New Writing Contest For All Ages

There Is Some Justice
The Boston Herald recently posted an article about NECC, New England Compounding Center, supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin. A federal court judge sentenced Chin to eight years in prison for his part in the meningitis outbreak in 2012. This outbreak killed 80 people and sickened 800 due to contamination in the clean room where steroid drugs were produced. A contrite Chin told the court, ” This is something that should never have happened, and I am sorry that you and your families had to go through this.” Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 35 years. Chin’s attorney asked for just over three years. To read more about the worst public health crisis in recent years, click on

That’s Not Your Neighbor Calling
The Federal Trade Commission recently posted a report which cautions consumers to be careful about spoofing telephone calls. Scammers frequently spoof telephone numbers to confuse people into thinking that a neighbor is calling. Should this occur, hangup as soon as your realize the call is not genuine. You can also register your cell phone with the Do Not Call Registry to avoid unwanted calls. To learn more about telephone protection actions, visit Will Republicans cut funding to this agency in the next federal budget? Contact your representative and ask.

A New Writing Contest For All Ages
The New York DEC recently posted the rules for a writing contest open to everyone. The Department is looking for stories about hunting, trapping and fishing that feature introducing new people to the sports. The categories include Youth Hunters [grades 6 through 8]; Senior Youth Hunters [grades 9 through 12]; and Adult Hunters/Trappers [ages 18 and older]. The contest deadline is March 15, 2018. To find out more about the rules and submission requirements, click on,. Good luck to all who enter. DEC is offering cash prizes as well as publishing the winning stories.

Google Advice Helps Prevent Airlines From Screwing You
A recent Gizmodo post informs readers about two new services available in Google’s flight booking program. As travelers search for tickets from Delta, American and United Airlines the app indicates which services travelers miss when booking the cheapest seats. For example, if a basic economy seat is booked, the passenger may have to pay $60 per checked bag. Cheap seats may not be as attractive once extra fees add on. To find out more, surf over to

FDA Offers Advice To Latinas About Preventing Birth Defects
For many decades, commercial bakers have added folic acid to breads of all kinds. This additive helps prevent birth defects in children. For families whose culture features masa instead of cereal grains, the FDA now recommends that folic acid be added to corn masa flour to reduce the number of Latino babies born with neural tube defects (NTDs). Foods such as tortillas, tacos, and tamales will benefit from folic acid added to corn flour. To learn more about this nutritional advice, visit Another government service provided by your tax dollars.

Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words
The definitive English dictionary, the OED, recently added new words to the 10 volume compendium. Words such as “ransomeware” and “hangry” recently joined the rest of the 700,000 words in the dictionary. Another recent addition was “mansplaining” as well as TTC [trying to conceive] and CIO [cry it out]. Other slang words didn’t make the list. “Poop” words such as “poonami’ and “apoocalypse”failed to create interest. To learn more about these new English additions, visit And so it goes.

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