Public Safety (page 25)

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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
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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