diane dimond

Diane Dimond, who once worked at Fox News, said it was a "good ol' boys' network."
From Washington to the heartland, we are not behaving well. We've become a selfish and myopic melting pot on many levels, working against each other toward narrow goals and not the common good.
I worry about the culture of professional football and how it has infused so many of us with the ability to look the other way and shrug when crimes occur.
Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players, and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Yes, all drugs.
High school and middle school kids have reported being subjected to and voluntarily submitting to hazing rituals. But younger kids come home after class or club events and observant parents can sense if something is wrong. It's those students who go away to school who are most vulnerable.
Inside courtrooms where the most-watched trials take place there is a group of unsung regulars - professional courtroom artists. Whenever I can I try to get a seat next to one of them. Watching them work is a treat.
Another 4th of July holiday has come and gone and every year I try to think past the BBQ's and beer and ponder the origin of Independence Day.
To this day, no one has been held accountable for the deeds that took a loving brother and son, and a doting and beautiful mother. The court of public opinion may have decided who the murderer was, but that is cold comfort to the families who are still left wanting.
Before making snap judgments about someone who claims they were sexually molested as a child, could we all just take a deep breath and understand the dynamics at play? From my experience reporting on these types of cases it is gut-wrenchingly hard for a bonafide victim to go public.
Youth courts in and around Lockett's native Toronto, Canada are so impressed by his track record with these kids they automatically funnel the toughest cases his way, sentencing young offenders to a term in this very unique program.
If we're going to keep carrying out the death penalty in this country and if we are going to continue to grandly insist that they are "humane executions" then only a return to a firing squad will insure a speedy and relatively pain free death for the condemned.
As far as crime laboratories go it is not very impressive looking. And it is not very big, with a permanent staff of just three forensic scientists and a few interns. But the work product that comes out of the Veterinarian Forensic Lab at the University of California at Davis is important and it has changed the way crimes are investigated and prosecuted worldwide.
In the '70s the U.S. experienced a frightening uptick in the number of active serial killers. In that decade, according to the serial killer information center at Radford University, there were 450 individual serial killers at work. Over the previous decade the number stood at 156.
Training with scent technology just makes good sense. Are first responders in your area ready?
Landwehr was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer just before his 2012 retirement. He died last month at age 59. I write about him because he was a bigger man than just the BTK case.
A heroin high now costs less than a decent bottle of wine, a movie ticket or a meal for two at a fast food joint. Functioning heroin addicts are all around us yet, realize, they are one tainted glassine bag away from a meltdown -- or death.
We have a fascination in America about murder. Serial killers, mass murders, thrill kills. But what is the reality? How many murders are there in America? Who are the victims and their killers?
Let's get real. The lower police mortality rate is not all attributable to cops being more careful on the job. Our justice system is keeping more criminals behind bars and for longer periods of time. Massive prison overcrowding, nationwide, proves that.
There are only two alternatives here. Either allow Snowden to remain at large, free to release more of America's secrets or grant him amnesty.
In this time of economic strain anyone who doesn't look at ways to cut their personal or business budget is just not being responsible. Same goes for the justice system.