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Fort Dix terrorism trial begins

Monday, September 29, 2008

Jury selection begins today in the trial of five men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the army base in Fort Dix, New Jersey. The Muslim men, all in their 20s, were taken into FBI custody in May 2007 after a tip from a store clerk asked to dub a videotape containing scenes of men with weapons and cries for jihad.

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In a modern-age whodunnit, the brain is used as evidence in an Indian trial

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

India has become the first country to convict a person of a crime based on a brain scan. This past summer, a woman was given a life sentence for murder after prosecutors strapped her to memory-scanning electrodes and ran a test called Brain Electrical Oscillations Signature, or BEOS. Could this be coming to America anytime soon?

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L.A. police quiet for years about serial killer

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A serial killer has killed 10 young black women and one man in Los Angeles since 1985. The killer went dormant for years, occasionally reemerging. Eight unsolved homicides from the 1980s show links to DNA tests and ballistics from a 2002 case, then one in 2003 and another in 2007. Police knew a deadly stalker was in their midst a year ago, and ordered a special task force. But no one told the public or families of the victims until the story broke in the L.A. Weekly. The Takeaway talks to journalist Christine Pelisek about a killer in L.A. who has been around for 22 years, lays dormant and then strikes, and is now known as the “Grim Sleeper."

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Letters From death row: the process of a Texas death penalty

Monday, September 08, 2008

On September 10th Charles Dean Hood will die by lethal injection — or not. He’s already received five stays of execution, which is not unusual for death row. What is unusual is why: there are credible allegations that the judge who presided over Hood’s trial was, during the trial, having an affair with the prosecutor who handled the case against Hood. For the latest developments we spoke with Michael Hall, Senior Editor of Texas Monthly. He’s been corresponding with Hood since 2002.

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At RNC, police raid protesters before protests

Monday, September 01, 2008

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly and Chicago Public Radio reporter Ben Calhoun

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United States of America vs. Jose Luis Nazario Jr.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

This week in Riverside, California a civilian jury is being asked to decide whether a former US Marine committed a criminal act during the course of his military service. The verdict aside, this case is a first for US courts. The case establishes a precedent by allowing military contractors and ex-military to be prosecuted for crimes committed overseas. The Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, was passed in 2002, but this is the first time it’s been tried in US courts. The Takeaway talks to Steven Cuevas, a reporter from KPCC who has been following the trial from California

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Patchwork Nation: The big issues in big cities stem from income disparity

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Forget Red State - Blue State politics. But don't forget that all politics is local. The Christian Science Monitor's Patchwork Nation project is redefining political geography based on social and economic data, and in the process is clarifying the issues that will matter to Americans come November.

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Musician Lamont Hiebert combines rock with a fight against child slavery

Monday, August 18, 2008

Guest: Lamont Hiebert, lead singer and songwriter for the band Ten Shekel Shirt and co-founder of the organization Love146.

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The Chicago Catholic Church settles sex abuse claims, but has it reformed?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Archdiocese of Chicago agreed to a $12.7-million settlement six years after the first Catholic Church sex abuse scandal broke. Despite the Pope’s call for change, has the church addressed this problem?

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Forging a new career: Lee Israel's life of literary crime

Monday, August 11, 2008

Guest: Lee Israel, biographer, copy editor, author of “Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger”

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick jailed after defying terms of bond

Friday, August 08, 2008

A Michigan judge ordered Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail for breaking a bond agreement Thursday. Kilpatrick, who is facing eight felony charges for allegedly lying under oath, says he went to nearby Windsor, Ontario, on official business to push the sale of the city’s Michigan-to-Ontario underwater link.

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L.A. hospitals used homeless to defraud government

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The FBI has arrested two people in connection with a multimillion-dollar Medicaid/Medi-Cal scam involving three private hospitals and hundreds — possibly thousands — of homeless people. This is an ongoing investigation — more arrests could come.

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Jonathan Mahler on the Hamdan Verdict

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Guest: Jonathan Mahler, author and New York Times contributing writer. Mahler wrote the book "The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power."

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Pakistani scientist accused of links to al-Qaida made her home in Boston

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Guest: Abdullah Faruuq, Imam of the Mosque for the Praising of Allah. Aafia Siddiqui attended his mosque.

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Department of Justice releases anthrax case documents calling Bruce Ivins sole attacker

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Department of Justice said yesterday that Army scientist Bruce Ivins was the sole person responsible for anthrax deaths in 2001. New documents in the investigation have been made public. View and discuss the documents in the case of Bruce Ivins, suspect in the 2001 anthrax mailings.

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A verdict in the Hamdan trial

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Osama bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Hamdan, was found guilty of war crimes, but acquitted on conspiracy charges Wednesday.

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The documents in the case of Bruce Ivins, suspect in the 2001 anthrax mailings

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Department of Justice released 66 documents Wednesday related to the case against federal laboratory scientist Bruce Ivins. Ivins was suspected of mailing anthrax-lined letters, causing a second terrorism scare in 2001, before committing suicide last week. The FBI says Ivins acted alone; Ivins' lawyers say the case has "heaps of innuendo." As questions remain over why it took investigators 6 years to create a case against Ivins, The Takeaway is offering the documents for you to analyze and discuss with other readers.


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Iowa meatpacking plant raid sends the government down a murky immigration trail

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

When America's largest kosher meatpacking plant was raided, investigators found something far more egregious than undocumented workers: laborers as young as 14 working through the night and in hazardous conditions.

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Audio timeline: An anthrax scare in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks

Monday, August 04, 2008

Anthrax timeline:

Late September, 2001
First signs
Envelopes containing threatening letters and a grainy brown substance arrive in the offices of ABC, CBS, NBC, and the New York Post.

October 5th, 2001
A fatality
Robert Stevens, a photo editor for the Florida-based ...

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The fog of war-crimes trials

Thursday, July 31, 2008

With the trial of Osama bin Laden drive Salim Hamdan underway in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, writer Jonathan Mahler compares the proceedings those in Nuremberg after World War II. Nuremberg mattered, Mahler says, but Guantanamo is another matter in the eyes of the public.

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