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U.S. Voter Support for Marijuana Hits New High; Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 76 Percent Say Their Finances Are Excellent or Good
HAMDEN, Conn., April 21 -- The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute has issued the following news release:

American voters say 60-34 percent "that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the U.S.," the highest level of support for legalized marijuana in a Quinnipiac University national poll. Republicans and voters over 65 years old are the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial groups to oppose legalized marijuana.

Voters also support 94-5 percent "allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it," also the highest level of support ... Show Full Article

Spin Doctors: Northwell MDs, Staff Cycle for Cause
ROSLYN, N.Y., April 21 -- Northwell Health (formerly the North Shore-LIJ Health System) issued the following news release:

Physicians from Northwell Health saddled up on indoor cycling bikes April 13 for the inaugural Ride for Blue event, which benefits colon cancer research and digestive disorders. The intense, 45-minute class, was held at SoulCycle in Roslyn. Colleagues from surgery, medicine and non-clinical staff geared up and got on spin shoes to raise money. When the pedals had finally stopped, nearly $3,000 had been raised. The money will go toward a research grant at the Feinstein Institute ... Show Full Article

Shelby County Gets 'D' for Air Quality
MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 21 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release:

In many places across the country, the air we breathe is contaminated with dirty fossil fuel pollution that threatens the health of our families and communities.

This is a real problem that must be fixed, but Donald Trump is proactively making matters worse by assaulting bedrock clean air protections, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Clean Air Act--all so he can placate polluters who want to avoid any responsibility for the dirty smog and soot they spew into our neighborhoods.

The American ... Show Full Article

PETA Offers Fresno County Residents Urgent Information for Safeguarding Animals During Jayne Fire
FRESNO COUNTY, Calif., April 21 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release:

As the Jayne Fire continues to burn in your area and structures are reportedly threatened, PETA is offering important advice for ensuring the safety of animal companions should evacuations be ordered. The following information could help save the lives of cats, dogs, birds, and other animals who need to be included in evacuation plans:

In the event that your area is evacuated, never leave companion animals behind to fend for themselves. They aren't any better equipped to survive ... Show Full Article

Invest in Hope Brings Boston, Technology Together to Help Raise $138,000 for St. Jude
MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 21 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release:

Members of Boston's financial community came together April 6 for the seventh year in a row to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Nearly 300 guests attended the St. Jude Invest in Hope event at the State Room downtown with its majestic views of the city and harbor. This year's event raised $138,000 to help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The evening included networking, cocktails and the opportunity ... Show Full Article

ALS Online Genetics Database Will Be Updated with ALS Association Funding
WASHINGTON, April 21 -- The ALS Association issued the following news release:

The ALS Association in partnership with the Motor Neurone Disease Association and PatientsLikeMe are pleased to announce a partnership to update the ALS Online Genetics Database (ALSoD), the most long-standing, freely accessible ALS database in existence. ALSoD serves as an important, accurate information source of gene variations associated with ALS that is continuously updated. Together the organizations have committed $250,000 to complete the update. The Principal Investigator responsible for ALSoD is Ammar Al-Chalabi, ... Show Full Article

9th Circuit Urged to Uphold First Amendment Freedoms of Investigative Journalists
SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) issued the following news release:

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that encourages the full court to take up the case of David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress and uphold First Amendment freedoms for investigative journalists.

The brief in National Abortion Federation v. Center for Medical Progress argues that Daleiden and others ... Show Full Article