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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

In Michigan's Wayne County, Prosecutor Kym Worthy has spent years processing 11,341 rape kits. The kits, found in 2009, were forgotten in a police storage warehouse, where they were routinely dumped without investigation. Over 800 serial rapists, criminals who have struck 10-15 times without being stopped, were identified. 127 convictions have been made this far. "They just closed cases, even cases where I think they believed the victim ... They closed cases because the women had worked as prostitutes or had mental illness issues or had substance abuse. Didn't believe them, didn't care, and this was one issue that led to the backlog of these kits."


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

When she was just 16, Cyntoia Brown climbed into a pickup truck on Murfreesboro Pike with a stranger, drove to his home, got into his bed -- then shot him in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun as he lay naked beside her.Brown has never denied her crime. She has said that she was forced into prostitution by a violent boyfriend. She believed the man who picked her up was reaching for his gun when she killed him.
A Supreme Court ruling on mandatory review of life sentences for juveniles has had no impact on Tennessee. That's because state law already includes a mandatory review after 51 years, a period advocates call "a virtual life sentence."


Friday, November 03, 2017

A 47-year-old man accused of fatally shooting three people Wednesday night at a Thornton Walmart had long been under financial strain after running two failed businesses, running up $58,000 in credit card debt and declaring bankruptcy, state and federal records show.

Neighbors at the apartment complex on the 7100 block of Samuel Drive in Denver described Scott Ostrem as "creepy" and unfriendly.

"He made me nervous because he always had rifle in a case over his shoulder," said Teresa Muniz, who lives in the same apartment complex as the suspect.


We collected email communication and meeting schedule data for hundreds of employees in one office, across all levels of seniority, over the course of four months. We then gave 100 of these individuals sociometric badges, which allowed us to track in-person behavior.

We found almost no perceptible differences in the behavior of men and women. Women had the same number of contacts as men, they spent as much time with senior leadership, and they allocated their time similarly to men in the same role. We couldn't see the types of projects they were working on, but we found that men and women had indistinguishable work patterns in the amount of time they spent online, in concentrated work, and in face-to-face conversation. And in performance evaluations men and women received statistically identical scores. This held true for women at each level of seniority. Yet women weren't advancing and men were.


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