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They're called multiple-threat crashes. Now, how do we prevent them? 31.10.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

The car's windshield had spider-web cracks. Long, dark hair was embedded in it. Flip-flops had flown off their owners' feet and landed in the road.

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Friday Fun: Dancing zebras for safer streets 31.10.2014 THE CITY FIX
The streets of La Paz, Bolivia present severe risks for pedestrians. The country’s capital faces rising demand for cars, and has inadequate traffic signs and universally accessible pedestrian infrastructure. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the traffic fatality rate ...
$1.7 million earmarked for Schuylkill trail extension as bridge study continues 31.10.2014 Philly.com News
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CUSTODY BATTLE 31.10.2014 Philly.com News
IT FELT LIKE THE trail had gone cold in the Pocono Mountains, and the townspeople were starting to grumble.
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Crystal Lake offering rewards to report drunken drivers 30.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Crystal Lake offering rewards to report drunken drivers
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Roster of largest TIGER grants, by congressional district 30.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
There's Been A Rise In Bike Fatalities, But That's Not The Whole Story 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A report released Monday by the Governors Highway Safety Association stated the number of bike fatalities in the U.S. increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012. Yet despite the uptick in cyclist deaths -- fatalities went from 621 in 2010 to 680 in 2011 and reached 722 in 2012, according to the report -- active transit advocates argue that in larger context, biking in the U.S. is actually getting safer in terms of fatalities as it becomes more and more popular. As the cycling community blog Bike Portland notes, the report " [assesses] the risk of biking by tallying the number of times somebody died, rather than considering the probability that somebody would die ." The report and its author, Dr. Allan Williams, acknowledge the catch. Williams, a former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, told NPR on Monday that the main reason for the increase in cycling fatalities was simple: More people are biking . The longstanding challenge to adding such context to numbers like the GHSA's ...
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Two Years On, Remembering The Raw Devastation Left Behind By A Hurricane 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hurricane Sandy swept along the New Jersey coastline with a fury that left little in its wake. The storm devastated my hometown. I set out with a camera days after, instructed by my professors at Columbia Journalism School to hunt down the "biggest story of the year." The scene was set, but I was overwhelmed. There were so many options and different avenues to pursue. I drove to the beach, my go-to destination for a quiet calm, but this time around things were different. Asbury Park and Belmar looked like they had their throats ripped out. Everywhere I went, trash and debris littered the landscape. Boardwalks had been wrenched off their pylons, homes and stores sat with shattered windows, sagging under their own weight; the remnants of beachside life were scattered with reckless abandon. It was a depressing sight. I drove from one town to the next, encountering barricades, police, the National Guard in their camouflage Humvees. Everything everywhere was a mess. Lots of piles of garbage. Big piles of ...
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Meet 3 People Working To Ensure The Next Hurricane Sandy Doesn't Take Such A Terrible Toll 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast on Oct. 29, 2012, devastating much of New York City and southern New Jersey, countless people volunteered to help those in need. As we mark the second anniversary of the storm, The Huffington Post is spotlighting three individuals whose commitment was evident from the moment they joined the immediate recovery response, and who today show no signs of slowing down. Nathan Kleinman, Pablo Benson and Devin Balkin joined Occupy Sandy , the recovery effort spearheaded by former Occupy Wall Street organizers , to provide food, water and clothing to locals displaced from their homes. Two years later, the rebuilding efforts are far from finished . But these guys are still at it. Each of them has helped guide one of the various spinoff groups on the Occupy Sandy Project Spokescouncil , a collection of affiliated efforts aimed at not only providing continued assistance to Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey, but also preparing the states and their people to better ...
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New York Street Renamed In Honor Of Late Hero Who Saved 6 People During Superstorm Sandy 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nearly two years after his death, a Hurricane Sandy hero who helped rescue others during the storm now has a street named in his honor. Dylan Smith, a lifeguard and passionate surfer, left the shelter of his own home in Belle Harbor during the 2012 storm, and helped ferry six people to safety along with Mike McDonnell, a neighbor who built a homemade bridge out of rope. Tragically, Smith drowned in an apparent surfing accident in Puerto Rico just two months later. Now, on the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the community Smith helped save has named a street after him. During a ceremony on Saturday, community leaders renamed the corner of Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue to " Dylan Smith Way ," reported the Rockaway Times. It's "Way" instead of "Street" joked Dylan's mom , Mary, during the ceremony, because Dylan had to have things his way. Back in 2012, as Hurricane Sandy cut a destructive path through the New York area, Smith showed incredible bravery in the face of danger. "I was trying to ...
