Martin Kaste http://kplu.org en Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? http://kplu.org/post/can-cop-worn-cameras-restore-faith-new-orleans-police Body-worn video cameras are quickly becoming standard-issue for American police, especially at departments in the process of reform. And in New Orleans, the troubled police department is now requiring almost all officers to wear the cameras.<p>The city's police department has a dark history of corruption, racism and brutality. Thu, 22 May 2014 22:04:28 +0000 Martin Kaste 16790 at http://kplu.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death http://kplu.org/post/invoking-castle-doctrine-man-pleads-not-guilty-teens-death Montana resident Markus Kaarma pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murdering a German exchange student last month. Kaarma shot the 17-year-old while the student was trespassing in his garage. The case has attracted international scrutiny to the contentious debate over how far Americans may go when defending their homes.<p>Kaarma's lawyer, Paul Ryan, says his client feels badly about the shooting, but that prosecutors in Missoula, Mont., have no business charging Kaarma with murder. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:50:05 +0000 Martin Kaste 16762 at http://kplu.org Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off http://kplu.org/post/apple-upgrade-tracks-customers-even-when-marketing-apps-are The people who design marketing apps are celebrating a change in the way <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6048">iBeacon</a> works on iPhones. That's the Bluetooth-based system that lets a store track a customer's movements, and capitalize on them. For instance, if iBeacon detects you lingering in the shoe department, it might send you a digital coupon for socks.<p>IBeacon has been around for a while, and marketers liked the concept in principle. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:44:59 +0000 Martin Kaste 16035 at http://kplu.org Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It http://kplu.org/post/your-smartphone-crucial-police-tool-if-they-can-crack-it New software and gizmos are revolutionizing police work, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/28/284131881/as-police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred">social media scanners</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/28/228181778/a-look-into-facebooks-potential-to-recognize-anybodys-face">facial recognition</a> and other high tech items. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:01:29 +0000 Martin Kaste 15286 at http://kplu.org Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt http://kplu.org/post/sand-grinds-worlds-largest-tunneling-machine-halt Contractors working for the state of Washington are planning a high-stakes operation to rescue Bertha — the world's largest tunneling machine.<p>Bertha is supposed to be boring a 2-mile highway tunnel under downtown Seattle, but it got stuck in December.<p>Bertha is on Seattle's waterfront, between South Main and South Jackson streets, about 60 feet straight down. At first, they thought the machine was being stymied by a big glacial rock. Then attention focused on the chewed-up remains of a metal pipe. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:26:30 +0000 Martin Kaste 14316 at http://kplu.org Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://kplu.org/post/police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred Social monitoring started in the world of marketing, allowing companies to track what people were saying about their brands. But now, with software that allows users to scan huge volumes of public postings on social media, police are starting to embrace it as well.<p>Many police departments in Britain use a product sold by CrowdControlHQ. CEO James Leavesley calls it a "social media risk media and monitoring" company, <strong>meant primarily as a means of staying in touch with the public</strong>. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:40:05 +0000 Martin Kaste 14285 at http://kplu.org As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA http://kplu.org/post/domain-awareness-detractors-see-another-nsa Police are like the rest of us; they suffer from information overload. The data pour in from 21st century sources ranging from license plate readers to Twitter. But as the information comes in, it hits an old-fashioned bottleneck: human beings.<p>"They all have access to different databases," says Dave Mosher, vice president of program management at Microsoft Services. He describes the typical law enforcement command center as a room full of people at computers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:35:13 +0000 Martin Kaste 13954 at http://kplu.org In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug http://kplu.org/post/holder-favors-pot-banking-and-legal-dealers-shrug When I heard late Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder had come out in favor of bank accounts for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/legal-marijuana-businesses-should-have-access-to-banks-holder-says.html">state-sanctioned pot businesses</a>, I assumed the industry would react with cheers. