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Get the facts on tear gas

I’m surprised to see that law enforcement was awarded the cash for riot gear (“Three and a half months after first request, Hudson County law enforcement agencies will get tear gas”). But more surprised to see a member of the public being quoted as saying “tear gas is banned under the Geneva Convention.”

It is not.

And he is mistaken in his assumption that it pertains to protests of the nature we have been experiencing.  He might want to review the document in its entirety starting with “Basic Rules of International Humanitarian law in Armed Conflicts,” which this is not classified, and “Protection of Civilian Persons and Populations in Time of War,” which we are not.

Kenneth Keane, Eatontown, formerly of Jersey City

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Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas losing construction jobs, despite housing boom

Home sales have been setting records in North Texas and statewide, rebounding sharply from the pandemic shutdown in late spring, and many builders are reporting big backlogs.



Nonresidential construction, such as this tower in Plano, is continuing when the projects have begun and their financing is lined up, industry officials said. But many new commercial office developments are being paused or canceled amid concerns about the coronavirus permanently changing the workplace.


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Nonresidential construction, such as this tower in Plano, is continuing when the projects have begun and their financing is lined up, industry officials said. But many new commercial office developments are being paused or canceled amid concerns about the coronavirus permanently changing the workplace.

Despite the green shoots, construction jobs fell in July for both Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas while rising slightly nationwide. The U.S. also has held up better than Texas in retaining construction jobs over the past year and since February, before the pandemic effects started taking hold.

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