Martin Kaste

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Justice Dept. Makes A Habit Of Turning Its Sights On Local Police

Friday, September 05, 2014

Law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., isn't alone in coming under federal scrutiny. The Justice Department has put pressure on a number of departments to change their practices.


Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.


When Senate Returns From Recess, Ferguson Will Top The Docket

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The controversy surrounding the police showdown with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., will be coming to Congress. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has scheduled a hearing to look into the confrontation.


Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Freemasons are arguably one of the world's most famous men's organizations. Membership has been falling in the U.S. since the 1960s, but millennials are now showing an interest in the fraternity.


In Michael Brown's Memory, Pleas For Justice And Calm

Monday, August 25, 2014

More than 2,000 attended the funeral for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Both family and clergy referred to Brown's death as a sacrifice for the greater good.


Latecomers Bring Fresh Outrage To Weary Ferguson

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's been two weeks since Michael Brown was shot, and things on Ferguson's West Florissant Avenue have calmed down a lot. The street has a festive feel, like a county fair or a town square in the old days. Locals sit on lawn chairs, kids are out on their bikes, ...


Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight Of The Truth

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ferguson, Mo., found a degree of civic calm this week after days and nights of angry clashes between protestors and the police.

Now the city is working to restore trust with residents after a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. City leaders and residents ...


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 — 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

The Justice Department announced Tuesday it has resolved a two-year-old standoff with the county attorney in Missoula, Mont., in what was originally a dispute over accusations that local prosecutors weren't doing enough to prosecute rape cases.

Over time, however, the issue turned into something else: a test of the ...


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.