Today’s news — DNA, racial hiring, pirates and Beatle Paul
Here’s the news for Sunday, April 19:
— The New York Times reports that the FBI and law enforcement agencies are vastly expanding DNA databases, going beyond convicted felons to include “to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted.”
— Paul McCartney turns up at an indie showcase (via CNN).
— The Supreme Court is going to tackle an incendiary case in which white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., say they suffered racial discrimination, the Washington Post says. Key sentences: “The firefighters accuse city officials of violating civil rights laws and the Constitution by throwing out a promotions test on which they performed well but no blacks scored high enough to be eligible. The city responds that relying on test results with such wide racial discrepancies could have violated federal law and left them open to being sued by minorities.”
— Over at Reason Hit and Run, Jacob Sullum is reporting that President Obama may turn out to be “just as bad” as Dubya on the warrantless domestic surveillance issue. (Or I guess if you favor warrantless spying, just as good.)
— Good: NATO foiled a Somali pirate attack on a Norwegian ship. Bad: The western powers keep capturing pirates and then turning them loose.