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ANAB Selects Qualtrax for Internal Quality Systems Management

May 30, 2014 10:33 am | Qualtrax | Comments

ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, one of the largest multi-discipline accreditation bodies in the world, will now use Qualtrax compliance management software to manage their internal management system.             

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Jury Awards $175,000 to Whistleblower Police Chemist

May 29, 2014 1:23 pm | by Jennifer Mann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comments

A jury has decided to award $175,000 to a former St. Louis police chemist who claimed she was fired from her 25-year job because she blew the whistle on drug testing errors in the crime lab.                 

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Drug Users Switch to Heroin because It's Cheap, Easy to Get

May 29, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jim Dryden, Washington Univ. in St. Louis | Comments

A nationwide survey indicates that heroin users are attracted to the drug not only for the “high” but because it is less expensive and easier to get than prescription painkillers.                    

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Using Art to Help Close Cold Cases

May 29, 2014 11:42 am | by Mark Schreiner, WUSF News | Comments

In April 2013, the decomposed remains of a woman were discovered behind a truck stop at I-75 and State Road 44 in Sumter County. Authorities there weren’t able to identify her, so they turned to Dr. Erin Kimmerle and the USF Forensic Anthropology Laboratory for help.

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Technology Lifts Fingerprints from Thermal Paper

May 29, 2014 11:03 am | by Univ. of Leicester | Comments

New technology developed by academics at the University of Leicester could help in the fight against theft and fraud — by identifying fingerprints on old receipts and ATM bills previously hidden from view.         

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New York Prosecutor to Re-examine 90 Convictions

May 28, 2014 1:07 pm | by Jennifer Peltz and Tom Hays, Associated Press | Comments

Fueled by the freeing of a prison inmate who claimed a detective framed him in a 1990 murder, the Brooklyn district attorney's office has undertaken one of the nation's most ambitious efforts to revisit cases of people put behind bars decades ago to determine whether they were wrongly convicted.

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Lethal Injection under New Scrutiny after Botched Execution

May 28, 2014 12:53 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

The botched execution in April of a man convicted of murder brought to the fore of national consciousness the precarious state of capital punishment. An article details the history of lethal injection, what went wrong in April and how states are currently handling the practice, once deemed the most humane way to execute prisoners.

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Soil Forensics Expert Digs Deep for Evidence

May 28, 2014 12:34 pm | by Nick Carne, The Lead | Comments

Getting the dirt on someone takes on a whole new meaning when Robert Fitzpatrick is involved. His approach has helped convict criminals in Australia and terrorists overseas.                     

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DNA Match from 1992 Slaying Leads to Arrest

May 27, 2014 3:51 pm | by Joe Macenka, Richmond Times-Dispatch | Comments

The years passed and slowly turned into decades, and the white curtain with a bloodstain on it sat in a sealed plastic bag inside an evidence box at the Richmond Police Department’s storage facility.               

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Special Operators on Lookout for New Biometric, Forensic Tools

May 27, 2014 11:42 am | by Yasmin Tadjdeh, National Defense | Comments

Sensitive site exploitation is part of SOCOM’s special reconnaissance, surveillance and exploitation program office, where work is conducted to collect biometric and forensic intelligence. As the Defense Department shifts to a strategy that will rely more on special operators, those conducting sensitive site exploitation missions need new technologies.

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How is Gas Chromatography Used in Forensics?

May 27, 2014 11:29 am | by Chromatography Today | Comments

Gas chromatography is the process whereby the various elements of a compound are separated into their distinct parts for individual analysis. This is most often achieved by observing how the elements react with a specific solvent and identifying them by their unique “retention time."

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The Various Ways Police Destroy Drug Evidence

May 27, 2014 11:19 am | by Kantele Franko, Associated Press | Comments

Cardboard boxes and paper envelopes packed with marijuana, cocaine and other drugs line warehouse-style shelves at the State Highway Patrol's Ohio crime laboratory, where seizures large and small are stored for safekeeping for sometimes years until they're no longer needed as evidence. Then comes a tricky task: How do you destroy it all?

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Malaysia Releases Satellite Data about Jet

May 27, 2014 11:03 am | by Chris Brummitt and Eileen NG, Associated Press | Comments

Close to three months after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared, the government on Tuesday released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board.

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Zodiac Killer Suspect's Sex Scandal Shocks Cops

May 23, 2014 1:01 pm | by Kevin Fagan, SFGate | Comments

There are Zodiac Killer theories and books by the trainload, but few have generated as much heat and noise as the The Most Dangerous Animal of All published last week — or spun a tale with as much twisted extra value.       

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Texas Sees Rise in Overturned Sexual Abuse Convictions from DNA Testing

May 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Hill Law Firm | Comments

Being accused of a crime you haven't committed can be devastating. Unfortunately, several wrongly convicted individuals are just now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after years behind bars.               

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