Joseph Shapiro http://wemu.org en Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again http://wemu.org/post/shooting-unfairly-links-violence-mental-illness-again With the Army's disclosure that Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, there were once again questions about whether the Army could have prevented the violence at Fort Hood.<p>Experts in mental health say (even as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298708884/what-do-we-know-about-the-fort-hood-gunman">more facts</a> about Lopez emerge) that it's highly unlikely the violence could have been predicted. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:14:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 43884 at http://wemu.org Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again Mastermind Of 'Body Stealing' Scheme Dies http://wemu.org/post/mastermind-body-stealing-scheme-dies Dr. Michael Mastromarino died Sunday after battling liver and bone cancer. He was 49.<p>Mastromarino pleaded guilty to "body stealing." In 2008, he was sentenced to up to 58 years in prison.<p>But he continued to insist that he'd been misunderstood. He spoke to NPR, working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, last year from a prison near Buffalo, N.Y.<p>As soon as we'd clipped on his microphone and before we could even test the recording level, the tall, bald man in a green prison jumpsuit was defending himself. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:11:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 31983 at http://wemu.org Mastermind Of 'Body Stealing' Scheme Dies Turning Up The Heat On Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases http://wemu.org/post/turning-heat-civil-rights-era-cold-cases Six years ago, the FBI took on a challenge: To review what it called cold-case killings from the civil rights era. The investigation into 112 cases from the 1950s and 1960s is winding down, and civil rights activists are weighing the FBI's efforts.<p>The review comes with word this week of the death of a man who'd been named, <a href="http://www.concordiasentinel.com/news.php?id=5893">by a newspaper investigation</a>, as a possible suspect in one notorious case.<p><strong>The Case</strong><p>The investigation was of the death of Frank Morris, in Ferriday, La., in 1964. Sat, 18 May 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 29570 at http://wemu.org Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing http://wemu.org/post/justice-segregated-south-new-look-old-killing <em>This story contains language that some may find offensive.</em><p>In the segregated South in 1965, John Queen was about as insignificant as a man could be. He was black, elderly and paralyzed. His legs had been crushed when as a boy he fell off a roof. For the rest of his life, he pulled himself around with his hands.<p>In Fayette, Miss., he would shine shoes on Main Street for a few coins. People called him "Crippled Johnny" or "Shoe-Shine Johnny."<p>"He didn't have legs, so he walked like a rabbit," says Lillie Lee Henderson, Queen's great-niece. Fri, 03 May 2013 20:03:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 28913 at http://wemu.org Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing Law Targets Sexual Violence On College Campuses http://wemu.org/post/law-targets-sexual-violence-college-campuses When President Obama signs an updated version of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/02/28/173161650/change-in-law-may-spur-campus-action-on-sexual-assaults">Violence Against Women Act</a> on Thursday afternoon, the law will include new requirements for how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault.<p>Laura Dunn, who's been invited by the White House to attend, plans to be there.<p>In 2010, Dunn <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124001493">told her story</a> on <em>Morning Edition</em>: She believed her Wisconsin school failed to p Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:38:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 26434 at http://wemu.org Koop Turned Surgeon General's Office Into Mighty Education Platform http://wemu.org/post/koop-turned-surgeon-generals-office-mighty-education-platform Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>C. Everett Koop was the most outspoken and some would argue the most influential of all U.S. surgeon generals. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: The correct plural form of the word is surgeons general.] He wore the uniform throughout most of the 1980s, and he turned an office with little power into a mighty platform - to educate Americans about AIDS prevention and the dangers of smoking.<p>C. Everett Koop died today at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 96. NPR's Joseph Shapiro looks back on his career.<p>JOSEPH SHAPIRO, BYLINE: When C. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:32:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 26015 at http://wemu.org Why A Young Man Died In A Nursing Home, A State Away From His Mom http://wemu.org/post/why-young-man-died-nursing-home-state-away-his-mom Zach Sayne was 25 when he died earlier this month at the place that had been his home for 15 years — a children's nursing home in Alabama.<p>But that was too far away, 200 miles too far, for his mother in Georgia. Nola Sayne was trying to bring him back, closer to her home. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:35:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 24328 at http://wemu.org Why A Young Man Died In A Nursing Home, A State Away From His Mom Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis http://wemu.org/post/dismissed-case-raises-questions-shaken-baby-diagnosis When San Francisco prosecutors dismissed charges against Kristian Aspelin in early December, it became just the latest case to raise questions about how shaken baby syndrome is diagnosed. Aspelin, who was accused of causing the death of his infant son, had one thing in his favor: He had enough money to pay for medical experts who cast doubt on the prosecution's theory.