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5 Ideas for Protecting New York From The Next Sandy (Some Of Which Are A Little Nuts) 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s been two years since Superstorm Sandy, and much of New York City is still vulnerable to flooding from storm surges. And as global sea levels continue to rise, that flooding risk will only increase. While Sandy caused around $19 billion in damages and economic losses in New York City, the same storm would cost the city $90 billion in 2050 , according to a recent analysis by the city government. According to city risk assessments, 400,000 people already live in an area that has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year. There are a number of proposed solutions for this ever-worsening problem, ranging from the practical to the whimsical. The Huffington Post took a look at some of the proposed solutions (including some conceived even before Sandy brought attention to the issue), as well as the official recommendations of the New York City Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, a Bloomberg administration effort to build a more resilient city post-Sandy . While some of these ideas may ...
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These Images Show Just How Much Some Neighborhoods Were Changed By Hurricane Sandy 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy two years ago, shocking photos showed the huge extent of the destruction caused by the storm. Only days after the storm struck, before and after satellite images from Google revealed the widespread damage to coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. Last year, before and after photos showed progress but still a lot of work to be done. This Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the storm, and we hope to again capture the progress that has been made rebuilding in New York and New Jersey. The following GIFs show pre-Sandy satellite images, followed by immediately post-Sandy images and finally what the shoreline looks like in the most recent satellite photos. Hurricane Sandy is estimated to have caused $65 billion in damages in the United States and was responsible for the deaths of 182 people. Efforts to rebuild and prepare for future storms are still ongoing. Far Rockaway, NY. July 18, 2011 - Nov. 1, 2012 - July 1, 2014 Mantoloking, NJ. Sept. 20, 2010 - Nov. 3, 2012 - ...
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What New York City Can Learn From Its Relationship With The Sea 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Can New York City survive the sea? This is the question Ted Steinberg, a Case Western Reserve University professor, poses in his recent book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York . From the days when Mannahatta island was home to the indigenous Lenape tribe to today's five-borough metropolis that houses more than 8 million people, one thing has remained constant: the story of New York City cannot be separated from water. The city received a painful reminder of this two years ago when Hurricane Sandy struck the region, killing dozens, causing billions in damage and paralyzing the city's transportation system. Sandy's record-setting 13-foot storm surge revealed the vulnerability of Lower Manhattan in an era of rising sea levels . The Huffington Post spoke with Steinberg about the city's aquatic history and what the future may hold for Gotham. What first prompted you to study New York City’s ecological history and its relationship with the sea? First, simple intellectual curiosity ...
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Safer cities for the Asian Century 29.10.2014 THE CITY FIX
With the next few decades expected to witness to Asia’s swift rise in economic and political influence, the eyes of the world have focused on Asian cities as the engines of this growth. Last month’s Asian Development Bank Transport Forum ...
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As economy improves, L.A. and O.C. rise in traffic congestion rankings 28.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Several years ago, it looked as if the Los Angeles-Orange county area had finally shaken its reputation as the king of congestion.
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Local Briefs 26.10.2014 Durango Herald
Cattlemen group to meet MondayThe La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building, 2500 Main Ave.Michael Jewell, a group member and an attorney from the Denver area, will attend with Dana Eismeier, who will give a presentation on the top ways to...
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Cycling in the cities: Seven Minnesota inventions for bike enthusiasts here and around the globe 25.10.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Tony Webster It’s great to be a cyclist in the Twin Cities.  As everyone knows by now, it’s great to be a cyclist in the Twin Cities. From folks ditching their cars for bikes , to Minneapolis and St. Paul creating nation-leading bikeway plans , pedal power has a lot of momentum here. As transit-oriented development hits its stride along the Green Line and other key corridors, the bicycle looks to figure even more prominently into our local transit mix. The Twin Cities isn’t only a leader in bicycle use, however, but also a major innovator in bicycle design and technology. The seven inventions profiled below have, or will have, an impact on the local and global cycling industry. And the pace of innovation shows no sign of slowing down. Bicycle maintenance Park Tool: Bike repair stands Two generations ago, repairing a bike meant getting on your hands and knees. No more. In 1963, cycling-crazy St. Paulites Howard Hawkins and Art Engstrom invented the world’s first bicycle repair stand, Model PRS-1 ...
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Local Briefs 24.10.2014 Durango Herald
Building permit process to changeIn an effort to ensure compliance with agency agreements between the city of Durango and the Durango Fire Protection District, the city building permit application process has changed. Effective immediately, all building permit submissions made to the city of Durango will need to have:Proof that...
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Northstar train strikes and kills pedestrian in Elk River 23.10.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

A Northstar commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian in Elk River Wednesday.

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Man struck by Northstar train in Elk River dies 23.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The pedestrian was walking in an area not meant for pedestrians at about 6:30 p.m. when he was hit.
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