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Reacting to Baltimore rioting, MLB and teams put safety first
The New York Times
Every game in the history of Major League Baseball has been open to fans. That is what the league said, anyway, and it stands to reason. Baseball is a business, and every business needs paying customers. In Baltimore, that will change. The rioting in the city prompted the postponement of the first two games of the Orioles' series with the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards this week, and the third game will be played with no fans admitted.
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Pennsylvania bill would set safety rules for public employers
WHTM-TV
A Pennsylvania legislator has introduced a bill that would hold public employers, including the state, to the same job safety standards as private employers. Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, said his measure, House Bill 1082, would establish safety rules equivalent to those enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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Lack of safety at school, poverty linked to childhood obesity
Universite de Montreal via Science Daily
A lack of safety at school is one of the correlates of childhood obesity, say researchers. The researchers came to their conclusions by reviewing data provided by 1,234 Quebec youths who had just entered secondary school. The students were asked about their feelings of safety at school and whether they had been verbally, socially or physically bullied. This information was supplemented with data covering their family background and their health behaviors.
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Getting out of jail and back to work in the 'second chance city'
Governing
Many of the inmates in the county jail outside Jersey City, New Jersey, still call Jim McGreevey governor, even though he left office more than a decade ago. But not these women in forest green scrubs. They know him. They address him as Jim. He asks how they're feeling and they answer in turn: "Grateful." "Blessed."
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Public Safety review finds breath tests functioning properly
WJAR-TV
A review of approximately 39,000 breath test results by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has found no evidence that breath test instruments in use in the commonwealth are functioning improperly.
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Public officials at increased risk of hacktivist attacks
Federal Times
Public officials are generally more likely to be the target of hacktivism — their information is often widely available and some view them as a proxy for the agencies they work for. The cyber risk is ever-present, however the FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center are warning that law enforcement and public officials are currently at an increased risk of cyber attacks.
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Preventing the next death in police custody
The Baltimore Sun
Growing up in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, there was rarely a week that went by when my parents, Bill and Madeline Murphy, weren't strategizing on how to end racial injustice in my hometown. Police harassment was a frequent complaint of our Cherry Hill friends and neighbors. The current mayor's late father, Pete Rawlings, along with other community leaders were often a part of these conversations around our dinner table. These discussions were instrumental in helping "Uncle Pete" launch his storied political career.
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FEMA launches task force to examine Superstorm Sandy issues
Claims Journal
A task force will begin work next week with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's national flood insurance program to examine problems that arose after Superstorm Sandy and to develop recommendations to correct them.
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Get to know the designer drug N-bomb and its effects
By Lynn Hetzler
Recreational use of designer psychoactive drugs is rising dramatically. Designer drugs have gained popularity since law enforcement and legislation have made it more difficult for recreational users to secure cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, opioids and cannabis. These restrictions have encouraged suppliers and users to seek alternatives. One such drug that emergency care providers and law enforcement officials need to watch for is 25I-NBOMe, also known as the "N-bomb."
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Churches play a growing role in emergency management
Emergency Management
Recognition of faith-based groups as vital cogs in emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts is on the rise. In 2009, faith-based organizations were formally recognized on a national level when President Barack Obama introduced the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The office was formed to support partnerships between governments at all levels and nonprofit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to better serve families and communities.
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After Nepal earthquake, Facebook activates safety check tool
SFGate
Facebook recently activated its Safety Check tool, letting users who live in areas affected by the Nepal earthquake report they are safe to family and friends.
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