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From the Arizona Republic:
Buckeye is either at the forefront of homeland-security readiness or under the spell of private-security consultants promising “hands-on” anti-terrorism training in a war zone. The town has spent $25,500 to send employees to Israel to train in anti-terrorism tactics, even as public-safety departments several times its size are keeping training in-house and relying on the state’s counterterrorism center to keep officers prepared. Buckeye officials say the money is an investment in its efforts to secure vulnerable infrastructure as the southwest Valley town of roughly 40,000, known for dairy farms and sprawling housing developments, grows about tenfold by 2030.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage of British elementary-school students who think Isaac Newton discovered fire:
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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