St. Louis police haven't published public crime data for months. Here's why
ST. LOUIS — Police say an overhaul in the way they record St. Louis crime statistics has prevented the department from publishing comprehensive crime data for nearly six months, making it harder for the public to track trends for one of the city's most pressing issues. The problem stems from the department's switch to a new way of tracking crime, the National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS, which went live Dec. 7, police say. St. Louis police, along with other agencies across the country, made the switch to NIBRS to comply with a landmark change this year in national FBI reporting r...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
After first flight, 737 Max 10 won't fly passengers until Boeing gets more safety measures approved
After the fourth and largest model of Boeing's 737 Max had landed safely in Seattle at the end of its first flight Friday, Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal said the reason for the extended certification process ahead is that Boeing needs time to develop and certify the additional safety enhancements to the Max demanded in particular by the European aviation regulator after the two fatal crashes. As a result, though the Max 10 was originally scheduled to enter service last year, it won't do so until 2023 — after at least two years of flight tests — to provide ample time to address all regulat...
The Seattle Times
Data breach reported among Carnival, Princess, Holland America cruise lines
Three cruise lines under Carnival Corp. suffered a data breach earlier this year that affected both customers and employees, according to the company. On March 19, the parent company of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America and Princess Cruises detected unauthorized access to part of its information technology systems, according to company spokesman Roger Frizzell. “Information Security at Carnival Corporation acted quickly to shut down the event and prevent further unauthorized access,” he said in an email. Frizzell said the company engaged a cybersecurity firm to deal with the breach while n...
Investors 'cannot ignore' GM, Ford transformation. Here's why
Legacy automakers General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. have used the past few months to demonstrate two advantages their electric-vehicle rivals can’t match: traditional vehicle businesses to generate cash and the scale to leverage that capital into EV investment. Investors are noticing, sending shares of Detroit's Auto 1.0 behemoths soaring by double digits as Tesla slumps 16% on the year and troubled startups, such as Lordstown Motors Corp., struggle to remain viable. With planned investments in the industry already soaring 41% year-over-year to $330 billion by 2025, according to consulting...
The Detroit News
Amazon opens its largest-yet cashierless grocery
Amazon’s long-awaited Fresh grocery store in Bellevue, Wash., opened Thursday to crowds — and a twist. The company revealed in a surprise announcement earlier this week that the store is the company’s first full-size Fresh grocery equipped with cashierless technology, powered by a vast array of motion-aware ceiling cameras and sensors that track which items are removed from shelves and then automatically bill customers’ Amazon accounts when they leave. Nationwide, Amazon operates more than a dozen Fresh stores, where groceries have a lower price point than the more upscale Whole Foods chain ac...
The Seattle Times
Can artificial intelligence predict how sick you'll get from COVID-19? Scientists think so
SAN DIEGO — A team of San Diego scientists is harnessing artificial intelligence to understand why COVID-19 symptoms can vary dramatically from one person to the next — information that could prove useful in the continued fight against the coronavirus and future pandemics. Researchers pored through publicly available data to see how other viruses alter which genes our cells turn on or off. Using that information, they found a set of genes activated across a wide range of infections, including the novel coronavirus. Those genes predicted whether someone would have a mild or a severe case of COV...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
‘We all bleed the same.’ Couple wants kidney transplant to be message of kindness.
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Aaron and Tonya Rhoden always have big ideas together. They eloped in Hawaii in 2016, when he proposed at sunset on a mountain in Maui, and she wanted to get married the very next day. Preparing for a kidney transplant together is another life challenge the couple is tackling together. In a surgery later this month, Tonya, 41, will give Aaron, 50, one of her kidneys. It’s a big moment for the Naperville couple, left in a holding pattern since a 2019 stroke left Aaron partially without the use of his right side and awaiting a kidney transplant. In the meantime, he does dialys...
Washington voters led much of the nation in saying guns must sometimes be seized to prevent violence. How's the law working?
SEATTLE — It's a scalpel, not a hammer. That's how Eric Pisconski, the acting lieutenant of the Seattle Police Department's Crisis Response Unit, thinks of the state law that allows law enforcement officers and family or household members to petition a superior court judge for an extreme risk protection order, commonly known as an ERPO. It's a two-stage, civil legal process to remove guns from peoples' possession and prevent them from purchasing or having access to new firearms for one year. "You're looking at an imminent threat. We're more concerned about threatening or violent behavior and i...
The Seattle Times
Potential conflicts for R. Kelly’s new attorney include connections to alleged victim who participated in FBI bribery sting
CHICAGO — One of the attorneys singer R. Kelly has selected to represent him at his upcoming racketeering trial in New York is potentially conflicted because of her connections to an alleged victim in the case who was part of an FBI bribery sting last year, the Tribune has learned. The issue involving attorney Nicole Blank Becker is likely to be a focal point of an unusual hearing Thursday in Brooklyn, where U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly is expected to notify Kelly of any conflicts of interest Becker may have so the singer can make an informed decision about his legal representation, two so...
She researches what dogs can teach us about how the human language develops
Meet Amritha Mallikarjun, a cognitive scientist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. • Dogged commitment: “I wasn’t allowed to have any pets as a kid. I created several PowerPoint presentations to convince my parents how much I needed a pet, and none of them worked.” • Evolutionary buddies:“Humans and dogs kind of coevolved together; we almost trained each other over the course of time. In another universe, we may have medium-sized pet bears, but here we are.” ____ PHILADELPHIA – When she began pursuing her Ph.D in cognitive science and neuroscience at the Unive...
The Philadelphia Inquirer