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Whittier fire burns structures and forces evacuations northwest of Goleta, CA

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Alamo Fire grows to 23,000 acres near Santa Maria, California

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Teach Em Early

Still waiting for the "outrage" from the community, the politicians, the "revrunds," anyone at all: Chicago police are warning residents of neighborhoods including South Commons and Bronzeville that a group of young kids and teens are...Show More Summary

Boo Hoo

Cry us a river there Prickwrinkle : Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's administration is warning of 10 percent budget reductions if a judge doesn't allow a countywide sweetened beverage tax to take effect by August.In a letter...Show More Summary

More Found Money

And not just a little money either: A growing economy—combined with consumers' desire to have purchases shipped directly to their door—is helping drive up air freight traffic worldwide. City Hall wisely aims to capitalize on the trend.As...Show More Summary

Good Idea? Or Not?

We're pretty sure this failed once here in Chicago : For Jeremy Arn, being a prosecutor in Milwaukee's most dangerous neighborhoods means spending more time on the streets than in court. His officemates are police officers in District...Show More Summary

Training Snowflakes

Memphis is running into problems : The latest class of 150 rookies for the Memphis Police Department may not be ready for the real world when they graduate, according to Local Memphis. Questions are being raised about treatment of new...Show More Summary

Wildfire smoke map, July 8, 2017

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Outstanding photos of Whittier Fire, Southern California

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Evacuation lifted for Peak 2 Fire near Breckenridge

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IMPORTANT - IF YOU KNOW A RETIREE, REACH OUT TO THEM.Phone, social media, e-mail.Of course, this breaks on a Friday night/Saturday morning: Burglary to storage unit at a "facility [that] holds the paper work for police pension". Lock...Show More Summary

July Fire: Evacuations lifted for Landusky

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Federal Gun Case

Now we'll see some real justice....wait, what? A man who sources say sold an assault rifle to gang members — which was then used to shoot two Chicago Police officers last May — was released from federal custody on a $4,500 bond on Wednesday.Charles Williams was arrested and charged in federal court last week with possession of a firearm by a felon. Show More Summary

Protect the Clout!

An interesting game being played once again : Chicago police are seeking to fire a sergeant involved in two fatal shootings in recent years, but the charges deal instead with decade-old allegations that he concealed an arrest while applying to be a cop and moonlighted as a part-owner of a bar while on the force. Show More Summary

Logic Loop

After reading about the new cars yesterday, and all the technology that will allow cops to respond faster that the speed of light to crime scenes, has anyone in the Department or political realm actually thought this through? Shotspotter...Show More Summary

ShotSpotter Fail

Dead body found surrounded by shell casings : A woman was shot to death Thursday evening in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.The 25-year-old was found shot multiple times by officers responding to a call of a person shot about 6:30 p.m. Show More Summary

Firefighters saving pigmy rabbits

I’ve never seen anything quite like this. BLM firefighters save... This is only the beginning of the article. Visit to read the rest.

Electronic Newsgathering, the FAA and Drones

NJ Governor Chris Christie captured by a video drone journalis1 Los Angeles, CA—The FAA is moving at a snail’s pace while drone technology is advancing at supersonic speed. Right now drones manufactured by DJI are totally safe and virtually crash proof. Show More Summary

Frustration? Really?

Rahm, are you reading this? These are the morons you put in charge: The Chicago Police Department says it is conducting "a very comprehensive review" after the city experienced one of its most violent Fourth of July weekends in recent...Show More Summary

New Cars, Old Paint Job

They've been sitting on these cars for months, but they're finally going to hit the Districts : The first batch of new Chicago police squad cars hit city streets Thursday. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the 40 vehicles are another tool to try to curb gun violence.Each of the new police SUV are worth $47,000. Show More Summary

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