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Court says New York neglected disabled in emergencies
The New York Times
New York City has violated the rights of about 900,000 of its residents with disabilities by failing to accommodate for their needs during emergencies, a federal judge ruled. The ruling arose from a lawsuit filed in 2011 after Tropical Storm Irene, but came into sharper focus after Hurricane Sandy, when many New Yorkers with disabilities were stranded for days. The judge, Jesse M. Furman of Federal District Court in Manhattan, found that the city, through “benign neglect,” was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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Risk management and college drinking: A shot of prevention is worth a pint of cure
Property Casualty 360
Bill Coffin doesn't know of any colleges held responsible for their students' failure to negotiate the sometimes treacherous task of living away from home for the first time, dealing with unprecedented academic requirements, and figuring out how to integrate into the social scene without being swallowed whole by it. In Coffin's opinion, this is not an area where schools even should be held legally liable (though in today's environment, he supposes it's only a matter of time until they are, if they have not been already). But there is a substantial legal liability schools face from students who injure or kill themselves or others, or who damage property, while under the influence of alcohol.
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Arizona schools' safety efforts might be endangering students
A recent CBS News report shows a dramatic rise in the number of school shootings in the past 13 years. That report also found that in three out of four school shootings, the suspect walked right in through the main entrance. Today's schools are challenged to determine how best to keep kids safe. CBS 5 Investigates found many are responding in a way that could be putting children in danger.
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St. Peters, Mo. alderman remove ban on penalty points for red-light camera violations
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Violators of St. Peters’ red-light camera law from now on should expect to get penalty points added to their drivers license records. That’s the upshot of a vote by the Board of Aldermen to remove a city ban on assessment of points in state drivers license records for camera violations, said City Attorney Randy Weber. The city’s decision to up the ante for people convicted under the camera law follows a recent court ruling that the old city ordinance conflicted with state law on the points issue.
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West Virginia mobile app alerts county residents of emergencies
Claims Journal
A unique smartphone app was launched geared at keeping Cabell and Wayne county residents aware of local emergencies, from small traffic problems or school closings to nation-threatening crises. The Heads Up Huntington app was created through a joint effort involving the Cabell Wayne Homeland Security Committee, which is comprised of local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders, and Mountain State Computer & Networking Solutions in Huntington.
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Virginia city council discusses school EMS options
Martinsville Bulletin
Martinsville, Va., officials are exploring ways to make emergency medical care available to students involved in school athletics and other extracurricular activities if needed. The issue arose after Martinsville City Council on Oct. 22 heard from Shelby White, who said that her son, E.J., suffered a concussion during a Martinsville Middle School football game where no ambulance was stationed. Coaches in the city schools learn about types of athletic injuries that can occur but they are not experts on such injuries, Martinsville School Board Chairman Robert Williams told the council.
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Senate passes pedal pub bill
Pedal pubs could ride on legally in Wisconsin under a bill that's cleared the state Legislature. Pedal pubs are multiple-person bicycles companies use to ferry riders to and from taverns. A driver steers while multiple riders sit at a bar mounted behind him, each with his or her own pedal-and-chain assembly. Riders pump away toward the next watering hole, hoisting cold ones along the way.
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Hoarders challenge adjusters, first responders
Claims Journal
According to a fact sheet produced by the International OCD Foundation, 42 percent of hoarder homes had blocked access to a sink, 45 percent had blocked access to a refrigerator and 10 percent blocked access to a toilet. In Massachusetts alone, 38 percent of hoarding cases were deemed “filthy environments.” While hoarders tend to hoard for others, hoarding can be dangerous.
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