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What the shutdown means for your health
The government is closed — which means that important public health programs like disease-tracking and food safety efforts, not to mention important basic medical research, may be going dark. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contingency staffing plan involves furloughing about half of its employees, who work at agencies ranging from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is responsible for monitoring outbreaks (such as flu) as well as the nation’s global AIDS efforts and the national childhood immunization efforts, to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which handles food safety issues.
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Sandy Hook moms launch school safety site
Connecticut Post
Every time Alissa Parker walked past her daughter's first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, safety crossed her mind, but she shooed the thought away. Emilie's classroom was so close to the front entrance of the school, and the door was always unlocked. "You pushed a button and got in," Parker said. "That was it." Parker dismissed her inner voice. She never mentioned her concerns. Sandy Hook was such a small, caring community.
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Boulder alcohol code changes move forward
Boulder Daily Camera
A series of land use regulations designed to limit the impacts of alcohol-serving establishments on residential neighborhoods received initial approval Oct. 1 from the Boulder City Council. The code changes create a distinction between low- and high-intensity alcohol establishments and would amend the 500-foot waiver that allows liquor licenses to be issued close to the University of Colorado campus to allow only beer and wine to be sold. Now, the land use code regulates restaurants and taverns as if they were the same, and, in some cases, restaurants end food service and convert to tavern-like uses late at night.
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Minnesota cities confront hoarding for firefighter safety
Star Tribune via Firehouse
Faced with a steady and apparently rising stream of homes that are overflowing with garbage, filth and just plain stuff, Minnesota cities are marshaling resources against the threat to public health and safety.  Richfield, Minn., recently refined its ordinances to define hoarding and overcrowding in the hope that it will help the city deal with a gradual increase in cases. While officials in other cities hesitate to say they are seeing more hoarding incidents, one expert says statewide numbers are going up.
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The Obama administration funds police officers in schools
Schools across the country — including in Newtown, Conn. — will be getting extra guards, the Department of Justice announced recently. As part of the Obama administration’s effort to ramp up school security after last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Justice Department plans to award $125 million in grants nationally, which includes about $45 million for 356 new school resource officer positions.
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Public sector's push toward risk management paying off
The federal government is ahead of the private sector in integrating risk management into cybersecurity decision-making, according to a survey released Oct. 1. The study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Tripwire, a risk-based security provider in Portland, Ore., compared data from more than 1,000 security, operations, risk management, compliance and other IT-related employees in both sectors.
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Berea, Ohio works to create safe pedestrian zone at elementary school
Sun News
Grindstone Elementary is going old school — with a new twist. It is helping the community understand that ‘school buses’ can be part of a walk-to-school program. Parents Andi Whitaker, Tina Edleman and Gina Conner live about a half-mile from Grindstone. Their children, who are elementary age, are walkers since they live within a mile of the school. The moms walk with their children to and from Grindstone almost every day.
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Reporting on climate change, 'the mother of all risks'
Media Matters for America
After reviewing the latest evidence from a major climate change report — released in full on Sept. 30 — the prominent consulting group PricewaterhouseCoopers concluded that climate change is the "mother of all risks." But while many businesses recognize climate risks, the media often cloud these risks by framing climate change in terms of "uncertainty," according to a recent study. This can lead to a disconnect between scientific understanding and public perception, and a misguided contentment with inaction.
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