December 19, 2014

Report: Radiation leak at WIPP was smallLas Cruces Sun News

A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was small and localized. The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public. 12/18/14


Middle-aged woman becomes first to die of the flu in El Paso this seasonLas Cruces Sun News

An El Paso woman who had tested positive for influenza virus has died. The El Paso Department of Public Health said the middle-aged woman, who was not identified, had several underlying medical conditions and had been receiving treatment at a hospital. She is the first flu-related death in El Paso this season, officials said. 12/18/14


President Obama Creates the Task Force on 21st Century Policing -- The White House Blog

Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.

In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and around the country, the Administration announced new steps to strengthen the relationships between local police and the communities they are supposed to protect and serve. One of the primary actions was the creation of a task force to improve community policing.

 President Obama signed an Executive Order to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and announced the members of the new task force. -- 12/18/2014


National Park Service to take over management of Valles Caldera Preserve -- Albuquerque Journal North

With a stroke of the President’s pen, management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve is expected to soon shift from a trust that has been overseeing the preserve since it was created by an act of Congress in 2000 to the National Park Service.

The management change is part of a Congressional compromise, embedded in the defense spending bill that has passed both chambers and awaits the President’s signature.

The bill also designates the Columbine-Hondo area within the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico as wilderness, and establishes the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos and other sites. -- 12/19/2014


Manhattan Project memorialized -- Albuquerque Journal North

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act passed recently by Congress and awaiting the president’s signature authorizes creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, with sites in Los Alamos, as well as in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash.

Seventeen locations on the Los Alamos National Laboratory campus – including still-standing structures where bombs were built and, perhaps more significantly, where scientists figured out how to make them – are included, as well as 13 properties in Los Alamos itself.

Those include Oppenheimer’s house and the one-time home of Hans Bethe, the 1867 Nobel prize winner in physics, which are under control of the Los Alamos Historical Society, and other “Bathtub Row” homes, originally built for masters at the old Los Alamos Ranch School and prized during the Manhattan Project because they had their own bathtubs. -- 12/19/2014


Digital Life in 2025: The Future of Privacy -- PewResearch Internet Project Report

The terms of citizenship and social life are rapidly changing in the digital age. No issue highlights this any better than privacy, always a fluid and context-situated concept and more so now as the boundary between being private and being public is shifting.

This report is a look into the future of privacy in light of the technological change, ever-growing monetization of digital encounters, and shifting relationship of citizens and their governments that is likely to extend through the next decade.-- 12/18/2014

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