Center for Public Integrity hires Carrie Levine as federal politics reporter

By The Center for Public Integrity

Carrie Levine — former Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington research director — to investigate money in politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… aign finance and political influence issues in the post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission era of politics. She will also contribute to "Primary Source," a 2014 Webb …"

Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… bottom line financial situation of media,” he said. …"

"… ive opponents in seven out of nine top battleground states, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary estimates from Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertis …"

"… Senate races in terms of TV ads, with about 6,400 aired, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG data. The North Carolina race, where in …"

"… TV ads ran from Tuesday, Sept. 30, through Monday, Oct. 6, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of Kantar Media/CMAG data. Nearly three-fourths of them aired in ni …"

CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… .” The team conducting the CDC and industry-backed study will be led by Boston University epidemiologist Daniel Brooks. He previously conducted a study of CKD in Ch …"

"… likely culprit, but he has been cautious in describing his results. “The Boston University team believes that the CKD epidemic is caused by a combination of factors, …"

"… through an open bidding process. Instead, according to the CDC Foundation, Boston University approached the CDC with a proposal, and funding was then obtained from the …"

"… ling said. “There’s still an indirect link.” The CDC Foundation and Boston University said Brooks and the CDC would control all aspects of the study’s design …"

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ed in a recently concluded study of the epidemic’s causes by a team from Boston University, which found that there was still not enough evidence to get to the bottom …"

"… dvisor Ombudsman,” stated the IFC’s review documents, referring to the Boston University study. “No direct relationship between the sugar sector and the disease …"

"… It’s an interpretation that Daniel Brooks, the lead scientist for the Boston University team, said is technically accurate. But it’s quite different from how Br …"

Cancer-cluster study seeking to debunk 'Erin Brockovich' has glaring weaknesses

By David Heath

An often-cited study finds no cancer cluster in Hinkley, Calif. But it fails to focus on people who drank poisoned water.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… 5 percent certainty that the cluster is not a fluke, said Richard Clapp, a Boston University professor who used to direct the Massachusetts Cancer Registry. He said th …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… ease, cancer and diabetes,” said David McQueen, a U.S. delegate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has since retired from the agency. “And we felt, the position we wer …"

Massachusetts workers killed, injured at facilities touted as 'Model Workplaces'

By Beverly Ford

Safety risks, injuries and even fatalities plague Mass. worksites touted by OSHA as among the nation's safest

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… gland Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit newsroom based at Boston University. This story was done in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity …"

Violating the public trust?

By Maggie Mulvihill and Julia Waterhous

A five-year look at Massachusetts public servants charged with crimes and ethics violations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics Commission":

"… from news reports, agency press releases, state and federal court records, Ethics Commission dispositions, government annual reports and interviews with municipal, sta …"

"… nt Chicago corruption report.But George Brown, a former chair of the state Ethics Commission, said the high number of cases doesn’t necessarily reflect that Massachu …"

"… sachusetts public servants in the past five years have come from the state Ethics Commission, which bolstered its ability to punish transgressors of state ethics laws …"

"… indictment of former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi that same year.The Ethics Commission has cited politicians for failing to submit financial disclosure forms, fi …"

A judge, a teenage killer and a mother who forgives

By Maggie Mulvihill

Lawyers argue judges should stop teen killers from receiving harshest sentences — life in jail, without parole

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… nter for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit investigative newsroom at Boston University. This is a follow-up report to the center’s 2011 investigative series on …"

Industrial chemical exposure linked to learning problems, hyperactivity

By Lindsey Konkel

Boys exposed to higher levels of PCBs scored lower on focus and concentration tests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… etween the ages of 4 and 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The researchers in their report called the effect of PCBs on attention ski …"

Teen killers get inconsistent sentences

By Maggie Mulvihill, Sarah Favot and Kirsten Berg

U.S. Supreme Court will revisit sentencing children 14-years and younger to life in prison without parole

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ended sentence. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University is a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom. Maggie Mulvihill, the cen …"

Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections

By Jim Morris

Publication of a landmark government study of lung cancer in miners is delayed by an industry group and its congressional allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… m is the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, which considers diesel exhaust "probably carcinogenic to humans" and is s …"

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

By Beverly Ford

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sonia Chang-Diaz":

"… ill reform discipline policies in Bay State schools and keep kids in class.Sonia Chang-Diaz, Senate co-chair of the state's Joint Committee on Education, said the bil …"

