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Ioan Grillo on Mexico's Violent Drug Industry

Monday, November 28, 2011

Since 2006, when President Felipe Calderón declared war on Mexico's drug cartels, 45,000 Mexicans across the republic have been disappeared, murdered, or mass-executed. Victims of this violence include journalists, over two thousand public officials, and bystanders. While drug-related activity was previously relegated to only a few Mexican states, the dramatic spread of violence — and its severity — is attributable to governmental policy north and south of the border.

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Penn State Scandal: Sandusky Likely To Be Remanded To Jail, Lawyer Says

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The news that Jerry Sandusky is being investigated in two more cases of alleged child sex abuse will likely mean that the former Penn State assistant football coach will be remanded to jail before a Dec. 13 hearing about the case, his attorney says.

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Robert Wagner Supports New Look Into Natalie Wood's Death

Friday, November 18, 2011

Authorities in Los Angeles plan to say more later today about why they're reopening the investigation into Woods' death over the weekend of Thanksgiving 1981. She drowned near Catalina Island off Southern California. Wagner was her husband.

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Alleged White House Shooter Charged With Attempted Assassination

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is accused of firing shots at the executive mansion. Authorities say one bullet struck a window, but did not penetrate the protective glass.

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White House Shooting Suspect Reportedly Hates Obama, Washington

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Law enforcement officials tell several news outlets that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez had told others of his anger toward President Obama and Washington.

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Penn State Scandal: Key Witness Says He Did Talk With University Police

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mike McQueary has been under fire because a grand jury report said he never spoke with police about the alleged 2002 sexual attack on a young boy in a Penn State locker room. He's defended his actions in an email.

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Local Colleges Focus on Reporting Requirements in Wake of Penn State Scandal

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In the wake of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, policies and procedures for reporting such incidents on college campuses have come under more intense scrutiny.

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Report: Years And Years Of Missed Chances In Penn State Scandal

Monday, November 14, 2011

It took more than a decade, Harrisburg's Patriot-News reports, for authorities to believe that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was abusing young boys — even though there were many clues. Sandusky says he's innocent.

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The Takeaway

Filmmaker Werner Herzog Goes 'Into the Abyss'

Friday, November 11, 2011

In a small town in Texas, two young men knock on the door of a woman’s house as she's making cookies. They ask to use her phone. But as her back is turned, they kill her and then two other innocent bystanders all so they can enjoy a brief joyride in her car. In the end, one murderer is sentenced to life in prison. The other is given the death penalty.

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The Takeaway

Michael Jackson's Doctor Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician of Michael Jackson, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death on Monday. Two and a half years after Jackson's death at age 50, a jury found that Murray acted recklessly when giving Jackson propofol, a surgical anesthetic Jackson used to sleep. Sharon Waxman, founder and CEO of TheWrap.com, discusses the trial.

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Jury Finds Conrad Murray Guilty In Death Of Michael Jackson

Monday, November 07, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray faces up to four years in prison and a likely revocation of his medical license.

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The Takeaway

Former Penn State Coach Charged with Sexual Abuse

Monday, November 07, 2011

Some shocking news about Penn State's football program broke this weekend when Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant defensive coach, was arrested on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15 year period. Two top university officials — Gary Schultz, the senior vice president for finance and business, and Tim Curley, the athletic director — are expected to turn themselves into authorities today. They have been charged with perjury and failing to report what they knew about allegations against Sandusky. Still hanging in the air is the question of what Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew about the accusations against his assistant defensive coach.  

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On The Media

Website Tracks D.C. Homicides in Real Time

Friday, November 04, 2011

When Laura Amico launched the website Homicide Watch D.C., her intent was to create a comprehensive record of all the murders in the District. Little more than a year later, the site has become more than a somber document for posterity: it's a bona fide newsbreaker, often identifying victims before police do.

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The Takeaway

Homegrown Terror Suspects Arrested in Georgia

Thursday, November 03, 2011

On Tuesday, federal agents arrested four men ranging from ages 65 to 73 from the north Georgia towns of Cleveland and Toccoa on charges of an ambitiously designed domestic terror plot. The men are accused of trying to procure 10 pounds of ricin — an extremely lethal biological toxin — as well as explosive devices and illegal firearms. Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief for The New York Times, reports on the latest.

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'Horrific' Situation Led Bernard And Ruth Madoff To Try Suicide, She Says

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Ponzi schemer's wife says they tried to take their lives on Christmas Eve, 2008. She's glad she survived after taking a handful of pills. "I'm not sure how I felt about him waking up," she tells The New York Times.

