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Will Justice Kavanaugh Make SCOTUS Cafeteria Pro-Life?
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release:

As the newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh is required to serve on the court's Cafeteria Committee, prompting PETA to send a letter urging him to create a "pro-life" dining hall by overhauling the menu with vegan meals that no animal had to suffer and die for and that also cut human premature mortality rates. To help, PETA is offering to send the justices copies of its free vegan starter kit.

"Going vegan is a simple way to promote respect for all," says PETA President ... Show Full Article

Roswell Park's Dr. Kunle Odunsi Elected to the National Academy of Medicine
BUFFALO, New York, Oct. 15 -- The Roswell Park Cancer Institute issued the following news release:

Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, Deputy Director of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine -- a distinguished lifetime designation that is considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine. The election of new members recognized for their outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service was announced today at the Academy's annual meeting, "Cancers: Can We Beat The Odds," held in Washington, D.C.

"We are so very proud of Kunle, ... Show Full Article

Public Citizen Issues Statement on Independent Monitors for Corporate Wrongdoers Policy
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Public Citizen issued the following statement by President Robert Weissman:

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On Friday, Oct. 12, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski gave a speech announcing a policy placing new limits on the use of independent monitors for corporate wrongdoers. The policy is expected to decrease the number of corporate violators that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requires to be supervised by a monitor.

"A corporate lawyer who big business previously paid handsomely to defend corporate wrongdoers is weakening enforcement against such wrongdoers from the inside.

"Assistant ... Show Full Article

Port of San Diego Highlights Diversity Efforts, Releases Annual Equal Opportunity Program Report
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The Port of San Diego issued the following news release:

The Port of San Diego is committed to a 21st Century Port culture of diversity and inclusion, and a new report describes the most recent year of results from the Port's Equal Opportunity Program.

The Board of Port Commissioners was presented with the Equal Opportunity Program Annual Report at a regular meeting on October 9, 2018. The report provides an overview of activities and statistical data during the 2017-2018 fiscal year under contracting, diversity and inclusion, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ... Show Full Article

Philanthropist Pledges $500,000 to The Massry Family Children's Emergency Center at Albany Med
ALBANY, New York, Oct. 15 -- Albany Medical Center issued the following news release:

Albany Med has received a $500,000 gift commitment from local philanthropists Dennis and Margaret Sullivan for the new Massry Family Children's Emergency Center at Albany Med. The pediatric emergency department, which opened July 31, is the only one in northeastern New York and western New England.

"It's a given that advanced, leading-edge medical technology comes with a big price tag. But perhaps more importantly, my decision to give has been the result of meeting with many Albany Med professionals. Beyond ... Show Full Article

PPR Virus Poses Threat to Conservation
NEW YORK, Oct. 15 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society issued the following news release:

A team of conservationists from the Royal Veterinary College, WCS, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna published a letter in this week's edition of the journal Science on the threat of the virus peste des petits ruminants (PPR) to conservation.

PPR is a viral disease of sheep and goats, of great significance to the livelihood of rural communities, biodiversity conservation, and national and global economies. Repeated mass mortality events in ... Show Full Article

Earthjustice Issues Statement on Financial Barrier Regarding Demonstration
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Earthjustice issued the following statement by Senior Legislative Representative Blaine Miller-McFeeley:

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In response to a National Parks Service (NPS) proposal to force the public to pay fees for demonstrations at the National Mall, Memorial Parks and President's Park, 85 environmental, civil rights, and other advocacy organizations released a letter calling the move an attempt to place "a financial barrier that precludes equal opportunity and access, dissuading and prohibiting Americans from demonstrating."

In August, NPS issued a proposed rulemaking to revise its ... Show Full Article