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Fireworks safety urged on July Fourth
U.S. Department of Defense
Shooting-off fireworks on Independence Day is becoming more hazardous, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission study issued June 26. In 2013, there were eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks, the CPSC study said. This represents an increase from 8,700 injuries in 2012. Sixty-five percent, or 7,400, of the injuries in 2013 occurred in the 30 days surrounding July 4, 2013.
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Nevada giving second chances to distracted drivers
KVVU-TV
The Nevada Highway Patrol began offering a program that gives drivers caught using their cell phone while driving a second chance. From now until July 10, troopers in Southern Nevada will be ticketing distracted drivers. During that time, troopers will offer the offending driver the opportunity to participate in the "It Can Wait For 28" challenge.
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Houston passes what may be the nation's first anti-hoarding law
Governing
Thanks in part to reality TV shows like “Hoarders” and “Hoarding: Buried Alive,” the issue of hoarding — and attendant concerns about anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) — has gained national prominence. For cities, it can be an extremely complicated problem.
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Funding for Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier approved
CNN Health
There is a dark duality about the Golden Gate Bridge. Majestic and macabre, the bridge is an architectural wonder that also happens to be a magnet for suicides. It is the most-used suicide spot in the United States, second in the world. "People come from all over the world to go onto this bridge," said Sergeant Kevin Briggs, a retired police officer who used to patrol the Golden Gate. "Not just to sight-see, but also to take their life."
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Dangerous dance music? EDM concerts plagued by security, health issues
Fox News
Electronic Dance Music, better known as EDM, is becoming increasingly popular among young Americans, but the genre’s concerts lately have been plagued by a series of dangerous problems. The death of a 24-year-old California man at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas over the weekend put a tragic dampener over the sparkling festival which attracted 130,000 people.
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Michigan may nix the nation's only local gun boards
Governing
A bill being considered by the Michigan legislature would eliminate county boards that review applications for concealed pistol permits. The responsibility would shift from local law enforcement to county clerks and state police, which could mean faster approval of permits, but also less thorough vetting of applicants. “We’re opposed to the elimination of the board,” said Terrence Jungel, executive director for the Michigan Sheriffs' Association. “We like the local input by local officials who live in those communities.”
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Boston likely to increase residency requirement for public safety workers
WBZ-FM
A proposal to increase the residency requirement for Boston’s public safety employees is headed to the City Council for a vote, and it appears likely to pass. During a recent hearing, nobody spoke against the proposal that, if approved, would require public safety workers to live in Boston for at least three years before becoming a public safety worker. Currently, the requirement is only one year.
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Target bans guns from its stores after demonstration
BBC News
CEO John Mulligan said guns were at odds with its family atmosphere. Many U.S. states allow people to carry guns in some fashion, but businesses may ban them. Gun control activists applauded the new rule, coming as many states loosen laws restricting the carrying of firearms. "[We] respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target — even in communities where it is permitted by law," Target CEO John Mulligan wrote in a statement.
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NYC failing to prevent jail suicides
Claims Journal
Investigative documents obtained by The Associated Press on the 11 suicides in New York City jails over the past five years show that in at least nine cases, safeguards designed to prevent inmates from harming themselves weren’t followed. Communication breakdowns between mental health staff and guards, sloppy paperwork, inadequate mental health treatment and improper distribution of medication were frequently cited by investigators as factors in the deaths, according to the city and state documents obtained by the AP via public records requests.
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