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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

U.S. Cities Try ‘Surge’ Tactic To Fight Crime

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the media at Philadelphia City Hall on Monday after Holder announced more than $111 million in funding for more than 800 law enforcement positions across the country, including 44 in cities in Pennsylvania, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. (AP)

Remember the “surge?” That was the tactic used by the U.S. military in both Iraq and Afghanistan — increasing troop levels as part of a strategy to seize the initiative in those wars.

A version is now being tried here to help cities fight crime. The basic idea is to move federal agents into a troubled city for a limited period and focus on violent criminals who would be subject to federal prosecution.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Philadelphia this week with the city’s mayor, Michael Nutter, to announce that the federal government had assigned more than 50 agents, intelligence analysts, and investigators to the city for a four month period.

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  • Evan Perez, Wall Street Journal

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    Shrinking water resources.
    Droughts increasing in severity.
    Flood zones and coastal high risk areas.
    Budget stresses – the rest of the story.

    These topics are critical and growing ever more so, but they are not included in NPR discussions.

    NPR does seem to have blind obsession with the thought that increasing population is a benefit and never discusses the problems, much less the likely travesty that is coming.

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July 31 4 Comments

Widow Of American Ebola Victim Speaks Out

We hear from Decontee Sawyer of Minnesota, whose husband, a Liberian government official, became the first American to die in this outbreak.

July 31 2 Comments

New Novel Tells The Story Of The First Mass School Shooting

On August 1, 1966, a young man started shooting from the clock tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

July 30 Comment

As War And Conflicts Proliferate, Children Become Unwary Victims And Targets

Kids have always suffered during war and crisis, but there's a sense the burden of instability is being increasingly borne by children.

July 30 3 Comments

California Drought: A Central Valley Farmer’s Experience

Last month was the hottest June on Earth since records began in 1880, making the West Coast drought even harder for farmers.