Tag Archive: New Jersey


Someone Tried To Shame Her Body With Graffiti, But This Teen Took An Awesome Photo Instead

 

 

 

” When 14-year-old Carleigh O’Connell heard that a gibe about her body had been spray-painted on a cement block for her whole town to see, she responded in the unlikeliest, but most awesome of ways: She snapped a photo while posing proudly with the graffiti.

  She then shared the image on social media and told her mom, Daryl, to do the same.

  She wanted the image to go viral. She wanted to turn the story around.

” [Carleigh] decided that she was going to be stronger than hurtful words on the concrete and that she was going to be proud of her figure,” the teen’s mom wrote in a Sunday Facebook post. “She also told me that she feels complete sympathy for the teenagers across the country who face this everyday. She understands and wants all of them to find strength inside to rise above the nastiness and be empowered by who you are, how you are made and what is in your heart.” “

 

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Great White Shark Sighting Off Cape May

 

 

 

 

 

 

” When a shark emerged from the water with an open mouth and triangular 2-inch teeth, fisherman Steve Clark knew he was having a close encounter with a great white. The chance meeting, he says, happened about 5 p.m. Saturday at 28-Mile Wreck, the site of a World War II shipwreck off of Cape May, New Jersey.

” We were worried that it was going to harm the engine. It started to mouth it, but it wasn’t actually biting down,” said Clark. “I think it was just feeling it. It was just cool because she stayed around the boat for so long and really let us look at her.

  Clark’s team of fishermen spotted the 16-foot great white shark swimming toward their 35-foot-boat, the 35 Everglades.

  The shark swam around the vessel for about 20 minutes before ripping a chum basket of fish right from the side of the boat — the only time Clark felt nervous during the encounter. Members of the crew took photos and videos as the shark swam nearby.”

 

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Officer: Bosses Target Young Drivers, Want Ticket Quotas

 

 

 

 

” A cop who said he refuses to profile young drivers for tickets has filed a lawsuit saying he’s been passed over for promotions and overtime because of his actions.

  Patrolman Robert Wysokowski, 43, of the Mendham Township Police Department filed suit Wednesday in Superior Court here under New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act, also known as the Whistleblower Law. He seeks promotion to sergeant, punitive and compensatory damages for “all lost benefits, wages and rights,” and damages for emotional distress.

  Wysokowski contends that he has consistently met department standards on enforcement of motor vehicle laws but beginning in 2005, under now-former Police Chief Thomas Costanza, he was told he had to “increase his numbers.” The suit said that in 2005, Steven Crawford, who was then a sergeant but now is chief, advised Wysokowski to “seek out and target younger drivers for motor vehicle stops.”

” Crawford told plaintiff that it was ‘good police work,’ or words to that effect,” the lawsuit said. The complaint said superiors advised Wysokowski that he always could find an infraction when he stopped a vehicle.”

 

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Confederate Flag Controversy

 

 

Greg Vied Confederate Flag

 

 

 

” Greg Vied is a 17 year-old Puerto Rican high school student on a quest for his first amendment rights, but he’s doing it by strapping a big red and blue Confederate Battle Flag that says “redneck” to his blue pickup truck.

  Vied also has the words “redneck Cadillac” written on the back of the truck, and on the front side of the truck it says “hate me yet?”

  Vied said he’s had the flag up on his truck since he got it back in January, but it’s only caused a problem for him at school over the past week.

  You see, Vied originally got suspended, but then the school got a letter from the ACLU advocating that they should uphold Vied’s first amendments rights, and so the suspension ended.

“ They said that it was offending some people, but they didn’t tell me who it was offending or how many people were offended and I told them that I still wasn’t gonna take it down. It was my first amendment right to have the flag up and I was gonna keep it up until I graduate,” Vied explained.

  Greg’s mom, Lisa Martinez, confirms that this is not a case of bigotry.

