Martin Kaste http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/botched-ariz-execution-renews-unease-over-lethal-injections <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Botched+Ariz.+Execution+Renews+Unease+Over+Lethal+Injections&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTgyNDI4MDEzMTM0MjQzMTZlNDI0Mg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Arizona's governor has ordered a review of yesterday's execution of convicted murderer Joseph Wood. Opponents of the death penalty call it another botched execution by lethal injection. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 58342 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/how-chokehold-aka-neck-restraint-supposed-work Eric Garner's funeral will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday afternoon. The New Yorker died last week shortly after being wrestled to the ground by police.<p>The arrest was caught <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5UY9I1EbU">on video</a>, and the case has stirred up considerable anger in New York City — and renewed a debate over the use of force by police officers. Police confronted Garner over the suspicion that he was selling untaxed cigarettes. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 58235 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/states-push-prison-sentence-reform-and-prosecutors-push-back Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.<p>By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:58:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 57406 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back In A Standoff With Montana Officials, The Justice Department Blinks http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/standoff-montana-officials-justice-dept-blinks The Justice Department announced Tuesday it <a href="http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-county-state-doj-sign-agreement-to-improve-handling-of/article_bb8c665a-f0c1-11e3-8689-0019bb2963f4.html">has resolved a two-year-old standoff</a> with the county attorney in Missoula, Mont., in what was originally a dispute over accusations that local prosecutors weren't doing enough to prosecute rape cases.<p>Over time, however, the issue turned into something else: a test of the Feds' power to impose reform on local prosecutors. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 55781 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 22:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 54728 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 22:57:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 54663 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death Seattle Proposal Would Raise City's Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/seattle-proposal-would-raise-citys-minimum-wage-15-hour Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The minimum wage may go up anyway in Seattle. Politicians there want to raise the local minimum higher than current 7.25, and higher than President Obama's goal of 10.10. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Seattle's current minimum wage, like all of Washington state's, is $9.19 per hour.] Seattle is seriously considering setting the minimum wage at $15.<p>Here's NPR's Martin Kaste.<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Seattle - 15, 15, 15!<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: That's right, $15 an hour. The idea caught fire during the municipal election last year. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53477 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/botched-oklahoma-execution-mobilizes-death-penalty-opponents Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected. The incident, the second of its kind in recent months, is renewing questions of what constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53453 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wash. Loses 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Over Teacher Evaluations http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wash-loses-no-child-left-behind-waiver-over-teacher-evaluations Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act. Most states have waivers to some of the more stringent requirements of the 2001 federal law but those waivers come with conditions. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, Washington is being punished because it didn't fulfill a condition that is very dear to the Obama administration.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: What the administration wants is simple. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53209 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 52799 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 15:50:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 52586 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off Survey: Americans Skeptical Of Prison For Non-Violent Drug Crimes http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/survey-americans-skeptical-prison-non-violent-drug-crimes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to a new survey from the Pew Research Center that's found more evidence of a shift in public attitudes toward illegal drug use.<p>As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, the survey indicates growing public skepticism about prison terms for nonviolent drug offenders.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: This shift has been going on for a while now. Previous polls already showed a new majority in favor of legalizing marijuana. But in this survey, you also see changing attitudes toward harder drugs.<p>Carroll Doherty is Pew's director of political research. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51900 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Washington Landslide Takes A Grim — And Fluctuating — Toll http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/washington-landslide-takes-grim-and-fluctuating-toll Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>It's been nine days since the devastating mudslide in the tiny community of Oso, Washington, and it's now apparent that the death toll will not be nearly so high as it once been feared. The loss is still terrible. State officials that 21 people are confirmed dead, dozens are listed as missing. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51752 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 18:58:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51414 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It Caution And Concern Prevail In Days Following Washington Landslide http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/caution-and-concern-prevail-days-following-washington-landslide Officials in Washington say they've received 108 reports of people missing in the region hit by a recent landslide. But they say that is a "soft number" and rescue efforts continue. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51351 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 10:43:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 50105 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred-0 Social media 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 href="http://www.crowdcontrolhq.com/">a product sold by CrowdControlHQ</a>. CEO James Leavesley says the company is in the business of monitoring "social media risk."<p>Companies can use the product to keep tabs on what employees say on social media or watch what others are saying. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:45:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 50104 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 21:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 50092 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 21:21:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 49710 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA Cold War Technology Sought By Spy Is In Your Pocket — Sort Of http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cold-war-technology-sought-spy-your-pocket-sort Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>And now to All Tech Considered.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)<p>CORNISH: Today is a tricky business of keeping some American technologies out of foreign hands. When a man from Hong Kong met with an aerospace company in Seattle last week, he was really dealing with an undercover Homeland Security agent. See Kee Chin allegedly tried to buy $85,000 worth of highly specialized accelerometers. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 49458 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-animation-details-what-went-wrong-2010-plant-explosion The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has released its draft report into the causes of a devastating 2010 explosion at a Tesoro refinery on Puget Sound. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:41:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48502 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 22:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48180 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 23:05:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48129 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 22:32:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 47504 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens A Late Christmas Tree May Not Be A Beauty, But It's A Tradition http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/late-christmas-tree-may-not-be-beauty-its-tradition Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>For a lot of families, Christmas tree tradition spark household debate. For instance, tinsel or beads; white lights or multicolored; star or angel on top. And for some people, it's not how to decorate the tree. It is when to put it up, early or late, late being now, Christmas Eve. NPR's Martin Kaste falls into that last category.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: Yes, I belong to that small and shrinking tribe. We're the ones lurking in the Christmas tree lots at the last possible moment. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 46715 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'Bertha' Still Stuck In Her Tunnel Under Seattle http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bertha-still-stuck-her-tunnel-under-seattle Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The people of Seattle are puzzled by a mystery unfolding underground: the world's biggest tunneling machine is stuck about 75 feet under street level where it's digging a nearly two-mile-long highway right under downtown Seattle. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, engineers say it'll take until January to figure out what is causing the block.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: They call the machine Bertha, and it has a circular cutting face five stories high, with special attachments for chewing up boulders. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 46609 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 23:06:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 46394 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 21:06:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 45673 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/have-we-reached-end-landline America's traditional phone system is not as dependable as it used to be. Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission told phone companies to start <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/problems-long-distance-or-wireless-calling-rural-areas">collecting stats on calls that fail to complete</a>. According to one estimate, as many as 1 in 5 incoming long-distance calls simply doesn't connect.<p>The problem may be in the way those calls are being routed — often via the Internet, which is cheaper. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 44907 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline? There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/there-may-be-green-light-pot-not-driving-high Western states have led the way in the legalization of marijuana, first with medical marijuana, and then with the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington last November.<p>It's been quite an adjustment for the police. Washington State Patrol is adapting to the new reality in a variety of ways, from untraining dogs that sniff out pot, to figuring out how to police high drivers.<p><strong>A Smell Once Forbidden</strong><p>I'm driving through Seattle on Interstate 5. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 44254 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High