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Spike in drone use creates high risk of accidents
The Associated Press via WBBM-FM
Drones have become so popular in the skies above America, a Chicago transportation expert said the federal government needs to do more about the dangers of a possible mid-air accident. Nearly every day, the federal government receives reports of drones flying near other aircraft, or close to airports without permission, according to The Associated Press. Demand for drones has continued to grow, with everyone from photographers to farmers using drones to help on the job.
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Can Newtown design a safer Sandy Hook School that doesn't feel like a fortress?
Fast Company Design
In fall 2016, when 506 pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students file into the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, they will navigate a complex series of security features designed to ensure that the kind of event that made Sandy Hook a household name — the second deadliest school shooting in national history — will never happen again. Designed by Svigals + Partners, it will be one of the most secure elementary schools in the nation. But if the design works as planned, it won't feel that way.
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Boca Raton, Florida, shuts off proposal to allow alcohol sales until 4 am
Sun Sentinel
The party still ends at 2 a.m. in downtown Boca Raton. Safety concerns that would come along with proposed, extended party hours led Boca Raton city leaders to decide Monday to stick with its customary last call for downtown alcohol sales. After a parade of residents warning against nighclubs being open past 2 a.m., City Manager Leif Ahnell and Police Chief Dan Alexander also warned against it.
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No one tracks police killings
Governing
Federal, state and local agencies license police officers to kill, if necessary, but nobody counts all the bodies or tracks what, if any, consequences might follow. The numbers that do exist are hardly complete. The nation's approximately 18,000 police agencies are expected to submit specified categories of crime statistics every year to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program. But inclusion of justifiable homicides is optional.
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Street Smart traffic safety program aims to protect cyclists, pedestrians
The Washington Post
Police agencies in the Washington region are participating this month in an education and enforcement campaign called Street Smart, which emphasizes safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Many of you are familiar with the posters at bus shelters and gas pumps supporting this twice-a-year effort. They are the “Tired Faces,” showing people with tire marks superimposed on them. The safety messages, targeting all travelers, include “Yield to pedestrians when turning,” “Give cyclists room to ride,” “Ride with traffic and stop at red lights” and “Wait for the walk signal.”
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The addiction side of legalized gambling
Governing
Michael Rosen, an admitted gambling addict, is well-acquainted with the danger of proximity to temptation. Twice during substantial periods of abstinence, he found himself — by chance, he insists — staying in hotels with casinos. And both times, he didn’t remain in his room. “I couldn’t resist,” he said.
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New online storm surge risk map unveiled
Claims Journal
A new online mapping tool from the National Hurricane Center shows the risks of storm surge from Texas to Maine. The hurricane center launched the interactive map on Nov. 11. It allows residents along the East and Gulf coasts to evaluate their vulnerability to storm surge by showing how far inland the water can reach during a variety of hurricane scenarios.
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Massachusetts school demos 'active shooter' system in school
The Associated Press via WBUR-FM
With students off for the Veterans Day holiday, a simulated school shooting at Methuen grammar school showed what “active shooter” technology could do to help police catch a gunman if the horrible threat ever strikes as it has at other schools across the country. In the live demonstration, the “gunman” entered the school armed with an assault rifle, opening fire with dummy rounds first in the school library then rampaging through hallways and classrooms.
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Border Patrol agents say agency's gun recall puts them in danger
Fox News
Border Patrol officials have pulled thousands of rifles from field agents in a large-scale effort to refurbish the weaponry, prompting the rank-and-file to complain that they've been left with the dangerous options of sharing guns or being disarmed altogether. Nearly one-third of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's 16,300 M4 carbine rifles were tested by the agency's office of training and development, which determined that more than 2,000 had the potential for malfunction. The rate of nearly 40 percent was "more than we are comfortable with,” said CBP Deputy Chief Ron Vitiello.
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