We’re not bigoted at all in this house. I’m gay. His sister’s gay. I’m Puerto Rican,” she said.”

 

 

     If the First Amendment doesn’t protect “offensive” speech then it protects nothing . Bravo to this young man who , as a child of Puerto Rican descent , makes a much tougher target to demonize by the forces of the PC thought police  . Good luck to him . 

    Check the Constitution and Bill Of Rights , no place in it does it grant ANYONE the right not to be offended . 

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High School Student Banned From Prom Over A Tweet

 

Sterling High Tweet

 

 

 

” A local high school student filed a federal law suit after she’s banned from prom, her senior class trip and graduation ceremonies — all because of a tweet!

  Attorney Jerry Tannenbaum says his client is paying big time for exercising her right of free speech. Tannenbaum says the 17 year old student at Sterling High School in Somerdale, New Jersey, used twitter to communicate with friends about her foul feelings towards the high school principal. She’s accused of calling him a colorful name later seen by school officials.

  But this was done at night, at her home, off of school property to three or four of her friends.

  Further, the school wrote that the teen “will not be allowed to participate in any school sponsored events this year, including prom, senior trip, and graduation ceremonies“.

  He filed a lawsuit against the Sterling High School District in federal court on Friday accusing the district of violating the student’s first amendment rights.

You can’t dictate to your students what they can say on their own personal web pages,” declares Tannenbaum .”

 

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New Jersey Bill Is Outright Gun Ban On .22-Caliber Rifles And Leads To Confiscation

 

By newly proposed NJ law this is now an “assault” rifle … slippery slope ? Nah

 

 

” New Jersey has become ground zero this year for legislative battles over gun control.

  The Brady Campaign ranked the state third in the nation for most restrictive firearms laws, yet anti-gun Democrats who control the legislature are determined to go all the way to gun bans and confiscation.

  The New Jersey Assembly’s Law and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday (postponed for snow) about a bill that reduces the maximum magazine capacity from 15 to 10.

  Since the legislation covers both detachable and fixed magazines, it has the effect of to banning popular, low-caliber rifles.

  The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs gave the draft legislation to top firearms experts in the country to determine what guns would fall under the expanded ban.

  They discovered that the bill would affect tube-fed, semi-automatic rifles because the magazine cannot be separated from the gun.

  Thus, the experts found that at least 43 common rifles would suddenly be considered a prohibited “assault firearm,” such as the .22 caliber Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 66 and Winchester 190.

  Just having one such gun would turn a law-abiding owner into a felon overnight.”

Emily Miller has more . From a state that banned certain pellet rifles this should come as little surprise . I guess the feeling among NJ pols is that their constituents are as corrupt as their leaders .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive: Dashcam Video Clears NJ Man

 

 

” The tale of the police dashcam video has now helped clear a Bloomfield, New Jersey man who faced a multitude of criminal charges, including eluding police and assault.

  Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace obtained the dashcam tapes, and has spoken exclusively with the 30-year old DJ who was looking at years in prison.

  It was quite a turnabout, all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter have been dismissed, and two Bloomfield police officers have been indicted for falsifying reports, and one of them, for assault.

  A third pleaded guilty early on to tampering. It’s all thanks to those dashcam tapes. It’s the video that prosecutors say they never saw when the pursued criminal charges against 30 year-old Marcus Jeter . In the video, his hands were in the air. He was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. One officer in the video can be seen throwing repeated punches.

Sarah Wallace: “It this tape hadn’t surfaced?” 
Marcus: “I’d be in jail.”

 

    Yet another case of the police investigating themselves and , even when confronted with overwhelming video evidence to the contrary , concluding that the officers involved acted properly .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newark Police To Be Monitored By Federal Watchdog

 

Who Polices The Police

 

” The Justice Department will place the Newark Police Department under a monitor later this year, the first time in state history that a municipal police agency will operate under a federal watchdog, according to four sources familiar with the situation.

