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9/11 brought changes to skyscrapers
and high-rises

The Associated Press via Google News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A decade after 9/11, could any of the nation's 21,000 high-rises withstand an attack like those that caused New York's twin towers to collapse? Could the thousands of people inside find a way to safety? At Chicago's Willis Tower, like other skyscrapers around the country, much has changed since two hijacked jets slammed into the World Trade Center. More

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Police receive $600,000 to improve security during Democratic National Convention
The Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The Charlotte City Council in North Carolina gave the police department nearly $600,000 to renovate its uptown headquarters in preparation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The $593,990 project includes renovating 3,000 square feet inside police headquarters. More

White House, US Capitol, Pentagon evacuated after earthquake
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The White House, the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings were evacuated after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia rocked Washington, D.C. After the shaking struck at 1:51 p.m. ET, Secret Service rushed people out of the White House and into Lafayette Square, CBS News White House Correspondent Norah O'Donnell reports. More

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Booze crackdown coming to 49ers, Raiders grudge matches canceled
San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spurred by violence over the weekend, the 49ers recently sacked future installments of their annual exhibition game with the Raiders as officials pledged to crack down on drunk and unruly fans at Candlestick Park, limit tailgating and stop alcohol sales late in games. More

Police-response rule alarms biz; City: Change trims wasted police time
Crain's Detroit Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the Detroit Police Department ends automatic responses to burglar alarms, some business owners fear they'll be left vulnerable to thieves in a city already dogged by slow police response times. Critics say the procedural change exacerbates one of the city's biggest business challenges: A perception of safety. More

Prostitutes flood Vallejo, Calif., as bankrupt city slashes police force by a third
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Ruth Rooney moved in 2005 to a two-bedroom house in Vallejo, Calif., near Napa Valley's famed wineries, the historic St. Vincent's Hill neighborhood attracted young professionals and there were few vacancies. Things began to change in 2008 after Vallejo, a city of about 116,000 that had lost its biggest employer, the U.S. Navy's Mare Island shipyard, filed for bankruptcy, said Rooney, a 54-year-old marketing consultant. More

IBM supercomputers help law enforcement gather, analyze and manage crime data
PoliceOne    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In mid-February of this year, IBM's Watson supercomputer — named after company founder Thomas Watson — all but dismantled Jeopardy "super champions" champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Throughout the tournament, there were interstitial elements of commentary about the potential for a Watson-like supercomputer to eventually help medical personnel triage patients' various levels of needed care as well as other decision-based intelligence collection. More

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