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Urban Terror

- The National Academies and the Russian Academy of Sciences share their experience and advice on fighting urban terrorism.

Pharmaceutical Crimes

- RxPATROL is a Web-based open-source database of pharmaceutical crimes that any registered members of law enforcement, private security, and the pharmacy industry can use.

Pediatric Terrorism

- Pediatricians may not seem like first-responders, but in a terror attack, they would need to be ready to treat children. A new report discusses their roles in disaster preparedness and response.

Defend America

- Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), a homeland security business 'accelerator' that links start-ups with major users of security technology, held a contest for firms developing new technologies in the aid of homeland security. Read the results.

Criminal History

- A new report details how states are using federal money to improve criminal history records. For example, Georgia, Hawaii, and Maine are using the grants to improve the transmission of case information to their central criminal-record repositories.

FDA Database

- The FDA's Food Facilities Registration Database is intended to help the government share warnings of food-borne illnesses, but errors in the contact information were found in a recent test.

Disaster Prevention

- Disaster prevention.

Drug Testing

- Workers in safety-sensitive positions, who must be drug tested, showed record low use in 2006 according to Quest Diagnostics - Drug Testing Index. When random testing is done on the general work force, usage rates are higher - 5.5 percent compared to 1.5 percent.

Counterterrorism

- Terrorism incidents and fatalities, as reported from the State Department for 2006, have risen dramatically worldwide from 2005. Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are among those driving the trend.

Employment

- Employers cannot question the accuracy of job applicants' Social Security numbers, ruled a federal district court. However, employers can ask where they were born and if they filed tax returns.

Workplace Violence

- An employer was wrong to fire a violent bipolar employee, ruled a federal appeals court. Previous courts have ruled that employers need not tolerate violent behavior from any employee.

Rail Security

- Selective screening of rail passengers is unpopular, but San Jose State's Mineta Transportation Institute argues it is the only way to secure the nation's mass transportation systems with the least impact on civil rights and the economy.

Environmental Security

- If global warming causes food and water to become scarce, fragile regimes could collapse, which could abet terrorist groups, says a group of retired military officials.
 




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