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False missile alarm tests journalism’s response

One of the big stories in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Saturday morning was that military “brass” updated island officials on how the military would respond to a nuclear attack from North Korea. Military authorities warned there was a “real” threat.

At 8:07 a.m. Saturday, Hawaiian residents saw a terrifying alert message on their phones.

The same alert, with even more terrifying details, broke into a live NBC Sports Network broadcast of a soccer game. The same automated alert interrupted an SEC basketball game being shown in Hawaii.

That alert told viewers to seek “immediate shelter in a building” and “if you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a  building.” 

Though it ultimately turned out to be false, many who saw the alert took it to be real, including journalists who were working or vacationing there.

Lorenza Ingram, a CNN producer who is in Hawaii a

Read more at: https://www.poynter.org/news/false-missile-alarm-tests-journalisms-response

New Steven Avery Blood Spatter Tests Prove He Was Framed, ‘Making A Murderer’ Attorney Exclusively Says

The Wisconsin man whose conviction was portrayed in the popular Netflix documentary Making a Murderer was framed for the 2005 crime, his defense attorney told Newsweek, citing new experiments she conducted with a bloodstain expert.

The experiments are among multiple tests overseen by attorney Kathleen Zellner to demonstrate flaws in the prosecutors’ original murder case against Steven Avery. In 2007, he who was found guilty of killing a woman, in part because his blood was found in the Toyota SUV she had driven to the Avery family’s auto salvage yard.

“The experiments show the blood in the RAV4 was planted,” said Zellner, who was not involved in Avery’s original case, which was grippingly portrayed in the Netflix series. “We’re not saying the cops planted it; we’re saying the killer planted the blood.”

Zellner and bloodstain pattern analyst Stuart James re-created as much of the actual scene as possible—with the lawyer

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/steven-avery-appeal-blood-evidence-innocent-guilty-kathleen-zellner-making-762639

New Steven Avery Blood Spatter Tests Prove He Was Framed …

The Wisconsin man whose conviction was portrayed in the popular Netflix documentary Making a Murderer was framed for the 2005 crime, his defense attorney told Newsweek, citing new experiments she conducted with a bloodstain expert.

The experiments are among multiple tests overseen by attorney Kathleen Zellner to demonstrate flaws in the prosecutors’ original murder case against Steven Avery. In 2007, he who was found guilty of killing a woman, in part because his blood was found in the Toyota SUV she had driven to the Avery family’s auto salvage yard.

“The experiments show the blood in the RAV4 was planted,” said Zellner, who was not involved in Avery’s original case, which was grippingly portrayed in the Netflix series. “We’re not saying the cops planted it; we’re saying the killer planted the blood.”

Zellner and bloodstain pattern analyst Stuart James re-created as much of the actual scene as possible—with the lawyer

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/steven-avery-appeal-blood-evidence-innocent-guilty-kathleen-zellner-making-762639

Innocence Project tests lost evidence for DNA in 1990 murder

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Fifteen years after the state convicted a Mitchell man for a 1990 shotgun murder along Interstate 90, assistant attorney general Bob Mayer received an order from the court.

Enough time had passed, and it was time to destroy evidence leftover from Stacy Larson’s trial, including shotgun shells, tennis shoes, photographs and fingerprints, the Argus Leader reported .

It didn’t sit well with Mayer.

“I respect the courts,” Mayer said, “but it didn’t seem like it was a good idea.”

Instead, he stashed the boxes away in the attorney general’s office, then forgot about them until more than a decade later.

Mayer’s decision to disregard a court order in July 2005 offers a potential lifeline to Larson, who maintains his innocence more than 25 years after his conviction.

The evidence, long

Read more at: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/innocence-project-tests-lost-evidence-for-dna-in-1990-murder/

Texas Schedules Execution but Refuses DNA Tests That Could Prove a Man’s Innocence

When hunters walking in the piney woods of Sam Houston National Forest in East Texas found the body of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter on January 2, 1999, her jeans were torn and her shirt was pulled up. There was tissue damage on her face from scavenging animals and a length of pantyhose, which had been used to strangle her, was tied around her neck.

