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 "politics":

"… gator Carrie Levine today joins the Center for Public Integrity as federal politics reporter exploring the influence of money in politics. Levine will primar …"

"… Integrity as federal politics reporter exploring the influence of money in politics. Levine will primarily write for the Center for Public Integrity's “Con …"

"… e issues in the post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission era of politics. She will also contribute to "Primary Source," a 2014 Webby Award finalist …"

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 "Fred Eychaner":

"… ors this year include billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, media mogul Fred Eychaner and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That a super PAC suppor …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… cross Central America. One village of sugarcane workers near Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, called La Isla, or “The Island,” has lost so many men to the disease …"

"… to the disease it is now known as the “Island of the Widows.” Ailing Nicaraguan sugarcane workers have staged angry protests, demanding compensation and …"

"… rs were subsequently discharged following an internal investigation by the Nicaraguan National Police. The bitter dispute over the role of work practices in C …"

"… ducted in the sugarcane industry,” said Mario Amador, general manager of Nicaragua’s National Committee of Sugar Producers, one of the groups funding the C …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… ration, the World Bank approved a new loan to expand a sugar plantation in Nicaragua, renewing its support for an industry whose workers have been devastated b …"

"… tated by the disease. The $15 million loan to the Montelimar plantation in Nicaragua is estimated to create 1,300 new rural jobs, according to World Bank docum …"

"… sure. ICIJ’s initial report, Island of the Widows, focused on a leading Nicaraguan sugar plantation that received substantial loans in 2006 from the World B …"

"… upational health and safety.” The sugar industry is a major exporter in Nicaragua and elsewhere in Central America, and in some rural communities it is one …"

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 "toxicologist":

"… e chemicals. “It’s actually a ridiculous statement,” said Lester, a toxicologist at the Center for Health, Environment & Justice. He said although scie …"

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 "Solutia Inc.":

"… thampton, defense contractor Raytheon in Andover and chemical manufacturer Solutia Inc. near Springfield — have each been cited for “serious” violations by …"

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 "Martha Coakley":

"… e public servants in Massachusetts.  A spokesman for Attorney General Martha Coakley, who declined requests for an interview on her record prosecuting public s …"

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 "Great Lakes":

"… e in these women.Other people with high exposures to PCBs include those in Great Lakes states, as well as populations near the Baltic Sea, in the North Atlantic …"

"… ientists first documented that PCBs had neurological effects in studies of Great Lakes children. Children of women who ate more contaminated fish from Lake Michi …"

"… n their peers. The same findings were reported among children from another Great Lakes region, Oswego, N.Y.In New Bedford, PCBs, which were insulating fluids, we …"

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 "critic":

"… dividuals,” said Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, a critic of the current system. The seven teens that got life without parole “do …"

"… t six states have abolished similar laws, making Massachusetts a target of criticism even from law and order Texas where legislators recently repealed life …"

"… gletary, the adoptive mother of Perry Hughes, Fernandez's victim. But critics of the law say that recent scientific studies demonstrate that it's wrong …"

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 "Boston University":

"… lock and key.Richard Clapp, emeritus professor of environmental health at Boston University, is among several public health experts who called the situation unusual." …"

"… IARC reassessment - assuming the findings are published by then.Clapp, of Boston University, said the mining industry has an incentive to keep any bad news about dies …"

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

By Beverly Ford

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… gative Reporting is a non-profit investigative reporting newsroom based at Boston University and a member of the Investigative News Network. …"

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 "Solutia Inc.":

"… tts approximately 18 months to levy a fine against resin manufacturer Solutia Inc., for failing to properly operate required pollution control equipment …"

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 "critic":

"… dividuals,” said Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, a critic of the current system. The seven teens who got life without parole “do n …"

"… t six states have abolished similar laws, making Massachusetts a target of criticism even from law and order Texas where legislators recently repealed life …"

"… Singletary, the adoptive mother of Perry Hughes, Fernandez’s victim.But critics of the law say that recent scientific studies demonstrate that it’s wro …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congressional Research Service":

"… ing payroll taxes, is 17.4 percent.Federal taxes are “regressive,” the Congressional Research Service reported in an October study. “The average tax rate decreases as taxable …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… e and I look normal now, but inside I feel like I’m burning.” …"

"… analysis of the latest World Health Organization data. In El Salvador and Nicaragua alone over the last two decades, the number of men dying from kidney disea …"

"… atients with other ailments. So many men have died in some parts of rural Nicaragua that Maudiel Martinez’s community, called The Island, now is known as th …"

"… Dr. Ramon Vanegas, a nephrologist who assesses applications by workers to Nicaragua’s Institute of Social Security for occupational illness pensions, said c …"

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 "head":

"… osition for parents. …"

"… esticides in lice treatments have been involved in conditions ranging from headaches to death. The reports were obtained under the Freedom of Information …"

"… he biggest worries for some health experts is a prescription treatment for head lice and scabies called lindane. The pesticide has been targeted for world …"

"… has not ratified the treaty, and has no imminent plans to ban lindane for head lice.Since 2006, lindane can no longer be used here on crops or cattle, or …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… e aftermath of a nuclear accident here.Despite pressure from Congress, the Obama administration has declined to overturn a Bush era directive to supply the pills within a …"

"… -sense preparedness measure.”Markey previously raised the issue with the Obama administration in December 2009. Last July, the White House notified Markey it would stan …"

"… n-sense measure would be irresponsible,” he wrote.A spokesperson for the Obama administration didn’t immediately return a request for comment.A bipartisan group of co …"

"… isan group of congressmen from Florida wrote a letter last June asking the Obama administration for more of the potassium iodide pills in the event of a nuclear reactor i …"

Mitch McConnell: Fueled by tobacco and whiskey

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Caitlin Ginley

Mitch McConnell

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… at the earmark was pushed by then-Senators George Allen and John Warner of Virginia, McConnell, is a member of the both the Senate appropriations committee an …"

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 "investigator":

"… did not respond to the Center’s calls for comment, told a campus police investigator that she was flirting with them, and initiated a sexual threesome.The firs …"

"… (The school disputed that, saying the dean was simply doing her job as an investigator.)All the while, the alleged attacker, a religious and classical studies ma …"

"… inst her. Later, she read through it and marked all the times that the OCR investigator had, in her view, taken the school’s word over hers. The experience left …"

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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 "Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry":

"… hlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and vinyl chloride, according to data from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the federal public health agency that provides information on contaminant …"

"… o cause a skin disease called chloracne and liver damage, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.Wilma Subra, a chemist who heads her own environmental consulting firm ded …"

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 "America":

"… t influential lobbying group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), paid for 45 trips worth at least a combined $92,000. Nearly half …"

"… 1 trips, including excursions to San Francisco, San Diego and Naples, Fla."America clearly has the best health care in the world, but it can only remain that …"

To Panama and Back

By Kevin Bogardus

Contractor implicated in Cunningham bribery scandal sponsored 2000 trip for aide

Excerpts from this story referencing "General":

"… year's defense appropriations bill for several contractors, including General Atomics.On its Web site, NorthPoint describes its key asset as "our staff …"

Drug lobby second to none

By M. Asif Ismail

How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief":

"… rson was a health policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the chief sponsor of a Medicare bill that, six months later, would become law, with …"

"… A and BIO, are headed by two influential former members of Congress. PhRMA chief Billy Tauzin and BIO president Jim Greenwood were on committees that regul …"