Public Safety (page 20)

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    Meanwhile on the Outer Banks…

    Per the Virginian Pilot, this happened earlier this week: An abandoned makeshift boat that may have carried Cuban refugees washed ashore in Avon Tuesday afternoon. The boat made of metal pipe, angle iron, wood and pieces of rigid foam carried a store of supplies including bottles of water,…
    Michael Lowrey, September 29, 2016
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    Clegg on police shootings in Charlotte

    Roger Clegg, writing at the National Review’s The Corner, on the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and five others by police in Charlotte this year: There will always be police shootings, and it is a statistical certainty that some of them will involve African Americans, and the law of…
    Michael Lowrey, September 26, 2016
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on analysts’ latest assessment of the top 2016 N.C. elections. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights some political partisans’ shameful response to Charlotte’s riots.
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2016
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    Roberts didn’t accepting state resources before last night’s riots, fearing it would make Charlotte look bad

    So reports WBTV. Guess Teflon Jenny — and the city as whole — lost that bet. From the WBTV story: “I was in conversation with the governor early in the morning,” [Charlotte Mayor Jennifer] Roberts said. “During the day, the central city, the center city was peaceful and during…
    Michael Lowrey, September 22, 2016
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    Increases in NC corrections expenditures outpaced those for education funding

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Policy and Program Studies Service published a brief titled, “State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education.” According to the authors, “From 1979–80 to 2012–13, public PK–12 expenditures increased by 107 percent (from $258 to $534 billion), while total state and local…
    Terry Stoops, August 10, 2016
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    Study: 8 out of 10 firearm crimes were committed with weapons obtained illegally

    Despite calling it “novel analysis” in the lede paragraph, the Washington Post gives this new University of Pittsburgh study the headline it deserves: “New evidence confirms what gun rights advocates have said for a long time about crime.” Dramatic rise in gun ownership, dramatic fall in firearms…
    Jon Sanders, August 1, 2016
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    Fighting Cuba flights

    Sometimes you a read a story and you know someone doesn’t quite understand the topic, is playing politics with an issue, or both. The example of the moment comes from McClatchy: A group of U.S. lawmakers want to block the Obama administration’s efforts to open up the United States…
    Michael Lowrey, July 25, 2016
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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