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11/15/2003

Out of the ashes comes some good

by Donna J. Wade

My father spent 30 years as a firefighter. When we were kids, one of our guilty pleasures was sliding down the fire pole at the station he commanded. Often, when an alarm would sound while we were there, mom would follow the firetruck to the scene so we could watch him work, only to catch merry hell afterward from dear old dad...scolding us about the unpredictability of fire, and its hidden dangers. more

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BEAT TALK

by Jerry Kirkegaard
 
  A good friend passed away not too long ago. Maurie was a B-17 pilot during W.W.II, then served in the LAPD until he retired. He joined our company as security director and I worked with him for 15 years. He was quiet, reserved and sly like a fox. He did not tell too many "WAR" stories, but I'll never forget the one he did tell because he referred to it as the highlight of his career with LAPD. more

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Las Vegas' new "Red Light Zone" 

 
by Steve Miller

Many forces are working behind the scenes to turn the City of Las Vegas into a giant "Red Light Zone."  The players are Mayor Oscar Goodman, his former law partner Jay Brown, City Councilman Mike McDonald, attorneys Patti and Sgro, Lance Malone and Tom Letisia.more

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USING RACE AS AN OBJECTIVE TOOL

by Joseph T. Forkin, Esq.
 
Once you get beyond our national qualms about using race as an objective tool in profiling criminals or terrorists, and get to the facts of racial profiling's colored history, you learn that race was not injected haphazardly into the profile mix. (As many, if not most, racial profiling critics appear to believe.)more

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THE FBI KNEW WHAT WAS COMING!

 
by Robert Novak
©2001 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
September 27, 2001

WASHINGTON -- The monumental challenge facing Tom Ridge in battling terrorism on the home front is emphasized by a slowly emerging scandal. The FBI had advance indications of plans to hijack U.S. airliners and use them as weapons, but neither acted on them nor distributed the intelligence to local police agencies. From the moment of the Sept. 11 attacks, high-ranking federal officials insisted that the terrorists' method of operation surprised them. Many stick to that story. Actually, elements of the hijacking plan were known to the FBI as early as 1995 and, if coupled with current information, might have uncovered the plot. more

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THE REAL DANGER ON THE JOB
9/2/01
by J. D. Buckwell

Just a few years ago, as an LAPD officer assigned to STD (South Traffic Division) in So Central LA, I learned many things.  The most important lessons were about keeping safe while out on the streets.  We were constantly advised to wear our "bulletproof" vests every time we stepped out of roll call...no matter how hot or uncomfortable it was, and how the vest's chest plate insert has saved many lives by shielding the heart from the shock of a direct hit.  That surely made sense to me...at least for a while. more

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"Former Las Vegas Mayor" peddles title to highest bidder

By Steve Miller
8/14/2001

LAS VEGAS - On March 14, 1997, the Detroit News reported that then-Las Vegas Mayor Jan Laverty Jones was in Detroit encouraging officials to consider the future of casinos in their city. After being introduced as "Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones," she was quoted in the Detroit News saying "You have all of the capacity to become a world-class city." She went on to tell City Council members and the press to "Foster an environment that gives casino operators the latitude they need to attract visitors from outside Detroit." more

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Monday, May 21, 2001

NEW LEAD IN OKLAHOMA BOMBING?

By Jon Roland
 
In February, 2001, I received a phone call from a young man with an interesting story. He said he was told by the son of a retired FBI agent about an incident that occurred on the day of the Oklahoma City bombing, on a highway approaching Oklahoma City, while he was still an active member of the FBI.more

 

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By GINA GALLO
of TheColumnists.com

DON'T BELIEVE a word of it. No matter what my family tells you, the great debacle of the First Grade Mother's Day Pageant was not caused by vocabulary words, kitchen curtains or a cosmetic spritz of merthiolate. Only two people know the real truth. One of them was my mother, but since she took the secret to her grave, it's up to me to set the record straight. It all started with those shoes.more

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Echelon Fact Finders Snubbed
By Juliana Gruenwald, Interactive Week

May 10, 2001 4:51 PM ET

A delegation from the European Parliament investigating the existence and impact of a global satellite surveillance system operated by the United States and other English-speaking allies abruptly ended a fact-finding visit to Washington, D.C., Thursday, after some Bush administration officials refused to meet with the group. Leaders of the European Parliament's Temporary Committee on Echelon, the name of the alleged surveillance system, said they had meetings planned with the State Department and Commerce Department's Advocacy Center, an office that helps U.S. companies win foreigncontracts, that were abruptly canceled without a "satisfactory" explanation.more

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Draw line between criminal, racial profiling

Copyright 2001 Gannett Company, Inc.
USA TODAY
05/02/2001

by Michael J. Gorman


The shooting of an unarmed black man by a Cincinnati police officer, and the New York Police Department's (NYPD) investigation of four police officers who shot Amadou Diallo have put racial profiling back in news headlines ("Report: No discipline for Diallo's shooters," News, Friday; "A police shooting again inflames racial tension, Editorial, April 16). more

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Resisting President-Select Bush
Steve Cobble, AlterNet
April 3, 2001

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DWB- What can you do about it
by Leroy J. Pletten, PhD. DWB,
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POLICING CHICAGO
Chicago Sun Times
Effective policing not just cops' duty
March 7, 2001
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