanner Houck settled down to strike out the side in the fourth, but only lasted 4 1/3 innings as Cora pulled him before he could face the Mariners lineup a third time. The bullpen, though, had his back, tossing 5 2/3 innings and not allowing a run until it didn’t matter in the 10th.

“I have applauded our bullpen all year,” Houck said. “They have stepped up. They’ve done an incredible role. They are a significant part of this team and they’ve stepped up to every occasion that we’ve called upon them.”

With an eight-game homestand that includes three off days ahead of them, the Red Sox like where they’re at. Eleven of their final 14 games are against teams with a sub-.500 record, and they’ve lined it up to have Sale and Nathan Eovaldi pitch in as many games as they can. And they’re feeling good about themselves after splitting a six-game trip against two playoff-caliber teams.

“I think that gives us momentum,” Adam Ottavino said. “We’re going to have three series at home, a place we expect to win. We’re going to need to win a lot of those games, so hopefully the fans really bring it and we can bring it on the field.”

Cora similarly hopes they can ride this momentum back to Boston for a big final two weeks of the season.

“I think playing meaningful games at home, it means a lot,” Cora said. “I know last year was a tough one for the organization and for the fans. Obviously coming into the season, nobody expected this homestand to mean something for the playoff hunt. So we’re in this position. Like I said, Friday should be Chris (Sale), Friday night at Fenway, I’ve been saying all along. Hopefully it’s loud and it’s intense.

“We’ve got plenty of games at home, and we’re really good at home. We took care of business here. Just enjoy the families. Hopefully nothing happens off the field as far as like COVID and all that, and we’re ready to go on Friday.”

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USDA wants you to kill this bug on sight



USDA wants you to kill this bug on sight

(WWLP) — The Department of Agriculture is asking residents in New England and beyond to kill one specific bug on sight.

That bug is the spotted lanternfly. It’s a colorful, polka-dotted moth that is completely harmless to humans, but it leaves a secretion that is extremely deadly to trees and other plants. Now, it’s been less than 10 years since the lanternfly was first spotted near Pennsylvania, but since then, it has spread all across the northeast.

It’s one bug the USDA doesn’t want you to feel bad about killing.

Full-sized spotted lanternflies are large, gray bugs, about one inch long, with black spots and red underwings. Nymphs of the insect look black with white dots and older nymphs are red with black and white spots.

Where to spot a spotted lanternfly

Nymphs of SLF, from left to right, youngest to oldest (photo credit: Teá Kesting-Handly)

The bug can be found congregating on sides of buildings, in or on vehicles, or on plants they prefer to attack, including tree of heaven, grape, and walnut. They may attach themselves to goods being transported into the state from the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

What to do if you find a spotted lanternfly

If you happen to come across a spotted lanternfly, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources both encourage taking a photo or collecting the specimen and reporting it online. Search the area for both adult insects as well.

Massachusetts has identified the insect in the state several times in the last few years but no evidence shows that they have become established in the state.

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Ask Amy: Woman should leave abusive relationship



Ask Amy: Woman should leave abusive relationship

Dear Amy: I am in a relationship with a man my age. We share many interests and values. The problem, I believe, is his lack of respect for me.

I want to be communicated with in a way that shows love and kindness.

He says he respects me, but his behavior does not demonstrate it. He yells, is critical, and is very impatient with me.

I’m confused. He says he wants to be in this relationship (we’ve lived together for over a year), but acts poorly, and while I am not perfect and do often yell back (and feel terrible about it), I also believe I am protecting myself, albeit not in the best way.

If you know anything about battered wife syndrome, do you think that I have it?

Is it me, or is he an abuser?

— Oregon Woman

Dear Oregon: Battered wife syndrome is classified as a serious condition triggered by psychological and/or physical intimate partner violence.

Based on what you say, you are in an unfulfilling and chronically upsetting intimate relationship with someone who treats you badly and who — according to you — compels you to defend/retaliate, followed by periods of you feeling “terrible” about your own behavior.

The way I see it, part of the time you are being treated badly, and part of the time you are treating yourself badly.

That’s a lot. It is also a symptom of abuse.

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Massachusetts teachers unions blast Charlie Baker over refusal on statewide teacher vaccine mandate



Massachusetts teachers unions blast Charlie Baker over refusal on statewide teacher vaccine mandate

The two largest teachers unions are blasting Gov. Charlie Baker over the state’s lack of a uniform vaccine policy at schools, saying he is “abdicating his responsibility” by leaving students and teachers unprotected against coronavirus variants.

