Tropical Storm Florence: Rescue Me (Part 1)

Rescue Boat

By Lynda Bryant Work “In times of disaster, basic connectivity is a form of aid that connects people to the resources critical for survival and enables humanitarian organizations to quickly deliver life-saving information.” -Tae Yoo Hurricane Katrina began a movement of civilian rescuers and relief work largely because the government is proving to be mostly ineffective in a disaster. Talking to those Katrina victims, who had no one to rescue them, it is apparent why citizens turned to one another for help – and why many rescue groups have sprung…

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Hurricane Irma Tears Through The Caribbean Leaving Death And Destruction

By Tyla MacAllister Category 5 Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean Islands Wednesday.  By nightfall at least seven deaths and two injuries had been confirmed. Six of the deaths occurred on the islands of St Martin/Saint Barts and one death was confirmed in Barbuda. The death toll is expected to rise as many areas are still inaccessible. “Barbuda is literally rubble” The island of Barbuda took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma at around 2:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The Barbuda Weather Station recorded sustained wind speeds of 119 miles per…

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Laws Targeting Drug Dealers Have Bipartisan Support, But Will They Work?

photo of a narcotics team with SWAT gear conducting a morning raid on a suspected drug ring's home

by Tony Wyman A new law proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to charge drug dealers with manslaughter when the drugs they sell kill the user has strong support from many who see the state’s opiod crisis as one of the biggest threats facing the Commonwealth. But the bill has some skeptics who think increased jail time has little or no impact on drug abuse. If the law goes into effect, drug dealers responsible for the deaths of users would face a minimum sentence of five years in a state…

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Hurricane Irma Intensifies To Category 5 Heading For Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands And Florida

satellite (black and white) image of Hurricane Irma

by Richard Cameron TALLAHASSEE, FL National Compass is monitoring another tropical storm coming on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, but this one is expected by the National Weather Service to be headed, not toward the Gulf Coast, but towards Florida and possibly Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  Hurricane Irma is already threatening the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is issuing hurricane warnings. Irma has been increased to Category 4 with winds of 140 miles an hour – but they could ramp up even higher, to Category 5 and some…

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