PRIMA RiskWatch
Nov. 23, 2010

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Pat-down backlash grows during holiday travel rush
As backlash against airline passenger pat-downs intensified with a viral online video, the nation's top airline security official said that his agency is walking a fine line between privacy concerns and public safety.More

Feds plan controversial disease research facility
in Kansas, some fear outbreaks

ABC News
A federal disease research facility planned for Manhattan, Kan., has sparked controversy after a safety study reported a 70 percent chance of an outbreak of dangerous and contagious diseases. Located about 120 miles west of Kansas City, the proposed $451 million National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility would study dangerous foreign animal and zoonotic diseases, which are passed between humans and animals. It would be the first time in almost 75 years that research of highly contagious foot and mouth disease would be allowed to take place on the U.S. mainland.More

New York City again trying to cap liability after May crash of Staten Island ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi
Staten Island Advance
Facing $143 million in personal-injury claims, the city has denied liability stemming from the May 8 crash of a troubled-plagued ferryboat, and also is seeking to limit its exposure to $14.4 million.More

Arlington, Texas' transit opportunity — and challenge
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
When it comes to finding ways to build sports and entertainment facilities, Arlington, Texas, can be quick on the draw. But if asked to focus on constructing a mass transit system in America's largest city without one, it can be like waiting on "the last train from Gun Hill" to arrive.More

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders proposes no pensions for new city hires
The San Diego Union-Tribune
If San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has his way, the pensions that city workers collect — and have led to so much public angst over the past decade — will no longer exist for most new hires. Sanders said he'll gather signatures to put a measure before city voters that would eliminate guaranteed pensions for future employees and replace them with 401(k) accounts similar to what many private-sector workers receive. Only police officers and firefighters would continue to receive pensions under the proposed ballot initiative.More

More than 300 die in stampede at Cambodian festival
The Associated Press via Google News
Thousands of Cambodians celebrating a water festival on an island in a river in the capital stampeded Monday night, leaving more than 300 people dead and hundreds injured. Some in the panicky crowd who tried to flee over a bridge were crushed underfoot or fell over its sides into the water.More

Former Mexican governor gunned down
Fox News Latino
The former governor of the western Mexican state of Colima was gunned down over the weekend, state security officials told Efe. Silverio Cavazos, who governed the state from 2005 to 2009, was murdered Sunday outside his house, the Colima Public Safety Secretariat said.More