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Arapahoe, Colo., response reveals advances in school safety, lingering issues
The Denver Post
When Dan Sheehan heard about the shooting and raced toward Arapahoe High School, fighting impossible traffic and a parental freak-out over the safety of his two teenage daughters, he sought reassurance by phoning his 75-year-old father in Fort Collins. "He said these situations are different now than they were at Columbine," Sheehan recalled Dec. 14, the day after a suicidal gunman critically injured a student with a shotgun blast. "I needed to talk to somebody to get that balance." Experts considered Littleton Public Schools a national leader in school safety even before the Dec. 13 incident, and the school and law enforcement response underscored how radically procedures have changed since the 1999 Columbine shooting.
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Cleveland's 'Ohio City Incorporated' to offer matching funds for neighborhood residents' home safety upgrades
The Plain Dealer
Residents in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood interested in improving the security of their homes with new doors, windows or lighting now will have a little help in making those upgrades. Ohio City Incorporated, the neighborhood’s community development corporation, is offering a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $250, on safety improvements identified during a safety audit by a Cleveland police officer. Kerry McCormack, director of community affairs for Ohio City Inc., said that the program was born from an extensive community survey and focus group research that identified neighborhood safety as one of the top priorities of Ohio City residents.
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UN outlines plans for 2015 global disaster risk reduction deal
Responding to Climate Change
The U.N. hopes to seal a global agreement on reducing the risks from extreme weather events, earthquakes and tsunamis at a 2015 summit in the Japanese city of Sendai. The new deal — set to be brokered by the UN’s office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR) — is likely to focus heavily on climate change adaptation and resilience. A successful outcome from the March summit could lay the foundations for separate talks on a U.N. emissions reduction treaty, scheduled for Paris in December that year.
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'Drive sober or get pulled over' campaign underway: 'No DUI Kentucky' app at your fingertips
WYMT-TV
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is underway. As Kentucky State Police Troopers gear up for the holiday season, officials said their goal is to save lives. “Zero fatalities is the goal,” said Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s Executive Director Bill Bell. “We think one fatality from drunk driving is too many.”
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Safety backup present on all Metro-North trains in New York City
Associated Press via Trib Live
After a speeding Metro-North Railroad commuter train barreled into a curve and derailed in New York City on Dec. 1, safety advocates said similar deadly accidents might soon be avoided. Railroads across the country are preparing to deploy high-tech control systems that will let computers automatically slow trains that are moving too fast or headed for a collision. Yet there is low-tech equipment, widely available since the Great Depression, that could have prevented the crash, and every Metro-North train has it.
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Missouri county nixes voluntary traffic checkpoints
Claims Journal
St. Charles County, Mo., drivers pulled over at several recent weekend safety checkpoints received something other than the usual verbal warnings, traffic citations or even tickets for drunken driving. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Dec. 12 that private government subcontractors working on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration instead asked motorists at three locations on Friday and Saturday to voluntarily submit blood and saliva samples in exchange for cash. Two off-duty county sheriff’s deputies in marked patrol cars initially flagged down the drivers.
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Des Moines police tighten rules for chases
Des Moines Register
A revamped Des Moines Police Department chase policy now details specific criteria for terminating a pursuit and allows only marked police vehicles to participate in chases, according to the new policy provided to The Des Moines Register. This is the first time the department’s chase policy lists situations in which officers should halt pursuits, police officials said. The changes, recently emailed to all officers, come three months after Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw told the Register she would tighten the department’s policy.
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Philadelphia boy's family sues over city pool drowning
Claims Journal
The family of a 7-year-old old boy who died the day after he was discovered at the bottom of Philadelphia-owned pool has sued the city and a company whose camp counselors were supervising children that day. The Philadelphia Daily News reports the lawsuit targets the city and Traveler’s Aid, which provided camp counselors that day. The Common Pleas wrongful death suit contends 7-year-old Ja’briel O’Connor was allowed into the pool without a flotation device on July 18 even though officials allegedly knew he couldn’t swim.
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