Paterson Board of Education pays $70,000 in teacher’s lawsuit

The city school board has agreed to pay $70,000 to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a woman who spent less than two years teaching in Paterson. The teacher, Zenia Picart-Wheeler, a Jersey City resident, said in her lawsuit that she suffered from unspecified disabilities rising from “orthopedic injuries” from a 1992 motor vehicle …

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Teenage boy went blind by living mostly on junk food, study finds

A teenage boy who lived primarily on junk food went blind from his poor diet, according to a new study. The 17-year-old, who lives in the United Kingdom, first went to the doctor at age 14 complaining of tiredness, the Annals of Internal Medicine wrote in the study abstract. By the time his doctors discovered …

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Leading Nutritionist Claims Vegan Diets Can Stunt Brain Development

A leading nutritionist has alerted an “unintended consequence” of vegan diets is that they could make future generations less intelligent. Writing in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, Dr Emma Derbyshire said that while plant-based diets have many benefits, they are low in choline – a dietary nutrient that is key to brain development. The nutrient, …

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SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Burlington-Edison Alumni Foundation is accepting applications for the following scholarships: Duane and Arlene Stowe Family Scholarship: Applicants must be either a college junior or senior and attending an in-state college or university. The Aarstad Family Scholarship: Applicants must be a college junior or senior. Burlington-Edison Alumni Foundation/Dollars for Scholars/Rotary Renewable Scholarship: Applicants …

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Clock is ticking on NY deadline for student vaccinations

When New York lawmakers revoked a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations, the change sent thousands of the state’s parents thinking to get their kids shots — or get them out of the classroom entirely. Lawmakers did away with the exemption in June amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak since 1992. More than 26,000 children in public and …

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US senator urges Trump admin to ‘speak out boldly’ on Kashmir

US Senator Bernie Sanders, who is contesting for the Democratic nomination for the White House, on Saturday called for the Trump administration to “speak out boldly” in support of human rights in Kashmir and “UN-backed” resolution of the dispute that empowers the will of Kashmiris. Addressing the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North …

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How James Mattis and Donald Trump’s relationship has changed since the Secretary of Defense left his post

Despite claiming he owes the Trump administration a “duty of silence,” former Secretary of Defense James Mattis is speaking out about his stormy tenure at the Pentagon, writing a new book and participating in interviews for the first time since his dramatic resignation eight months ago. While the retired four-star Marine Corps general has not mentioned …

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Criminals Target Migrants In Mexico Seeking U.S. Asylum

One day last week in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a menacing gun battle broke out on the main boulevard to the airport, as drivers rushed the passage in terror while rival narcos blasted away at each other. The Cartel of the Northeast operates with indemnity here, cruising around town in armored, olive-drab pickups with Tropas del …

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DeVos Issues Final Student Borrower Defense Rules

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION Betsy DeVos issued a long-awaited final rule Friday for how student loan borrowers can seek relief if they’ve been cheated by a school, rolling back certain protections for students enrolled in for-profit colleges put in place by the Obama administration. “I called for this regulatory reset more than two years ago, as it …

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