Det. Mark Williams (center), speaks with an officer in Fairfield Court in Richmond, Va. A decade ago, amid a surge in violent crime, police were identifying relatively few murder suspects. So the police department refocused its efforts to bring up its "clearance rate." Alex Matzke for NPR hide caption

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For a more invigorating workout, nonprofit worker Chris Lane uphill skis near Aspen four times a week. Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio hide caption

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Frances Stevens uses a custom ramp leading to her van. An accident at work 17 years ago left her unable to walk. She received full workers' compensation benefits until two years ago when the insurer suddenly withdrew her medications and home health aide. Her lawsuit is a test of the state's use of anonymous independent medical reviewers. Glenna Gordon for ProPublica hide caption

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