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Law enforcement, homeland security, White House vow to find Boston bomber

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Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs  -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route  -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.

GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala

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GSN Awards 2012

Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.

The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

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The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

OzVision

Alan Avidan, President, indicates that OzVision is pushing the forefront of hosted video services for dealers and users. The company’s government market includes military bases, government facilities, and national monuments such as the Washington Monument, the State of Liberty and Ford’s Theater. Avidan calls for dealers and central services to join in the hosted video movement, which he describes as the future of the industry.

Obama seeks three percent hike in discretionary budget at DHS

Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.

ISC West Wrap-up: Educator details ways to keep kids, schools safe from bullying

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Barbara Coloroso

One highly effective way to stem violence in schools and to prevent young people from hurting themselves is to put a halt to bullying in its earliest stages, according to Barbara Coloroso, an author and educator on parenting and bullying.

Coloroso spoke at the recent ISC West conference in Las Vegas, as part of a broader panel called “Beyond School Shootings: Everyday Violence in K-12 Schools.”

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EXCLUSIVE: February 14 desperate message from Venezuelan student

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Editor’s Note: GSN has just received the following extremely disturbing message from a Venezuelan citizen who is enrolled in an American university. For the safety of the person involved, GSN is not able to reveal any further information about the author. The dispatch was obviously written in haste and has some grammatical errors which have not been edited out.

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SGI Global acquires Advanced Weapons Training International

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Alexandria, VA-based Security and training solutions firm SGI Global has acquired Upper Marlboro, MD-based Advanced Weapons Training International (AWTI). AWTI focuses on special operations training and international security consulting. The acquisition will expand SGI’s operational and training capabilities in the areas of security risk management and personnel recovery, SGI says. The two companies have partnered on contracts since 2010.

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DVTEL releases new thermal camera for low or zero light conditions

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DVTEL has just released a new line of thermal cameras called ioimage Thermal, which are designed to function in low or zero light conditions. Their first camera in this line is the ONVIF Profile-S-compliant ioimage Therma camera. DVTEL, based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, creates video surveillance products and software, including camera and video analytics software and video management systems.

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