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 "Carrie Levine":

"… for investigative journalism.  …"

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 "New Hampshire":

"… e television station aired more U.S. Senate-specific ads than WMUR-TV 9 in New Hampshire — an ABC affiliate and the Granite State’s lone network affiliated out …"

"… intensity and exposure, which is unprecedented,” said Scott Spradling, a New Hampshire public relations and political consultant who spent 12 years at WMUR as a …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… al Consortium of Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America …"

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 "advisor":

"… o the worst contamination. Morgan has done other questionable work. As an advisor to the American Council on Science and Health, which gets funding from the …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… he dialysis treatments that keep him alive.Ten thousand miles away, in the Nicaraguan community of La Isla, Maudiel Martinez dreads returning to the rolling su …"

"… l Brooks, an epidemiologist at Boston University who is leading a study in Nicaragua of the new form of CKD. “I’m very convinced that what is happening to …"

"… ricas even though kidney disease has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, HIV/AIDS and leukemia combined in the last five years on re …"

"… beautiful surroundings is wasting away their lives. In one patch of rural Nicaragua, so many men have died the community is called “The Island of the Widows …"

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 "chemical and nuclear plants":

"… s employers participate in the highly touted VPP program, including power, chemical and nuclear plants, military and postal facilities and biotechnology firms.  Those works …"

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 "West Bridgewater High School":

"… e patients at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford, where he worked, a West Bridgewater High School teacher and coach who portrayed himself online as a mom who would pimp out …"

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 "Michigan":

"… uld ever forget about him,” Harris said. Harris points to a current Michigan case in which a 13-year-old could be sentenced to life without parole for …"

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 "Michigan":

"… Lakes children. Children of women who ate more contaminated fish from Lake Michigan performed more poorly on memory tests and other IQ tests than their peers. …"

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 "Antonio Fernandez":

"… him to potentially walk free within the next decade. The other teen, Antonio Fernandez, took his 2002 case to trial and received life without parole for shooting …"

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 "federal judge":

"… nal insistence on seeing study data and documents before the public does.A federal judge has affirmed the right of an industry group and a House committee to revie …"

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

By Beverly Ford

Racial disparity in school discipline in Massachusetts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… rible. It changed my life.”With no due process rights to a hearing under Massachusetts law, Vivas was expelled from school after only a brief interview with the …"

"… ut a special needs designation, Vivas would have been out of options since Massachusetts does not require school districts to provide alternative education for sus …"

"… says, “But we can't push students out of school for minor offenses.”In Massachusetts, more than 190,000 school days were lost to out-of-school suspensions and …"

"… school year, a New England Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of Massachusetts school discipline reports found. That's about one school day for every fiv …"

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 "Clean Air Act":

"… ates have taken months and even years to sanction facilities violating the Clean Air Act — even those the government itself has called HPVs, such as the Old Town …"

"… ease was part of a joint CPI/NPR investigation into lax enforcement of the Clean Air Act in hundreds of communities nationwide. Following last year’s investigati …"

"… ’s investigation, the EPA, for the first time, made the lists of alleged Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act violators avai …"

"… Recovery Act violators available on its website.The most recent available Clean Air Act list, from November 2011, includes nearly 250 government and industrial fa …"

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 "lawyer":

"… e said. “The rest of my life means I’m going to die here.”Though his lawyer prevented him from answering questions about the murder in an interview, F …"

"… ecause his mother mistakenly insisted that was the only way he could get a lawyer.Another lifer was left to make life-determining legal decisions almost ent …"

"… , so when he began sobbing uncontrollably, the judge ordered an additional lawyer to act as his guardian.Other teens who had lengthier, more violent crimina …"

"… nd surprised Alenson, stabbing him multiple times.At his trial, Odgren’s lawyers claimed the boy had lost touch with reality following a lifetime of bully …"

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 "Health Minister":

"… tions summit of Health Ministers this February in Mexico City, El Salvador Health Minister Maria Isabel Rodriguez declared that chronic kidney disease was “wasting …"

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 "Jerry Jabbour":

"… products, has been approved for use on children as young as two months old.Jerry Jabbour, vice president and general counsel at Wockhardt USA, whose subsidiary man …"

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 "Thyroid":

"… University professor at the School of Medicine who works with the American Thyroid Association, said American disasters have shown that disaster relief can b …"

Mitch McConnell: Fueled by tobacco and whiskey

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Caitlin Ginley

Mitch McConnell

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Lewis":

"… s made public, the Center for Public Integrity’s then-executive director Charles Lewis decried the McConnell Center as “another place for special interests to …"

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 "OCR":

"… tment of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The office, referred to as OCR, enforces Title IX, a federal law requiring “prompt and equitable …"

"… g a no-contact order “to protect and prevent harassment” of Dunn, OCR found. The school ultimately cited a lack of eyewitnesses and the role of …"

"… their name to understand,” said Dunn. “It was pretty devastating.” OCR is the primary office overseeing colleges’ response to rape and other fo …"

"… ases in 11 years. None of the schools were punished, however — even when OCR found that colleges had acted indifferently or even retaliated against stu …"

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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 "America":

"… y Superfund, a law passed in 1980 to identify and supervise the cleanup of America's most toxic and polluted areas.Information that the EPA has been reluctan …"

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 "Senate":

"… s then-Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana. During his nearly two decades in the Senate, Breaux developed a reputation as a Democratic emissary who could broker d …"

"… visive of issues.At around the same time Breaux was working with House and Senate negotiators to draft the final bill, Pfizer flew him to New York for a one …"

"… rding to her 2005 financial disclosure statement, also filed on May 15.The Senate and House ethics manuals state that having personal assets or holdings, su …"

"… 's office did not return repeated calls for comment.Although the House and Senate ethics manuals state that having stock holdings in industries that have pe …"

To Panama and Back

By Kevin Bogardus

Contractor implicated in Cunningham bribery scandal sponsored 2000 trip for aide

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Wall Street Journal":

"… f eight years and four months. But the investigation is not over yet. The Wall Street Journal and other newspapers have reported that the FBI is looking into wheth …"

Drug lobby second to none

By M. Asif Ismail

How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health Minister":

"… the issue. The industry's pressure may be paying off. Last week, Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh announced that his government would ban the bulk export of p …"