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Are lifeguards a liability?
The News Herald
The most recent proposal put forth by Bay County (Florida) Commission Chairman Guy Tunnell would have put two lifeguards on duty at the County Pier during peak hours in the peak tourist season. It would have cost the county $65,000 a year and, perhaps, increased its legal liability, a big issue for the three commissioners who voted against Tunnell’s proposal. Attorney Zach Taylor with the Panama City firm Manuel and Thompson, said the liability issue is real.
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Vacant home demolition effort contributes to reduced fire calls
Claims Journal
Fire service calls have declined in Flint, Michigan, in part because of a citywide effort to demolish abandoned houses, city officials said. The latest report by Emergency Manager Darnell Earley found a 58 percent decline in fire-related calls. The report credited the increased demolition of blighted properties, a door-to-door fire education campaign and 911 call-screening techniques that allow fire departments to make better use of equipment and personnel.
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Protecting kids left in hot cars through legislation
USA Today
Arizona has among the nation's highest death rates for children left in hot cars, yet it is not among the states, 19 and counting, with laws specifically addressing the issue. State statute does spell out that it's illegal to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle if injury or death is likely to occur. According to the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences, 26 children in Arizona died in vehicles of heat stroke between 1998 and 2013.
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Civilians wait with suspects at jail to free up Dallas officers
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas police officials are sending people to the county jail to bail out officers, so to speak. Department commanders recently transferred 10 civilian employees to the jail to watch arrested suspects while the county processes them. The move aims to get officers, who would otherwise wait on the suspects, back on the street quicker so they can respond to calls and look for crooks. Richard Todd, the president of the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police, says the safety of the civilians in the jail is at stake.
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Sandy Hook and shooting simulators factor in school safety conference
NPR
The 10th annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference is underway in North Little Rock presenting law enforcement and education officials with information to improve safety. The conference had a few hands-on tools including a firearms training system allowing participants to virtually go through a school shooting as a police officer. Charles Ellis with Camden’s Law Enforcement Training Academy walked officers through the training.
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Can tech help prevent violence against women? These tools say 'yes'
TechRepublic
Lyndsey Gilpin is a 23-year-old woman, and when Gilpin walks alone, she gets scared. Sometimes Gilpin walks absolutely terrified, and other times, she's just slightly nervous. Call her paranoid, call her cautious, call her smart. When Gilpin lived in Chicago, almost every evening she would walk with "911" already punched in her keypad, her thumb hovered over the "send" button.
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House votes to block D.C. gun regulations in latest challenge to city laws
The Washington Post
The House of Representatives moved to block virtually all of the District’s gun restrictions, approving a budget amendment that would leave only federal law to regulate firearms in the nation’s capital. The District’s gun laws are among the strictest in the country, and they have long been a target for conservative activists who tend not to live in the city but are still rankled by restrictions enacted by locally elected officials.
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A quick way to build a wireless network
Governing
What do Sayada, Tunisia, and Red Hook, Brooklyn, have in common? At first glance, not much. One is a fishing town on the Mediterranean Sea. The other is a waterfront neighborhood in an industrial section of America’s largest city. But both are using a networking technology that is cheap, relatively easy to set up, and remarkably resilient and secure. Called a mesh network, the technology lets users connect directly to each other rather than through a central hub.
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