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Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 09 August 2016
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:41

A Note From Sheriff Mike Scott:

In the face of continued
protests and intolerable violence
against Law Enforcement
Officers across our nation, I
sent this message to each and
every certified member of our
DO NOT compromise officer
safety over the
ginned up controversy
of current events;
wherein some suggest
that Law Enforcement
Officers are the problem
in our country
when it comes to
s...hooting deaths.
born of groups like
“Black Lives Matter”
who predictably jump
to conclusions and
pour into the streets
mere moments after
certain incidents; refusing to
wait for evidence, facts, or the
rule of law. Controversy born of
hypocrites who express instant,
under-informed outrage in the
comparatively rare instance of
a white cop shooting a black
citizen and virtual apathy when
a black citizen shoots another
black citizen; the latter being
the trend in an overwhelming
majority of black deaths in cities
across this country. Sadly, the
hypocrisy of “Black Lives Matter”
is that black lives apparently
matter far more if a white
cop is involved; despite thousands
of black lives lost to
members of the same race in
neighborhoods across the U.S.
You are part of a noble
and very difficult profession…a
profession that poses life or
death decisions in split seconds;
regardless of race, religion,
gender, or anything else.
A profession that is respected
by a quiet majority and criticized
by a vocal minority. A profession
that becomes far more
difficult when hacks like Minnesota
Governor Mark Dayton
rush to judgement and apparently
learn nothing from the fallacies
of Ferguson.
You are well trained and
well equipped, and my message
to you is stay safe. Stay
safe despite a handful of
elected misleaders and activists
who ignite and fan the
flames of racism by picking
and choosing which lives
matter more to them depending
on ethnicity alone.
Stay safe in the dangerous
arena of public safety
where all lives matter;
starting with yours.
These are increasingly
difficult times to be a law
enforcement or corrections
officer; however, we are
the last line of defense between
good and evil. Stay
safe and always review
your training. Stay safe and always
revert to your training.
Stay safe and never hesitate to
do that which is necessary to
reduce the chances of another
name being added to the ever
growing list of officers killed in
the line-of-duty.
Mike Scott
Sheriff of Lee County

Published in General/Features

A blast of sweltering heat
sweept across the United States
over the past ten days, and some
places will see temperatures as
much as 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit
(5.6 to 8.3 degrees Celsius)
above average for this
time of year, according to
the National Weather Service.
Hot weather in
July/August is to be expected,
of course — after
all, it's the middle of summer
— but a so-called heat
dome is kicking these hot
and humid temperatures up
a notch.
A heat dome happens
when a "dome" of
high pressure traps hot air
underneath it, said Mike
Musher, a meteorologist at
the NWS' Weather Prediction
Center in College Park,
Maryland. What we have
seen the past week was an
enormous dome that enveloped
much of the Midwest
before moving toward
the East Coast he said.]This dome formed largely
because the jet stream passing over
the U.S.-Canada border prevented
cooler air from pushing southward,
Musher said. "During the summer
months, with the jet typically so far
north and not much cold air to dig
into the united states, it's natural
for these large high pressure systems
to develop," he said.
Much of the country felt
scorching temperatures the past
two weeks, according to weather
prediction maps published by the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA). In Minneapolis,
for example, the average
temperature on July 21 is 84 degrees
F (29 degrees Celsius),
Musher said. But last weekend, it
was in the mid- to high 90s Fahrenheit
(about 35 to 37 degrees Celsius),
he said.
By as the heat dome moved
eastward,, some relief was felt as,
temperatures in parts of the Midwest
dropped to the 80s.But the
heat will continue to sizzle some
areas and may return with a
vengeance. Last Sunday, temperatures
hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit
(37 degrees Celsius) in several
states, including parts of Kansas,
Texas, South Carolina and Georgia,
according to NOAA's weather prediction
Heat domes aren't rare, but
this one appears to have produced
the first sizable heat wave of the
summer, Musher said.
Weather and government
officials advised people to stay
cool as the heat dome makes its
way across the country. Even President
Barack Obama tweeted,
"This map says it all. Stay safe as it
heats up: Drink water, stay out of
the sun and check on
your neighbors."
The White House
issued a statement asking
people to be
watchful of heat exhaustion
including heavy sweating;
skin that is cold
and pale; nausea; or
vomiting. Likewise,
heat stroke symptoms
include high body temperature;
skin that is
red, hot and dry; or
even unconsciousness,
according to the government.
Moreover, it's important
to check on infants,
young children
and the elderly, who
are less efficient at regulating
internal body
temperature than
adults are, the statement said. But
even adults should take care to
wear light-colored and loose-fitting
clothing, refrain from strenuous exercise,
and drink plenty of water,
the National Weather Service recommended.
Science Live

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