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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"…   …"

"… g the influence of money in politics. Levine will primarily write for the Center for Public Integrity's “Consider the Source” project, which investigates campaign finance a …"

"… Award finalist for top political blog. For four years before joining the Center for Public Integrity, Levine worked as research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Eth …"

"… University Graduate School of Journalism. The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent news organization specializing …"

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 "Denver":

"… UR easily surpassed runners-up WHO-TV 13 in Des Moines, Iowa; KUSA-TV 9 in Denver; and KTUU-TV 2 in Anchorage, Alaska. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Sha …"

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 "Central America":

"… Launching its deepest review yet into a mysterious kidney disease striking Central America, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is organizing three s …"

"… rs. The research will be funded by $1.7 million in contributions from the Central American sugar industry — a setup raising concerns with some about how fully the …"

"… ic kidney disease, CKD, is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. A recent study& …"

"… tudy estimated that the ailment has killed more than 20,000 people in Central America alone. Most scientists suspect the disease is caused by a combination of …"

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 "Central America":

"… ueling labor in the fields. …"

"… ic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have yet …"

"… the controversy emerged, the World Bank has approved a new loan to another Central American sugar plantation within the affected region. In its environmental and soc …"

"… sures are most likely to be playing a role.” The declaration adopted by Central America’s Council of Health Ministers in April sounded a similar note. The agree …"

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 "Lockheed Martin":

"… ter study in Redlands, Calif., at the request of scientists consulting for Lockheed Martin. The study was used in court to defend Lockheed Martin against allegations …"

"… ists consulting for Lockheed Martin. The study was used in court to defend Lockheed Martin against allegations that an old rocket plant had polluted the groundwater …"

"… didn’t know the scientists asking for the research were getting paid by Lockheed Martin. One of them, Michael Kelsh, worked at Exponent, a consulting company well …"

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 "Catharina Wesseling":

"… familiar with the problem or skeptical whether it even exists,” said Dr. Catharina Wesseling, the regional director for the Program on Work and Health (SALTRA) in Cent …"

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 "Boston University":

"… gland Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit newsroom based at Boston University. NECIR interns contributing to this report were Chelsea Feinstein, James R …"

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 "Noeun Sok":

"… to make life-determining legal decisions almost entirely on his own. Noeun Sok, a 15-year-old Cambodian immigrant, was accompanied only by his sister whe …"

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 "National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health":

"… of an $11.5 million investigation by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are under lock and key.Richard Clapp, emeritus professor of environmental …"

"… dy for several years,” Goodling said in the affidavit. He asked that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over which the committee has jurisdiction, be required to submit …"

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 "Boston University":

"… gland Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit newsroom based at Boston University and a member of the Investigative News Network. …"

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 "Noeun Sok":

"… s left to make life-determining legal decisions almost entirely on his own.Noeun Sok, a 15-year-old Cambodian immigrant, was accompanied only by his sister whe …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "hedge fund manager":

"… n. Carl Levin, D-Mich., in a speech to the Senate in June. “If you are a hedge fund manager, your job is to manage a hedge fund. The income you receive for that job i …"

"… ss family.Defenders of the carried interest tax break say that the work of hedge fund managers and other investment managers, in raising and allocating capital, makes a …"

"… the ruling by Judge David Gustafson must have sent a shiver through many a hedge fund manager, since it buttressed the arguments made by critics of the carried interest …"

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 "chemicals":

"… labor outside. Earlier, the team identified a number of work practices and chemicals at the company that could potentially damage the kidneys. Brooks said more …"

"… communities, where people were already sick. Theories about the role toxic chemicals may play in causing the disease are difficult to test because scientists n …"

"… gesting that the epidemic had distinct causes related to exposure to toxic chemicals. Central American representatives said they felt so strongly they refused …"

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 "Texas":

"… atching and the effect of chemicals in the shampoos, Tienda, of Dickinson, Texas, said in an interview. Chelsea screamed and cried every time she was shamp …"

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 "Boston University":

"… re being exposed [to thyroid cancer],” Sgouros said.Elizabeth Pearce, a Boston University professor at the School of Medicine who works with the American Thyroid As …"

Mitch McConnell: Fueled by tobacco and whiskey

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Caitlin Ginley

Mitch McConnell

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… rtgage loan limits for the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. McConnell supported quick passage of the bill, initially proposing the Se …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… of 1976 (TSCA), widely considered to be ineffective.In coming months, the Center for Public Integrity will publish stories on the deadly effects of chemicals in the workplace a …"

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 "president":

"… risk.”The Obama administration has promised to give OCR a boost, and the president’s fiscal year 2011 budget request calls for full-time staff to …"

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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 "chemicals":

"… onmental Protection Agency, which oversees cleanup of the sites, hazardous chemicals and toxins there are poisoning the soil, water or air — or all three.Yet …"

"… ould reach and harm people. Exposure to some of these toxins and hazardous chemicals has been linked to various forms of cancer, respiratory disease and heart …"

"… ow that the area's groundwater is already contaminated with a long list of chemicals in concentrations exceeding state and federal safety standards, residents …"

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 "Medicare":

"… ug-makers. Almost all of those same legislators voted in favor of the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug Act, which led to a windfall of profits for the industry …"

"… hRMA-sponsored trips were taken in 2003, prior to the November vote on the Medicare prescription drug bill. The legislation created a taxpayer-funded prescrip …"

"… bout."The debate over possible conflicts of interest is highlighted by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.Relman, a for …"

"… rmaceutical companies stood to benefit financially from the passage of the Medicare bill.Still, many members sponsoring bills have elected to maintain their p …"

To Panama and Back

By Kevin Bogardus

Contractor implicated in Cunningham bribery scandal sponsored 2000 trip for aide

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief executive officer":

"… cutors.Only one of Cunningham's co-conspirators, Mitchell Wade, the former chief executive officer of defense firm MZM Inc., has been convicted and awaits sentencing.A coupl …"

Drug lobby second to none

By M. Asif Ismail

How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "Food and Drug Administration":

"… campaign has also led to a more industry-friendly regulatory policy at the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that approves its products for sale and most directly oversees …"

"… ray of agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the State Department on dozens of issues. For instance, PhRMA lobbied …"

"… th and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Executive Office of the President are other agencies heavily lobbi …"