DNA Dragnet: In Some Cities, Police Go From Stop-and-Frisk to Stop-and-Spit

Frederick Harran is the public safety director of the Bensalem Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, which has used the DNA program to solve burglaries.  “This has probably been the greatest innovation in local law enforcement since the bulletproof vest,” he said.  / Greg Kahn, special to ProPublica Police in Florida and other states are building[…]

Quadruple Helix Form of DNA May Aid in the Development of Targeted Cancer Therapies

Researchers have identified the role that a four-stranded version of DNA may play in the role of cancer progression, and suggest that it may be used to develop new targeted cancer therapies. 09.12.2016 Scientists have identified where a four-stranded version of DNA exists within the genome of human cells, and suggest that it may hold[…]

Ex-Mayor Who Ran on Christian Values Indicted for Repeatedly Raping 4-Year-Old Girl

Former Hubbard, Ohio mayor Richard Keenan By Stephen D. Foster, Jr. / 09.13.2016 Another hypocritical “Christian” politician gets caught sexually abusing a child and has the gall to blame the victim instead of taking personal responsibility. Former Hubbard, Ohio mayor Richard Keenan faces a lengthy prison sentence after being indicted on eight counts of rape[…]

Proper Storage of Coffee Beans

For the best cup of coffee, start with quality beans and store them properly to maximize freshness and flavor. Keep beans airtight and cool Your beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light. To preserve your beans’ fresh roasted flavor as long as possible, store them in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. Coffee beans[…]

The Coronation Chair

The Stone of Scone in the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey (Image in the public domain) By Susan Abernethy The Freelance History Writer King Edward I of England was resolved to impose his dominance in the British Isles. He followed in the footsteps of his father King Henry III in trying to subdue and even[…]

Grace Dalrymple Elliott, Courtesan and Spy

Grace Dalrymple Elliott by Thomas Gainsborough, 1778. © Metropolitan Museum of Art By Joanne Major and Sarah Murden / 09.13.2016 The infamous eighteenth-century courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliott’s birth has not been recorded, but she was certainly born in Scotland, most likely in Edinburgh around 1754. She was to grow up to achieve a scandalous notoriety[…]