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Wildfire safety fuels hot debate; as more people move into wildland-urban interface, firefighting challenges increase

When a wildfire is rolling toward a house built with a cedar shake roof, surrounded by decorative juniper up to the windowsills, and the only access road is overgrown and narrow, firefighters will likely skip it. “People think that we’re … Continue reading

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Cleaning fire shirts

Part of the PPE, or personal protective equipment, for fighting fire is the ubiquitous fire-resistant yellow shirt, often just called a “yellow.”

Hours, days, weeks and months on end, firefighters are wearing one of these shirts. But most of us don’t hang on to them after work; they go right back into a locker or engine compartment. If we aren’t too bushed from the day’s work, we might remember to hang it up on a peg somewhere for the sweat to dry. I, for one, forgot or put off washing my yellow all last season. After throwing it on and feeling the crunchy embrace of that flame-resistant, funky fabric, I decided it was about time. Continue reading

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(VIDEO) Fire retardant drop

One of the most effective, and cool to see, tools in wildland firefighting is the air tanker. In one dive, one tanker can unload thousands of gallons of water or fire retardant onto a fire. The biggest are repurposed cargo jets that can dump in excess of 10,000 gallons. Continue reading

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Infographic: SuperPACs drawing millions

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Campaign financing data offer an inside look into the background of the people and corporations pumping thousands, and sometimes millions, of dollars into Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s Super PACs, and might offer a glimpse as to who thinks they have the most to gain — or lose — come November. Check out this graphic to see who’s ponying up the most dough this election year. Continue reading

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Knowing who is what in the armed forces: a reporter’s primer

New to the national security beat? Read on for a crash course in the chain of command. Continue reading

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23 children join parents as U.S. citizens

Andy Matarrese/Medill News ServiceTwenty-three children representing 16 different countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia, squirmed, whispered and slouched their way through their official U.S. citizenship ceremony Tuesday at President Lincoln’s Cottage on the outskirts of Washington. Continue reading

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Internet literacy, computer skills, new opportunities: Sometimes it all starts with learning to double-click

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Looking for jobs, getting hired, accessing health information, shopping, doing homework, following news, getting involved with the community, dealing with government forms– these activities all hinge upon having access to technology and knowing how to use it, a skill set that is lacking among many in Chicago’s poorer areas. Continue reading

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