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D.C. Council Member Pushes For Independent Crime Lab

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The D.C. Council is considering a bill to make the city's crime lab independent from the police department.

The bills sponsor, Councilmember Phil Mendelson, says creating an independent department of forensic sciences will put to rest any concerns of bias or conflict-of-interest that may arise when police are charged with analyzing their own evidence.

"We want it to be science-based, and we want it to be independent, so that we have the best evidence when prosecutors are prosecuting," Mendelson says.

To make his case, Mendelson says one just needs to look at the current controversy involving the police department's faulty intoxilyzer machines that were used to help convict drunk drivers. He says some of these cases are now in jeopardy of being thrown out.

Right now, the city is building a state-of-the art, $200 million forensics laboratory in Southwest Washington. It's scheduled to be up and running by the end of the year.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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