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A selection of photos from multiple protests around downtown Chicago during the 2012 NATO summit. An example of democracy in action, and a reminder to respect all voices – no matter how disruptive they may be.
BY NOLAN PETERSON, MAY 15, 2012 As published on MEDILL REPORTS
The FAA said it has met a key congressional requirement to streamline the integration of unmanned drone aircraft, known as UAVs, into U.S. airspace by 2015 – allowing public agencies to operate drones with fewer restrictions.
BY NOLAN PETERSON As published on Medill Reports
One Canada goose: 10 pounds.
One Airbus A320 jetliner: 172,000 pounds.
Combine the two at 200 miles per hour, and 155 lives are suddenly in need of a miracle in the Hudson.
Last month the FAA announced a revised plan to lower the risk of bird strikes to aircraft through research and wildlife management. This strategy relies on database analysis and predictive models, yet fails to make reporting bird strikes mandatory – a move some experts say will hinder the effectiveness of the program.
“We were lucky with the Hudson ditching, the next one will be a smoking hole in the ground – I just hope there aren’t a lot of people aboard,” said Ed Herricks, professor emeritus of environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, referring to the 2009 incident involving US Airways Flight 1549 in New York.
Symposium Summary By Nolan Peterson
Nearly 100 Chicago-area law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies, including FBI, Chicago Police Department, Cook County Dept. of Homeland Security, local municipal police departments, and the Illinois State Police participated in a symposium on emerging terrorist threat scenarios on March 26, 2012, in Chicago.
The conference was organized by the National Strategy Forum, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Consulate of Israel to the Midwest, and featured three distinguished speakers from the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT).
The speakers focused on three strategic issues: global terrorism trends, the interconnectivity of Hezbollah with international crime and radicalization techniques on the web.
The speakers provided valuable strategic insights for law-enforcement personnel.
by Nolan Peterson April 17, 2012
National and area programs meant to put vets back to work have made law enforcement careers an attractive option after military service – making a valuable manpower resource more accessible to area law enforcement.
Photo selections from a photojournalism assignment to Haiti in March 2012. My mission was to document the heroic work of an organization called Doctors United for Haiti.
Photo selections from a 2005 trip to Tanzania and Kenya to climb Mt Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa. Kilimanjaro is the tallest volcano in the world and despite being located on the equator its upper flanks are covered by snow and glacier. Unfortunately, these fabled snows are quickly disappearing as a result of global warming and will soon exist only in Hemingway’s immortal words.