<br /> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:16:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 23435 at http://wemu.org Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis Spinal Surgery Company To Give Tissue Proceeds To Charity http://wemu.org/post/spinal-surgery-company-give-tissue-proceeds-charity When a California company developed a product to be used in spinal fusion surgeries, the firm's president said he knew it faced a new "ethical dilemma," even noting a recent <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/156935894/human-tissue-donation">NPR news investigation</a> questioning the high profits some firms were making from donated human tissue.<p>Spinal Elements, a small and growing company, had long made plates, screws and other technology used in spinal surgeries. Sun, 07 Oct 2012 15:22:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 20434 at http://wemu.org Spinal Surgery Company To Give Tissue Proceeds To Charity Brain-Damaged Man Wins New Trial In Two-Decades-Old Killing http://wemu.org/post/brain-damaged-man-wins-new-trial-two-decades-old-killing Richard Lapointe confessed in 1989 that he stabbed, raped and killed his wife's 88-year-old grandmother two years earlier. But in the 23 years since, experts in criminal justice have come to better understand how sometimes people make false confessions — especially someone with brain damage, like Lapointe. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:36:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 20205 at http://wemu.org Pistorius Falls To Britain's Peacock In 100 Meters; American Browne Is Second http://wemu.org/post/pistorius-falls-britains-peacock-200-meters-american-browne-second In one of the most closely watched events at the London Paralympics, South African Oscar Pistorius failed in his attempt to win the 100-meter sprint and regain his title as the world's fastest amputee today.<p>Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock took the lead early and kept it, winning in 10.90 seconds, a Paralympic record. American Richard Browne, 21, of Jackson, Miss., won the silver medal.<p>Pistorius, the double amputee who ran in the Olympics this year, came in fourth. He finished in 11.17 seconds.<p>Peacock, a single amputee, is just 19; he calls Pistorius his hero. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 23:07:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 19132 at http://wemu.org Pistorius Falls To Britain's Peacock In 100 Meters; American Browne Is Second Oscar Pistorius Seeks Redemption In Race To Be The World's Fastest Amputee http://wemu.org/post/oscar-pistorius-seeks-redemption-race-be-worlds-fastest-amputee <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Wlp1sTnoY</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 20:23:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 19064 at http://wemu.org Oscar Pistorius Seeks Redemption In Race To Be The World's Fastest Amputee Paralympian's Pursuit Enables Aspiring Athletes http://wemu.org/post/paralympians-pursuit-enables-aspiring-athletes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo8n5jifeVQ</p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 10:24:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 18931 at http://wemu.org Paralympian's Pursuit Enables Aspiring Athletes Debate Pits Strasburg's Health Against Wins http://wemu.org/post/debate-pits-strasburgs-health-against-wins One of the biggest debates in Washington, D.C., these days has nothing to do with taxes, health care or the economy. It's about baseball and whether the Washington Nationals should end the season of their young pitching star, Stephen Strasburg, just as the team may be headed for the playoffs.<p>Two years ago, Strasburg's promising career was threatened when he tore a ligament in his pitching arm. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:22:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 18713 at http://wemu.org Debate Pits Strasburg's Health Against Wins The Seamy Side Of The Human Tissue Business http://wemu.org/post/seamy-side-human-tissue-business <em>Part 4 in a four-part series</em><p><em>The human tissue industry has created medical advances for millions of Americans. Tissue taken from cadavers is turned into medical products for the living. A tendon can be used to repair a torn ACL. Veins are used in heart bypass operations. Bone can be turned into plates and screws. They look like something you'd find in a hardware store, but these get used to mend a broken leg. It's a $1 billion-a-year industry that attracts the altruistic, but sometimes the greedy. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 07:33:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 16737 at http://wemu.org The Seamy Side Of The Human Tissue Business Am I A Tissue Donor, Too? http://wemu.org/post/am-i-tissue-donor-too <em>Part 3 in a four-part series</em><p>Maybe you've agreed to be an organ donor. There might be something on your driver's license — a red heart, a pink dot or the word "Donor" — to show it. That also means you've very likely agreed — even if you don't realize it — to donate more than just your organs.<p>I know that I'm an organ donor. I signed up years ago, when I renewed my driver's license. But I had no idea that I'd also signed up to donate my tissue. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:43:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 16718 at http://wemu.org Am I A Tissue Donor, Too? Little Regulation Poses Problems Tracking Tissue http://wemu.org/post/little-regulation-poses-problems-tracking-tissue <em>Part 2 of a four-part series</em><p>Two winters ago, Lynnette Bellin tore her knee while skiing with her 5-year-old daughter.<p>"I felt the trademark pop ... and instantly knew I had injured my knee," she says.<p>But within a year, she was back to her athletic life.<p>"Recently in one week, I skied, ran, kayaked, standup paddle-boarded, swam and hiked. