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  • Apathy About Police, Charlas, and Immunotherapy: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Police Lights BannerWe learned this past summer about a Houston Police Department staffing study commissioned by the city, which indicated 15,000 burglaries and thefts, 3,000 hit-and-run crashes and 3,000 assaults in 2013 were set aside without follow-up. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, at the time, noted “There has never been a time that I have been employed there that the Houston Police Department has had the capacity to investigate every crime that’s been reported to the agency.” In fact, some 1.2 million calls are made to HPD each year.

    Of course, the most important call is the one you make when you’re a victim of a crime. When law enforcement lacks the resources to address every one of these calls, it can leave some citizens feeling apathetic or resigned about what police can do.

    On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the impact of that apathy, with Ray Hunt, President of the Houston Police Officers Union, and area psychologist Dr. Michael Winters.

    Also this hour: It’s a common refrain in education circles: kids will do better in school if their parents are engaged in the educational process. An experiment in Pasadena is putting that concept to the test, by coaching parents in informal sessions called “charlas.” We learn about them, and discuss their potential impact with Houston Public Media education reporter Laura Isensee.

    Then: A study underway at Methodist Hospital compares the effects of an immunotherapy drug to a chemotherapy drug on certain lung cancer development. Lung cancer is the second most common malignancy in the United States. We learn more about the study from its principal investigator, Dr. Eric Bernicker, Thoracic Medical Oncologist with the Houston Methodist Cancer Center.

    Plus: A visit with the cast of the Texas Repertory Theatre production of Sanders Family Christmas.

    Houston Matters gets underway today at noon on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870 or talk@houstonmatters.org.

    Audio from today’s show will available after 3 p.m. CT.

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