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PA Gov. Schweiker Dedicates `Emergency Responder Plaza'

March 26, 2002
Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker officially dedicated "Emergency Responder Plaza" on Tuesday, March 26, at Third and North streets (between the State Museum and the Commonwealth Keystone Building) in Harrisburg.

DNA Database Benefits Outweigh Problems

March 14, 2002
A new law went into effect on Jan. 1 in Michigan. It ordered everyone convicted of a felony or sex-related misdemeanor in Michigan to give authorities a sample of their DNA. This would be very helpful to investigators -- if everything were in place to carry it out.

Kerik Accused of Special Treatment for Friend

March 14, 2002
Detectives from the Manhattan South Homicide Task Force came to the doors of several network employees late at night. The detectives had come to question the people, fingerprint them, and tell them they would have to take lie detector tests. All this for a missing necklace and cell phone.

Dead Suspects in WTC Terrorist Attack Get Visas

March 14, 2002
Huffman Aviation school received some interesting mail recently: student visa approval forms for two men believed to have been hijackers of the jetliners that slammed into the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11.

Plan to give Florida Police INS Duties Sparks Debate

March 8, 2002
A pilot project to give some Florida police officers federal power to arrest illegal immigrants would merge the roles of local law enforcement and the INS, sparking fears that the new arrangement may erode immigrants' trust in police.

Detroit Police Lapel Pin Criticized

March 8, 2002
Detroit's new police chief, Jerry Oliver, recently distributed to precincts lapel pins that say "Mind'N Our Business." Complaints and confusion have ensued.

Ex-officer in Louima Case Out on Bail

March 8, 2002
Former police officer Charles Schwarz, convicted in 1999 for the 1997 torture of Abner Louima, was freed on $1 million bail to await a new trial.

Court Overturns 3 Convictions in Louima Police Brutality Case

February 28, 2002
A federal appeals court has thrown out the convictions of three of the four police officers sent to prison in the torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.

Death Raises Questions About Less-Lethal Weapons

February 21, 2002
The death of a man shot by police with a Taser stun gun in Philadelphia has caused civil liberties groups to question the safety of nonlethal weapons.

National Memorial Concert

February 21, 2002
PBS' 2002 National Memorial Day Concert will pay special tribute to the Americans who are serving in the war against terrorism and the victims and heroes of Sept. 11.
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