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AFGE Tells VA Secretary Which VA Executives Managers to Fire: Huh?

By Bob Gilson, FedSmith.com Last week, the Washington Post reported that the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had, in essence, solicited a list of the executives and managers that the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 17, (the union) thought should be fired. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Fires Back at the New York Times

The New York Times had a bombshell on its hands the other day: the paper of record reported that government investigators had asked the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal charges in relation to the emails Hillary Clinton kept on a private server. Show More Summary

Actor Dead at 54 After Drowning Incident

A little more than a week after what has been called a “near-drowning incident” July 20 put him in a coma, actor Sean Malone is dead. Us magazine reports that the Boston Fire Department confirmed the death of the 54-year-old,...

Idaho Cyclist Answers Nature’s Call, Starts Wildfire

Photograph via Boise Fire Department/Twitter A 73-acre fire in the Boise Foothills of Idaho ignited last week when a cyclist relieved himself then burned his toilet paper, a fairly common practice in the backcountry. According to CBS...Show More Summary

'Gone Baby Gone' Actor Sean Malone Dead At 54 After Near-Drowning Incident

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say an actor who had roles in "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Fighter" has died more than a week after he was pulled from the water at a Boston beach. Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald says 54-year-old Sean Malone died Wednesday night at a hospital. Show More Summary

Who (or What) Is to Blame for UFC 190?s Nonexistent Marketing Campaign?

(Photo via André Durão/Globo.) By Santino DeFranco Did Ronda Rousey anger the UFC gods, or is somebody in the marketing department getting fired? What the hell is Rousey, the UFC’s cash cow up until a quaint little Irishman stole her...Show More Summary

Valerie Harper Rushed to the Hospital After Falling Ill Before a Performance

Valerie Harper was rushed to a hospital before a performance of her musical Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine on Wednesday evening (July 29). ET reports that the fire department received a call for a 75-year-old actress backstage and unconscious. The artistic director also told the audience that [...]

House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

The House voted Wednesday to cut workplace protections for Department of Veterans Affairs employees and extend their probationary period, making it easier to fire new staffers. The “VA Accountability Act of 2015” was approved with a 256 – 170 vote, largely, though not strictly, along party lines, despite a White House veto threat. Rep. Jeff […]

Twitter Reacts as Rumours of Karim Benzema's Arsenal Move Start to Crumble

Fans and critics around the world appear to have reached a consensus this summer: Arsenal can make a legitimate title challenge in 2015-16, but they need a truly world-class striker to fire in the goals department (no offence, Olivier). Show More Summary

Chicago's top cop recommends officer be fired over 2011 shooting

Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has recommended that an officer be fired for lying about his role in an off-duty shooting nearly four years ago, a department source said Wednesday.

House Roll Call: Veterans Affairs Accountability Act

The 256-170 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed the VA Accountability Act, making it easier to fire or demote employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill. Voting yes were 16 Democrats...Show More Summary

House approves bill to make it easier to fire VA workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a bill making it easier to fire or demote hundreds of thousands of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as lawmakers expressed continued frustration at the slow pace of change at the beleaguered agency. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Show More Summary

911 Dispatcher Resigns After Hanging Up On Teen Helping Dying Friend

yesterdayNews : Vice News

The Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher who in June allegedly failed to assist a distressed teen calling to report that her friend had been shot at a party resigned on Tuesday. A redacted recording of the 911 call that took placeShow More Summary

911 Operator Tells Caller to ‘Deal With It Yourself’ While Gunshot Victim Dies

2 days agoNews : Mediaite

A 17-year-old gunshot victim died after an Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher hung up on the teenager's frantic friends.

911 Operator Hangs Up on Caller with Dying Friend

An Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher has been reassigned after he allegedly refused to help a distraught woman asking for assistance on a 911 call as her friend was dying after being shot, fire officials said. In audio releasedShow More Summary

Charlotte Fire Department gets upgraded

From the CFD’s press release: The Charlotte Fire Department has received a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The Class 1 rating means business owners, residents and visitors to Charlotte can count on superior fire protection. It is also one of the factors used to determine fire insurance […]

A Practical Solution: Run Police Departments Like Fire Departments

Do you lie awake at night in constant fear a fire will break out and nothing will be done to put it out? For the 99% of the population not suffering from pyrophobia or a similar neurosis, the answer to that question is "no," even though firefighters aren't patrolling the streets in their big red trucks. Show More Summary

Riverside Plane Crash Update: Pilot Aboard Cessna Airplane Is Pronounced Dead

Breaking News Update: According to police and fire department investigators of the Riverside plane crash on Sunday, the pilot of the aircraft that went down in a residential neighborhood has died, citing a KTLA report. Captain Tim Odebralski with the local fire and rescue department said the aviation incident took place about 5 p.m. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Calls For Macy’s Boycott — Because Of Planned Parenthood, Or Simple Vengeance?

Donald Trump is firing back at Macy’s, the department store chain that once carried his line of clothing. Macy’s and Donald Trump broke ties after Trump claimed that Mexican immigrants are mostly rapists, drug dealers, and criminals....Show More Summary

Hundreds of firefighters battle wildfire on Palomar Mountain

 More than 425 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection continued to battle a brushfire in steep and virtually inaccessible terrain on Palomar Mountain on Saturday, with smoke visible in northern San Diego County and southern Riverside...

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