“A statewide mandate requiring educators to be vaccinated, in accordance with what President Biden is calling for, would best protect our communities – including communities of color, which have been hit the hardest by the pandemic,” Massachusetts Teachers Association President Merrie Najimy said in a statement.

She added: “Given the surging rates of infection from coronavirus variants, Governor Charlie Baker is abdicating his responsibility by not leading a coordinated statewide strategy to address this crucial public health initiative.”

The Republican governor has defiantly signaled there would be no statewide COVID vaccine mandate for Massachusetts educators, despite a call to action from President Biden for governors to do so last week. Instead, Baker has placed the decision on the backs of cities and towns.

During a meeting with reporters on Monday, Baker said cities and towns “are the primary employer and primary owner of the conditions of work with municipal employees,” which includes teachers.

“The accountability, authority and responsibility rests with the municipal governments and they therefore need to figure that one out,” Baker said in response to a Herald reporter’s question.

It’s led to a patchwork of municipal vaccine mandates, most notably in Boston. Beginning Monday, all municipal employees — including teachers — must provide proof of vaccination or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing, per the policy the local teachers union signed Sept. 9.

Several other districts, including Brookline, Amherst-Pelham, Berkshire Hills, Holliston and others have also imposed or are considering similar mandates, according to reports.

“Educators and our students cross town lines every day, and the virus isn’t contained by municipal boundaries,” American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts President Beth Kontos said. “Public health decisions during a deadly pandemic are too important to be left to politicized local decision-making. On masking, testing and vaccination policy, we need statewide leadership guided by public health experts.”

It’s a decision, however, Geoff Beckwith of the Massachusetts Municipal Association supports.

“We appreciate very much the approach Gov. Baker has taken,” he said. “Gov. Baker defers to municipal leaders and government about what works best for them.”

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Other voices: China’s ascendance must remind us what America stands for



Other voices: China’s ascendance must remind us what America stands for

Human freedom has many threats, as we are reminded of today of all days.

The struggle for freedom is never finished. It is iterative and incremental. Where freedom is won, it can be lost again.

We think of this now not only in memory of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 that were aimed at American democracy and individual determinism but in the broader context of today’s global human struggle for freedom.

The morning of Sept. 11, many of us believed with good reason that the tide was with us and that Western democracy, with its protection of innate human rights, was ascendant. We hoped the war of ideas was won and that broadening freedom and respect for human dignity were its prize.

Today, surveying the world around us, there is much to worry about. And among the first worries we register now is a regressing China.

Twenty years ago, we had reason to believe that China would join the world of free nations by expanding human rights and democratic self-determination as economic freedom and personal prosperity began to bloom. China officially joined the World Trade Organization on Dec. 11, 2001, after enduring the Asian Financial Crisis of the late 1990s, preceded by decades of struggle and desperation under Mao’s despotically insane economic and social policies.

A series of reform-minded leaders advanced China with actual great leaps forward, creating an economy that could not only feed but actually enrich its people. Those people, we expected, would seek and win political freedom to match their newfound economic self-determinism.

We were only half right. While the Chinese people have sought greater freedom, the Chinese Communist Party has retrenched in its devotion to oppression in the name of self-preservation.

In the person of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the CCP is grossly expanding its authoritarian control over the lives of the Chinese people. And its expansionist vision on the foreign stage should be a cause for grave concern.

The list of crackdowns and violations of human rights are too numerous to detail here. We note as among the worst offenses the elimination of a free and democratic government and press in Hong Kong and the ongoing oppression and even elimination of Uyghur people in Xinjiang province. But, as The Washington Post pointed out in a recent article, Xi’s policies are diminishing freedom in just about every area of Chinese life.

The Chinese Communist Party cherishes a vision of cradle-to-grave control of human life, with the ancillary belief that this can occur in an economically prosperous society. Just follow the rules and nobody gets hurt, it suggests. The vision is as fundamentally misguided about human nature as Mao’s grotesque Great Leap Forward programs. But it may be more sustainable in the short run as a way of doing business. And, given China’s current economic might and influence in the developing world, it could be expanded either by force or coercion.

It is popular now to suggest that America is damaged goods, that our role on the world stage is so diminished we are no longer an effective advocate of freedom. After the shameful retreat from Afghanistan, there is, sadly, some truth to this. And to no one is that sweeter than Xi Jinping.

That is why it is crucial for every American, and especially for the American president, to remember that America’s central idea — its reason for being — is the elevation of human freedom and of the God-given rights that codify that freedom. We need a clear foreign policy that acknowledges China as it is, not for what we wish it to be.