  The decision follows a federal review of the way the state’s largest police force swept aside accusations of misconduct against hundreds of officers and its almost-total failure to address complaints of brutality and abuse lodged by Newark residents over the years.

  The investigation began in 2011, a year after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a scathing 96-page petition with the Department of Justice, accusing Newark’s police of rampant misconduct.

  The ACLU investigation found citizens filed 261 complaints with the department accusing officers of using excessive force, biased actions, improper searches or false arrests in 2008 and 2009. Only one complaint was sustained by the department.

  One officer faced 62 internal affairs investigations during a 14-year career, according to the petition, while Newark shelled out nearly $5 million in response to civil lawsuits from 2007 to 2009.”

 

Things must be bad if Eric Holder was forced to take action .

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’LL GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO VIDEOTAPE YOU F***ING CLOWN – LODI POLICE EMPLOYEE

 

 

 

” Early in the morning of January 25th, 2014 a man saw some Lodi police employees detaining another gentleman and attempted to capture the truth of the incident with his camera. Immediately he was aggressively confronted and called a “fucking clown.” This, by someone who swore an oath to “protect the innocent against … intimidation” and to “enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear.” The videographer left the scene as he felt “very threatened,” according to the person who sent the copy of the video to Cop Block.”

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 What Was A Muslim Trespasser Doing Inside A Water Pipe At A Water Treatment Facility?

 

 

 

 

 

” The man, Asaf Mohammad, 26, of Manapalan, who spent several hours trapped in a pipe at a United Water facility, was rescued this morning and then promptly arrested for fourth-degree criminal trespass, said Capt. Michael Fountain of the Manalapan Police.

  He was freed at about 11 a.m. The mayor said the man is known to police, but would not elaborate. “

 

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Why Pols From New Jersey Aren’t Born To Run

 

 

” Indeed, over the past decade or so, New Jersey has started to earn belated props in the public imagination, with television shows such as The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and even Jersey Shore using the state as a backdrop for meditations on the American Dream. The recent and quick rise of Gov. Christie himself speaks to what might even be considered a New Jersey cultural bubble. He’s the first serious presidential contender to come out of New Jersey since Woodrow Wilson.

  Yet the Garden State — insert a not-inaccurate joke about the entire place being a Superfund toxic waste dump here — has been a national punchline at least since Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton rowed across the Hudson River from New York to shoot it out in Weehawken. (Needless to say, Burr, a native of Newark who happened to be U.S. vice president at the time, won.) “

 

 

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Welfare Payouts Top $20 Per Hour In Eight States

 

welfare payouts

 

 

 ” In 35 states, welfare, housing assistance and other benefits pays more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. The study also found that in 13 states, the payout is more than $15 per hour.

  Of course, this study doesn’t take into account that not everyone on public assistance receives all of the programs. But if they did, their payout would be significantly higher than even a starting teacher’s salary in 11 states or a computer programmer in 3 states.

  The states with the highest welfare payouts – more than $20 per hour – are Hawaii, with payments equaling $29.13 per hour, DC at $24.43 per hour, Massachusetts at $24.30 , Connecticut at $21.33, New York at $21.01 per hour, New Jersey at $20.89 per hour, Rhode Island at $20.83 per hour and Vermont at $20.36 per hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Chris Christie’s Bridge Scandal Unfolded

 

 

 

” Aug. 13, 2013 – Bridget Kelly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s deputy chief of staff, emails David Wildstein, a Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” she writes. “Got it,” he responded.

  Sept. 6, 2013 – Wildstein orders the authority to close two of three access lanes between Fort Lee, N.J., and the bridge.

  Sept. 9, 2013 – The Port Authority shuts down the lanes, causing a massive traffic jam. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich contacts the Port Authority about an “urgent matter of public safety in Fort Lee.” Christie’s aides don’t respond. The closings continued for four days.”

