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Public

1. Describing anything available to the population at large. For example, a publicly-traded company may be owned and traded by anyone with the money to buy shares.

2. Describing anything owned or administered by a government. For example, a municipality owns and maintains a public park.
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Brian Osborne, of the public service union Unison which represents civilians in Staffordshire Police, said: " We are not in favour of volunteers, however public-spirited, because police work is for professionals.
For this public-spirited action it somehow seems they have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
The public-spirited pair thought they were doing the council in Hull a favour when they cleared the garden of an abandoned house.
The company wants to hear about postal staff who are charity fundraisers, have performed a public-spirited act or dealt with an emergency while doing their deliveries.
A police spokesman said: "This public-spirited stranger may also have been a witness, or at least have important information.
The company wants to hear about postal staff who are charity fundraisers in their spare time, have performed a public-spirited act or dealt with an emergency while doing their deliveries.
Pembrokeshire council chief John Davies said, "The bin men were very public-spirited.
For being public-spirited, he was spat at and punched, while other passengers looked on.
It is sickening that this company should take advantage of decent people who are being public-spirited by trying to go green.
The department gave the award to four public-spirited citizens at its 15th annual awards ceremony on the evening of February 7.
The offender was captured and Mr Hunt was awarded a Good Citizens certificate from West Midlands Police Chief Constable Paul Scott-Lee for his public-spirited actions, along with David Stamps, from Weoley Castle, who detained a suspected mugger in Selly Oak before police arrived.
Because it is at the mercy of Congress--which itself cringes before well-organized interest groups like World War II vets--the Fine Arts Commission invites the worst of both worlds: It blocks public-spirited improvements yet is powerless to stop congressional eyesores.