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Dan Boylan

Dan Boylan was a former general assignment reporter at The Washington Times.

Articles by Dan Boylan

Drones can distract pilots and damage aircraft, so the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits their flight in controlled airspaces and generally bans them from within 5 miles of airports. (Associated Press/File)

Drones bring new air traffic control need

Aerospace engineers are rushing to develop a nationwide air traffic control system for drones to bring order to the chaotic skies above the nation's airports and military installations. Published November 17, 2019

In this April 3, 2017, file photo, dairy cows stand in a pen in Fresno County, Calif. (AP Photo/Scott Smith) ** FILE **

Giacomazzi Dairy trades cows for almond trees

The Giacomazzi Dairy's radical shift is reflective of America's shrinking dairy market, where historically low milk prices, the trade war with China and efficient technologies have made it nearly impossible for small farmers to make a profit. Published November 6, 2019

General Motors employee, and others are expected to continue picketing outside the GM Fabrication Division through Friday as bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers iron out details of a tentative contract. (Associated Press)

GM, UAW reach tentative deal to end strike

The largest labor strike in decades neared an end Wednesday as the United Auto Workers struck a tentative deal with General Motors Co., paving the way for nearly 49,000 employees to return to work soon. Published October 16, 2019

A woman rides an escalator past closed storefronts inside the largely empty White Flint Mall, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. Opened in 1977, just two tenants remain as the mall's owner plans to eventually replace it with a mix of housing, office space and outdoor shopping. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Amazon leaves shopping malls to crumbling monuments to past

Once the mecca of American retail, shopping malls across the country are closing at an alarming rate. Real estate analysts and business trend observers point to a multitude of factors changing the way Americans shop, including the rise of online retailers and the more frugal habits of millennial consumers. Published October 2, 2019

 In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric truck drives past a PG&E entrance in Daly City, Calif. Thousands of people in Northern California woke up Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, without electricity after Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to try to prevent wildfires amid windy, dry and hot conditions. PG&E cut electrical service to 24,000 customers in three counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills Monday evening, saying power will remain off until weather conditions improve. The utility said it may restore service briefly on Tuesday before it cuts it Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) **FILE**

PG&E cuts power to 24,000 Northern California homes for wildfire risk

Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California were on edge -- and in the dark -- Tuesday after an electric utility company cut service to tens of thousands of customers there in an effort to prevent wildfires amid dry conditions and hot winds that forecasters expect to last through Thursday. Published September 24, 2019

In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, a salesman at a vape shop exhales while using an e-cigarette in Maine. On Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 confirmed and probable cases have been reported from 38 states and one U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Vaping industry targeted by FDA criminal investigation

Federal officials on Thursday announced they are directing criminal investigators to investigate the largely unregulated electronic cigarette industry, beefing up efforts to confront a public health crisis amid a growing number of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping. Published September 19, 2019

According to data from the National Coalition of State Legislatures, red-light cameras are used in 23 states and the District of Columbia for traffic enforcement. At least 11 states have banned them after expressing dissatisfaction over their effectiveness. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Red-light cameras stoke debate of safety tool or cash cow

Across the Tampa Bay area controversy rages over red-light cameras. They are banned in St. Petersburg but generate millions for Clearwater, mirroring a national debate over whether the devices are public safety tools or cash cows for communities. Published September 10, 2019