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 "Massachusetts":

"… viously reported for The Charlotte Observer, The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, and The Sun of Lowell, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston Univers …"

"… erver, The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, and The Sun of Lowell, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Gradua …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… icularly dominant in the U.S. Senate races being waged in Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan, where they bested Republicans by sponsoring hundreds more TV …"

"… llions from groups that need not disclose their donors. In both Alaska and Louisiana in particular, embattled Democratic senators continued to leverage their v …"

"… aign war chests to their advantage. About 3,700 TV ads aired last week in Louisiana, and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s campaign accounted for nearly two-t …"

"… l and Hagan, Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana ranked tops among Senate candidates nationwide in terms of total TV ads ai …"

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 "World Bank":

"… eviously conducted a study of CKD in Chichigalpa that was organized by the World Bank and funded by the sugar industry as part of a mediation process triggered …"

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 "Erin Brockovich":

"… ll yeah, it was hurting people all that time?” …"

"… his analysis, Morgan said, “Now, what I presumed was you're going after Erin Brockovich.” Limitations of epidemiology Whether anyone in Hinkley got cancer from …"

"… pockets. “I've heard different reports of $2 million or $3 million that Erin Brockovich received herself. And yet, she is the humanitarian. Well, I'm more humanit …"

"… s 20/20 in which John Stossel uses his work to debunk the claims in Erin Brockovich that drinking hexavalent chromium can hurt people. The American Coun …"

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 "kidney failure":

"… But the death toll reaches tens of thousands.More than 16,000 men died of kidney failure in Central America from 2005 to 2009, with annual deaths increasing more t …"

"… s along a nearly 700-mile stretch of the Pacific coast. Across the region, kidney failure has killed more than 2,800 men each year from 2005 to 2009, according to a …"

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 "U.S. Postal Service":

"… or those violations.Two months after Scanlon's death, OSHA again cited the U.S. Postal Service, this time for failing to follow recognized safety practices in connection …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… tein, James Robinson and John Wayne Ferguson.  …"

"… ts embroiled in criminal or ethical scandals since 2007 are people most in Massachusetts have never heard of. They draw their paychecks far from power centers like …"

"… est have been charged with or admitted to crimes and ethical misconduct in Massachusetts, according to a new analysis by the New England Center for Investigative R …"

"… cacy group Public Citizen in Washington D.C. Holman reviewed the data from Massachusetts and five other New England states for NECIR.  As least 12 police empl …"

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 "Boston University":

"… ssociations between PCBs and ADHD-related behavior,” the scientists from Boston University, Harvard University and two other institutions wrote in the study, which w …"

"… ron Sagiv, lead author of the study and an epidemiologist who now works at Boston University.Roughly eight years after they were born, almost 600 of these children und …"

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 of the current system":

"… dividuals,” said Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, a critic of the current system. The seven teens that got life without parole “do not appear to be the w …"

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 "Sonia Vivas":

"… 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 "Penobscot River":

"… elevated levels of lead in the snow, she said. Icy winds sweeping over the Penobscot River behind her home amplified the problem.“It was in everyone’s house and …"

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 "waitress":

"… und. The income you receive for that job is no different than the income a waitress receives for waiting tables, or a janitor receives for scrubbing floors. T …"

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 "Boston University":

"… disease,” said Daniel Brooks, lead researcher of a scientific team from Boston University that is among a handful of groups conducting early studies. During days t …"

"… notably at Nicaragua Sugar’s Ingenio San Antonio plantation, where the Boston University team is working. But the industry typically has barred independent scienti …"

"… ter workers complained, the Bank granted $1 million to sponsor the ongoing Boston University study. Before receiving the loans, the companies needed to assure the Ban …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… duct…and we feel like we’re providing an alternative.”Robyn Ungar, a spokeswoman for Insight Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures Nix, said the product hasn …"

"… ble for an interview. In a written response to questions from iWatch News, spokeswoman Shelly L. Burgess said the agency monitors adverse reactions to products. …"

"… said she believes permethrin and malathion are relatively safe.Still, FDA spokeswoman Burgess wrote that, “No new evidence regarding safety or efficacy has be …"

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 "radiation":

"… s iodine pill stock.“The fact of the matter is, the vast majority of the radiation damage will take place far more than 10 miles [out],” Morris said in an …"

"… s said in an interview with the Center. “It’s the low-hanging fruit of radiation protection ... [thyroid cancer] would be the easiest to stop.”Yet Morris …"

Mitch McConnell: Fueled by tobacco and whiskey

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Caitlin Ginley

Mitch McConnell

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemical":

"… — $85,858In ninth place: Ashland Inc. with $85,858 or more. The oil and chemical company is named after Ashland, Kentucky, but is now headquartered in Covi …"

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 "Boston University":

"… . In 2003 for example, OCR’s Boston office found it “troubling” that Boston University had distributed a press packet with information about an alleged rape vict …"

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… an investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University has found. Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network <a data- …"

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 "free travel":

"… ."  …"

To Panama and Back

By Kevin Bogardus

Contractor implicated in Cunningham bribery scandal sponsored 2000 trip for aide

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… re not so self-evident," said Julian Zelizer, a congressional historian at Boston University. "When these kinds of trips are disclosed, the public and the media want t …"

"… leave an air of corruption where there is no corruption," said Zelizer of Boston University. "Disclosure on its own is not always satisfying." …"

Drug lobby second to none

By M. Asif Ismail

How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "Manufacturers of America":

"… reported in January, the industry trade group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, hired a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, Gordon Giffin, and his top aide …"