This year, Baltimore hired 240 new police officers. However, for a short time, one thing will remain scarce: pants. The department has depleted its inventory of size 36 and 38 pants, according to The Associated Press (AP). Every officer, following their graduation from the police academy, receives four pairs of pants that they can exchange for new pairs when they become worn and torn. Until a special order on custom-made pants is completed, officers in the trouser-deficient department must continue to wear their old uniforms.
Stop the pop
Burning popcorn has set off smoke alarms and forced numerous evacuations in Seattle city offices. In response, the Fleets and Facilities Department recently issued a memo saying that if the problem continues, city employees can no longer make the microwave treat in municipal buildings, according to AP. The evacuations — eight at the city’s Justice Center and several more at City Hall and the Seattle Municipal Tower — have closed the buildings for 30 to 40 minutes at a time. The memo includes tips to prevent future popcorn incidents, such as reading the package instructions and remaining near the microwave while cooking the popcorn.