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The Cleveland Museum of Art Receives 62 Works From the Collection of Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 21 -- The Cleveland Museum of Art issued the following news release:

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) announced the gift of 59 important contact sheets and three related individual prints from the collection of Clevelanders Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz. The group of 62 works includes contact sheets from famous portrait sittings by Irving Penn, a selection of sheets featuring Marilyn Monroe and a work by Schwartz himself. Having access to a photographer's contact sheets is akin to viewing a painter's preparatory studies: both reveal the artist's thoughts and working processes ... Show Full Article

PATH: 'Forecasting Healthy Futures,' Will Harness Weather Data to Help Defeat Mosquito-Borne Disease
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Feb. 21 -- PATH issued the following news release:

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- Malaria No More, Reaching the Last Mile Global Health Initiative, PATH, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Tableau Foundation and IBM's The Weather Company combine expertise, data and technology to improve timing and targeting of life-saving health interventions

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A unique group of global health, technology and public sector organizations launched Forecasting Healthy Futures to improve health outcomes and accelerate progress against deadly mosquito-borne diseases. The new initiative--convened ... Show Full Article

National Safety Council: Motor Vehicle Deaths Estimated to Have Dropped 2% in 2019
ITASCA, Illinois, Feb. 21 -- The National Safety Council issued the following news release on Feb. 20:

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- National Safety Council calculations signal a decline after several years of spikes.

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For the second consecutive year, the U.S. experienced a small decline in roadway deaths, according to preliminary estimates released today from the National Safety Council. In 2019, an estimated 38,800 people lost their lives to car crashes - a 2% decline from 2018 (39,404 deaths) and a 4% decline from 2017 (40,231 deaths). About 4.4 million people were injured seriously enough to require medical ... Show Full Article

Key Provisions of SECURE Act Projected to Reduce Retirement Deficit by More Than $100 Billion for Households Currently Ages 35-64
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The Employee Benefit Research Institute issued the following news release:

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- Deficit Reductions Greater for Younger Workers and Employees Working for Small Employers

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A new study conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) finds that key provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) could reduce the U.S. retirement deficit by 3% or $115 billion for households between 35-64. For workers currently age 35-39, the percentage reduction increases to 5.3 percent, and further increases to 10.7 percent ... Show Full Article

Council on American-Islamic Relations-Philadelphia, Coalition Partners Protest U.S. Army War College Hosting Anti-Muslim Speaker
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release:

The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, joined coalition partners in protesting the decision of the U.S. Army War College to invite anti-Muslim speaker Raymond Ibrahim for a Feb. 26 lecture.

Last year, the college postponed a similar speaking engagement with Ibrahim in response to widespread criticism. In response to postponement of his 2019 lecture, Ibrahim restated his bigoted ... Show Full Article

Center for Biological Diversity: Legal Petition Urges EPA to End Abuse of 'Emergency' Pesticide Exemptions
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release on Feb. 20:

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- Chronic Exemptions for Unapproved Pesticides Imperil People, Pollinators

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The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to limit to two years the use of so-called "emergency" exemptions for pesticides otherwise unapproved as safe.

The petition asks the EPA to establish a rule restricting specific pesticide exemptions to no more than two years within any 10-year period. It was spurred by the agency's habit of routinely ... Show Full Article

Animal Welfare Institute: New Rules Would Protect Farm Animals Transported By Sea in Hawaii
HONOLULU, Hawaii, Feb. 21 -- The Animal Welfare Institute issued the following news release:

Following the recent deaths of 21 pregnant cows on a barge traveling from Oahu to Kauai, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) formally committed last week to adopting regulations to better protect farm animals on sea vessels traveling to, from, and between the Hawaiian Islands. The HDOA's commitment comes on the heels of the state legislature introducing companion bills SB2715 and HB1898, which would have required the department to promulgate regulations for the care of animals shipped by sea.

The ... Show Full Article