January 12th, 2009

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identifying a hospitalized runaway teen in modern-day NYC; also, burns

hi all! i'm writing a story where a 15-year old boy is found unconscious on the streets of modern-day new york city, slightly burned (among other, less obvious things) in the aftermath of a supernatural attack, and is subsequently taken to a hospital as the only survivor. he's been on his own for about six months and was listed as a missing persons/runaway youth case until about a month prior, where the authorities of his hometown in illinois thought he'd returned home (long story. there is cloning involved). in the meantime, the NYPD would like to identify/verify his ID.

first question: his hands are burned enough so that running his fingerprints isn't advisable, but how bad would the damage be? i don't want him, say, crippled for life, so he has the minimum amount of damage to affect fingerprinting efficacy, but i'd like a realistic idea of what the healing process would be like and how long it'd take, especially if he took off from the hospital soon after and didn't have access to regular medical care. other than his hands, he's in a general state of malnutrition and exhaustion, with a slightly weakened immune system.

second question: with fingerprinting out, how else would the police ID him? dental records? would they draw blood? i was considering the use of DNA, but would the kid be listed in, say, CODIS? he had no reason to be entered in any criminal or tracking databases prior to his running away (and subsequent 'return home,') national fingerprint registry aside. the kid's also trying really, really hard to avoid official attention, as he doesn't want word of his current location getting back to somebody at home; if he had a fake ID on him, would any of this be necessary?

i don't watch enough forensics shows to be able to answer these. XD; googled for fingerprint databases, information on CODIS, runaway youth, and checked the annals of this community (and laughed over the fact that 'destroying the world' is a tag).

thanks in advance!
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Metric system use by U.S. military

This is for my World War II works.

When did the American military begin using metric measurements? Random sampling of Google search results for "U.S. military metric system" indicates it's often used when dealing with joint maneuvers with allied nations that use metric, and I'm pretty sure I've run into kilometers and meters—distance units—in my reading. I found out from dear ol' Wikipedia that the U.S. was a signatory to the original convention establishing the metric system as a world standard, but the closest to a date I found for military use was all the way into the 1970s.

Essentially I need to know if my men could refer to distance in kilometers in World War II fiction. I think they can but I'd like to be sure.

Rental Agreements in East Coast City

Hey, all! You really helped me out last time, so I thought I'd take a shot with my next weird problem.

At the beginning of my story, the heroine lives with incredibly suckful roommates--the kind of people who leave rotting food lying around and fight with their SOs at 3 AM on weeknights--in an East Coast city, probably Boston. Shortly afterwards, she inherits a house.

She's not a confrontational kind of a girl, but she's not a saint either. What are some passive-aggressive ways she could screw the Roomies from Hell over? I've thought she might wait until some party when they're smoking weed, then call the cops; is there anything she could do re: her landlord, along the lines of "hey, these guys are totally violating Standard Lease Agreement XYZ, and by the way, I'm out of here"?

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LF info on female sex offenders

Setting: Present, USA

Searched: www.child-abuse-effects.com,Yahoo, google, googlescholar *Female sex offenders, *effects of abuse committed by female sex offenders.

My main character is a young-teen, and abused by an older female family member.

I assume my main character would react in much the same way he would if he were abused by a male(as far a depression, and self-image issues go) but I'm not sure about that, I don't want to base my characters reaction on something I'm very unsure about.  

So, I'm looking for any info on the effects of sexual abuse committed by females against males. I've found some sites that mention abuse committed by females and the effects but nothing that goes into depth on either subject.

I have absolutely no knowledge on this subject and am unsure of how the victim, the female, the family or the authorities would react.

I'll take anything you think will help including non-fiction or fiction novels, movies, essays everything is welcome.I need anything that can help me to form at least a basic idea of how to realistically depict the effect of the abuse on my main and supporting characters.