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Hair Analysis: The Root of the Evidence Problem
Texas takes on first-in-the-nation statewide case review
"...Friday morning to move forward with a first-in-the-nation review of state criminal convictions that included testimony on microscopic hair..."

Jan. 13, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

A Parliament of Experts
Did 'expert testimony' convict an innocent woman of murder?
"...Jan. 30, 2003, was supposed to be a day off for Victoria Gutierrez. Instead, the then-19-year-old Mexican immigrant was..."

Feb. 4, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Future of Austin’s Crime Lab
The backlog of DNA evidence is moving, but is it shrinking?
"...passed since the Austin Police Department announced the shutdown of its DNA lab due to poorly trained staff and..."

Dec. 2, 2016 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Cost of No Green New Deal
"...One thing this article didn’t cover was the cost of not having a Green New Deal. We have only..."

March 1, 2019 Postmarks

Books of a Lifetime
Dawn Powell: A Biography
"...a 1942 review in The Nation. According to many of the New York literati of the Thirties and Forties,..."

Nov. 27, 1998 Books Feature

Capitol Chronicle
Bush brings smog to Europe, and Rich Oppel blows smoke.
"...from its smokestack, descending on neighborhoods at the edge of its property, were in violation of permissible levels. Alcoa..."

June 22, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Texas Fiction Science
The State Board of Education does its part to fantasize biology
"...There's nothing the evil overlords of the fictional future like more than a nice, healthy..."

July 25, 2008 News Feature by Andrea Grimes

New Salamanders in Our Midst
University of Texas biologists have discovered three new species of groundwater salamander
"...University of Texas biologists have discovered three new species of groundwater..."

Jan. 25, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Life in Prison for Hemp
José Peña brought some roadside weeds home from Kansas. Cops decided it was reefer, and a Texas court sentenced him to life in prison – without the evidence. It took a decade for Peña to get back some of the pieces of his life.
" he drove south toward Houston on the morning of Sept. 27, 1998. Following a quick trip north to..."

March 16, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Women Would Benefit From New Proposals
Nonpartisan group recommends a bevy of preventative services
"...The Insti­tute of Medicine on July 19 released its report to the..."

July 22, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Study: More Innocents on Death Row Than Previously Thought
Number could be higher in larger criminal justice system
"...Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued that the incidence of wrongful conviction is, in essence, vastly overblown...."

April 28, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Supremes Stand for Individual Rights
Two new opinions from the high court check state powers
"...power. In the first, the court redefined the right of students to be free from unreasonable searches. In the..."

June 26, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...Quote of the Week"We need to wear goggles." – Activist and..."

Feb. 17, 2006 News Feature

Climate Change News
Safe Climate Act introduced to Congress; and National Academy of Sciences releases climate change report requested by House Committee on Science chair
"...Last Tuesday, Rep. Henry Waxman of California introduced the Safe Climate Act (HR 5642), a..."

June 30, 2006 News Feature

Weed Watch
FDA says idea that marijuana has any medicinal value is hoax
"...federal arbiters on matters concerning the safety and efficacy of drugs, they're the good guys and, by declaring that..."

May 5, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Alcoa, von Gonten Family Reach Settlement in Legal Fight
Critics charge suit was meant to intimidate citizens
" intimidate and silence its critics, Alcoa Inc., operator of a massive aluminum smelter and coal-fired power plant in..."

Dec. 2, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

It's the Planet, Stupid
George W. Bush is not sure global warming and the greenhouse effect are a problem.
"...A couple of years ago, Bush said the "jury is still out"..."

Oct. 27, 2000 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Death Row Study: Worse Than We Thought
Report says 4.1% of death row defendants in the U.S. are innocent
"...Antonin Sca­lia would have us believe that the number of wrongfully convicted inmates on death row is vastly exaggerated...."

May 2, 2014 News Feature by Jordan Smith

K-Tel Cabaret
Michael Holland and Karen Mack make a performance party out of hits from the Seventies and Eighties.
"...As the next offering from Austin Cabaret Theatre proves, it's also for Billy..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Hightower Lowdown
Dubya lets polluters make messes, but we pay for the clean-up; the computer industry isn't as clean as it would like us to think; and the National Academy of Scientists calls for closer scrutiny of biotech.
"...Toxic polluters prefer to make the mess, grab the profits, and run. That's why the Superfund waste cleanup law..."

March 8, 2002 News Column by Jim Hightower

To Your Health
I stopped eating nuts a few years ago when I found out about aflatoxins, but now I am hearing more about nuts being good for us. Should I reconsider?
"...are carcinogenic and eating them greatly increases the risk of liver cancer. Aflatoxins are not as big a risk..."

Feb. 15, 2002 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

Personal Freedom?
" an economic issue with so many. In all of the letters and articles I've read, not one person..."

April 15, 2005 Postmarks

Reefer Madness
Judge supports bid to grow research pot
"...than a year since the Drug Enforcement Administration's Department of Justice-appointed Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner heard testimony..."

Feb. 23, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
"...According to a recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences, 80% of North Americans have X-ray..."

Dec. 22, 2017 Column by Mr. Smarty Pants

The Hightower Report: Cosmetic Giants Wage Nonstop Makeup War
There's formaldehyde in your makeup, America. Do you even care?
"...pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what's commonly called "makeup." But lipsticks, mascara, eye shadow,..."

Nov. 7, 2014 News Column by Jim Hightower

Letters at 3AM
This is the number of deaths a year caused by how we do (or don't do) health care. A decade of that, and it's as though terrorists nuked Chicago.
"...The numbers stun. "Of every 20 people who go into a U.S. hospital,..."

Jan. 19, 2007 Column by Michael Ventura

Congress Spotlights Texas' Coal Waste
Feds hear testimony on Central Texas polluters
"...The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council, an advisory panel..."

Jan. 14, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Experience the C.H.A.R.M.?
Marketing the "live music capital of the world"
"...and bumper stickers, Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World." But what if we were merely charming..."

Sept. 6, 1996 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Point Austin: Inside the Whirlwind
From D.C. to Austin, a relentless political storm
"...pretty much swallows everything around it. Yet in terms of sheer threat to humanity, the farcical antics of Princeling..."

July 14, 2017 News Column by Michael King

Another Anti-Pot Presidential Appointment?
Obama's reported pick to head the transition at the ONDCP is a medi-pot foe.
" on Nov. 4 gave medi-pot advocates a sense of (cautious) optimism that the federal war on pot as..."

Nov. 24, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

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