Trotter had been missing since December 8, 1998, when she disappeared from the Montgomery County community college where she was a first-year student. Three days later, on unrelated warrants, the police arrested Larry Swearingen, a 27-year-old unemployed electrician with a young family and a history of run-ins with the law. Police suspected Swearingen was Trotter’s killer. He had been seen talking with Trotter two days before her disappearance outside a local store near Lake Conroe, which abuts the national forest. On the day she went missing, he was

Read more at: https://theintercept.com/2017/09/25/texas-dna-testing-larry-swearingen-execution/

DNA Tests In Wisconsin Killing Raise Questions Amid Alleged Evidence Tampering

In his opening statement, prosecutor Vince Biskupic said blood found on Ken Hudson’s body came from Shanna Van Dyn Hoven, an athletic student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison home for summer break who was stabbed to death while jogging near her home in Kaukauna.

Police photos show Hudson’s left leg shining red, streaked with a red substance, as he lay handcuffed to a hospital bed. The substance ran from the middle of his shin down to his sandal, a little trickling between his toes. It was hours after police arrested Hudson following a 16-mile car chase through Wisconsin’s Fox Valley in June 2000.

Hudson’s arrest came after Dave Carnot, a welder, said in an interview for this story that he had heard his neighbor, Van Dyn Hoven, 19, scream about three times. Carnot, the son of a retired Kaukauna police officer, said he raced to Plank Road where he found Hudson standing

Read more at: https://www.wpr.org/dna-tests-wisconsin-killing-raise-questions-amid-alleged-evidence-tampering

DNA tests in Wisconsin murder raise questions amid alleged …

Shanna Van Dyn Hoven, 19, was stabbed to death on June 25, 2000, in Kaukauna, Wis. Ken Hudson is serving a life term for the murder. Hudson, who has maintained his innocence, has won a new round of DNA testing in the case.

Read more at: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/crime/dna-tests-in-wisconsin-murder-raise-questions-amid-alleged-evidence/article_6093998c-e3ac-56c5-92a3-8846aa1d8743.html

DNA tests in Wisconsin murder raise questions amid alleged evidence tampering

Shanna Van Dyn Hoven, 19, was stabbed to death on June 25, 2000, in Kaukauna, Wis. Ken Hudson is serving a life term for the murder. Hudson, who has maintained his innocence, has won a new round of DNA testing in the case.

Read more at: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/crime/dna-tests-in-wisconsin-murder-raise-questions-amid-alleged-evidence/article_6093998c-e3ac-56c5-92a3-8846aa1d8743.html

DNA tests in Wisconsin murder raise questions amid alleged evidence tampering

This story was produced in partnership with The Medill Justice Project, an award-winning national investigative journalism center based at Northwestern University.

 

Infographic

Examine the testing done on samples from Hudson’s body for both the prosecution and the defense.


*Editor’s note: Some images in this story may be disturbing to viewers.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Vince Biskupic said blood found on Ken Hudson’s body came from Shanna Van Dyn Hoven, an athletic student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison home for summer break who was stabbed to death while jogging near her home in Kaukauna.

Police photos show Hudson’s left leg shining red, streaked with a red substance, as he lay handcuffed to a hospital bed. The substance ran from the middle of his shin down to his sandal, a

Read more at: http://wisconsinwatch.org/2017/09/dna-tests-in-wisconsin-murder-raise-questions-amid-alleged-evidence-tampering/

Crash Tests Show How The Tesla Model X Got A 5-Star Safety Rating

After conducting independent testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Tesla Model X five stars in its three crash test categories: frontal crash, side crash and rollover. And these crash test videos show just how well it can hold up.

The agency simulated head-on collisions of vehicles moving at 35 mph. It also considered how much the crash test dummy’s head, neck, chest, pelvis, legs and feet were impacted. The side crash test simulated collisions into stationary things like poles or trees. And the Model X was unlikely to rollover during the rollover test.

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This, as Tesla tells us in a press release, makes the Model X the “first SUV ever to earn the 5-star rating across the board.”

See for yourself:

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/crash-tests-show-how-the-tesla-model-x-got-a-5-star-saf-1796051828