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Monday, August 23, 2010

Flew out of and into San Jose Intl's newly open Terminal B this weekend:

Must be a popular template--a lot of glass letting in lots of light, sweeping ceilings, a sail of gleaming metal, and windows, with warm touches of wood and soft white walls. Big negative, they ran out of money so you better wear comfortable shoes and have any heavy carry-ons on wheels or you'll be sorry if your gate is far from security or baggage claim. Also nixed due to budget overruns was the bridge that would have connected patrons to the parking lot or curb across from the terminal. Instead, it's like LAX, where you have to navigate the traffic of pickup and drop off of passengers, to get to the short term parking or pick up stops for shuttles.
If you're athletic and active, you'll be fine, no matter how far you have to walk, but I don't know how those folks carrying small children, or adults with disabilites or simply out of shape are going to deal with no people movers for the long treks they may encounter. Here are some cool pics of the new Terminal B.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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