Martin Kaste

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Police Militarization Becomes A Hot Topic

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The actions in Ferguson, Mo., have inspired talk about the militarization of U.S. police departments. The real question, is whether police have become militarized in their attitude toward the public.


Legal, sure โ€” But Polite? Washington Weighs Weed Etiquette

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Now that marijuana is legal, Washington state is hashing out when and where it is okay to light up. Some parents are complaining that public places like parks are filled now with pot smoke.


Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Activists against the death penalty are seizing on a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday. Witnesses say that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air, taking nearly two hours to die by lethal injection.


New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Last week, a man died after a police takedown that appeared to involve a prohibited chokehold. But police trainers say such restraints, when properly administered, are safer than many alternatives.


States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort.


For Prison Reform Critics, Jail Cells Spell Hope To Kick Addiction

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Prison populations are falling in most of the U.S., as politicians in both parties agree too many people are being locked up. But there are pockets of resistance to reform, including one in Louisiana.


Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrants For Most Cellphone Searches

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Civil libertarians hailed the ruling, while police bemoaned the extra bureaucracy. We examine what kind of practical effect this ruling will have on how law enforcement handles suspects' phones.


With Loyal Customers In Mind, Amazon Unveils Fire Phone

Thursday, June 19, 2014

At a gala party on Wednesday, Amazon launched its first smartphone. It is distinguished from other phones by the ease with which you can use it to buy things from Amazon.


Amazon Raises The Curtain On A Fire Of Its Own

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire."


In A Standoff With Montana Officials, The Justice Department Blinks

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two years ago, the Missoula county attorney defied the DOJ's efforts to force his office to change the way it handles sexual assault cases. Today, the county won a partial victory.


Seattle Ordinance Gradually Increases Minimum Wage To $15

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The city council has approved a measure raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The wage will be phased in over a number of years. The measure takes effect on April 1, 2015.


Think Internet Data Mining Goes Too Far? Then You Won't Like This

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Devices that scan your brain and read your emotions are no longer sci-fi. Researchers say the technology could threaten privacy by revealing things like your sexual orientation or political leanings.

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Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Officers are wearing video cameras to record interactions with the public. The city's troubled police department is trying to prove a commitment to transparency, as it tries to end federal monitoring.


Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Montana man says he was justified in shooting a prowler, a German exchange student, in his garage. The case has revived the debate over how far Americans should be able to go to defend their homes.


Seattle Proposal Would Raise City's Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Seattle politicians are likely to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour this year โ€” the highest big-city wage in the nation. But some of the city's business owners are leery of the $15 mark.


Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected.


Wash. Loses 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Over Teacher Evaluations

Friday, April 25, 2014

Washington has become the first state to have its "No Child Left Behind" waiver revoked by the federal government, meaning the state will have less flexibility in spending federal education funds.


Feds Rescind Washington State's 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The news marks an important flare-up in a long-running war between teachers unions and the federal government over standardized testing. Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver.


Obama To See Effects Of Deadly Mudslide In Oso, Washington

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday marks one month since a hillside gave way and wiped out a rural neighborhood. Crews have been looking for victims' remains ever since. On Monday, the official death toll increased by 2 to 41.


In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand

Friday, April 18, 2014

Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.