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|OWS MURDER LINK, blared the New York Post cover. But just as quickly as the story had arrived, it fizzled, undone by multiple reports that the DNA belonged not to a suspected killer, but rather to a NYPD lab technician. It was a high-profile embarrassment for New York State's use of DNA samples that also raised new questions about the NYPD's much-criticized treatment of Occupy Wall Street. (Occupy was also in the news Wednesday after a group marching from Philadelphia briefly returned to Zuccotti Park) Perhaps foremost among those questions: How was the apparent error missed, and the Occupy-murder angle pushed to the press, when the ME's office contends that it has records of all its workers' DNA to avoid just this sort of false match?|
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