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9/11 Family Leader Rails Against President Obama Over Gitmo Closing, Handling of Terror Prosecutions

May 8, 2009
The Justice Department's recent plea agreement with Ali Saleh al-Marri should be of grave concern to those who believe the Obama administration will vigorously prosecute terrorists in the federal court system. Al-Marri was sent to the U.S. on Sept. 10, 2001, by KSM to carry out cyanide bomb attacks. He faces up to a 15-year sentence, but will be allowed to argue that the sentence should be satisfied by the seven years he has been in custody.
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NYPD Adds 40 Hybrid Cars to Fleet

May 8, 2009
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) deployed 40 hybrid vehicles to help green its fleet of patrol cars, bringing its number of hybrid vehicles to more than 100.

Kerlikowske Approved as Drug Czar

May 7, 2009
After years of overseeing drug-enforcement policies in the Seattle Police Department, former Chief Gil Kerlikowske now will take what he learned to a national stage. On Thursday, Kerlikowske, as expected, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position commonly known as drug czar.

No Stimulus for 26 Police Agencies Because of Past Violations

May 7, 2009
The bans stem from grants issued under the Clinton-era police hiring program known as Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The largest federally funded law enforcement build-up in U.S. history provided money for more than 100,000 officers starting in 1995.

Minnesota Cops Who Stopped for Gas Bust Motorist Pulling in with "Cooking" Meth Lab

May 7, 2009
A search of the vehicle revealed an overwhelming odor of ammonia. Drug paraphernalia, containers and other items were located "that confirmed the presence of a methamphetamine lab," said West Hennepin Public Safety Director Ray McCoy.

Chicago Police Say Gunman Killed After Shooting Four

May 7, 2009
Officers shot and killed a gunman Wednesday night after he opened fire in a convenience store in the South Shore neighborhood, then fled and pointed his weapon at pursuing police, Chicago police said.

San Diego Law Enforcement Memorial Unveiled

May 7, 2009
About 1,000 family members and law enforcement officers gathered in front of the County Administration Center on Harbor Drive for the memorial's unveiling, which came after many construction delays. The keynote speaker, San Diego police Chief William Lansdowne, told officers' surviving family members in the front rows that their loved ones died “doing something they loved to do.”

Colorado Senate Votes to Retain Death Penalty

May 7, 2009
One by one, senators at last revealed their views Wednesday on the complicated and controversial topic of the death penalty with simple ayes and nays during a roll-call vote in the waning hours of the legislative session.

Oakland Plans to Lay Off 140 Officers

May 7, 2009
Mayor Ron Dellums will release a budget plan today that will call for laying off as many as 140 police officers this year if outside funding cannot be identified, the Tribune has learned.

Four Slain Officers Honored at Oakland Police Memorial Service

May 7, 2009
Young and old, relatives of slain Oakland police officers came as they do every year, walking slowly into headquarters as a phalanx of police stood at attention outside.
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