Howard Berkes

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Idaho Terrorism Suspect Waives Detention Hearing

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The 30-year-old Uzbek national accused of a terrorist conspiracy in Idaho and Utah waived his right to a detention hearing in Boise on Tuesday, and apparently avoided public disclosure of details of his alleged crimes.

According to a federal court document, an attorney for Fazliddin Kurbanov withdrew his client's request ...


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 forced a major reorganization of U.S. Speedskating over the weekend.

The group governs a sport that has produced 85 Winter Olympic medals for the United States — more than any other sport. But persistent turmoil threatened continued success ...


Doctors Confirm Black Lung In Victims Of Mine Blast

Friday, May 17, 2013

The tragic deaths of 29 coal miners in a massive explosion in 2010 have provided new evidence of a resurgence of the disease known as black lung.

On Monday, a team of pathologists and lung disease experts will present the results of a detailed study of lung ...


Drought Eases In The East, But Still Worrisome Out West

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The federal agencies saddled with doom-and-gloom forecasts have mixed news (PDF) for the vast regions of the country that have been suffering from drought.

The good news is reserved for Easterners and Midwesterners: Your drought pain has eased notably, the forecasters say, and the summer promises above-average heat but ...


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.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill sought the charge in a petition filed with a juvenile ...


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

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dying on the job continues at a steady pace according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The fatal injury rate for American workers dropped slightly in 2011 — the most recent year with reported numbers — from 3.6 to 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers.


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The Cruelest Month: Boston Blasts Join List Of Dark Incidents

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Howard Berkes is an NPR correspondent based in Salt Lake City.

It may have been the dumbest thing I ever said. On April 19, 1999, I stood before an audience at Idaho State University in Pocatello, talking about the cruelest month. April, I pointed out, and April 19 in particular, ...


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

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dale Atkins has been tracking hundreds of avalanche deaths for years but the fatality report that arrived from Utah Friday morning was especially shocking.

"It's way too close to home," says Atkins, the Colorado-based president of the American Avalanche Association. "It's mind's a slashing chill."

That's because the ...


Mine Safety Reform Stalled Three Years After Deadly Blast

Monday, April 08, 2013

Another anniversary has come and gone. Another memorial was unveiled. Bells tolled again 29 times at precisely 3:01 p.m. in West Virginia Friday in memory of the coal miners killed three years ago at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine.

And once again, another year passes without the ...


A Woman's Prayer Makes Mormon History

Monday, April 08, 2013

There was no formal acknowledgment of the historic moment Saturday when Jean Stevens stood at a dark wooden podium framed by potted plants and colorful flowers in the cavernous Mormon conference center in Salt Lake City.

"Our beloved father in heaven," she began, as 20,000 faithful and silent Mormons in ...


New Federal Scrutiny In Wake Of NPR Grain Bin Reports

Friday, March 29, 2013

Congress, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Justice Department are beginning to respond to the NPR-Center for Public Integrity Series on hundreds of persistent and preventable deaths in grain storage bins and weak enforcement by federal agencies.

Two federal officials familiar with the case say that the ...


Fines Slashed In Grain Bin Entrapment Deaths

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The night before he died, Wyatt Whitebread couldn't stand the thought of going back to the grain bins on the edge of Mount Carroll, Ill.

The mischievous and popular 14-year-old had been excited about his first real job, he told Lisa Jones, the mother of some of his closest friends, ...


Should Grain Bins On Farms Be Regulated, Too?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The commercial grain industry responded to a record number of grain entrapments and deaths in 2010 with more safety videos, publications and training programs.

"Have tragic incidents still happened? Yes," says Jeff Adkisson, who heads the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois. "Are we working to reduce them further? Absolutely."



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...

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