It matters for us, and it matters for the world.

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California election worker removed from polling place for wearing Trump shirt, hat



California election worker removed from polling place for wearing Trump shirt, hat

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — An election worker was relieved of his post at a West Hollywood voting center on Tuesday after he repeatedly wore political attire in support of former President Donald Trump at the polling location, county officials said.

Los Angeles County election officials addressed the incident in a tweet after someone had shared a photo of the poll worker at a voting center located at Plummer Park on Tuesday morning.

The photo shows the worker wearing a “Where’s Hunter?” T-shirt and baseball cap bearing the “Trump 2020” logo, along with a coronavirus face mask that appears to say “Trump Train.”

“Isn’t this s*** illegal?” the tweet said.

“The election worker was contacted and advised that the attire was inappropriate and unacceptable,” the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk tweeted in response to the photo. “Based on his response and reports that other workers had previously counseled him on this, he was released and is no longer working at the vote center.”

Mike Sanchez, a spokesperson for the Registrar-Recorder’s office, said the poll worker was initially warned against wearing political attire to the voting center on Monday, when he showed up to work wearing Trump campaign regalia.

Sanchez said the clerk’s office and the supervisor at the West Hollywood polling place instructed the poll worker not to wear political attire, but the man came back Tuesday morning wearing Trump apparel.

“He was counseled and told not to wear anything political, but he still came wearing it,” Sanchez said. “Because of his response and not complying with the rules, he was released.”

California election laws prohibit what’s known as “electioneering” within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place. That includes displaying a candidate’s name, likeness or logo, or specific references to ballot measures by number, title, subject or logo. It also includes no audible broadcasting of information about candidates or measures.

It’s unclear whether the law applies to clothing donning the “Trump 2020” logo given that Donald Trump is not a candidate in the California recall election.

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Mastrodonato: Finally, Red Sox beat a good team and gain momentum in Wild Card chase



Mastrodonato: Finally, Red Sox beat a good team and gain momentum in Wild Card chase

Staying alive is one thing.

Staying alive with some momentum, playing with purpose and showing their fanbase, their coaching staff and themselves that they’re capable of getting hot at the right time is an entirely bigger thing.

The Red Sox didn’t just keep their playoff hopes alive on Wednesday, when they outlasted the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings for an 9-4 win that might’ve knocked the M’s out of playoff contention.

More importantly, the Red Sox proved they’re capable of winning a series against a good team, something they hadn’t done since July.

Not since they took three of four against the Yankees just before the trade deadline have the Red Sox won a series against a team that’s currently above .500. Until Wednesday’s series victory, the Sox were 0-6-2 in series against winning ball clubs. They were 8-19 in those games.

With the risk of accidentally dubbing the Sox a legitimate contender for the AL pennant just because of two good games against a borderline playoff team, it must be said that the local nine are finally trending in the right direction.

On a very difficult road trip against the White Sox and Mariners, the Sox were in every single game. They went 3-3 overall but all three losses were by one run.

Their starting rotation was consistent, with a 3.62 ERA over 27 1/3 innings on the trip, despite losing Chris Sale to COVID-19 just before the plane took off for Chicago.

Their COVID-ravaged bullpen was surprisingly incredible. With Matt Barnes still out, Sox relievers posted an 0.68 ERA over 26 1/3 innings during the trip.

Is it sustainable to have a bullpen pitch nearly as many innings as the starting rotation? Of course not. But at this point in the season, sustainability isn’t the goal anyways.

All the Red Sox pitching staff needs to do is pitch well enough so that a few of the team’s best arms are available for the Wild Card game on Oct. 5, two days after the season ends against the lowly Nationals.

Nathan Eovaldi continued his dominant season with a brilliant start on Tuesday. The stat line won’t show it, but getting out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth inning after Hunter Renfroe’s exasperating error on a dropped fly ball nearly did the Red Sox in for good.

Sale is on his way back, likely to start Friday’s series opener against the Orioles.

Adam Ottavino, Josh Taylor and Garrett Whitlock continue to look like strong options out of the bullpen.

And surely, manager Alex Cora will find a way to maximize Eduardo Rodriguez and Tanner Houck in a single-game playoff or a five-game series.

The Red Sox offense has certainly seen better days. It’d be hard to argue any of their hitters other than Bobby Dalbec and maybe Alex Verdugo are actually peaking right now. More accurately, a few are slumping. But for the first time in a long time, they’re all healthy.

