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November 2009 Blog Posts (21)


USFRA Staff
In-depth coverage of the ambush on Wash. police officers (see video)

Authorities identified the victims as Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; Officer Ronald Owens, 37; Officer Tina Griswold, 40; and Officer Greg Richards, 42. Police have named Maurice Clemmons in connection with the ambush at a coffee shop near Tacoma in Pierce County.



The four victims of Sunday morning's shooting were veteran officers who brought a range of talents to the fledgling Lakewood Police Department when it was created in 2004, according to Lakewood Police Chief Bret… Continue

Added by Capt. D Lewis on November 30, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Four Washington police officers slain

Police looking for person in police shootings



AP – In this photo provided by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department shows Maurice Clemmons, person of interest …



PARKLAND, Wash. – Investigators identified a man with an extensive criminal past as a "person of interest" in the ambush on four police officers, who were shot to death Sunday morning at a coffee shop.



Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer told reporters that Maurice… Continue

Added by Capt. D Lewis on November 29, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments


USFRA Staff
A Look at Area Volunteer Fire Departments

Mayor Harter is considering a switch from a full time to a volunteer fire department in a effort to cut costs.



It's a decision many surrounding communities have already made, but the difference is a question of size.



The Onalaska Fire Department has a mix of full time and volunteer firefighters while La Crescent depends solely on volunteer firefighters. La Crosse is a larger community, so switching to a volunteer department won't be without some… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on November 28, 2009 at 8:10am — No Comments

Special Unit to police the police - GREAT IDEA

Nova Scotia cops won't be investigating their own next year.



Justice Minister Ross Landry announced that Nova Scotia is developing an independent investigative unit focusing on serious incidents — death, serious injury or public interest matters — involving police in this province.



This new unit "brings our justice system to a level of accountability that Nova Scotians have asked for," Mr. Landry said at a news conference at RCMP headquarters in Halifax this… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 26, 2009 at 6:51am — No Comments

Party Crashers at Obama's Dinner?

Two people without invitations crashed President Obama's first White House state dinner, the U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday.



The Secret Service confirmed a Washington Post report that the couple who crashed Tuesday night's dinner were Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The Post described the couple as polo-playing socialites from northern Virginia.



A Secret Service checkpoint "did not follow proper procedures" to determine if the two were on the guest list for the dinner,…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 26, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Homes evacuated-UK

Around 150 people were evacuated from their homes after a huge blaze at a building site spread to several blocks of flats.



A firefighter at the scene of the blaze in Peckham



A firefighter at the scene of the blaze in Peckham



Around 150 people were evacuated from their homes after a huge blaze at a building site spread to several blocks of flats.



More than 125 firefighters were tackling the blaze in Peckham, south-east London, which spread rapidly in… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 26, 2009 at 6:28am — No Comments

Amazing Hero

CALGARY — This week, for the second time in his life, Geordie Murray ran inside a burning home to lead victims to safety.



The 19-year-old was driving past a duplex late Monday when he spotted black smoke pouring out of the windows.



Murray slammed on his truck's brakes and ran to the house, yelling "fire" as smoke billowed.



The smoke detector downstairs was going off, but two men inside the suites were asleep, Murray said. It was around 11:30…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 26, 2009 at 6:26am — No Comments

" Developmental Disabilities "

Throughout history, people with developmental disabilities have been viewed as incapable and incompetent in their capacity for decision-making and development. Nothing could be further from the truth. With modern advances in adaptive and medical technologies, the differently-abled members of our society are leading healthier, more fulfilling lives and enjoying a longer life expectancy. I like to use the acronym TAB "Temporarily Able-Bodied," as a reminder that many people will develop… Continue

Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on November 21, 2009 at 7:59am — 1 Comment

One Killed in Navy Bus Crash

The driver of an SUV involved in a fiery crash with a National Defence Navy bus near Halifax, N.S. has died, police have confirmed.



The head-on crash happened on a two-lane stretch of Hwy. 107 about 1 kilometre south of Cole Harbour around 9:45 a.m. local time Friday morning.



By the time police arrived, both the SUV and the bus were engulfed in flames.



Police found several witnesses that were helping the three men that were in the bus, and believe the…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 20, 2009 at 2:39pm — 1 Comment

Detainee treatment a concern 'for some time'

The treatment of detainees at the hands of their Afghan captors has been a concern "for some time," and Ottawa wants to help that government improve its human rights record, says Defence Minister Peter MacKay.