 

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WATCH: Jon Stewart NAILS IT On NJ Gov. Chris Christie Bridgegate Scandal

 

 

 

Published on Jan 9, 2014

” Being from New Jersey, Jon obviously has a personal attachment to this issue. Check him out at his best in this video.

   **** This video is presented for parody under the protection of Fair Use. The Daily Show is the property of Viacom and is in no way associated with this user account. *** “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Machine For Crushing Christie’s Enemies

 

 

 

” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s aides deliberately induced a big traffic jam as revenge against a mayor who wouldn’t endorse him. Christie denies that he was aware they were doing this. Let’s suppose, just for the sake of argument, that Christie’s telling the truth. Does that get the governor — and would-be president — off the hook?

  Not necessarily. Marc Ambinder explains why, leading off with the portrait of Christie in the recent book Double Down:

  Double Down‘s Christie was megalomaniacal, self-possessed, and obsessed with reciprocity: You do well by him, and he’ll do well by you. You fundraise without his permission in New Jersey, and he’ll cut the donors off. Loyalty trumped all. If Christie perceived you as disloyal, you were out of his inner circle. That’s in passive voice because Christie would leave it to his lieutenants to enforce this code of honor….”

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Police Identify Four Suspects Charged In Deadly New Jersey Mall Carjacking

 

 

 


” Four men have been arrested and charged in the death of a man shot in front of his wife during a carjacking outside an upscale mall in northern New Jersey last weekend, authorities say. 

  The suspects, identified as Hanif Thompson, 29, Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry 32, and Kevin Roberts, 33, appear to have been motivated by a desire for the victim’s silver Range Rover, Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said in a press conference Saturday. 

  The victim, 30-year-old Dustin Friedland, was shot in the head Dec.15 in front of his wife in the parking garage of The Mall at Short Hills. Authorities found the Range Rover, which two of the suspects drove off in, the next morning in Newark, about 10 miles from Short Hills. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic City Cop Ordered To Pay $250,000 From Own Pocket To Citizen He Abused

 

 

 

” We’ve seen so many police abuse lawsuits settled before making it to trial where cops admit no wrongdoing while guiltily dishing out thousands of taxpayer dollars that it’s surprising to see one actually make it to trial.

  And it’s absolutely flabbergasting to see it result in a cop ordered personably liable.

  The cop is none other than Sterling Wheaton of the Atlantic City Police Department, whom we became familiar with back in September when he drove up to a group of five fellow officers beating on a suspect and sicced his dog on him in an incident caught on surveillance video.

  Then we later learned that Wheaton was already named a defendant in three unrelated lawsuits alleging abuse over the five previous years, including one where he is accused of ripping the phone out of the hands of woman recording him, only for her never to see the phone again.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Three Kids In Camden, N.J. Scored College-Ready

 

 

 

” The new superintendent of public schools in Camden, N.J. announced this week that only three — THREE! — students in the entire district who took the SAT during the 2011-12 academic year scored high enough to qualify as college-ready.

  According to the College Board, which markets the SAT, a college-ready score is essentially a score just above average on the standardized test’s three sections (currently called critical reading, mathematics and writing).

  Camden is no tiny town. The population is about 80,000 people. About 40 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. The FBI has ranked Camden first in the nation for violent crimes per capita in cities with over 50,000 residents.

  The Camden City School District website lists five public high schools. Camden High School enrolls 868 students, according to Greatschools.org. Woodrow Wilson High enrolls 959 students.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Problem For Gun Control Advocates Is That They Keep Promising That No Way Will Registration Lead To Confiscation Of Firearms, Even As It Does Just That.

 

 

 

 

” The problem for gun control advocates is that they keep promising that no way will registration lead to confiscation of firearms, even as it does just that. The Brady Campaign’s Dennis A. Henigan accuses the National Rifle Association of peddling “fear” for even raising the possibility. In the New York Times, Charles Blow calls such concerns “cultural paranoia.”

