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Monday, July 31, 2006

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Fingerprint and Pathologist Expert Testify CAPITOL NEW 9, NY - Jul 28, 2006 ...found a print in home that matched the suspects the defense say doesn't mean anything...

Prisoner Confesses to 25 Years of Killing ROCK MOUNTAIN NEWS, CO - Jul 28, 2006 ...already serving life for murder of a girl in 1991, a nationwide search of fingerprint databases turned up a match to prints found at the victim's home...

New Fingerprint Requirements at Airports USA TODAY - Jul 28, 2006 ...residents with green cards, parolees and some Canadians to have their fingerprints checked every time they re-enter the US...

Police Hail New Fingerprint Technology  EAST ANGLICAN TIMES DAILY, UK - Jul 26, 2006 ...suspected rapist at large for 22 years finally arrested thanks to fingerprinting technology...

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Frank Kendall
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Processing Money
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Comparison study reference info?
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Fingerprinting - The Internet Debate
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[ Poll ] VOTE HERE for the 2006 T-shirt Slogan!
Kasey Wertheim Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:55 pm

2006 T-shirt Slogan Contest
Kasey Wertheim Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:09 pm




Frank G. Kendall

Frank G. Kendall, of Conyers, GA, born August 25, 1926, Miami FL, died Friday, July 28, 2006, after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Kendall was a distinguished military veteran of World War II, a former Florida State Employee, and retired Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Kendall also worked at the ATF Atlanta Forensic Science Laboratory for a combined 26 years of federal service. After retiring from the ATF, Mr. Kendall worked another 14 years with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as a certified Latent Finger Print Examiner. Mr. Kendall was responsible for many scientific innovations in the field of Forensic Identification.

Mr. Kendall was also a life active member of International Association for Identification and served on the board of directors for more than 20 years. He received the John A. Dondero Memorial Award for his significant contributions in the field of forensic identification from the IAI. Mr. Kendall was also a life active member of the Georgia Division of the IAI, where he served as president and a member of the Board of Directors for many years. He received the Arthur L. Hutchins award from the Georgia Division of the IAI, for his contributions to the field of forensic identification.

Mr. Kendall is survived by his devoted wife Mary Ann, Conyers; daughter, Kathy West, Franklin; son, Frank M. Kendall, Stockbridge; stepdaughter, Karen & Eduardo Munoz, Conyers; stepson, Kevin & Cathy Mitchell, Cumming; sister, Beverly Hefner, Jacksonville, FL; 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Frank will be missed by his family and his extended family members of the IAI; he has been a role model and mentor for all who have met him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund, P.O. Box 80369, Conyers, GA 30013-8369 or Conyers First United Methodist Church, Meals on Wheels Program, 921 Main St., Conyers, GA 30012. Condolences may be submitted on-line at Scot Ward Funeral Services – Harry White Chapel, Conyers, 770-483-7216.

Published in the Rockdale Citizen and Atlanta Journal Constitution newspapers on 7/29/2006. Webservant Ed German's note: Frank Kendall's contributions to the discipline of Latent Print Examination are employed worldwide daily in modern forensic procedures. He is remembered as a dedicated pioneer, and also a mentor and good friend to hundreds in our discipline.


Last week

we voted on this year's t-shirt slogan

And the winner is!.....:

"I Print Dead People"

Congratulations to Heidi Fraser in Oregon for submitting the winning slogan!!  Great job, and look forward to receiving your two free shirts, Heidi!

This week

Steve Everist brings us another installment of his series on Adobe Photoshop:


Latent Print Adobe Photoshop Series Part 3:  Working with Adjustment Layers - Channel Mixer
By Steve Everist,
King County Sheriff's Office - Seattle, WA

Adjustment layers provide the functionality of making image adjustments while not working directly on the image itself.  Many of the features available in the Photoshop Image – Adjustments menu are also available as an adjustment layer.  In this example, I will use the Channel Mixer adjustment layer with an inked print on a check with a light blue background.  Before using the Channel Mixer adjustment layer I would simply select the blue channel to see if it will filter out the unwanted background noise in the image.  In this case it works nicely.  But for those colors that share elements of red, green, and blue; there is more control to be had by adjusting all three of the channels within the image.

I’ll start with a scan of the image.  In this case it was scanned at 2400 ppi at 16 bits in RGB color.

Next I will go to the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” icon in the Layers palette.  It is a black and white circle in the middle of the bottom of the palette.   

Clicking this icon will bring up the adjustment layer menu with the different layers that can be used.  I’ve selected the Channel Mixer layer.

The Channel Mixer box contains sliders for the Red, Green, and Blue channels along with a constant.  Be sure that the Preview box is checked so that you can see the changes as you move the sliders.

Next check the box marked Monochrome.  This will allow the image to be visualized in grayscale, although the underlying image is still in RGB.  In this example, the print has almost disappeared on the image.  This is a result of the default setting for this box having Red at 100, while Green and Blue are at 0.


At this point, I have moved the sliders to a point where much of the background noise has been eliminated. 

To compare it to the original image, all I have to do is click the eyeball next to the new adjustment layer, in the layers palette.  This will show the image with and without the adjustment.  All changes happened on a layer above the image. 

If it is decided that further adjustments to the layer are necessary, I can just double click the Channel Mixer adjustment layer icon in the layer adjustment, and the Channel Mixer box will pop back up with the current settings.  At this point I can continue to move the sliders.

Adjustment layers provide the same features for clarifying images that can be found in the Image – Adjustments menu, but with the added features of not working directly on the image itself, being easily changed, and not requiring going back in history if the changes don’t offer any significant improvement and other avenues are desired.

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