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FBI hair analysis problems reveal limits of forensic science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirk Odom was convicted of a 1981 rape and robbery after a woman identified him as her attacker and an FBI specialist testified …

A brief history of forensics

My Washington Post colleague Spencer Hsu continues his great reporting on the continuing crisis in the world of forensic science. Over the weekend, Hsu broke the story that Justice Department officials now concede that “an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which …

Inside the Body Farms Where Human Remains Decompose in the Name of Science

Imagine your dead grandmother lying in an open field, being attacked by vultures. It’s a horrifying thought and may seem like the ultimate indignity. …

Anthropology

Genomics -- The Future of Forensic DNA Profiling

Genomics is the scientific study of the molecular instructions encoded in your cells. It maps your entire genetic structure. Till now, forensic science has focused on only identifying your cell's nuclei signature -- your inner DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and, to a degree, your outer miDNA …

The Living Dead

The bright aseptic room smelled of Pine-Sol and bleach and overripe Camembert. A white-bearded man lay on a stainless-steel examination table, his face angled toward the skylight and the cold, cloudless morning. An investigator read from his clipboard: 61-year-old white male discharged from a …

The Heroin Epidemic Has Gotten So Bad That It Made The Second Paragraph Of The State Of The Union Address

As did criminal justice reform.<p>WASHINGTON - Before he even uttered the required words "the State of our Union is strong," President Barack Obama in his address Tuesday night made reference to the unfolding opioid crisis.<p>"Because it’s an election season, expectations for what we will achieve this …

Heroin Epidemic Is Another Reason To Move On Criminal Justice Reform: White House

Obama's chief of staff says there's a "fundamental injustice" to people serving life sentences for non-violent drug offenses.<p>WASHINGTON -- The nation's heroin epidemic has risen to the top of President Barack Obama's list of priorities -- it made it into the second paragraph of his State of the …

A matchstick-size implant that could be the answer to America's serious overdose problem is about to get approved

The implants, an inch long and the width of a matchstick, carry a drug called buprenorphine, which scientists hope can help wean people off addiction.<p>Buprenorphine is an opioid that appears to work by activating the receptors in the brain that respond to opiates like prescription pain medications …

Obama picks Tom Vilsack to address heroin spike

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama is naming a Cabinet-level point person to address the problem of heroin and other opiate use in rural communities, the White House said Friday.<p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the longest-serving member of Obama's original Cabinet, will head an effort probing many …

Drugs mule Nathan Cook jailed over £8m heroin haul

<b>A drugs courier who was caught with £8m worth of heroin following a 33-mile chase by police on the M74 motorway has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.</b><p>Nathan Cook, 28, from High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, had 18.5 kilos of heroin in a car on 22 March last year.<p>He ignored an attempt to stop him …

Heroin Takes Center Stage At Democratic Debate

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were asked a question about the war on drugs during Sunday evening's …

Divorced mother Margaret Besen tells her five-year struggle to get justice, just one story in the hundreds of judicial transgressions across the US revealed in a Guardian and Contently Foundation for Investigative Reporting collaboration<p>When Margaret Besen, a 51-year-old nurse from East Northport, …

Fundraising

Pope Calls For End To Death Penalty In Speech To Congress

"Every life is sacred."<p>Pope Francis made an impassioned plea Thursday for the U.S. to abolish the death penalty in his address to Congress.<p>The pope has long been an opponent of capital punishment and has also spoken out against life imprisonment.<p>“I am convinced that this way is the best, since …

The conservative case against the death penalty

Richard Viguerie was driving last month to Washington, D.C., where the 80-year-old founder of ConservativeHQ.com would be meeting with about 100 …

On death row: Botched executions

Less than 10 minutes into his execution, Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood was still gasping for air. Typically the procedure lasts five to 10 minutes, so when Wood did not die, he was injected 15 more times. Nearly two hours later, he was pronounced dead.<p>The 2014 death of Wood came after the …

Justice Breyer Couldn't Save Richard Glossip, But He Won The Day Anyway

Oklahoma's disastrous lethal-injection protocol shows he was right about the death penalty all along.<p>When lawyers for Richard Glossip filed a last-minute request with the Supreme Court late Tuesday to halt his execution, the justices were already familiar with his name.<p>In June, a splintered court …

A Death Row Inmate's Haunting Observation Hours Before Execution

"More people have said, 'What can I do to help you?' in the last 14 hours of my life than they ever did in the first 19 years."<p>As a death row attorney whom Desmond Tutu has called "America's young Nelson Mandela," Bryan Stevenson has worked with people who most of society has already cast aside. …

Cost of Police-Misconduct Cases Soars in Big U.S. Cities

Data show rising payouts for police-misconduct settlements and court judgments<p>The cost of resolving police-misconduct cases has surged for big U.S. cities in recent years, even before the current wave of scrutiny faced by law-enforcement over tactics.<p>The 10 cities with the largest police …

Crime

Obama Requests $263 Million for Police Body Cameras, Training

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed new funding meant to help improve relations between police departments and minority communities, saying there is a “simmering distrust” between the two groups that extends well beyond the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.<p>The White House has asked for $263 …

Hillary Clinton Calls For Criminal Justice Reforms, End to 'Mass Incarceration'

Vowing to “end the era of mass incarceration,” presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for sweeping changes to the country’s criminal justice system on Wednesday as well as a recognition of “hard truths” about race and law enforcement tactics nationwide.<p>"Everyone in every community benefits …

Photographs from the US Air Force | World War II Database

387 items in this album on 20 pages.<p>B-32 Dominator bomber in flight, Aug 1943-Jan 1947<p>B-32-1-CF Dominator aircraft in flight, Aug 1943-Jan 1947<p>Fw 190 …

Overrated guns of history: the M1 Garand

Let’s get one thing straight, first and foremost. I love the M1 Garand. They are fun to shoot, great to own, and are an incredibly important piece of …

Call of Duty

M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer

Country<p>Primary Role<p>Tank Destroyer<p>Contributor: C. Peter Chen<p>ww2dbaseThe German Army doctrine of concentrating tanks to rapidly penetrate enemy …