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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Public News Service - Massachusetts

PHOTO: Department of Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes (right) says 2014 saw the entire Juvenile Justice system in the Commonwealth get its head around the fact that kids are different and a developmental approach is needed. Credit: Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, DYS

BOSTON – The biggest sign of progress when it comes to juvenile justice in Massachusetts in 2014 is a major change in thinking, according to local experts. Commissioner Peter J. Forbes with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services says positive youth outcomes have been on the agenda fo...Read More

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PHOTO: Bullying persists in Commonwealth schools, facilitated by social media. Middle school and high school students are learning prevention practices at an anti-bullying summit today in Boston. Photo credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia.

BOSTON - Graduate students from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University will help middle and high school students learn bullying-prevention practices as part of a program called STAND UP. In 2010, the Legislature passed a landmark anti-bullying law. An act pass...Read More

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PHOTO: A two-generation approach to lifting the Commonwealth's children out of poverty is the recommendation of a new report that says opportunities for their parents must be widened. Photo credit: TaniaVDP/Pixabay

BOSTON - If the Commonwealth of Massachusetts wants to lift its children out of poverty, it should put its focus on their parents at the same time, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count policy report. The report says what's called a "two-generation" approach is needed to give fami...Read More

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PHOTO: Three groups are suing the FDA over their approval of new combinations of growth-enhancing drugs to be administered to millions of animals raised for food, including cows. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

BOSTON -'s what's for dinner. And groups in the U.S. are suing the federal government over it. The Humane Society of the U.S (HSUS), the United Farm Workers of America and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in San Francisco over a new "cocktail" of growth enhancing ...Read More

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PHOTO: As political pundits analyze the impact of the midterm election, political insiders are gearing up for the 2016 elections. Photo credit: @mlcliff

BOSTON - After enduring months of campaign ads, Bay Staters are waking up today and learning how the candidates and issues they favored in this midterm fared. But today barely marks a break in the action for political insiders, as they start ramping up for the 2016 presidential election. That's acco...Read More

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Boston Public School students can now participate in Meatless Mondays in cafeterias.

BOSTON - Black bean burritos, garden fresh salads and protein packed chili are just a few of the options students at Boston Public Schools will now have in cafeterias for Meatless Monday. The school district joined the movement after working with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and a...Read More

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PHOTO: Boston University service workers at the Holiday Inn in Brookline voted by an "overwhelming margin" in favor of authorizing their 32BJ SEIU bargaining unit to call a strike, if contract talks with the University on a multi-year contract don't make progress. Photo courtesy E. Villasante

BOSTON - They work three different shifts at Boston University, so it took time to take the vote, but when the results were tallied there was little doubt about where university service workers stand. Roxana Rivera, Director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says they have been negotiating with BU since...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The FCC is holding an auction in which wireless companies will bid on parts of the nationís airwaves currently being used by television stations and use them for wireless broadband. Some say that threatens minority broadcasters. Credit: Federal Communications Commission.

BOSTON – As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's airwa...Read More

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