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States implementing more safety rules for kids
Governing
When Georgia public high schools were asked several years ago to devise a policy to govern sports activities during periods of high heat and humidity, one school’s proposal stood out: It pledged to scale back workouts when the heat index reached 140. Those who understood the heat index, the combined effects of air temperature and humidity, weren’t sure whether to be appalled or amused. “If you hit a heat index of 140,” said Bud Cooper, a sports medicine researcher at the University of Georgia who examined all the proposed policies, “you’d basically be sitting in the Sahara Desert.”
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White House backs body cameras for cops
POLITICO
Responding to a petition after the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, the White House says it supports the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers. “As Ferguson continues to heal as a community, this Administration will continue to work to ensure that our justice system, across the country, is truly just,” the response read. “We’ll continue to work to support the use of video technology, review and evaluate law enforcement agencies that use it, and continue to engage in discussions about how this technology impacts policing, communities, and public safety.”
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Here's why New Yorkers are fired up over scaffolding liability
Property Casualty 360
Insurance companies and construction businesses are in open war with trial lawyers and labor unions over New York’s millennia-old “Scaffold Law,” which institutes absolute liability on contractors if an employee is injured or killed on the job. The law, put in place in 1885, was drafted to protect construction workers in high-elevation situations (at the time the tallest skyscraper in New York City was a 281-foot spire at Wall Street’s Trinity Church), and made contractors liable in gravity-related accidents, such as falling from a platform.
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Programs target Latino families during Child Passenger Safety Week
NBC News
Almost half of Hispanic children killed in car crashes in 2011 were not buckled up compared to 26 percent of non-Latino white children, according to figures from the CDC. With the start of Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 14 – 20), programs are bolstering outreach to Latinos through radio public service announcements, hospital partnerships and community outreach in churches.
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Tech experts offer to replace Detroit firefighters' 'pop can' alert system
Government Technology
Bye bye pop can. That’s what the Detroit Fire Department might be saying soon to its rigged-up emergency alert system. It could get replaced — for free — by one of several philanthropic software companies that recently learned just how bad things are in Detroit.
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How some communities prepare for disaster better than others
Governing
Tucked beneath green tennis courts in a hidden corner of Bel Air Crest, a 10-by-20-foot shed holds enough emergency equipment to stock a small hardware store — a 13,000-watt tri-fuel generator, a satellite phone and neatly organized boxes of medical supplies. And then there's the eight portable toilets with pop-up privacy tents. "You can't have 1,500 people not able to go to the bathroom," said Marsha Hierbaum, president of the Bel Air Crest Homeowners Association. The shed is one piece of a years-long effort to ensure that all residents of the gated community are ready when the "Big One" hits.
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Federal program supplies surplus military gear to schools
The Wall Street Journal
A federal program that has drawn criticism in recent weeks for supplying surplus military gear to local police has also provided high-powered rifles, armored vehicles and other equipment to police at public schools, some of whom were unprepared for what they were getting. In the wake of school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and elsewhere, some school security departments developed SWAT teams, added weapons and called on the federal government to help supply gear. But now, the program is facing renewed scrutiny from both outside observers and schools using it.
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8 reasons to think twice before getting involved with Airbnb, Uber and Lyft
Property Casualty 360
The world seems to be in awe of the “innovation” displayed by the “sharing economy.” People now use the internet to “share” their car, their home, their boat, their airplane, etc., and the complexities for insurance agents and companies are growing. Those of us involved with auto insurance, for example, are about to get an expensive lesson in the difference between “livery” and “ride-sharing.”
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