demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
Under the measure, more
stringent restrictions would apply to the companies with a foreign labor force, like many Indian outsourcing companies, raising incentives to hire more Americans.
a statute enacted by a city government
But no local
ordinance or building code requires such shelters, either in houses, schools or businesses, and only about 10 percent of homes in Moore have them.
a sudden and severe onset of trouble
Nor does the rest of Oklahoma, one of the states in the storm belt called Tornado Alley, require them — despite the annual
onslaught of deadly and destructive twisters like the one on Monday, which killed at least 24 people, injured hundreds and eliminated entire neighborhoods.
tear down so as to make flat with the ground
In 2011, a monster tornado
razed large parts of Joplin, killing 160 people in a state that had no storm-shelter requirements.
tending to discourage (especially of prices)
The city considered requiring shelters in rebuilt or new homes but decided that doing so would be “cost
prohibitive” because the soil conditions make building basements expensive, said the assistant city manager, Sam Anselm.
a support that steadies or strengthens something else
Mayor Glenn Lewis of Moore said that since then, the town had strengthened building codes, including a requirement that new homes incorporate hurricane
Beyond expense and construction standards, there is a local attitude about tornadoes that borders on
involving or likely to cause controversy
But lost in the
contentious debate over the legality, morality and effectiveness of a novel weapon is the fact that the number of strikes has actually been in decline.
information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause
The strikes have become a staple of Qaeda
propaganda, cited to support the notion that the United States is at war with Islam.
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
hiatus in strikes in Pakistan may have been prompted by the desire not to fuel anti-American sentiments during the campaign before the May 11 general elections.