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Posted inEnvironment

Slideshow: Yarsagumba harvesters face harsh conditions

Nepalese villagers endure harsh temperatures and steep hikes to harvest yarsagumba, the rare fungus known as “Himalayan Viagra,” which sells for about $9,400 a pound. To see more photography by Thomas L. Kelly, visit www.thomaslkellyphotos.com   Arms race on America’s streets Arms race on America’s streets Thomas L. Kelly Fortunes are being made in the pursuit […]

Posted inNational Security

Timeline: Flashpoints in urban violence

Despite an overall decline in urban violence since the early 1990s, the past century has witnessed a series of dramatic and bloody events that have prompted law enforcement to examine their tactics and demand more sophisticated equipment to deal with perceived threats. Significant police reforms – from domestic surveillance to SWAT teams and special training […]

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Posted inCriminal Justice

Slideshow: Arms race on America’s streets

Since 9/11, the federal government has spent $34 billion helping state and local law enforcement and other agencies prepare for terrorists attacks and other catastrophes. Much of that money has been spent on combat-style equipment and apparel. A 180,000-square-foot showroom of such gear accompanied the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Chicago […]