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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
Number of African countries with vaccination rates higher than that of the United States:
Iowa urologists reported that only a minor portion of locker-room teasing arises from “the presence of excess foreskin”; most teasing targets small penises.
A farmer in Surrey, England, was ordered by the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to tear down his cannon-equipped castle, which he had built secretly and then concealed behind hay bales.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”