The city of Los Angeles has reneged on its commitment
to cut an enormous backlog of rape kits
-- untested DNA evidence from rapes and sexual assaults – outraging victims' rights advocates.
Last year, following increased media attention and years of pressure from rights groups, the city approved $1.4 million to hire new staff members for the DNA crime laboratory and outsource rape kits to private labs for testing. But last week, officials announced that due to the city's fiscal crisis they would not hire new crime lab staff, breaking their promise to expedite the testing of rape kits in Los Angeles County.
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The Hope for Haiti Now telethon
has so far raised $58 million for relief efforts in Haiti, a new record for the most funds raised during a telethon.
Hosted by George Clooney and Haiti-born musician Wyclef Jean, the two-hour telethon, attracted millions of viewers. Donations will be given to seven relief organizations including Partners in Health, a Boston-based group that has been providing health care in Haiti for over 20 years.
Last year, NOW on PBS profiled the unique work of Partners in Health, traveling to Rwanda to see how the organization is radically reinventing health care delivery. Our show included an interview with the group's co-founder, Paul Farmer, who shares his innovative philosophy for providing health care relief in impoverished countries.
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On January 29, a jury in Witchita found confessed killer Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder
in the shooting death of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller
Abortion opponents, who had tried for decades to disrupt Dr. Tiller’s practice, have turned much of their attention to his colleague, Dr. Leroy Carhart. Dr. Carhart vowed to carry on Tiller's mission in Nebraska and hired two people who had worked at Dr. Tiller’s clinic. In the NOW on PBS report "Abortion Providers Under Siege," Dr. Carhart spoke to NOW’s Maria Hinojosa about what it's like for him and his family to live as "targets."
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