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" About 100 firefighters a year die in the line of duty in the U.S. Heart attacks on the job and vehicle accidents on the way to the fires account for about half. The other half are traumatic deaths while fighting fires. "
" After every massacre in a school, Americans grasp at quick cures. 'Let's install metal detectors and give guns to teachers' Let's crack down on troublemakers, weeding out kids who fit the profile of a gunman. Let's buy bulletproof whiteboards for the students to scurry behind, or train kids to throw erasers or cans of soup at an attacker.' "
" Although some Clinton biographers have been quick to label Alinsky a communist, he maintained that he never joined the Communist Party. "
" Because appearing to be fair is part of being fair, most mainstream news organizations discourage marching for causes, displaying political bumper stickers or giving cash to candidates. "
" Cincinnati attracted its first permanent white settlers by flatboat in 1788. It took its name from the Society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary officers. That name came from Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer and general. "
" Even with good maps, there's no guarantee that the public will get the word about landslide hazards, or that state and local governments will take action to discourage or prevent building in dangerous areas. "
" Fans love McGwire for his powerful physique, for his on-field hugs of his son, the part-time bat boy. He is Big Mac, or Paul Bunyan in Cardinals red with a white-ash bat instead of an ax. "
" Firefighters go where they're needed, sometimes ignoring the dangers even when no one is inside a burning building to be saved. "
" Groups that advocate open government have argued that it's vital to know the names of White House visitors, who may have an outsized influence on policy matters. "
" I'm not a person who has people tell me things in parking garages. "
" I'm pretty much a documents reporter. I'm a public records geek. "
" NBC News found that FEMA has redrawn maps even for properties that have repeatedly filed claims for flood losses from previous storms. At least some of the properties are on the secret 'repetitive loss list' that FEMA sends to communities to alert them to problem properties. "
" Nuclear power plants built in the areas usually thought of as earthquake zones, such as the California coastline, have a surprisingly low risk of damage from those earthquakes. Why? They built anticipating a major quake. "
" Sammy Sosa grew up without a father in the back of a converted public hospital in San Pedro de Macoris, a dusty seaside town in the Dominican Republic. His father, Juan Montero, died when Sosa was 5. "
" State and federal laws protect whistle-blowers, those who refuse to do something illegal, and workers who file claims for workers' compensation. "
" The main threads running through the lives of W. A. Clark and his daughter Huguette include the costs of ambition, the burdens of inherited wealth, the fragility of reputation, the folly of judging someone's life from the outside, and the tension between engaging with the world, with all its risks, and keeping a safe distance from danger. "
" The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn't have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions. "
" The scientific effort to inform the public about landslide risks often runs head-on into powerful economic interests. "
" The Secret Service once watched for people who fit the popular profile of dangerousness: the lunatic, the loner, the threatener, the hater. "
" The senior thesis of Hillary D. Rodham, Wellesley College class of 1969, has been speculated about, spun, analyzed, debated, criticized and defended. But rarely has it been read, because for the eight years of Bill Clinton's presidency it was locked away. "
" The term 'triage' normally means deciding who gets attention first. "
" Though some student activists of the 1960s may have idolized Alinsky, he didn't particularly idolize them. "
" Wal-Mart has always paid low wages, or, as Sam Walton put it, 'as little as we could get by with at the time.' "
" Wellesley's president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule with a specific application: The senior thesis of every Wellesley alumna is available in the college archives for anyone to read - except for those written by either a 'president or first lady of the United States.' "
" When Goldberg's 'Liberal Fascism' came out in January 2008, his employer 'National Review Online' announced that Tribune Media Services, which carries Goldberg's opinion columns, had 'nominated' Goldberg for a Pulitzer in commentary. "
" With better gear, firefighters no longer surround and drown a fire - they go in. "
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