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Facial-Recognition Software Might Have a Racial Bias Problem

Facial-Recognition Software Might Have a Racial Bias Problem

Depending on how algorithms are trained, they could be significantly more accurate when identifying white faces than African American ones. In 16 “undisclosed locations” across northern Los Angeles, digital eyes watch the public. These aren’t ordinary police-surveillance cameras; these cameras are looking at your face. Using facial-recognition software, the cameras can recognize individuals from up to 600 feet away. The…

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Man who conned WWII vet gets long sentence

Man who conned WWII vet gets long sentence

A South Philadelphia man accused of conning an octogenarian World War II veteran out of his home, personal property, and two vintage cars was found guilty of fraud Friday and sentenced to 71/4 to 141/2 years in prison.

The Common Pleas Court jury deliberated about four hours before finding Melvin McIlwaine, 61, guilty of seven counts involving fraud and theft in a yearlong con in which he befriended Ray White, cheated him out of everything, and left him homeless.

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Snapped Oxygen Network, Car Crush Murder

Snapped Oxygen Network, Car Crush Murder

Keisha Jones, a 30 year-old woman from West Philadelphia, got into an argument with her boyfriend back in the fall of 2011. The argument escalated into fatality when her boyfriend pulled over the car he was driving, and got out to walk away. It was then that Jones did the unthinkable: she slid into the driver’s seat and struck him…

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Almost Justice: The dragnet expands in the hunt for Beau Zabel’s killers

Almost Justice: The dragnet expands in the hunt for Beau Zabel’s killers

The story so far: Beau Zabel, a 23-year-old aspiring teacher from Minnesota, was thrilling in his new life in Philadelphia. But that life was cut short 42 days after it began.

Like every aspect of the investigation, the grainy surveillance footage was more frustrating than fruitful. Parts were blurry beyond recognition. The killing was offscreen. The killer strolled by, head down, his face just eluding the camera. Like a taunt.

After two dead-end weeks, the footage, retrieved from a seafood stand and an auto garage, was the sole lead in the high-profile murder investigation.

Zabel had moved from his native Minnesota to South Philadelphia to teach math in the public schools six weeks before he was shot in the neck on June 15, 2008, near the Italian Market. He was walking back from his summer job at a Starbucks. He died steps from his new home.

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Rise in Senior Abuse Cases Prompts D.A. to Step Up to Protect Elderly

Rise in Senior Abuse Cases Prompts D.A. to Step Up to Protect Elderly

NEWS GROWING VULNERABLE AS THEY GROW OLDER Rise in senior-abuse cases prompts D.A. to step up to protect elderly Charles Warenecki (left) and Daniel Hart were convicted of third-degree murder in the mugging death of Alice Thurnau, 90. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Deborah Cooper Nixon was tapped by D.A. Seth Williams (top) to serve as director of the Elder Justice Project, which was created to better prosecute perpetrators and better serve victims of abuse. BY MENSAH M. DEAN Daily News Staff Writer deanmphillynews.com, 215-568-8278 ALICE THURNAU never left the hospital after suffering brain bleeding and a broken arm, hip, ribs, eye socket and sinus bone when she was knocked to the sidewalk in front of her Port Richmond home while being robbed of her purse.

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