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Serial killer investigation leads to cold case review

The trail of Darren Deon Vann, who is under investigation for at least seven deaths of women around Gary, Indiana, is now reaching across several states. Authorities in Austin, Texas and North Carolina say they are reviewing cases of unsolved killings for possible links to Vann.

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Are contractors a way around ‘no boots on the ground'?

At the heart of today’s debate about what to do about ISIS is the question of whether to send in “boots on the ground.”  President Obama has publicly promised that no new ‘boots’  -- combat troops -- will be sent to Syria or Iraq. But there are already thousands of people on the ground in the Levant region on the American payroll and more being recruited each day- they're called contractors or security advisors.  

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Operation Lame Name

It has been nearly a week since the Obama administration gave the American military action against ISIS its official name: Operation Inherent Resolve.  We have tried to get into it. We have tried to rally around the flag. But it cannot be done.

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Indiana police contacted about potential killer in 2010

A string of unsolved strangling cases from the early 1990s to 2007 sit in the files at the Gary, Indiana police department. Four years ago, when confronted with details suggesting this might be the work of a serial killer, police declined to respond.

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Ellen Weiss
Ellen Weiss

Ellen is vice president and Washington bureau chief and has been on a mission to bring DecodeDC to the Scripps audience for almost a year.  She leads a bureau of 22 journalists who produce national investigative stories for TV, print and online and now, produce this blog. She spent almost 30 years at NPR, starting as a production assistant and eventually becoming the senior vice president of news.

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Andrea Seabrook

Andrea, who joined Scripps News in the fall of 2013, is the founder of DecodeDC. She spent more than a decade at NPR where she was a long-time Congressional Correspondent.  She has a bachelor's degree from Earlham College, and worked and studied for several years in Mexico City. Seabrook even had a bit-part in the prime time telenovela,  Demasiado Corazon .

Dick Meyer
Dick Meyer

Dick is chief Washington correspondent for DecodeDC. An experienced writer, reporter and author, Meyer was executive producer for the BBC's news services in America, NPR's executive editor and editorial director of CBSNews.com. Meyer also wrote a book on American culture and politics,  Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium  (Crown Publishing/Random House, August 2008). 

Miranda Green
Miranda Green

Miranda is our "quick hits" reporter for the DecodeDC blog.  She came to us by way of the Daily Beast and Newsweek, Inside EPA and numerous internships including CBS News and PBS. She's a 2012 graduate of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs.

Marc Georges
Marc Georges

Marc is our multimedia producer, helping define our online visual storytelling for DecodeDC and for our investigative work. Marc worked at Mashable and the BBC, where he produced daily news packages for television and radio outlets across the BBC. He earned bachelor's degrees in philosophy and film and television production from New York University and received his master's at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Rachel Quester
Rachel Quester

Rachel joins the DecodeDC team as a multimedia assistant responsible for producing the weekly podcast. She is a 2013 graduate from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Amarra Ghani
Amarra Ghani

Amarra Ghani is a multimedia assistant for DecodeDC. She also has worked with the USDA as a media specialist, and interned with NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered in the fall of 2013. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Asheville where she majored in mass communication.

Phil Pruitt
Phil Pruitt

Phil is the director of digital content for the Scripps Washington bureau. He served as senior politics editor for Yahoo News in D.C. and worked for  USA Today  and Gannett News Service. Phil was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Gannett that authored a series titled "Getting Away with Murder" that uncovered hundreds of child abuse-related deaths that were going undetected each year as a result of errors by coroners.