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Baltimore city officials are reviewing security policies after a former DPW employee was allowed access into a city-owned building for hours, wearing a tactical vest and a fake police badge.

The city’s Office of the Inspector General released a report Tuesday after they investigated the security breach at the Abel Wolman Municipal Building on May 6 by a former Public Works employee.

That employee was fired after they had violated the City’s security policy.

The terminated employee gained access to non-public floors and offices of the municipal building, was able to access workstation areas that had sensitive material and equipment.

Read more: WJZ

There is no better example of a technology with great benefits and even greater challenges than drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), specifically commercial drones. Drones have now become commonplace in public venues and outdoor stadiums and with that comes some specific concerns.

Protection of public space has become a top priority of security professionals and more importantly, of owners who have liability responsibility.  The ripple effects from the conflicts zones of Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that drone technology and the nefarious uses of drones (bombings, suicide attacks, surveillance) in combat zones is now making its way to the private sector of the U.S. and other countries.

More importantly, it is clear that people with evil intentions are taking note and our airspace controls from a legal and regulatory perspective are being outpaced by the change in the environment from the use of commercial drones.

Read more: Security Magazine

Friends are defending the man killed outside Tacoma's detention center even as they share a manifesto he sent hours before he died. In it, he seems to indicate he was willing to die for his cause.

Tacoma police say Willem Van Spronsen was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices that he was tossing at the Northwest Detention Center early Saturday morning.

His friends say they received his manifesto Friday in which called the detention center "an abomination."

He goes on to say "to those burdened with the wreckage from my actions, I hope that you will make the best use of that burden."

Read more: KIRO

A machine at a Facebook mailing facility in Menlo Park, California, alerted employees Monday that a package might contain sarin, according to fire officials.

No employees have been exposed to the substance, the Menlo Park Fire District said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines sarin as a “human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent.”

Read more: CNBC

Canada announced funding and other initiatives on Wednesday to counter violent extremist content online by teaming with major technology companies Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet's Google.

Public Safety Canada said in a statement the government will commit up to C$1 million ($762,428) to the Tech Against Terrorism program to create a digital database that will notify smaller companies when terrorist content is detected and help eliminate it.

The initiatives follow the Christchurch Call to Action, a non-binding agreement formed after the Christchurch shooting in March to "eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online." Canada joined the Christchurch Call to Action in May.

Read more: US News & World Report