Howard Berkes

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U.S. Skater Will Boycott Disciplinary Hearing On Tampering

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

After admitting to tampering with a rival's skate blade, U.S. speedskater Simon Cho will boycott a hearing in Germany next week that could bring a lifetime ban, NPR has learned. Cho says his coach ordered him to tamper with the Canadian's skate in 2011.


Idaho Terrorism Suspect Waives Detention Hearing

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The waiver means the details of Fazliddin Kurbanov's alleged crimes remain mostly a mystery.


Big Changes At U.S. Speedskating Body, But Scandals Linger

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rebellious athletes, drained budgets, dysfunctional management and a string of embarrassing scandals. Persistent turmoil at U.S. Speedskating threatened American success at the looming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. So USS has undergone a major reorganization.


Doctors Confirm Black Lung In Victims Of Mine Blast

Friday, May 17, 2013

A study of mine blast victims finds further evidence that there's a resurgence of black lung among coal miners. The relatively young ages of some of the miners and their limited tenure underground suggests significant exposure to coal dust.


Drought Eases In The East, But Still Worrisome Out West

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Forecasters are predicting better rainfall for the East and Midwest, but in parts of the West, drought conditions will persist.


Teen Charged With Homicide After Death Of Soccer Referee

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The 17-year-old soccer goalie who allegedly punched and killed a referee during a game in Utah last month faces a charge of "homicide by assault" and may be tried as an adult.


On-The-Job Deaths Continue At Steady, Grim Pace

Friday, April 26, 2013

While the most recent data show a slight dip in the rate of fatal injuries, the actual number of people who lost their lives while at work edged up. Groups that push to make work safer say not enough is being done to prevent such deaths.

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The Cruelest Month: Boston Blasts Join List Of Dark Incidents

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are among the infamous and sometimes horrific moments that have occurred during the month of April.


Rare On-The-Job Death For Avalanche Forecaster In Utah

Friday, April 12, 2013

An American Avalanche Association database counts only two other American forecasters killed while at work on snow.


Mine Safety Reform Stalled Three Years After Deadly Blast

Monday, April 08, 2013

One critic said it was a travesty that Congress had not acted three years after the worst mine disaster in this country in 40 years.


A Woman's Prayer Makes Mormon History

Monday, April 08, 2013

Jean Stevens became the first woman to recite a prayer at a general session of the faith's semiannual conferences, which Mormons consider the most important religious gatherings of the year.


New Federal Scrutiny In Wake Of NPR Grain Bin Reports

Friday, March 29, 2013

Officials say the Department of Justice is reconsidering criminal charges in an incident that killed two teenagers.


Why Grain Storage Bin Rescues Are Risky And Complex

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Grain bin entrapments are so common that some rural fire departments have specially trained teams and customized equipment to rescue victims. When corn or grain trap workers, it is difficult to extract victims, and rescuers have very technical ways to proceed.


Simple Strategies Can Prevent Grain Bin Tragedies

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A series on worker deaths in grain bins continues with a trip inside a grain bin — stepping into thousands of bushels of corn — to demonstrate the power of corn and the safe grain bin entry methods that are required by law.


Enforcement Of Penalties Weak In Grain Bin Deaths

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nearly 500 farmers and workers have suffocated in grain storage bins in the past 40 years. The worst year on record was 2010, with 26 people dying. Hefty fines and criminal charges are possible for negligent employers. But NPR and The Center for Public Integrity found that enforcement is weak, even as workers continue to die.


Fines Slashed In Grain Bin Entrapment Deaths

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The persistence of grain bin entrapments and a horrific 2010 incident expose weaknesses in worker safety laws and enforcement. An NPR and Center for Public Integrity analysis has found that among 179 deaths since 1984, fines were reduced 60 percent of the time.


Should Grain Bins On Farms Be Regulated, Too?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

When it comes to regulating worker safety for grain bins, OSHA only oversees the commercial industry. There's debate on whether that should also extend to private farms.


Studying Oscar Pistorius: Does The 'Blade Runner' Have An Advantage? [Video]

Monday, July 30, 2012

South African Oscar Pistorius will run on artificial legs in the 400-meter Olympic sprint preliminaries in London Saturday. Pistorius is a double amputee who runs world-class times on his carbon-fiber limbs. Some question whether he has an unfair edge — so a lab studied his running motion.

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