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:03:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 16690 at http://wemu.org Little Regulation Poses Problems Tracking Tissue Calculating The Value Of Human Tissue Donation http://wemu.org/post/calculating-value-human-tissue-donation <em>Part 1 of a four-part series</em><p>The story of how Chris Truitt went from being a tissue industry insider to an industry skeptic starts with a family tragedy.<p>In 1999, his 2-year-old daughter, Alyssa, died of a sudden health complication. Truitt and his wife, Holly, donated their daughter's organs and tissue, which saved the life of another young girl, Kaylin Arrowood.<p>The Truitts became close friends with Kaylin's family and then advocates together, telling others to donate. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:48:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 16664 at http://wemu.org Calculating The Value Of Human Tissue Donation Baseball's Teen Phenom Steals Home, And Hearts http://wemu.org/post/baseballs-teen-phenom-steals-home-and-hearts Bryce Harper was 16 when he appeared on the <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/11258/index.htm" target="_blank">cover of Sports Illustrated</a>, pictured swinging a bat in the desert and declared "<a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1156215/index.htm" target="_blank">Baseball's Chosen One</a>."<p>He was 17 when he was chosen as the top pick in the amateur draft. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 19:01:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 16125 at http://wemu.org Baseball's Teen Phenom Steals Home, And Hearts Disabled Woman Dies While Awaiting Second Chance At Kidney Transplant http://wemu.org/post/disabled-woman-dies-while-awaiting-second-chance-kidney-transplant At Misty Cargill's funeral, the minister called her an advocate for other people with intellectual disabilities. She was — although a reluctant one.<p>Cargill became an advocate when NPR <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6665577">did a story</a> about her fight to get a life-saving kidney transplant. Misty, 30, died in her sleep on Saturday. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:13:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 15151 at http://wemu.org Disabled Woman Dies While Awaiting Second Chance At Kidney Transplant Katie Beckett Defied The Odds, Helped Other Disabled Kids Live Longer http://wemu.org/post/katie-beckett-defied-odds-helped-other-disabled-kids-live-longer A few years ago, I asked a 13-year-old girl who was receiving care for cystic fibrosis on a Medicaid program known as the "Katie Beckett waiver" if she knew who Katie Beckett was. "Probably some kind of doctor," the girl said.<p>It was a logical guess. But Beckett was another child with a significant disability, and she changed health care policy for hundreds of thousands of other children with complex medical needs. Mon, 21 May 2012 20:13:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 14166 at http://wemu.org Katie Beckett Defied The Odds, Helped Other Disabled Kids Live Longer Prosecutors Knew Of Forensics Flaws For Years, 'The Post' Reports http://wemu.org/post/prosecutors-knew-forensics-flaws-years-post-reports For years, the U.S. Department of Justice has known that flawed forensic work by FBI experts may have led to the convictions of innocent people, but prosecutors rarely told defendants or their attorneys, according to an <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/convicted-defendants-left-uninformed-of-forensic-flaws-found-by-justice-dept/2012/04/16/gIQAWTcgMT_story.html">investigative report in The Washington Post</a>.<p>The newspaper's series is only the latest by journalists to question some of the most well-known tools of forensic science. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 12618 at http://wemu.org New Evidence In High-Profile Shaken Baby Case http://wemu.org/post/new-evidence-high-profile-shaken-baby-case A senior pathologist in the Los Angeles County coroner's office has sharply questioned the forensic evidence used to convict a 51-year-old woman of shaking her 7-week-old grandson to death, identifying a host of flaws in the case.<p>The new report by the pathologist, James Ribe, details eight "diagnostic problems" with the coroner's 1996 ruling that the child had died from violent shaking or a forceful blow to the head. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 11773 at http://wemu.org New Evidence In High-Profile Shaken Baby Case Free, But Not Cleared: Ernie Lopez Comes Home http://wemu.org/post/free-not-cleared-ernie-lopez-comes-home Ernie Lopez calls it his "rebirth." After spending nearly nine years in prison for the sexual assault of a 6-month old girl, a top Texas <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/01/26/145901310/judge-tosses-conviction-of-texas-man-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-infant">court threw out the conviction</a>. And on Friday, the 41-year-old Lopez walked out of the detention center in Amarillo, Texas, where family and friends were waiting.<p>In the cinder-block lobby, he hugged his mother and father and wished them a happy anniversary. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:06:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 10611 at http://wemu.org Free, But Not Cleared: Ernie Lopez Comes Home Remembering Marine Sgt. Oscar Canon, A 'Superstar' http://wemu.org/post/remembering-marine-sgt-oscar-canon-superstar After the explosion of the rocket-propelled grenade on a road in Fallujah, Oscar Canon saw the white of his own thigh bone. At the medical unit, the young Marine sergeant grabbed the doctor by his collar and yelled, "Don't cut off my f***ing leg." That was in October of 2004 and the first of dozens of surgeries — 72 separate operations, by a family member's count — that saved his leg.<p>Last week, Staff Sgt. Oscar Canon, 29, died. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:45:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 10141 at http://wemu.org Remembering Marine Sgt. Oscar Canon, A 'Superstar'