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:18:30 +0000 Martin Kaste 12878 at http://kplu.org Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine http://kplu.org/post/seattle-no-simple-answers-stalled-tunneling-machine Ever wonder what happened with Bertha — the world's biggest tunneling machine, stuck under Seattle? We <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/22/256275571/bertha-still-stuck-in-her-tunnel-under-seattle">last checked in on the story right before Christmas</a>, when engineers were preparing to send down inspection teams to identify the blockage. People (OK, the media) were having a grand time, floating ridiculous guesses about what the mysterious object might be. An old ship? Dinosaur bones? Bigfoot?<p>One month later, there's still no clear answer. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:56:16 +0000 Martin Kaste 12841 at http://kplu.org In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens http://kplu.org/post/marijuana-hash-oil-explodes-popularity-and-kitchens If you think the recent liberalization of marijuana laws around the country is only about smoking leaves and buds, think again. For users younger than 25, "hash oil" is where it's really at. This concentrated resin of marijuana is creating new public safety headaches — even in places where it's legal.<p>There have always been forms of the substance, but the resins available today are much stronger than in years past. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:35:08 +0000 Martin Kaste 12480 at http://kplu.org Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? http://kplu.org/post/majority-us-favor-legal-pot-will-stick <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in. </em><p>This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:14:08 +0000 Martin Kaste 11812 at http://kplu.org A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses http://kplu.org/post/washington-state-growers-roll-dice-new-pot-licenses Washington residents thinking about jumping into the state's new legal marijuana industry need to act soon. The deadline to apply for a state license to sell recreational pot is Dec. 19, and the applications are flooding in.<p>Danielle Rosellison, a loan officer in Bellingham, Wash., applied for her pot-growing license on the first day. "It's so cool," she says, laughing. "We have butterflies in our stomach all the time. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:21:09 +0000 Martin Kaste 11391 at http://kplu.org Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses Washington has one of 3 ballot measures that would OK pot beyond medicine http://kplu.org/post/washington-has-one-3-ballot-measures-would-ok-pot-beyond-medicine Marijuana legalization is back on the ballot this year. California voters defeated a legalization proposal in 2010, but now similar measures have cropped up in three more Western states. This time around, some of the most intense opposition is coming from the earlier pioneers of legalization — the medical marijuana industry.<p>In Colorado, Amendment 64 "would regulate marijuana much like alcohol," says Howard Wooldridge, a retired police detective from Texas and a longtime campaigner for marijuana legalization. He has come to Greeley, Colo., to wave a sign for the measure. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:45:20 +0000 Martin Kaste 6832 at http://kplu.org Washington has one of 3 ballot measures that would OK pot beyond medicine Faith In Seattle Police 'Shaken' By DOJ Investigation http://kplu.org/post/faith-seattle-police-shaken-doj-investigation Police departments have come under increased scrutiny from the Obama administration as the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division steps up investigations of corruption, bias and excessive force.<p>Some of the targeted law enforcement agencies have had ethical clouds hanging over them for years — the New Orleans Police Department being the prime example — but others, like the Seattle Police Department, aren't exactly usual suspects.<p>Seattle came to the Justice Department's attention a year and a half ago, after the shooting death of John T. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 22:40:58 +0000 Martin Kaste 4683 at http://kplu.org Faith In Seattle Police 'Shaken' By DOJ Investigation Mitt Romney Tops Washington Caucuses http://kplu.org/post/mitt-romney-tops-washington-caucuses Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled ahead of his rivals in Washington State's presidential straw poll on Saturday, with <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/WA_Page_0303.html?SITE=NPRELN&SECTION=POLITICS">more than one-third of the votes</a>. Romney finished well ahead of Ron Paul, who himself squeaked past Rick Santorum by just over 500 votes. Newt Gingrich had to settle for about one vote in 10.<p>Turnout at the caucuses was huge, about four times the number of people who participated in 2008. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 17:28:44 +0000 Martin Kaste 4319 at http://kplu.org