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Obama vows to review militarization of police
McClatchy News Service via Governing
The House of Representatives in June rejected a proposal to rein in a program to send excess military equipment to local police departments. The program has been criticized in connection with police response to demonstrations in Ferguson. Five of six members of the House from the St. Louis area voted against an amendment to a Pentagon budget bill offered by Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, which failed by a vote of 355-62. Here is an analysis by the independent campaign donations oversight group MapLight of the vote, and of defense-industry donations to members of the House.
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U.S. Supreme Court ruling might handcuff school safety
Cincinnati Enquirer
It's been a longtime, informal practice in many schools: Principals — on occasion and when warranted — confiscate and search cellphones if students are suspected of wrongdoing. As classes open this month, though, a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbidding police from searching suspects' cellphones may inadvertently make schools less safe, some principals, school parents and students say.
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Most Boston pedestrian accidents go unreported
The Boston Globe
Dart across Washington Street once or twice, and you probably would not pick Boston as the nation's safest city for pedestrians. Study after study says it is, though: More people walk to work in Boston than just about anywhere, and the statistics showing that a dozen or so pedestrians are killed in the street every year compare favorably to figures for just about every large city in the country.
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Police fear tweets can hurt public safety
The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch
Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. The "TweetSmart" campaign was started in late July by a coalition of nine agencies, including the Washington State Patrol and the Seattle police, and aims to raise awareness about social media's potential impact on law enforcement.
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Detroit mayor gets more control of his city
McClatchy News Service via Governing
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan now has authority over another city department previously run by emergency manager Kevyn Orr — the department of homeland security. Former Homeland Security Director Gerald Simon "was asked to step down" and will be replaced, police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said, adding the city's response to the recent flooding had nothing to do with the changes announced.
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Wisconsin city wants to redraw flood maps
The Associated Press via Claims Journal
Stevens Point officials will soon found out if they can upgrade a Wisconsin River seawall so they can redraw flood maps. The Stevens Point Journal Media reports the upgrade could spare more than 200 families thousands of dollars in flood insurance. City officials have been working for 15 years to revise a map that places the properties in the river's 100-year flood zone, which has required them to buy extra insurance because of federal regulations.
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City denies liability in North Salt Lake, Utah, landslide
KSL-TV
Residents affected by a landslide in North Salt Lake received disappointing news . The city said it is not liable for the landslide and the damage it caused. City leaders said they could not have prevented it, nor could they have stopped it. However, neighbors have a very different perspective.
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Entrepreneur lights up LEDs to improve car safety
USA Today
For anyone interested in cars, it was hard not to notice Michael Haas. The entrepreneur had secured a parking spot for his black Jaguar XK on one of Carmel, California's busiest streets at the height of Monterey Car Week. He staked out the space for 12 hours to attract attention for his new invention: A row of sequential amber LED lights on car doors that blink in unison with the turn signals as an extra, yet stylish, safety measure.
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Spokane, Washington, city council considers crosswalk ordinance
KXLY-TV
It was a tragic event that has helped spark a proposed solution to cross walk safety in Spokane. "I saw a car hit two babies and a mom and I saw the baby and her mom literally fly in the air," said Michelle Lee, witness. Five-year-old Elayna Burrows-Gust died last fall after being struck by a car along Monroe Street. She, along with her older brother, followed their mom into the street. The family was not using a crosswalk.
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