Officer kidnapped, but lucky to have vest

This is one of those stories that hits close to home for me. A police officer who had just gone off duty stopped to purchase gas for his personal vehicle and some road salt. While at the gas station, he was kidnapped by two 17-year-old male teens (they were unaware that he was an officer, because he had a civilian coat on). They forced him at gunpoint to drive them to another location. When they arrived, they tried to search him, but he struggled. One boy shot him, hitting him in the chest. He was fortunate to have his bulletproof vest on, because it stopped the bullet from penetrating him.

I mention this because I have a family member that is a police officer. I hope he doesn’t have to experience the same ordeal as his colleague. This blog post is dedicated to all of the men and women in blue that serve to protect us.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article: Officer’s body armor stops bullet

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e-Retail employee at fault, not company, not US soldiers

I don’t even know what got into this employee, but he or she had no right to state his sentiment about the war as a representative of the employer. If a person wants to express his or her opinions, it should be done tactfully and outside of the business.

A soldier serving in Iraq asked an e-retailer if it shipped to military addresses. The response was no, but the employee added some rather expressive remarks.

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Statewide smoking ban sought

I’ve stated in the past that I believe it should be up to each business owner to allow smoking in his or her own establishment. But I’m going to recant. I will soon celebrate not smoking for two years (not once have I put a lit cigarette to my mouth in that time). And I give the City of Madison a lot of credit for imposing a municipal ordinance that bans smoking in all public businesses; it has helped me stay smoke free.

So when I read that Governor Doyle is on the same path to push this statewide, I thought that this is a great idea. I’ll follow this up with an anecdote in a minute. But I fully support this initiative, even if it requires a phase-in period.

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Upgrading to WordPress 2.1

I just upgraded to WordPress 2.1. There are a number of improvements and bug fixes. But I just came across a problem with the navigation bar to the right. The coding in the file sidebar.php does not allow me to show my meta links, and there is a strange “0” entry at the end of the archives listing. For a while, the categories listing was missing… it was there the last time I looked.

I had to also move the WordPress and Laughing Squid logos to the top of the bar, along with my e-mail. This is a temporary fix, seeing how I prefer these closer to the bottom of the page.

I also noticed that the footer is now missing from the home page. Although I’ve looked at older and newer versions of the code, I can’t seem to figure out why it disappeared from the new home page. It does appear in FireFox, but then the background disappears halfway down the page.

In the meantime, I’ve rolled back to 2.0.6 (the last version I downloaded). I will continue to watch the WordPress page to see if a fix is released. I may attempt to upgrade again, but I may need to see what’s going on under the hood (even though I don’t know PHP).