States slow to act against New England polluters

By Maggie Mulvihill, Alex Burris and James Robinson

Regulators in Maine and nearby states have taken months and even years to sanction facilities violating the Clean Air Act

Excerpts from this story referencing "New England":

"… ston University and a member of the Investigative News Network. …"

"… to state regulators have been ignored even though it is among a number of New England facilities labeled “high priority violators” by the U.S. Environmental …"

"… PA to identify polluters in need of close scrutiny.An investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting shows that regulators in Maine and near …"

"… l facilities, with the majority located in the South and Midwest. The nine New England facilities on the list include power companies, manufacturers and a hospit …"

Our youngest killers

By Sarah Favot, Kirsten Berg and Jenna Ebersole

Massachusetts teens sentenced to life without parole reveal inequities in '96 law

Excerpts from this story referencing "New England":

"… the maximum adult penalty for first degree murder, an investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found. Before the change, juvenile …"

"… do not appear to be the worst cases.”Massachusetts is the only state in New England or New York to impose life without parole for crimes committed by juvenile …"

"… never, ever have a chance to rehabilitate themselves?” Odgren asked.The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University is a nonprofit inv …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… Trinity College in 1982, and picking up a master’s degree in business at Boston University, Dagres joined and prospered in the fast-growing financial services indust …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… ease in Central America. David McQueen, a United States delegate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ICIJ that the U.S. opposed mentioning CKD to keep the focus on diabe …"

A crawling issue: Head lice treatments worse than the pest itself?

By Jeremy Borden

Parents routinely use dangerous pesticides to treat their children for head lice

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ad.Richard Clapp, an environmental health expert and professor emeritus at Boston University, said each compound can produce problems. Malathion, a neurotoxic chemical …"

Congressman says 10-mile policy on iodine pills is irresponsible

By Jeremy Borden

The nuclear crisis in Japan has renewed a decade-long fight over how many Americans would receive iodine pills in the aftermath of a nuclear

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chernobyl":

"… Three Mile Island accident and is clearly the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl,” Markey wrote Monday to Dr. John Holdren, the director of White House s …"

Mitch McConnell: Fueled by tobacco and whiskey

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Caitlin Ginley

Mitch McConnell

Excerpts from this story referencing "McConnell Center":

"… hland joined three other companies to donate at least $500,000 each to the McConnell Center for Political Leadership at the University of Louisville. The naming right …"

"… for Public Integrity’s then-executive director Charles Lewis decried the McConnell Center as “another place for special interests to ingratiate themselves with la …"

"… applauded by Brown-Forman Wines. Brown-Forman is also a major donor to the McConnell Center for Political Leadership at the University of Louisville. Street did not r …"

Expert: New toxic chemicals report “unprecedented”

By Jim Morris

In a new report, the President’s Cancer Panel emphatically reinforced what public health officials and activists have been saying for decade

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… ly underestimated.”Richard Clapp, a professor of environmental health at Boston University, said the significance of the report cannot be overstated. “For the Pres …"

Lax enforcement of Title IX in campus sexual assault cases

By Kristin Jones

Feeble watchdog leaves students at risk, critics say

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… tims have resulted in huge settlements.In December 2007, the University of Colorado paid $2.85 million to settle a high-profile lawsuit filed by two students …"

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Human exposure 'uncontrolled' at 114 Superfund sites

By Joaquin Sapien

EPA secrecy about sites' toxic dangers extends even to senators' inquiries

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive director":

"… ommunity."This site has affected five generations of people," said Miller, executive director of the Silver Valley People's Action Coalition. "But EPA is still negotiat …"

Drug makers' dime funds Congressional travel

By Robert Brodsky

Pharmaceutical companies, affiliated trade groups spent more than $600,000 on trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive director":

"… extraordinarily to the interests of the drug industry," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a group that lobbies for affordable health care. "This le …"

To Panama and Back

By Kevin Bogardus

Contractor implicated in Cunningham bribery scandal sponsored 2000 trip for aide

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… anama ContractWilkes's contract in Panama caught the eye of the Pentagon's inspector general in the spring of 2000.Investigators found that the project had not …"

Drug lobby second to none

By M. Asif Ismail

How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kevin Boettcher":

"… ent to make for its continuing prosperity.Victoria Kreha, Alexander Cohen, Kevin Boettcher and Emily McNeill contributed to this report. …"