Public Safety (page 6)

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    Pretrial Release Experiment in Haywood and Jackson Counties

    The Smoky Mountain News reports: Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, Haywood and Jackson counties will be the first judicial district in the state to pilot a pretrial release program aimed at reducing the local jail populations, recidivism rates and increasing the efficiency of the court system.
    Jon Guze, September 28, 2018
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    More fears about an electromagnetic pulse attack

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon details a new warning about a little-discussed danger. The United States is vulnerable to a devastating electromagnetic pulse event caused by a high-altitude nuclear blast or solar superstorm, according to a recently published book. Peter Pry, a former CIA analyst and…
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that Hurricane Florence convinced the head of the N.C. Community College System that it needs better emergency planning. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal explores the political battle between President Trump and California billionaire Tom Steyer.
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2018
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    Surge of people, including Democrats, with concealed-carry permits

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports that the ranks of those seeking concealed-carry permits are not limited to crazy, gun-totin’ right-wingers. A nation on edge has driven a surge in concealed carry gun licenses, but those getting them aren’t the usual suspects. According to the United States…
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2018
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    Russia, China, and extremists

    Natalie Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon details the role Russia and China play in stoking extremism within fragile states. Expanding Russian and Chinese influence in the Middle East and North Africa threatens to foster extremism in countries with fragile political systems and undermines America’s ability to compete…
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on state preparations for Hurricane Florence. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights problems that result when people believe their preferred political ends justify terrible means.
    Mitch Kokai, September 12, 2018
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    Carolina Journal Reports: Silent Sam may speak loudly in national conversation on free speech

    From Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is poised to set a national example of allowing lawful protest while protecting free speech. But campus administrators and law enforcers so far have come up short, some experts say. As public universities bend under the…
    Anna Manning, September 4, 2018
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    “How to Topple a Statue, How to Tear Down a Wall”

    Sorry about the late notice, but a conference with that name took place today in Durham. The host was an organization called Defend Durham. It doesn’t seem to have a website, but here’s what an anonymous member had to say about it at the “antifascist” website, ItsGoingDown:…
    Jon Guze, August 25, 2018