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House's 'SAFE' Act Threatens Support for Immigration Reform

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

True immigration reform cannot be achieved if creating this road comes at the cost of giving up or undermining our most cherished civil rights.

A Matter of Sanity

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.20.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.

It's Dangerous to Chase the Moon: 9 Things Every Cyclist Should Know

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

On the way back I was reminded of how little regard both motorists and pedestrians have for cyclists. These near misses and behaviors motivated me to highlight the following safety reminders for cyclists maneuvering in a city yet to fully embrace our presence on the road.

We Must Affirm Detroit as a Safe City

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.10.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

Neighborhood revitalization is the key to Detroit's transformation. Our city will never truly be transformed until we can affirm it as a safe city.

About Those Startling Government Phone Alerts That You Never Signed Up for

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.06.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

There are many people who would be thrilled to assist the police and keep an eye out for dangerous, criminal activities. But by taking an opt-out only approach, this program might end up driving away the very people that could help stop the next tragedy from occurring.

A Communications Network Worthy of Our First Responders

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

FirstNet is going to make sure we minimize any chance for communications failures during emergencies. Sadly, though, we have seen what happens when our first responders can't communicate, most notably on September 11, 2001.

Stress, Trauma, Loss, Rage

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

What if we looked at violence in America as a public health crisis rather than a crime problem? What if we look for promising practices and expanded the ones that work to eliminate the epidemic of violence that keeps our graveyards, jails, and prisons full?

The Bloomberg Administration's Attack on the Judiciary

Bill de Blasio | Posted 08.03.2013 | New York
Bill de Blasio

The Bloomberg administration's attack on the judiciary signals a disturbing new track by the mayor and his team as they continue to cling to the notion that stop-and-frisk in its current form is being applied appropriately.

No Safe Bets in Mayoral Race

Tom Allon | Posted 07.31.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

What is the single most important thing a mayor does? Of course, it's public safety and there's little we've heard from the present field of leading Democratic contenders that offers comfort.

Your Mobile Device: Accomplice, Not Antagonist

Peggy Johnson | Posted 07.10.2013 | Technology
Peggy Johnson

Context awareness adapts to the user's interests and preferences so only the most important data will flash across the screen. The technology makes the phone smarter about you and becomes an ally which is ever more important in our technology-overloaded lives.

Five Factors in Balancing Privacy and Protection

Rick Collins | Posted 07.09.2013 | Crime
Rick Collins

Even those of us concerned about the escalating level of public electronic surveillance must be thankful for the video surveillance cameras that captured the suspects and helped crack the case. But how far is too far?

The Things That Work to Curb Gun Violence

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

The children that were lost in Newtown were our children. The children that are lost to gun violence in neighborhoods throughout America are our children. And the lives that we can save tomorrow are our children's lives.

Do More Gun Laws Lead to Fewer Gun Deaths?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

A study just released in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that the states with the most firearm legislation have fewer deaths from guns than the states with the least firearm legislation. But is having more laws the cause?

We Must Reduce the Number of Crime Victims in Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.30.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I am concerned that there are not sufficient strategies in place to reduce the number of crime victims in Detroit and change the perception that Detroit is not a safe city. In my view, there are 10 strategies to achieve the goal.

Think You’re Safe At A Coffee Shop? Think Again

Pando Daily | Posted 01.22.2013 | Technology

The next time you’re in a coffee shop sipping a Chai latte, availing yourself of the free Wi-Fi, remember this: The private messages you are sending...

WATCH: Arianna On Why It's So Difficult To Get Sensible Gun Laws Passed

Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

Arianna Huffington made a guest appearance Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." The topic: Gun control in America. During her interview from ...

Do Gun Bans Work?

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.08.2013 | Crime
Paul Heroux

When you hear the pundits or politicians on TV talking about the only or the best way to reduce gun violence, ask yourself if you have heard the person talk about the different types of gun violence. Not all gun violence is the same.

Bullets for Gun Control

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that weapons like the ever-popular Bushmaster model used in the Sandy Hook massacre have any legitimate use in civilian hands is the effective marketing of a money-making fantasy. Which matters more to us: the money to be made selling guns, or the lives of our children?

Pundits, Get Real! Not All Gun Crimes (and Solutions) Are the Same

Paul Heroux | Posted 03.02.2013 | Crime
Paul Heroux

There are different types of gun violence, just like there are different types of diseases. And just like difference types of diseases and illnesses, there are different approaches to reduce gun violence.

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.

Preventing Impaired Driving During the Holidays

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Sometimes it seems as if holiday celebrations and booze are inexorably intertwined, that seasonal parties and alcohol go together like milk and cookies and Santa and his sleigh.

How Innocent People Get Into Legal Trouble: It's Easier Than You Think

Saul Segan | Posted 01.20.2013 | Crime
Saul Segan

Sometimes trying to be noble and "take the heat" for a friend or family member will prove catastrophic.

Mr. President: Don't Forget the Back Burner

Chris Meyer | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

While policymakers in D.C are currently focused on keeping the country from falling off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year, we want to make sure that the White House doesn't forget about some items sitting on the back burner. These are items that are very important to American consumers.

Getting the Lights Is a Priority

Gary A. Brown | Posted 11.09.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

There are 88,000 street lights operated by the city. More than half of these are out on any given day. I believe most Detroiters want their lights on, regardless of who repairs them.

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.