Street Smarts: Active Shooter

In the journalistic trade, hate mail comes with the territory. Though I get “crazy reader” emails only occasionally, during my two decade writing career I’ve been on the receiving end of many barrages of hate mail that called into question my intelligence, ethics and parentage after a particularly juicy story. That is tremendously unfair, since

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Street Smarts: Complacency Kills

I’ve started writing this column about four times, but none of the topics felt right. Then my co-worker got hit. During a snowstorm a few days ago, I was covering a minor crash on the local stretch of Interstate highway. Upon my arrival at the scene, which was located in the high-speed lane at the

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Street Smarts: Read The Body To Understand The Mind

Like most writers, I love to read. If I’m sitting at the breakfast table with nothing else handy, I’ll study every word on the cereal box simply out of a deep-seated need to embrace the printed word. In the tactical arena, you should have a similar compulsion to “read” people. The art and science of

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Street Smarts: Sneaky Kitty

I’m sneaky and proud of it. I suppose that, within the pages of this highly respected journal, I should refer to our topic de jour as “stealth,” but that just sounds too high-minded for what we’re talking about: slipping closer to bad people and doing unto them whatever our mission plan currently requires. The idea

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Street Smarts: Failing Successfully

Today we are going to examine one of my favorite concepts: failure. The reason I like failure so much is because, through years of intimate knowledge, I’ve grown accustomed to her craggy face. Sure, I have succeeded in a few dicey situations, but more commonly I’ve also made every possible mistake, screw-up, error, fault, blunder,

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Street Smarts: One Plus One Equals Trouble

The idea of killing people is not funny. Therefore, please know that I am not giggling while writing this column. OK, maybe a little. Our topic of the moment is the “1+1” rule. This principle reminds us that when searching for bad guys or weapons, there is always one above and beyond what you have

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Street Smarts: Break It Down To Prevent Breakdowns!

There is a hoary old joke that is relevant when discussing the best options for responding to a crisis: “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “Take very small bites.” That wheezing old one-liner captures the essence of dealing with any problem, regardless if the incident in question is a major regional disaster or

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Street Smarts: In The Throne Room

In days of old, the King was always worried about being killed by his foes while sitting on the throne; obviously some things never change. You will quickly guess where I was sitting when inspiration struck for this month’s column. I had just retired to my favorite thinking spot atop the cool white porcelain when

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Street Smarts: Night Time Is The Right Time

Ray Charles had it right when he sang, “Night time is the right time…” Unfortunately, outside the world of rhythm and blues music, nighttime is indeed the right time: the time for trouble, assault and a significant portion of man’s inhumanity to man. The topic for this month’s column came to me yesterday evening while

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Street Smarts: Interview With Mr. Murphy

This month, Street Smarts has scored an exclusive interview with Mr. Murphy, famous originator of an important natural law bearing his name. For those unaware, Murphy’s Law states, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” We caught up with the busy member of Mythology as he was enjoying a lunch break away from his busy

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