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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Jan. 21

January 21, 2012

Thumbs up to the various schools and community organizations in the Tri-State area that honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. A variety of celebrations and programs reminded us not only of the late civil rights leader’s call for equality, but encouraged us to contribute to society by being of service to others.

Thumbs up to the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail and Warden Daniel Keen. The jail recently received a 100 percent compliance report from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, the third consecutive perfect inspection for the jail.

Thumbs up to the Hagerstown Police Department for seeking to increase its presence downtown by approaching the Hagerstown City Council with the idea of installing a temporary substation in the city-owned Roslyn Building. The largely vacant building at 25 E. Franklin St., which has space to accommodate an office area, breakroom and camera-monitoring station, could be staffed for several hours during the day and evening by the downtown sector commander and auxiliary police officers.

Thumbs down to Francesco Schettino, captain of the grounded Costa Concordia, who sat safely in a life raft while frantic passengers struggled to escape the ship despite the orders of an Italian Coast Guard captain to return to the vessel. Schettino, who made an unauthorized maneuver before the cruise liner slammed into a reef, denied having abandoned ship, saying he was thrown into the water.

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