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October 24, 2011

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HPD's untested rape kits delay justice in assaults


Clyde Bryan:

who is running against ''two-faced' Oliver Pennington for Houston City Council in District G, has called attention to the "Untested Rape Kit's Huge Delays for Processing."

Five years ago, when the troubled Houston Police Department crime lab resumed DNA testing, more than 4,000 sexual assault kits sat in a property room freezer awaiting testing.

Today, much of that evidence — some dating to the 1990s — is still awaiting processing.

So far, only 200 cases have been shaved off that backlog, according to lab officials who say the slow process is due to a lack of manpower.

Attorneys and policy makers say untested evidence in sexual assault cases has delayed justice for rape victims, many of whom have waited years for closure. Read On


Clinton to Iran: Don't misread departure from Iraq

Iran should not misread the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq as affecting the U.S. commitment to the fledgling democracy, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday.

President Barack Obama's announcement Friday that all American troops would return from Iraq by the end of the year will close a chapter on U.S.-Iraq relations that began in 2003 with the U.S.-led invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Washington has long worried that meddling by Iran, a Shiite Muslim theocracy, could inflame tensions between Iraq's Shiite-led government and its minority Sunnis, setting off a chain reaction of violence and disputes across the Mideast.

Clinton said in a series of news show interviews that the U.S. would continue its training mission with Iraq and that it would resemble operations in Colombia and elsewhere. While the U.S. will not have combat troops in Iraq, she said the American presence would remain strong because of its bases in the region. Read On


Steve Forbes Endorses Rick Perry

Steve Forbes, a two time Republican presidential candidate, endorsed Governor Rick Perry in an interview on Fox News late Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday, Rick Perry will unveil his economic plan which includes measures to drastically reform the tax code and lower the corporate tax rate. It will also, he says, provide generous exemptions for “adults and for children.” Unlike Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan, however, Perry’s plan will not include a sales tax. Forbes asserts that this small but significant difference, coupled with the governor’s “firm leadership,” are reasons why he is endorsing Perry’s candidacy. Daniel Doherty reporting.




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