Public Safety (page 19)

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    Medical marijuana and Medicare prescription drug use

    From NPR: Prescription drug prices continue to climb, putting the pinch on consumers. Some older Americans appear to be seeking an alternative to mainstream medicines that has become easier to get legally in many parts of the country. Research published Wednesday found that states that legalized medical marijuana…
    Michael Lowrey, July 7, 2016
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    When effective regulation is necessary

    Meet Naegleria fowleri, aka the brain-eating amoeba. Said amoeba is very much in the news following the death of Lauren Seitz, a recent high school graduate from Westerville, OH who contact the disease while rafting at the National Whitewater Center outside Charlotte. Naegleria fowleri is commonly found in warm, fresh…
    Michael Lowrey, July 2, 2016
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    ISIS and the varsity squad

    Jim Geraghty muses at National Review Online about President Obama’s long-running dismissive attitude toward ISIS. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” — President…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2016
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    Crystal Eschert and Charlotte’s inconsistent social media policy

    From a Charlotte Observer editorial: When the city of Charlotte fired Fire Department investigator Crystal Eschert in late 2014 for a pair of inflammatory Facebook posts, this editorial board suspected she was actually being punished for earlier concerns she raised about the safety of a CFD building on…
    Michael Lowrey, June 21, 2016
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    Just when you thought it was safe to stop worrying about the bomb

    Morgan Chalfant of the Washington Free Beacon reports disturbing information about efforts to monitor nefarious activity involving nuclear weapons. The federal program responsible for detecting and deterring the international smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials cannot measure its progress, a government watchdog says.
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2016
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    Teachers arrested during summer vacation

    Fourteen members of the NC Association of Educators’ Organize 2020 caucus kicked off their summer vacation by getting arrested for assembling in the middle of a Raleigh intersection to protest, among other things, a 10.3 percent increase in teacher salaries funded using part of the $775 million increase in…
    Terry Stoops, June 16, 2016
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    New airport security lanes are 30 percent more efficient

    What happens when a business with an interest in having effective and efficient government action is allowed to team with a government bureaucracy to help solve its problems. Per NPR: A new type of airport security screening lane is being tested in Atlanta, and “initial results show dramatic improvements,”…
    Michael Lowrey, June 15, 2016
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    Are there illegal mushrooms in Asheville restaurants?

    That’s the question the Asheville Citizen-Times examines in this interesting report. The basic issue: On a busy night in downtown Asheville, countless chefs are unknowingly breaking the law. A sushi restaurant serving wild mushroom rolls. An Italian eatery offering wild mushroom risotto. A Mexican restaurant with wild…
    Michael Lowrey, April 6, 2016