Inspirational Quotes from Bill Dedman

After every massacre in a school, Americans grasp at quick cures. ‘Let’s install metal detectors and give guns to teachers’ Let’s crack down on troublemakers, weeding out kids who fit the profile of a gunman. Let’s buy bulletproof whiteboards for the students to scurry behind, or train kids to throw erasers or cans of soup at an attacker.’

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William Andrews Clark was caught in a bribery scandal during a campaign for the U.S. Senate – he was said to describe the Montana legislators this way: ‘I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale.’

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Firefighters go where they’re needed, sometimes ignoring the dangers even when no one is inside a burning building to be saved.

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With better gear, firefighters no longer surround and drown a fire – they go in.

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Even with good maps, there’s no guarantee that the public will get the word about landslide hazards, or that state and local governments will take action to discourage or prevent building in dangerous areas.

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The scientific effort to inform the public about landslide risks often runs head-on into powerful economic interests.

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Cincinnati attracted its first permanent white settlers by flatboat in 1788. It took its name from the Society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary officers. That name came from Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer and general.

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J’eet jet?’ is still the standard way for a Pittsburgher to ask if you’re ready for a meal, but the meal itself is no longer limited to chipped ham and an Iron City beer.

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NBC News found that FEMA has redrawn maps even for properties that have repeatedly filed claims for flood losses from previous storms. At least some of the properties are on the secret ‘repetitive loss list’ that FEMA sends to communities to alert them to problem properties.

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I’m pretty much a documents reporter. I’m a public records geek.

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I’m pretty much a documents reporter. I’m a public records geek.

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More than 30 of America’s 100 nuclear power reactors have the same brand of General Electric reactors or containment system used in Fukushima.

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About 100 firefighters a year die in the line of duty in the U.S. Heart attacks on the job and vehicle accidents on the way to the fires account for about half. The other half are traumatic deaths while fighting fires.

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Sammy Sosa grew up without a father in the back of a converted public hospital in San Pedro de Macoris, a dusty seaside town in the Dominican Republic. His father, Juan Montero, died when Sosa was 5.

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The senior thesis of Hillary D. Rodham, Wellesley College class of 1969, has been speculated about, spun, analyzed, debated, criticized and defended. But rarely has it been read, because for the eight years of Bill Clinton’s presidency it was locked away.

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Because appearing to be fair is part of being fair, most mainstream news organizations discourage marching for causes, displaying political bumper stickers or giving cash to candidates.

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The term ‘triage’ normally means deciding who gets attention first.

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Wal-Mart has always paid low wages, or, as Sam Walton put it, ‘as little as we could get by with at the time.’

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New flood maps in many states have raised the estimation of flood risks along rivers, streams and oceans, adding many properties to flood zones for the first time.

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State and federal laws protect whistle-blowers, those who refuse to do something illegal, and workers who file claims for workers’ compensation.

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Nuclear power plants built in the areas usually thought of as earthquake zones, such as the California coastline, have a surprisingly low risk of damage from those earthquakes. Why? They built anticipating a major quake.

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The Secret Service once watched for people who fit the popular profile of dangerousness: the lunatic, the loner, the threatener, the hater.

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Fans love McGwire for his powerful physique, for his on-field hugs of his son, the part-time bat boy. He is Big Mac, or Paul Bunyan in Cardinals red with a white-ash bat instead of an ax.

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Wellesley’s president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule with a specific application: The senior thesis of every Wellesley alumna is available in the college archives for anyone to read – except for those written by either a ‘president or first lady of the United States.’

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Although some Clinton biographers have been quick to label Alinsky a communist, he maintained that he never joined the Communist Party.

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Though some student activists of the 1960s may have idolized Alinsky, he didn’t particularly idolize them.

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When Goldberg’s ‘Liberal Fascism’ came out in January 2008, his employer ‘National Review Online’ announced that Tribune Media Services, which carries Goldberg’s opinion columns, had ‘nominated’ Goldberg for a Pulitzer in commentary.

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The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn’t have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions.

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Groups that advocate open government have argued that it’s vital to know the names of White House visitors, who may have an outsized influence on policy matters.

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The main threads running through the lives of W. A. Clark and his daughter Huguette include the costs of ambition, the burdens of inherited wealth, the fragility of reputation, the folly of judging someone’s life from the outside, and the tension between engaging with the world, with all its risks, and keeping a safe distance from danger.

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I’m not a person who has people tell me things in parking garages.

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I am not one to seek simple causes.

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I’m not in the what-people-feel business. It is not my place to guess.

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In more than 500 instances, from the Gulf of Alaska to Bar Harbor, Maine, FEMA has remapped waterfront properties from the highest-risk flood zone, saving the owners as much as 97 percent on the premiums they pay into the financially strained National Flood Insurance Program.

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FEMA says that it does not factor in previous losses into its decisions on applications to redraw the flood zones.

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In New York, FEMA granted the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club’s request to be remapped from the high-risk flood zone in August 2012 – just two months before the club was damaged and its outbuildings destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which stacked up yachts at its docks like pick-up sticks.

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Jason McDermott can be the most ingratiating young man: a born politician.

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The real Representative McDermott said Jason McDermott is no relation. The Congressman does have a son, but his name is James and he does not live in the Midwest.

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Jason McDermott’s political career, however bogus, appears to have had an early and promising start.

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In the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, farmer-legislators write the agriculture laws.

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Like most other states, Illinois has little regulation of the economic interests of legislators and relies on public disclosure to keep the lawmaking honest.

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Unlike the United States Congress, which mostly forbids outside employment, state legislatures are generally composed of people with other careers.

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In Illinois, where legislators are paid $45,000, plus as much as $10,000 for leadership work, about half are full-time politicians.

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If police officers routinely issue tickets for the most serious traffic offenses, they’ll be treating drivers of all races, sexes, and ages equally.

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A ‘Globe’ examination found that Boston police officers exercise broad discretion when deciding whether to issue a ticket.

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Some parents believe that competition helps prepare children to succeed. Others fear that their children will not be able to handle failure.

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The Manhattan district attorney has closed the well-publicized investigation of the handling of the $300 million fortune of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark – without charging anyone with a crime.

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Huguette Clark was an artist, a painter and doll collector.

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John Glenn’s father, known as Herschel, was mostly deaf from injuries in World War I. To help out at home, young Glenn sold rhubarb all over town from the family garden.

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Less than a year after the Sept. 11 attacks, al-Qaida attacks were continuing: the firebombing of a synagogue in Tunisia in April, a bomb outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi in June.

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Mohammed al-Qahtani was not alleged to be a leader of the Sept. 11 plot. He was not trained as a pilot. If he was involved, he was one of the ‘muscle’ hijackers.

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After a plane or train crash, the National Transportation Safety Board dispatches its experts within two hours. The investigators in their familiar jackets take charge of the scene, secure evidence, follow leads.

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An investigation by msnbc.com shows that the CDC routinely takes as long as a month – and sometimes as long as nine months – to visit the scene of firefighter deaths.

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