Dalbec has the highest OPS of any big leaguer since Aug. 11, and he’s batting seventh in this lineup.

The only clear weakness, and a weakness that continues to be an issue even right down to the final day of the road trip, is the Sox’ disastrous defense.

Renfroe made his 12th error on Wednesday. He has seven more errors than any other right fielder this year. This time he rushed his throw on a single to right field and it bounced past Rafael Devers at third base. It was arguably Devers’ fault for not getting in front of the ball and letting it pass through him, but Devers is another story.

He made his MLB-leading 21st error of the season at third base later in the game, when he fumbled a groundball and then tried to overpower his throw to first base to make up for it. Instead, he sailed it over the head of Dalbec at first and the Sox were lucky not to pay for it.

Every pop fly, every groundball and any live baseball somewhere in play creates an adventure for this team.

One possible solution is what the Red Sox did on Tuesday, using Kyle Schwarber off the bench and choosing an optimal defensive alignment with Alex Verdugo in left, Kiké Hernandez in center and Renfroe in right. They swapped Schwarber and Verdugo on Wednesday.

Still, Devers has been simply bad at third base, Dalbec inconsistent at first base and the Sox’ catching tandem one of the worst in baseball at preventing stolen bases.

This isn’t a team that inspires defensively, and they’ve often paid because of it.

But with Schwarber a glorified pinch hitter, Travis Shaw now looking like another strong option off the bench and Jose Iglesias a premium defender to move around the diamond, the Red Sox can piece it together against anybody.

They still have to keep pace with the red-hot Blue Jays and/or handle the Yankees in a three-game set coming up next week in order to maintain Wild Card position.

But the rest of the schedule is a cakewalk.

At least they finally have some momentum.

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Timothy L. O’Brien: No, General Milley, President Trump wasn’t losing it



Timothy L. O’Brien: No, General Milley, President Trump wasn’t losing it

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so consumed with fear that former President Donald Trump might launch “rogue” conventional or nuclear strikes against China, he acted twice to prevent it, according to excerpts from a new book.

Just days before last November’s presidential election, and then two days after the Jan. 6 insurrection, Milley called his “rattled” military counterpart in China to reassure him that the U.S. wouldn’t attack, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa report in “Peril.” On one occasion, Milley convened his own military team to discuss proper nuclear launch procedures and, on another, reassured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi phoned Milley shortly after Jan. 6 to inquire about what “precautions are available to prevent an unstable president from initiating military hostilities,” according to a transcript of the call.

There were “a lot of checks in the system,” Milley told her.

“He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy,” Pelosi said. “He’s crazy and what he did yesterday is further evidence of his craziness.”

“I agree with you on everything,” Milley replied.

Milley also came to suspect that Trump had “suffered a mental decline after the election,” according to the Washington Post’s excerpt.

But here’s the thing: Trump was the same guy before and after the 2020 presidential election and on Jan. 6 that he was when he was elected in 2016. He’s the same guy he was decades before that, too. Love him or hate him, Trump is consistent and has stayed true to form for most of his 75 years. It’s that authenticity that endears him to his supporters.

Did Trump suddenly go into a psychological slide in 2020 that made him more dangerous than before? No. It was obvious to anyone watching closely that he would rather burn down the house after the 2020 presidential election than acknowledge defeat. He warned of electoral fraud before the 2016 election, too, and he continues peddling the same myth today. It’s utterly predictable, because he doesn’t change. People supporting him or advising him who may have thought otherwise were kidding themselves.

The risks that the country, the rule of law and our institutions still confront stems from that reality. The Republican Party continues to embrace and foment Trumpism. Much could still go wrong. And we can’t rely on military leaders going rogue to protect us from rogue presidents.

Milley certainly had other reasons apart from Trump’s mental state to be worried. The excerpts note that intelligence reports indicated Chinese leaders were wary of a random strike, and Milley worried that their fears might prompt them to lash out. Milley had similar concerns about Trump’s posture toward Iran. The general also was an unhappy cast member in Trump’s infamous stroll through Lafayette Square during protests in Washington in June 2020. That episode forced him to assure confidantes that “we’re not going to turn our guns on the American people and we’re not going to have a ‘Wag the Dog’ scenario overseas.”

“Wag the Dog” isn’t the only movie that warned of political or military leaders using war to cement their standing, only to see war spin out of control. “Dr. Strangelove” is a classic. Another oldie, “Seven Days in May,” tells of an attempted military coup in Washington, engineered to forestall nuclear disarmament talks. The misery of the Trump years is that what was once cinematic became real.