"The issue around the handling of detainees by Afghans...has been of concern for some time," he told reporters at a news conference in Halifax on Friday.



MacKay said Ottawa routinely compares notes with other NATO countries to see how they transfer detainees to…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Latest H1N1 news

Asthma A Significant Risk Factor For Complications In Children With H1N1



A new study on pediatric H1N1 influenza admissions has found that asthma is a significant risk factor for severe disease in children with pandemic H1N1 compared with the seasonal flu. The study (http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/rapidpdf/cmaj.091724), led by researchers from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario, is published online in… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 20, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Blocking Tissue Stiffening Enzyme Could Be Key To Preventing Aggressive Cancers

A team of scientists from the US and the UK have shown that blocking an enzyme called lysyl oxidase (LOX) that causes tissue to stiffen reduces the likelihood of abnormal but non-malignant breast tissue turning into tumors, suggesting that LOX and similar enzymes could be new targets for effective anti-cancer drug therapies.



The study was the work of co-author Dr Janine Erler from The Institute of Cancer Research in the UK and colleagues and was published online in the journal…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 20, 2009 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
Missing DeLeon Springs Boy Found Safe After 6-Hour Search

Late Thursday night, volunteers and emergency crews rescued a 5-year-old Volusia County boy who was lost in some dense woods for more than six hours.



More than 40 deputies along with dozens volunteers were just beginning their search for Kaleb Carreli after he became lost when he chased his dog into the woods near his home in DeLeon Springs.



Once he was found safe, the crowd of volunteers and deputies cheered as Kaleb Carreli was taken to a waiting ambulance. The boy had… Continue

Added by Capt. D Lewis on November 20, 2009 at 6:11am — No Comments


Fire Editor
34th Annual Great American Smokeout Today

Today is the Great American Smokeout. Its the 34th year for the national campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Smokers are encouraged to kick the habit for at least 24-hours with the hopes they'll quit for good. 11 million smokers are expected to take part today.



The less you smoke, the more birthdays you'll have, says the American Cancer Society as it encourages smokers to quit on Thursday, the day of the 34th Great American… Continue

Added by Tony Thomas on November 19, 2009 at 10:09am — No Comments


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Fla. State Of Emergency As Ida Churns Closer

Gulf Coast residents hunkered down at home and in shelters Monday as a rare late-season tropical storm headed their way, bringing with it the potential for high winds, flooding and up to 8 inches of rain in some places.



After a quiet Atlantic storm season, people took the year's first serious threat in stride.



"We can ride it out right here," said T.J. Covacevich, 50, who wore a "Hurricane Hunter" T-shirt as he tied down his powerboat in a Biloxi, Miss.,… Continue

Added by Tony Thomas on November 9, 2009 at 10:33pm — No Comments


USFRA Staff
GI Bill: Use it or Lose it

Your GI Bill is worth over $49,000. This money is not a loan and can be used to pay for a college degree or professional certificate. Take these two steps to use it before you lose it.



1. Find Military Friendly Schools that offer college credit for military service and flexible schedules.



2. Get the GI Bill Guide to learn how to use your benefits.



Don't let your GI Bill go to waste.

Find Military Friendly… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on November 9, 2009 at 10:08pm — No Comments


Fire Editor
Hurricane Ida Weakens, Gulf Still On Warning

The first hurricane this year to threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast weakened early Monday but could still pack hurricane-strength winds and storm surges when it hits the shore overnight.



Despite warnings extending more than 200 miles across several states, residents seemed to take the first Atlantic hurricane to target the U.S. this season in stride.



There were no immediate plans for mandatory evacuations.



"Even though we're telling everybody to be… Continue

Added by Tony Thomas on November 9, 2009 at 7:54am — No Comments

Veterans Day-Armistice Day







Observance



Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 8, 2009 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Hurricane Ida-WARNING

Hurricane Ida, the first Atlantic hurricane to target the United States this year, plodded Sunday toward the Gulf Coast with 105 mph winds, bringing the threat of flooding and storm surges.



A hurricane watch extended over more than 200 miles of coastline across southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Louisiana's governor declared a state of emergency.



Authorities said Ida could make landfall as early as Tuesday morning, although it was… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 8, 2009 at 9:24pm — 3 Comments

In Flanders Fields

November 11th, Remembrance Day.....Remember all our soldiers past, present and future!











In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.



We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on November 7, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

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