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Face Masks Placed on Government Cars to Promote Mask-Wearing

August 6, 2020 — Eleven high-mileage vehicles belonging to the government of New Castle County, Delaware, were recently wrapped in gigantic, custom-made "car masks" that fit over the grill of the vehicles. The masks are part of a partnership between the county and advertising company Carvertise, Inc. to help promote the wearing of face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Working Group Releases Report on Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning

August 18, 2020 — In February 2020, a group of forensic practitioners and researchers gathered for the first meeting of the Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning (TLS) Working Group for Criminal Justice Applications.

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New Publication on Hate Crimes

August 4, 2020 — The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office recently announced the release of a new publication, "Improving the Identification, Investigation, and Reporting of Hate Crimes: A Summary Report of the Law Enforcement Roundtable."

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Commission Addresses COVID and Criminal Justice

July 28, 2020 — In July, the Council on Criminal Justice — a nonpartisan membership organization and think tank — launched the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice. According to the group's website, its mission is "to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the justice system, develop strategies to limit outbreaks, and produce a priority agenda of systemic policy changes to better balance public health and public safety."

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Webinar: Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds - Part II

August 17, 2020 — In a followup to its July 29 webinar on gunshot wound evaluation, the Academy of Forensic Nursing will present Part II of The Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds: Applications for Domestic & Officer-Involved Shootings. The free webinar will be held Monday, August 24 at 12 pm EST.

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NIST to Help Labs Achieve Accurate THC, CBD Measurements

July 21, 2020 — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a program to help laboratories accurately measure key chemical compounds in marijuana, hemp and other cannabis products including oils, edibles, tinctures and balms. The program aims to increase accuracy in product labeling and help forensic laboratories distinguish between hemp, which is legal in all states, and marijuana, which is not.

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Crime Scene Revisited

Faces of the victims recovered from the scene of a genocide.

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