  Yet gun owners seem to have legitimate worries. Hundreds of New York City residents are receiving, and publicizing, letters demanding the surrender, not of scary “assault weapons,” whatever arbitrary definition may locally apply to that slippery term, but of target rifles and cowboy guns. Among the forbidden items gleaned from New York City registration lists and ordered to be surrendered or removed from city limits are the bolt-action Marlin 25N, and lever-action Browning 92 and Winchester 94 rifles. Semi-automatic rifles of the plinking variety, such as the AR-7, have been targeted, too.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police Shoot and Kill Man With Special Needs in New Jersey, Surveillance Video Seized for Evidence

 

Dixon Rodriguez

 

 

” Police in Perth Amboy, New Jersey said they were responding to a call about an emotionally disturbed person yesterday afternoon when they shot and killed 31 or 32-year-old Dixon Rodriguez on the street. Police say they found a knife on Rodriguez after shooting him. The officers who shot Rodriguez say he attacked them with the knife. Neither was seriously injured according to the local prosecutor, who is investigating the incident. Family and neighbors doubt the official story. Via the Star Ledger:

  People who live in the neighborhood and at least one family friend were skeptical of the prosecutor’s account.

“ We don’t believe Dixon had a knife,” said Joel Perez, who lives nearby on Kearney Avenue. “(Dixon) was someone who had the mind of a six-year-old. It wasn’t in him to do something like this.”

  Passerby Brenda Munoz told ABC-TV news she witnessed the shooting and heard an officer say, “I thought he had something.”

Munoz told the station she did not see a knife.

  At least one surveillance camera apparently caught the incident on video. Prosecutors have seized that video but it has not been released. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAW] Hero Cop Saves Man From Burning Car: Cape May Police Officer Scott Krissinger, New Jersey

 

 

” ‘A true hero’: Dramatic moment cop pulls unconscious driver from burning car and then runs back to save more people.

  A New Jersey police officer is being hailed a ‘true hero’ after he ran towards a burning car and pulled out a man trapped inside and dragged him to safety.

  Cape May Police Officer Scott Krissinger, 27, saw the burning truck on Monday night on Sunset Boulevard in West Cape May.

  He pulled the unconscious driver, Gerald Ferrill, 61, of Mays Landing, out of the car and then went back again to see if there was anyone in the passenger seat.

  The incredible rescue was caught on the police officer’s patrol car dash cam.

‘  He didn’t hesitate,’ Cape May Police Captain Rob Sheehan told NBC10. ‘He’s a hero in every sense of the word and we’re very happy to have him as a member of our department.’

  Krissinger, a seven-year-veteran, says he was just doing his job.

‘  I think any of the officers at the Cape May Police Department would’ve done the same thing,’ 

  Krissinger said. ‘I truly do. It just happened to me.’

  Ferrill was taken to the hospital where he is in critical, but stable condition. 

  Witnesses told police that he was driving his truck with a flat tire and strange sounds were coming from the engine area prior to the fire.

‘  I would have to think the driver didn’t have much longer to stay in that situation without facing serious bodily injury,’ Captain Sheehan said. 

‘  We’re very proud of him, obviously. He’s a credit to law enforcement as a whole.’ “

    While we here at YouViewed spend plenty of pixels highlighting the abhorrent , criminal behavior of police actions that come to light we would like to think that we are fair and do our best to also bring to our reader’s attention acts of selflessness and bravery committed by those who take their oath to “protect and serve” very seriously . To that end we must commend Officer Scott Krissinger of the Cape May police department for his bravery in saving a man’s life at considerable risk to his own .

   As you watch the dashcam video you would do well to note that Officer Krissinger hesitated not even for a second in deciding the best course of action and leapt from his patrol vehicle and rushed to the aid of the unconscious motorist even as the smoke and flames poured forth from the engulfed vehicle . We wish you a heartfelt well done Officer Krissinger  . Thank you for your service and God bless you .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal Bans Snacking, Smoking Behind the Wheel

 

 

 

 

” Drivers could possibly be pulled over for snacking, smoking or putting on make-up behind the wheel under a bill that has been advanced in the New Jersey Assembly.

