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NFPA to highlight dangers of kitchen fires during Fire Prevention Week in October PDF Print E-mail
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Written by NFPA   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:24
2013 theme aimed at leading cause of home fires

April 22, 2013 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme:  “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” NFPA selected this theme to encourage greater care when cooking and an awareness of kitchen fire dangers. As cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries, NFPA will use the week of October 6-12 to promote safe kitchen habits with stoves, microwaves and other appliances. Remaining attentive while cooking and managing how close children and pets are to anything hot will help keep families safe.

NFPA is announcing the theme of Fire Prevention Week 2013 to coincide with the opening of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Thousands of firefighters from across the globe will gather for this conference in Indianapolis to train, network and learn. Conference attendees are invited to stop by NFPA’s booth to view new campaign materials that will be on public display for the first time.

Video:  Sparky the Fire Dog® and Ken Willette, NFPA’s division manager of Public Fire Protection announce the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2013.

“On average, firefighters respond to more than 400 kitchen fires every day” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications for NFPA. “By making kitchen fire safety the theme for 2013 Fire Prevention Week, we can raise the awareness of the leading cause of fires, unattended cooking, and provide life saving safety tips to improve the safety of everyone in the home.”

The 2013 Fire Prevention Week campaign materials prominently feature Sparky the Fire Dog®, NFPA’s mascot. Sparky’s Wish List is an online registry where fire departments request much needed educational materials and individuals or businesses purchase items for them. Nearly 700 fire departments have registered.

NFPA is providing important kitchen safety tips to homeowners that align with the Fire Prevention Week theme:

  • When you fry, grill, or broil food, stay in the kitchen.
  • Maintain a kid- and pet-free zone at least 3 feet away from the stove.
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
  • Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when you’re cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

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About Fire Prevention Week
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance each October since 1925.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at


SEC co-directors of enforcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:23
Monday, April 22, 2013

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement that Acting Director George Canellos and former federal prosecutor Andrew Ceresney have been named co-directors of the Division of Enforcement.  Media reports have described Ceresney as the “longtime lieutenant” of new SEC chairman Mary Jo White as a corporate defense lawyer at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton.

“With the head of the SEC and one of the co-directors of enforcement coming from the same firm, both might be recused from many cases involving that firm’s clients. The SEC will have to ensure that cases don’t fall by the wayside because of potential conflicts of interest and recusals. The commission can’t give any impression of favoritism toward former clients of the chairman and co-director of enforcement’s former law firm.”

DREAMers condemn Senator Grassley and other Republican attempts to instill fear and division to Kill Immigration Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dream Action Coalition   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:22
Boston, MA - The DREAM Action Coalition stands with all Americans in coming together not only to mourn the loss of life stemming from recent events in Boston, but also in coming together to celebrate our country’s resilience to stand firm in the face of tragedy.  We condemn Republican efforts to instill fear and division in the American people for the sake of their own political agenda to kill immigration reform. Their deceptive tactics have been apparent to many including the NYTimes who accurately illustrated that Republicans like Iowa Sen. Grassley, Rep. Steve King no longer have any good arguments to oppose immigration just that “about all they have left is scary aliens” and fear.
We are seeing Republicans like Sens. Sessions (R-AL) and Grassley (R-IA) are exploiting and rushing to judgment trying to instill fear and division in the American people. Just last week Senator Grassley said, “given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system,” apparently ignoring the fact that the Boston culprits were legal permanent resident and a U.S. Citizens.
But we must remember that modernizing our immigration system will allow people to step out of the shadow and be identified further increasing the government’s understanding of who and why someone is in the U.S. Indeed, the Senate’s bill - S.744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act - is primarily about public safety and national security. The national security force of SB 744 is recognized by Republicans such as Republican Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (S-SC).
Sen. Grassley is demonstrating a utter disregard of the wishes of the American people who, in record numbers, are supporting a pathway to citizenship.  Despite the fact that the very tough town of Boston has gone back to life as normal, Sen. Grassley and others outside of Boston are trying to inject an un-American sense of fear and division into the nation to gain political leverage on the immigration debate. Republicans on immigration are looking very much like Republican Arizona firebrands like Joe Arpaio and Jan Brewer for misleading their Arizonans with notions like there being beheaded bodies in the desert (there were none).
Caught in the middle of all this are 11 million people who had nothing to do with this act of terrorism, but it is their lives that will be the most intensely and intimately affected by dragging the Boston incident into the debate and painting every immigrant with the same terrorist brush:
“Hey fb friends! I know we are all scared, hurt, and confused right now but we need to be careful. Let's not jump to conclusions or spread misinformation. I have already seen posts on Facebook blaming "illegals" (please stop using that word), immigrants, and Muslims. Your comments are hurting me, especially since I am an undocumented immigrant. I may not have been born here but this is still my home just like it is for many others who are not originally from here. I love the city of Boston and the people in it. I want to protect it. I don't have all the answers on how we can prevent this from happening here or the rest of the world. But I know the answer is not with hate, suspicion, or more violence.” - Renata Teodoro, a young undocumented immigrant or DREAMer from Boston.
Dream Action Coalition serves as a voice for undocumented youth and lobbying arm of the dream movement. Our work ensures that undocumented youth are represented in the halls of power and are correctly and directly informed of the actions of Congress, Executive Agencies, and the Courts.

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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:03
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Rep. Mike Smiddy’s (D-Hillsdale) proposal to prevent scam artists from escaping prosecution passed the House last week.

“Residents should not have to worry about fraud when they make investment decisions,” said Smiddy. “The unfortunate reality is that there are scam artists and people looking to take advantage of someone’s trust. When that happens, investors should have every tool at their disposal to seek justice and retribution from the scammer.”

House Bill 2969 will help investors who do not realize they have been scammed until after the 5 year statute of limitations in current law expires by extending a two-year statute of limitations to begin at the time the investor discovers the scam.

This extension ensures that individuals making long term investments that may take longer to materialize, such as stocks or bonds, are able to pursue legal action if they become aware of the fraud more than 5 years after the investment takes place.

“This bill protects residents and the seniors who invest their savings with the hopes of one day being able to comfortably retire and provide for their families from falling victim to phony scams,” Smiddy said. “Whether investment fraud was committed by a high-profile ‘investor’ who swindled celebrities and the rich or a small-time schemer, seniors deserve strong protections over their lifelong earnings.”

For more information, contact Smiddy’s constituent services office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or toll-free at (855) 243-4988.


Loebsack to Speak at Quad City Habitat for Humanity 20th Anniversary Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 22 April 2013 15:11

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced that he will speak at a house dedication and ceremony to honor the 20th anniversary of the Quad City Habitat for Humanity in Davenport, TOMORROW, April 20th.  Loebsack will join Habitat leaders and local officials at a house dedication and then at a ceremony.


Quad City Habitat for Humanity 20th Anniversary Celebration


House dedication

1229 West 8th Street




20th Anniversary Ceremony

Zion Lutheran Church

1216 West 8th Street


Around 10:45am (immediately following the dedication)



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