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Transportation Nation

Stats Show NY Subway More Hospitable to Criminals, Perhaps Less So To Rats

Monday, October 24, 2011

The MTA has 10 trash trains like this one to collect garbage overnight from subway stations. (Photo by NotoriousJEN/flickr)

(New York, NY -- WNYC) Crime is increasing in the subway, according to NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority figures. Compared to last year, major felonies are up 17 percent and robberies are up 8.6 percent.

MTA board member Charles Moerdler, speaking to reporters today in a hallway at the MTA's Midtown headquarters, said the steady upward trend in underground crime is troubling.

"These numbers are starting to show there's a terrible concern as to whether there's a parallelism between the downturn in the economy and the upturn in the crime rate," he said.

Subway felonies steadily dropped for over a decade, before beginning to climb in 2009.

But even as crime rises, arrests in the subway are going down: there were 12 percent fewer arrests this year compared to last. Pressed by board members for an explanation, Transit president Tom Prendergast said, "I can't answer that. We'll have to get an answer for you."

Moerdler said that sends a troubling message to straphangers. "My worry is we need to demonstrate that we're on the job. We need to demonstrate a sense of protection."

The discussion came at a meeting of the MTA transit committee, where MTA chief of station operations John Gaito unveiled a program meant to starve rats in the subway by more quickly removing trash from stations--especially discarded food. He said the authority has added two "trash trains" to the eight it already has in service to shorten the amount of time that garbage bags are left for pick-up on platforms.

Workers remove trash from a station overnight by taking thick plastic bags from large metal bins and either stashing them in a storage room or lining them up on a platform for removal by trash train. With more frequent pick-ups, the goal is to have no more smelly or leaking trash bags on platforms awaiting pick-up--and serving as snack food for rodents--each day by 6 a.m. The NY MTA says about 75 bags now await pick-up from platforms each morning. That's down from 107 bags.

The authority removes about 40 tons of garbage a day from the subway. The NY MTA will also test removing trash cans entirely from platforms at two subway stations. The authority hopes the move encourages riders to dispose of their garbage elsewhere.

The initiatives come as 84 percent of subway customers surveyed by the MTA reported being satisfied with the overall comfort and convenience of the subway, up six percentage points from last year.

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MTA Unveils Plan to Help Remove Rats From Subways

Monday, October 24, 2011

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The MTA unveiled on Monday a new program meant to lower the number of rats in the subway by removing trash from stations.

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The Takeaway

After Criticism, FBI May Change Federal Definition of Rape

Friday, October 21, 2011

Last year, according to The New York Times, the city of Chicago recorded nearly 1,400 rapes. But none of these appeared in the FBI's annual federal crime report. That’s because the FBI doesn’t accept Chicago’s definition of what constitutes "rape." And it’s not just Chicago. The annual figures from cities and municipalities across the country are understated every year in the FBI's yearly Uniform Crime Report due to how the Bureau defines the crime.

Last year, according to our partner the New York Times, the city of Chicago recorded nearly 1,400 rapes. But none of these appeared in the FBI’s annual federal crime report. That’s because the F-B-I doesn’t accept Chicago’s definition of what constitutes “rape.” 
And it’s not just Chicago. The annual figures from cities and municipalities across the country are understated every year in the F-B-I’s yearly Uniform Crime Report due to how the Bureau defines the crime. It's a definition that was written more than 80 years ago.
But after years of criticism from women's rights advocates.. the F-B-I is proposing a revision to the federal definition of rape. The change would lead to a significant increase in the number of sexual assault crimes reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies across the country. 
Joining us now to talk about all of this is Carol Tracy. She’s the Executive director of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia and she’s been leading the effort for a new, broader federal definition of rape for years.

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Amanda Knox Wins Appeal, As Italian Court Overturns Murder Conviction

Monday, October 03, 2011

An Italian panel has granted Amanda Knox's appeal of her murder conviction, for which the American had been serving a 26-year prison sentence. Knox, who came to Perugia, Italy, as an exchange student, had been found guilty in the November 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

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The Takeaway

Fugitive George Wright Captured After 41 Years

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In 1970, a convicted murderer escaped from Bayside State Prison in New Jesery. Two years later, he hijacked a plane to Algeria and disappeared, seemingly forever. More than 40 years later, that fugitive, George Wright has been found in Portugal. Wright was arrested on Monday and faces extradition to the United States. Alison Roberts, Portugal correspondent for the BBC, reports on the latest.

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