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2007-02-07 09:01:11

By Linda N. Weller, The Telegraph, Alton, Ill. Feb. 7--ALTON -- Monday's frigid, single-digit temperatures weren't fit for man or beast, but they were perfect for suited-up Alton firefighters finally getting to train in ice rescue techniques -- in the water. "This is an impromptu training; when we get ice, we use it," said instructor Capt. Matt Fischer. "It's a great opportunity for us," Alton Fire Chief John Sowders said. "We do a lot of training, and we've trained in regular water, but...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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