For the first 10 miles of last Sunday's Daytona Beach Half Marathon, I had hopes of a personal best time. For the next two miles, I don't know what I was thinking.Literally.I have no recollection of covering a stretch of International Speedway Boulevard between Bethune-Cookman University and the Outback Steakhouse at Midway Avenue.I don't remember grabbing hold of a light pole, barely more than a mile from the finish line at Daytona International Speedway.
Fires in America have declined more than 60 percent over the last four decades, even as the U.S. population has gone up more than 40 percent. This trend has turned firefighters into more emergency responders. What are the reasons for this trend and what does it mean for local governments that are struggling to hold down taxes while still providing the services residents expect?