I’m glad Milley took the steps he did, and I honor his military service. But the fact that he had to maneuver around Trump demonstrates how broken things are. Milley is a sophisticated and dedicated public servant, and he was well aware how his actions would appear.

Milley knew he was “pulling a Schlesinger,” Woodward and Costa write, referring to former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger’s efforts to check former President Richard Nixon’s military authority when Nixon was in danger of being impeached. But the general weighed the fact that critics would “contend that Milley had overstepped his authority and taken extraordinary power for himself” against his belief that his actions were “a good faith precaution to ensure there was no historic rupture in the international order, no accidental war with China or others, and no use of nuclear weapons.” Milley, a man of enormous courage and character, chose the latter course.

Milley also understands where all this might be headed. He compared the Jan. 6 insurrection to the failed 1905 uprising in Russia. While the 1905 rebellion sputtered out and was repressed, it paved the way for the more seismic and indelible Russian Revolution of 1917. Milley told senior staff that Jan. 6 might have been “a precursor to something far worse down the road.”

His choices and predictions should scare all of us.

Timothy L. O’Brien is a senior columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.

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Hochul announces $23.7M in grants to combat gun violence



Hochul announces $23.7M in grants to combat gun violence

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced $23.7 million in grants have been awarded to combat gun violence in the state. The money is going to several gun violence prevention efforts, which include job training, community activities, and intervener staffing in communities seeing the highest concentration of gun violence.

“Gun violence is a horror no one should have to live through, and yet too many New Yorkers do. It is time we put an end to this epidemic,” said Governor Hochul.

New York is awarding $16 million to local workforce development boards to fund workforce training and job placement programs in 20 cities most impacted by gun violence across New York. Unemployed, underemployed and out-of-school youth age 18-24 in areas of cities impacted by gun violence will be eligible. More information about the programs is available on the NYS website.

$5.7 million is being awarded to provide sports, arts, civic engagement, skill development, and recreational programming in communities seeing high gun violence. The rest of the money is going toward gun violence intervention programs to hire and train 39 new street outreach workers and violence interrupters.

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Boston’s Aly Raisman blasts FBI, USA Gymnastics over handling of Larry Nassar case: ‘Like serving innocent children up to a pedophile on a silver platter’



Boston’s Aly Raisman blasts FBI, USA Gymnastics over handling of Larry Nassar case: ‘Like serving innocent children up to a pedophile on a silver platter’

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman ripped the FBI during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, saying the feds knew USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sexually abusing children and “did nothing to restrict his access.”

The Boston resident said it’s critical that the FBI, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee are “completely investigated.”

“We cannot believe that there’s a safer future for children unless we fully understand every single thing that happened,” Raisman said, later adding, “I don’t want to be guessing that they (children) are going to be OK. I want to know with 100% certainty that somebody that looked the other way for us isn’t still in a position of power.”

The hearing was part of a congressional effort to hold the FBI accountable after multiple missteps in investigating the case.

At least 40 girls and women said they were molested after the FBI had been made aware of allegations against Nassar in 2015.

“Over the past few years, it has become painfully clear how a survivor’s healing is affected by the handling of their abuse, and it disgusts me that we are still fighting for the most basic answers and accountability over 6 years later,” Raisman said.

The FBI failed to conduct interviews in a timely manner, the Needham native said. It took more than 14 months for the FBI to contact her despite her requests to be interviewed.

“I felt pressured by the FBI to consent to Nassar’s plea deal,” she said. “The agent diminished the significance of my abuse and made me feel my criminal case wasn’t worth pursuing.”

“My reports of abuse were not only buried by USAG and USOPC, but they were also mishandled by federal law enforcement officers who failed to follow their most basic duties,” she later added. “The FBI and others within both USAG and USOPC knew that Nassar molested children, and did nothing to restrict his access.”

USA Gymnastics “quietly allowed Nassar to slip out the side door, knowingly allowing him to continue his ‘work’ at MSU, Sparrow Hospital, a USAG club, and even run for school board,” Raisman said. “Nassar found more than 100 new victims to molest. It was like serving innocent children up to a pedophile on a silver platter.”

An internal investigation by the Justice Department said that the FBI made fundamental errors in the probe and did not treat the case with the “utmost seriousness” after USA Gymnastics first reported the allegations to the FBI in 2015.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles told Congress that federal law enforcement and gymnastics officials turned a “blind eye” to Nassar’s sexual abuse of her and hundreds of other women.

“I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was “deeply and profoundly sorry” for delays in Nassar’s prosecution and the pain it caused.

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