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April 16, 2014 8:15 am | by Dick Warrington | Articles | Comments

When I started working as a CSO in the ’70s, we’d go into a crime scene, take some photos, dust for prints, and bag the obvious evidence. Nowadays, CSOs have to do more. Changes in science and technology mean more tools for crime scene investigation. To take advantage of these advances, you have to be knowledgeable about the latest developments and about the capabilities of experts; you also need the right equipment.

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University DNA Lab Helps Solve 42-year-old Mystery

April 17, 2014 11:17 am | by Carol Christian, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

The nationally known DNA lab at the University of North Texas has helped solve the mystery of what happened to two South Dakota high school girls who disappeared in late May 1971.                    

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Can My Department Benefit from Mobile ID Fingerprint Devices?

April 17, 2014 9:02 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

This report provides a “landscape” view of the issues and products associated with mobile devices for fingerprint identification, with a focus on forensic applications.                       

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The Myth of Work and Life Balance

April 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jon Gordon | Articles | Comments

No wonder a recent survey of North American employees found that 87 percent of respondents say their work/life balance is negatively affecting their health. If you’ve been killing yourself trying to achieve daily work/life balance, it may be a pipe dream.

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Forensics Expertise Questioned at Pistorius Trial

April 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Gerald Imray, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.             

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NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees Seeks Forensic Scientists

April 16, 2014 11:13 am | by NIST | News | Comments

The application process for positions in the new NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) is now open. NIST is welcoming members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to serve as committee and subcommittee members.

Alleged Serial Killings Highlight GPS Limits

April 16, 2014 9:24 am | by Don Thomson and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren't foolproof.                     

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Boston Police Safely Blow Up Suspicious Backpacks

April 16, 2014 9:09 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

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Social Media as a Component of Community Policing

April 15, 2014 4:45 pm | by Edward Davis III, Alejandro Alves and David Alan Sklansky, NIJ | News | Comments

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Police Department (BPD) tapped into a seemingly unconventional method — social media — to keep the public informed about the investigation, to calm nerves, and to correct misinformation.

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French School Carries Out DNA Dragnet in Rape Case

April 15, 2014 12:36 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.         

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Forensics Class at Boys' Latin School Uses Maggots for Criminal Investigation

April 15, 2014 12:25 pm | by The Boys' Latin School of Maryland | News | Comments

It's typical for students in Jim Haluck's honors forensics course at The Boys' Latin School of Maryland, to learn about a variety of materials throughout the year. Recently, however, students were talking quite a bit about the new lab entitled Sarcophaga bullata, which deals with meat and maggots in an attempt to determine if drugs were used by a hypothetical deceased human body.

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Questions Grow about Prisoner's Conviction

April 15, 2014 12:06 pm | by Frances Robles, The New York Times | News | Comments

With questions about his conviction growing and with 28 of his 53 years spent behind bars, Robert Hill is now among a growing number of convicts who hope the New York State Board of Parole will review their cases with a measure of skepticism and show mercy.

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The Growing Drug Trade in the Oil Patch

April 15, 2014 11:49 am | by Sharon Cohen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on this remote wind-swept prairie. Big money is raining down in small towns. Oil rigs light up the night sky. But the bonanza suddenly flourishing here has also brought with it a dark side: a growing trade in meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the shadow of sinister cartels and newfound violence.

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Hazard Recognition, Evaluation and Control

April 15, 2014 8:36 am | Articles | Comments

This element is key to any health and safety program. When asked, most people on the street would say is this is what a safety program is all about.                             

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Mobile Fingerprint Capture

April 14, 2014 4:34 pm | News | Comments

Contactless fingerprinting technology has benefits and capabilities for law enforcement, financial transactions and network security. This report discusses the grantee’s design and fabrication of two new contactless fingerprinting systems.

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New FBI Fingerprint Technology Resolves Illinois Cold Case

April 14, 2014 12:43 pm | by Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune | News | Comments

New FBI technology — including a sharper fingerprint identification system — is helping police resolve cold cases. The federal agency's Next Generation Identification system sounds like the name of a futuristic crime show — and in some ways, it resembles one, with cutting-edge advances rolled out over the past few years.

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