Instructors Often Pressured to Censor Themselves, Says Professor Scolded for ‘Tea Party’ Email

Rachel Slocum was, until recently, not the kind of high-profile academic who typically turns up in news articles. As an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, her solid career path of teaching and research on urban food systems had a progressive bent that did not stand out too much in the relatively liberal climate of the University of Wisconsin system. And then...
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Blogger Joe Bertoni Honored in 2013 IAFF Media Awards

Blogger Joe Bertoni Honored in 2013 IAFF Media Awards
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Blogger Joe Bertoni, a retired Fairfax County firefighter and member of the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics was honored by the International Association of Fire Fighters 2013 Media Awards. His blog post " Six Ways to Keep Active Retired Members Engaged " was awarded in the Best Blog Post category. Joe is a contributor to the IAFF Frontline Blog. The blog post provided gre...
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Pink Heals Tour Makes Athlete's Village Appearance

Pink Heals Tour Makes Athlete's Village Appearance
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Fairfax County Firefighters were on hand to support women battling cancer. The event was held at the proposed Athlete's Village for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games - the Reston Town Center.   Both firefighters and law enforcement officers joined the national Guardians of the Ribbon, Pink Heals Tour and the local chapter right here in Virginia. The Pink Heals is a national nonprofit wit...
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A Free-Speech Victory at the ‘University of Nike’


The University of Oregon's 'Football Performance Center,' which was paid for by Nike founder (and U of O alum) Phil Knight. (Photo by Wolfram Burner via Flickr )   The “University of Nike” sounds like an institution straight out of a dystopian novel. But that moniker has actually been embraced by the University of Oregon, where Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight is one of the school’s most impo...
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New York City Immigrants Test a New Economic “Bridge”


Lady Liberty welcomes immigrants to New York City, but in reality it's hard for skilled workers to get their foot in the door. (Sgt. Randall. A. Clinton / Flickr   For all the supposed potential of the "American Dream," immigrants in New York City often have a terrible time redeeming its promise. Many arrive in the United States with no financial grounding or burdened by a heap of debt; others can...
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NY man dies in crash days after son killed in fire

The Associated Press NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. — Authorities say a 64-year-old upstate New York man has been killed in a two-vehicle crash just four days after his son died in a house fire. Police in suburban North Greenbush tell the Times Union of Albany that John Hover died at a hospital after his pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle Thursday afternoon. T...
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Small-town mayor plays with fire at residents' expense

You'd think at this point we wouldn't be surprised when a politician goes completely off the rails. Then comes this story out of Onslow, Iowa about its mayor, who up and fired his entire nine-person volunteer fire department. Even with Onslow Mayor Curtis Thornhill's "effective in 30 days" caveat, I'm baffled by the sheer irresponsibility of such a move. According to its own ... Or...
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N.C. asst. chief hospitalized after being mauled by dogs

Winston-Salem Journal DANBURY, N.C. — The assistant chief of the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department is in intensive care at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being mauled by two Labrador retrievers, officials said Thursday. Bobby Jones was attacked about 8 p.m. Wednesday while hunting off Hall Road. He was bitten more than 40 times, WGHP/FOX 8, the newsgathering partner of the Journal,...
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Mo. firefighter dies in vehicle crash

JEROME, Mo. — A firefighter died in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday morning. KY3 reported that firefighter Clarence Huffman, 42, with Rolla Fire and Rescue, died after his 2004 Chevrolet pickup traveled off the left side of a highway, overcorrected and ran off the road. The pickup rolled several times down an embankment and firefighter Huffman was ejected from the car, according to the...
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Va. firefighter faces breaking and entering, vandalism charges

RICHMOND, Va. — A firefighter was charged for breaking and entering and vadalism charges police said were committed on Sept. 11. WTVR reported that Ashley Berry broke into a home during the afternoon last week and vandalized property. Berry, who is a firefighter assigned to Station 14 on the Northside, was also charged with breaking and entering, according to the report. The department said ...
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Retired Md. firefighter charged with abusing minor

The Associated Press TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County Police have charged a retired firefighter with sexual offenses against a minor. Sixty-four-year-old Gregory Hudnet turned himself in to police Wednesday night. He is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, and sexual abuse of a minor — continuing course of conduct. He was released on bond. Officers say last mon...
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Pa. female firefighter gets historic promotion

NBC Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Lisa Forrest may be small in stature, but over the course of her nine year career in the Philadelphia Fire Department, she has had some pretty big accomplishments; the most recent of which, made history. "I worked really hard for it, but you just never know until you know," Forrest said. "So when I found out I was very excited, and yes, just ... Original ...
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Video: Houston Fire Dept. makes dream come true for retired firefighter with Alzheimer's

KHOU.com HOUSTON, Texas — A former Houston Fire Department captain got one last chance to strap on a helmet and climb on board a fire truck on Thursday. Rufus Smith was a captain with the HFD 41 years ago. Smith has been a mentor to local firefighters since retiring. Recently, Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but still dreamed of one last shift at Houston Fire Station 7, his old fir...
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2 Calif. firefighters burned battling house fire

The Associated Press VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Two San Bernardino County firefighters have been burned while taking on a house fire. Department spokesman Eric Sherwin tells the Victorville Daily Press that during an aggressive attack on the fire inside the 3,000-square-foot house, the firefighters both suffered thermal burns. Both left the house under their own power. One had first- and second-d...
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Navy Yard firefighters: Radios failed during shooting

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A union leader for a civilian Navy fire department that responded to the Washington Navy Yard shooting says faulty radios hindered emergency communications among some of the responders. Greg Russell, the union president, said Friday that the radio malfunctions were described to him by multiple firefighters who responded to Monday's massacre. He says that...
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