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Pa. venues balk at increased security following deadly Ariana Grande concert bombing

Concert venues and stadiums in Pennsylvania are not planning to increase security precautions after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Britain’s Manchester Arena. Live music venues, concerts and clubs have long been a target for terrorist attacks — including shootings and bombings in France, Great Britain, Turkey and the United States. Representatives for a couple large venues in Pennsylvania said they will not implement additional security measures after the bombing, instead choosing to relying on their current safety procedures.

Ariana Grande concert explosion kills 22, injures dozens; event treated as terrorist attack[1]

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts said in a statement that it already has comprehensive security measures in place. Those security measures include a a trained security staff, close circuit video and alarm systems, permanent magnetometers and use of an incident management command system utilized by law enforcement agencies.

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts — which manages Giant Center, Hershey Theatre, Hersheypark Arena and Hersheypark Stadium — also has a partnership with Derry Township Police at shows and events.

I was at the Ariana Grande concert when the bomb went off: Joe Ryan[2]

Philadelphia Phillies’ Michael Stiles said they do not plan on changing their security procedures at Citizen Bank Park. Security staff, however, will be on high alert following the recent bombing.

“We have, considerably, stepped up our security measures in the last couple of years including magnetometers at all of our entrances, wanding and the presence of bomb sniffing canines patrols,” Stiles said. “We think that we’ve taken significant steps in the past couple years and we’re going to continue to do that.”

Stiles said the baseball club improved and increased security measures in response to terrorist attacks in the United States — including the 9/11 and Boston Marathon bombings.

“It’s a reflection of the world we’re living in,” Stiles said. “We continue to take enhanced measures to make this venue as safe as we can.”

References

  1. ^ Ariana Grande concert explosion kills 22, injures dozens; event treated as terrorist attack (www.pennlive.com)
  2. ^ I was at the Ariana Grande concert when the bomb went off: Joe Ryan (www.pennlive.com)

High-Tech Security Robot Patrolling Prudential Center

BOSTON (CBS) A unique looking addition to the Prudential Center had shoppers taking a second look on Thursday.

Nobody knew exactly what it was, said recent Northeastern University graduate and Prudential Center mall shopper Ana Hurtado.

It s got cameras, it s always flashing, described Mouhamad Alnajjar who works inside the Pru. A new high-tech security guard named K-5 is now patrolling the mall halls.

A lot of people were taking pictures with it, putting their arms around it, said Alnajjar. I think it s awesome. It reminds me a lot of Star Wars, laughed Hurtado. I actually tried to talk to it.

High-Tech Security Robot Patrolling Prudential Center

Prudential shoppers pose for a photo with a high-tech security robot. (WBZ-TV)

I ve never seen anything like that and we need it in this day and age, something monitoring what s going on out here, said Boston native and shopper Rachel Silva. Monitoring is exactly what the robot does. K-5 is short for Knightscope-5, named after the developer.

K-5 rolled out this week through a pilot program partnership between Allied Universal Security and the Pru. It sends 24-hour information to a security command center like high definition images and video. K-5 also uses sensors and lasers.. to detect heat.. and even carbon monoxide levels.

I thought it was amazing, said Silva.

High-Tech Security Robot Patrolling Prudential Center

A security robot at the Prudential Center. (WBZ-TV)

There was this kid who just kept playing with it and the robot come to like hug them and I thought that was cute, added Hurtado. However, not everyone shared the same sentiment.

I m not sure what it was. I stood far away from it. It looks pretty intense, Alnajjar said with a laugh.

Alnajjar is one of many employees working inside the Pru who received an email about the security robots.

I thought it was going to be a small little creature but yeah it s pretty big. It s up to me so it s probably up to here. Several K-5s launched in California a year ago. Massachusetts is the second state to test run the robot. With a monthly leasing cost of about $8,000, Allied Universal Security says it s designed to help out human security guards and not replace them.

Oh never, never, we ll never be replaced. God no, laughed Silva.

The pilot program is expected to run until August 2017.

Coast Guard Offloads 18 Tons Of Cocaine At Port Everglades

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) The Coast Guard offloaded more than 18 tons of seized cocaine at Port Everglades Thursday morning. The drugs, worth nearly half a billion dollars on the street and about estimated $498 million wholesale, were seized along Central and South America in the eastern Pacific by crews of several Coast Guard cutters and a Royal Canadian Navy ship. The hefty load was offloaded from the largest and most technologically sophisticated ship in the Coast Guard the U.S. Hamilton.

The U.S. Hamilton is fittingly named after the man who advised Congress to create a force of ships to guard our coasts from smugglers trying to dodge taxes. Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the Coast Guard, probably never imagined this.

Coast Guard Offloads 18 Tons Of Cocaine At Port Everglades

The drugs are worth nearly half a billion dollars on the street and about estimated $498 million wholesale. (Source: CBS4)

The Coast Guard said the offload represents 20 separate drug smuggling vessel interdictions.

The 18.5 tons of seized cocaine coming off our decks today is the product of partnerships and the collaboration of U.S. Southern Command, Joint Interagency Task Force-South, the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State and Justice, the Canadian Navy and many of our international maritime service partners, said Capt. Scott Clendenin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton. Building international partnerships is at the heart of this effort. The role of the U.S. Coast Guard has changed since 1790, and today, they re on the front line of keeping drugs from making it to our shores. Captain Clendenin said a lot has changed in the 27 years he s been running missions.

Running drugs in much larger bulk, they didn t have to hide them on larger vessels. They also did not have to use a lot of innovative tactics just because we had to develop our own tactics, said Clendenin.

It s also become a lot more dangerous.

These are criminal organizations. You re never sure what will happen when you encounter a smuggler at sea. That s why the men and women behind me spend a lot of time training to be ready to confront the smugglers, Clendenin.

They re all exciting and it can be scary, but like captain said, we re trained for those situations and we know how to handle them, said Petty Officer Cody Rochus. A number of U.S. agencies are involved in the effort to combat transnational organized crime the Departments of Defense Justice and Homeland Security allied with the Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As for their latest bust, the U.S. Hamilton will finish offloading the drugs in Fort Lauderdale and then head up North to Fleet Week in New York.

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