  The proposed law would fine drivers found to “engage in any activity unrelated to the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle.

  The bill advanced by a 12-0 vote Monday in the Assembly’s transportation committee. It does not spell out which activities would and would not be considered distracted driving, instead leaving that determination up to police.

 

 

    This is all the proof one needs that a world run by lawyers is a world gone mad . It also provides further confirmation that the Founder’s goal of a citizen legislature that met when necessary to conduct important State business has given way to a political/bureaucratic class of prohibitionists that must forever be outlawing something in order to justify it’s continued existence . How far we have fallen .

    Yet worse even than the politico’s fervent need to legislate us into peonage is the fact that the very laws that they write are so vague as to make them virtual carte blanche abuse cards for law enforcement . The buffoons crave the power of lawgiving yet are too lazy and too ignorant to even write the laws well enough to be enforced .

   What sort of law concedes the power to determine (“leaving that determination up to police“) what constitutes a crime to the very body charged with enforcing said laws ? That is the very definition of the “police state” . Shame on the New Jersey assembly and shame on the voters of New Jersey .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess The Political Party Of The LAX Shooter

” Paul Anthony Ciancia is a 23-year-old that was described by classmates as a loner. His family is from Salem, New Jersey. He was a victim of bullying during high school and played in the marching band. Many have speculated who is he, and most importantly to a few, what political party did he support. If you guessed “Tea Party”, you’d be wrong.

Well, as it turns out that the Salem County Clerk’s office has a way to tell you for sure. For $12, you can pull the voter registration records of anyone that signed up in the county. One man on the internet named “Mike” did just that to end the dispute once and for all. Turns out that the Paul Anthony Ciancia of Salem, New Jersey, born in 1990,  that moved to LA, California, was a registered Democrat.”

 

It’s time to ban the hate … ban liberals with guns …

 

* UPDATE : This post has turned out to be popular beyond our wildest dreams so we felt the need for a bit of clarification . Due to a shortage in our editorial staff we were unable to corroborate the central claim to this story . Admittedly we only had an hour or so to try and find a link to the voter registration rolls and we failed to do so . It would have been very helpful had the original source provided a link to “Mike’s” disclosure and we would be grateful to any reader that can provide back-up to the assertion that Ciancia is in fact a registered democrat .

   Until said corroboration comes to light we feel that we should qualify our assertion with the term “allegedly” in the hopes of maintaining our reputation for accuracy and so as to not become just another rumor-mongering rag like so much of the boot-licking MSM . In the meantime enjoy this video from earlier in the year that makes the point that a large proportion of America’s mass shooters come from the Left and are not , as the media would have you believe , “right-wing gun nuts” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthcare.gov Online Chat Rep Answer To Potential Customer: “Don’t Run With Scissors”

 

 

 

 

” The House GOP Conference issued the following statement today (received via email) regarding a conversation between a potential customer and an online chat customer service representative for Healthcare.gov:

 

“Thank you for your inquiry about my experience on October 11, 2013 using the healthcare.gov support chat.  I can confirm that the excerpts used in the YouTube video and the full transcript posted at www.gop.gov/yourstory is authentic and exactly as I experienced on October 11. I am a resident of New Jersey and work for a higher education institution. I am not employed by the Republican Party. 

“When I reached out to the online chat function for assistance, I was professionally greeted by a customer service representative named “Dean.” At this point, I had hope for a resolution that would allow me to see the pricing and coverage information my family needed. Unfortunately, the chat experience was as frustrating as creating my healthcare.gov account. “Dean’s” responses made little sense, were at times comical, and did not provide the help I needed. Ultimately, I lost faith in healthcare.gov and made the decision to pursue alternate options for the healthcare needs of my family.” “

 

 

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