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 "Journalism":

"… aduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity is a nonprof …"

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 "Mark Warner":

"… s in the Tar Heel State. Along with McConnell and Hagan, Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana ranked tops among Senate candid …"

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 "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 "India":

"… cept a kidney donation that offers his only chance of survival.In Uddanam, India, a reed-thin farmer named Laxmi Narayna prepares for the grueling two-day …"

"… cting thousands of people in rural, agricultural communities in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. The struggle to identify its causes is baffling resea …"

"… n cause, though other sources put the number more than double that. In the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, more than 1,500 have been treated for the ailmen …"

"… logist at Harvard Medical School who is leading a study of the epidemic in India. “Our premise should be to first look for common causes.”The response …"

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 "Michael Engel":

"… ince that incident, FLEXcon remains part of VPP, a shining example of what Michael Engel, the company's Chief Operating Officer, said in a press release announcing …"

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 "Hassan Smith":

"… t tool for goodness,” Lawton said last week, as he prepared to introduce Hassan Smith, now 40, to his juvenile law class at New England School of Law in Boston. …"

"… uling is expected in June.“Don’t put these children in jail for life”Hassan Smith knows how deeply fortunate he has been in avoiding the same fate as Miller …"

"… dults, despite terribly bad decisions they make as teenagers. She includes Hassan Smith in that group.“That boy don’t know what he took away from me when he t …"

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 "New England":

"… ved “super-predators” among teen killers. An investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting reveals, for the first time, that that …"

"… itate themselves?” Odgren asked. Massachusetts is the only state in New England or New York to impose life without parole for crimes committed by juvenile …"

"… ve years' probation and an additional 12-year suspended sentence. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University is a nonprofit inv …"

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 "Environmental Health Perspectives":

"… suspicions about diesel's cancer-causing properties. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives in 2004, for example, found elevated lung cancer death rates among U.S. ra …"

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 "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 "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 "Costa Rica":

"… second leading cause of death for men. In the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, the regional hospital had to start a home dialysis program because it was …"

"… ticides and pesticides.” Another study of kidney patients from northern Costa Rica — again from a sweltering, low-lying region near the Pacific Coast — d …"

"… ng men, between the ages of 20 and 40 years,” wrote Dr. Manuel Cerdas of Costa Rica in the journal Kidney International. “The most interesting feature of th …"

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 "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 "Reynolds American Inc.":

"… Mitch McConnell’s political career. Tobacco giants Altria Group Inc. and Reynolds American Inc. are two of Mitch McConnell’s top five career campaign PAC contributors. …"

"… nce repaid the money. Through a spokesman, JPMorgan declined to comment.4. Reynolds American Inc. — $101,000Reynolds American Inc. ranks fourth, with $101,000 or more in …"

"… kesman, JPMorgan declined to comment.4. Reynolds American Inc. — $101,000Reynolds American Inc. ranks fourth, with $101,000 or more in contributions, including money from …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… Jones, a high-level official at OCR for more than four years of President George W. Bush’s administration, said that when pushing colleges to change their polici …"

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Excerpts from this story referencing "New England":

"… be high, and also partly why so few are ever successfully prosecuted. New England Center for Investigative Reporting  Campus Sexual Assaults: Few …"

"… ost recent year available, for sexual assaults reported by ten campuses in New England funded by the DOJ to combat violence against women, an investigation by th …"

"… unded by the DOJ to combat violence against women, an investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University has found. Ro …"

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 "Alex Fidis":

"… sensitive documents," Bodine told the Center."[This] is ridiculous," said Alex Fidis, a staff attorney specializing in Superfund issues for U.S. PIRG, a public …"

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 "Boston University":

"… nment from negotiating price discounts with drug companies.A 2003 study by Boston University researchers Alan Sager and Deborah Socolar found that 61 percent of Medica …"

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 "Representative":

"… nter reported last week, the agencies include the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which shapes the country's trade agreements with other nations. Since 199 …"

"… an 15 former Senators and more than 60 former members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The two trade groups, PhRMA and BIO, are headed by two influential forme …"