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How a Gilded-Age Heiress Became the 'Mother of Forensic Science'

Frances Glessner Lee created meticulous and gruesome dioramas of murder scenes, which are still used to train police today.<p>Frances Glessner Lee grew up in the Gilded Age as the heiress to a fortune made in industrial farm equipment. Her childhood was “sheltered and indulged.” She would marry at age …

Harvard Medical School

Forced Out For Reporting Harassment

One school district is accused of pushing harassment victims to attend an alternative school program designed for kids who are frequently suspended or have been arrested. The young women's attorneys say it reflects a "dangerous pattern across the country."<p><b>By her count</b>, she told school officials at …

Education

Donald Trump's Impeachable Offense

The commander in chief’s calls to abridge freedoms of speech and the press represent attacks on the Constitution he swore to protect and defend.<p><b>Whereas</b> Donald J. Trump stood beneath American flags on the steps of the United States Capitol on January 20, 2017, placed his hand on a Bible, and spoke …

Donald John Trump

Revisiting the 1970s Murder of a Native American Activist

On my must-read list this weekend is a NYT Magazine piece about the murder of radical Native American activist Anna Mae Aquash. The body of …

Native Americans

Racism at Core of Native Teen Suicides in Pine Ridge

At least 11 children between the ages of 12 and 17 have committed suicide in my county since December. The heartbreaking details vary from child to …

Injustice

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights | The New Yorker

For years, Rudy North woke up at 9 <i>A</i>.<i>M</i>. and read the Las Vegas <i>Review-Journal</i> while eating a piece of toast. Then he read a novel—he liked James Patterson and Clive Cussler—or, if he was feeling more ambitious, Freud. On scraps of paper and legal notepads, he jotted down thoughts sparked by his …

Crime

Bubbles' Neighbors Fume At SFPD, New Century Theater Over Still-Unsolved Murder

Of the 10 homicides that have occurred in the Tenderloin this year, arrests have been made in seven of those cases. But one unsolved murder has …

Crime

After Harvey hit, one Texas nursing home evacuation began with a gun drawn

The front doors to theLake Arthur Place nursing homewere locked when Ben Husser and his team of volunteer rescuers arrived on boats. He knocked, and when somebody cracked open the entrance, he pushed his way in.<p>The hallways smelled like feces. An old woman in a wheelchair was trembling, her feet …

Crime

BREAKING: 27 years later, arrest in Wellington clown fatal shooting

For 27 years, investigators thought Sheila Keen had something to do with the clown who drove up to a...

Clowns

The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty

<i>Philip Jett | The Death of an Heir | St. Martin’s Press | September 2017 | 27 minutes (7,489 words)</i><i>Below is an excerpt from</i> The Death of an Heir,</i> …

Crime

Tensions Between St. Louis' Citizens And Police Reach Boiling Point As Mass Arrests Continue

Whether it’s Ferguson and Mike Brown or the most recent controversy surrounding the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith, chaos always follows when police …

Policing

Family Sheds New Light On Brooke Skylar Richardson Case

Exclusive claims regarding her pregnancy revealed ahead of September 27 hearing.<p>The town of Carlisle was rocked this summer when 18-year-old Brooke …

Crime

Children under fire

Published on September 15, 2017<p>IN CLEVELAND<p>The bullet exploded from the gun’s barrel, spiraling through cool night air toward a gray SUV’s back passenger-side window. Carter “Quis” Hill was perched in his car seat on the other side of the glass, and as it shattered all around him, the round …

Crime

The KCI parking lot where body sat for 8 months was supposed to be checked every night

The Kansas City International Airport parking lot where Randy Potter’s body sat unnoticed for eight months was supposed to be checked every night, …

Airports

Party buses promise a good time, but some can be dangerous — even deadly

If you’ve spent any time enjoying Kansas City’s nightlife, you’ve probably seen them: the colorful, customized buses carrying revelers to …

Two Phoenix Motel 6 locations agree to stop reporting guests to ICE

Hotel chain Motel 6 has come under fire this week, after it was reported that staff at two of its locations in Phoenix have been handing over guest information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.<p>According to the Phoenix New Times, which first reported the story, at least 20 …

Hospitality

Meet the Berkeley mailman who shaped modern-day policing at the turn of the century

Police reform is a polarizing issue.<p>The Black Lives Matter movement wants an end to police brutality. Blue Lives Matter supporters say the rise in …

Is the 1-2 punch of Harvey and Irma due to nature — or climate change? Yes.

Another week, another Atlantic storm that weather watchers are calling "unprecedented."<p>Hurricane Irma slammed into the eastern Caribbean and Puerto Rico with 185 mph winds on Wednesday while millions in Haiti, Cuba and Florida fled or hunkered down in anticipation of the storm’s arrival later in …

Climate Change

When Escaping a Hurricane Means Risking Jail

A Florida sheriff department's plan to check warrants at shelters could risk lives among evacuees and first responders alike.<p>The Polk County Sheriff’s Department in Florida sent out a stark warning to residents this week as Hurricane Irma churns toward the peninsula: Some of those seeking aid at …

The Bad Science Behind Campus Response to Sexual Assault

Assertions about how trauma physiologically impedes the ability to resist or coherently remember assault have greatly undermined defense against assault allegations. But science offers little support for these claims.<p><i>This is the second story in a three-part series examining how the rules governing</i> …

Psychology

The Horror Upstairs

<i>You are getting a free preview of a TIME Magazine article from our archive. Many of our articles are reserved for subscribers only. Want access to</i> …

The Make, By Jessie Keane, Read by Karen Cass

Jail Bird, By Jessie Keane, Read by Karen Cass

Shocking Melrose Murder Remains a Mystery

A shocking murder in the heart of the Melrose shopping district this week has detectives stumped. Investigators yesterday identified the victim as …

Meet John Smelcer, Native American Literature’s “Living Con Job”

Is this young adult novelist nominated for a 2017 PEN Literary Award really who he says he is? by Rich SmithEarlier this month, a young adult novel …

Literature

The Cop Who Became a Robber

Randy Adair was a familiar face in Rancho Santa Margarita. With a shock of white hair and a bushy white mustache, the 70-year-old grandpa was popular …

Los Angeles

Grenfell Was No Ordinary Accident

The catastrophic fire that killed at least 80 in London was the inevitable byproduct of an ideology that vilified the poor.<p>By the time the sun rose, Grenfell Tower was already a blackened shell. The fire had begun as the city slept on June 14, when a faulty refrigerator exploded in a flat on the …

Grenfell Tower

Danish Submarine Inventor Says He Buried Swedish Journalist at Sea

COPENHAGEN — The mysterious disappearance of a Swedish journalist who vanished after boarding a Danish inventor’s submarine took a dark turn on Monday, when the police revealed that the inventor had changed his account, telling investigators that she died on his vessel and that he had buried her at …

Copenhagen

Juror No. 77: You’d Have To Convince Me He Was Innocent Rather Than Guilty

It turns out the sketch artists weren’t the only people in the courtroom who hated Martin Shkreli, as these notes from the jury selection are just …

Justice