DOE official seeks probe of dissident analyst’s dismissal by nuclear weapons laboratory

By Douglas Birch

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production requests an Inspector General’s review of the firing of Los Alamos analyst James Doyle.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… hing a critique of longstanding U.S. weapons policy. The request by Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Frank Klotz for an inquiry by the DOE Inspector Gener …"

"… e publication in question or the views expressed in it.” Marmolejos said Secretary of Energy Moniz had delegated the review of Doyle’s  2013 whistlebl …"

"… delegated the review of Doyle’s  2013 whistleblower case to Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman. Poneman, Marmolejos said, had ruled against Doyle’s clai …"

Firearms used in homicides often purchased illegally

By Kelsey Jukam, Aaron Maybin and Jordan Rubio

A News21 analysis of the FBI’s national database of supplementary homicide reports found that across the country, 17,422 black men between a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… nished battle. But a war still courses through the streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In the past decade, it’s claimed the lives of hundreds of people —&nb …"

"… you get out here and shoot you somebody. You get yourself a body.”  Louisiana’s murder rate has been the highest in the country, with 10.8 murders for …"

"… country, with 10.8 murders for every 100,000 people. Some have attributed Louisiana’s high murder rate to the prevalence of weapons in the state and its str …"

Fired Los Alamos nuclear expert files appeal

By Douglas Birch

Former Los Alamos lab employee argues that DOE abused its powers, retaliated against him for expressing views.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… lamos nuclear policy expert has filed an appeal in a whistleblower case to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, arguing that the Energy Department had abused its …"

Nuclear weapons lab employee fired after publishing scathing critique of the arms race

By Douglas Birch

Los Alamos lets a 17-year employee go after retroactively classifying his published article.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Maryland":

"… said Steve Fetter, a nuclear physicist and associate provost at the University of Maryland who served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy duri …"

Families sick from fracking turn to scientists

By Lisa Song

A Pennsylvania nonprofit provides free health consultations to people who live near gas drilling sites and complain of health effects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… r even decades for long-term studies to emerge, the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP) is using the best available science to help pe …"

"… igate the risks people face from drilling. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection — which oversees the oil and gas industry — has no ongoin …"

"… Pennsylvania medical society, the Pennsylvania health department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. " …"

L.A. judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students

By Susan Ferriss

A top juvenile court judge objects to a proposal giving school police $13 million out of a state fund to help disadvantaged kids learn.

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

By Susan Ferriss

A judge freed a foster girl from adult jail after a school police arrest, but N.C. social services fail to come get her.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ement, alleges the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division. Federal school-disc …"

"… in the country was supposed to report that data to the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection. The Wake County district has nearly 148, …"

"… udents have rallied to her defense and appealed to the county’s Board of Education this month to help free her, as local TV and other media have reported. A …"

"… ted Federal School Discipline Guidance released by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice in January. …"

California report: Don't spend new education money on campus police

By Susan Ferriss

As California readies to direct millions to districts with neediest kids, a new policy brief warns against spending it on campus security.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oakland":

"… l,’ " brief was prepared by two community groups in Los Angeles and Oakland whose members are concerned that too much police involvement at some schoo …"

"… er organization that produced the brief is the Black Organizing Project in Oakland, a parents group concerned that poor police relations with black youth are …"

Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: world's 'best' health care system is failing many right here.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… to get care, to which Wilemon, assuming Mandvi has probably returned from Africa or some place like it, responds, “This is how bad it can get here.” W …"

The story behind 'Big Oil, Bad Air'

By Jim Morris, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song

Texas regulators didn't make it easy to determine the environmental impacts of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… — fracking — in contrast to, say, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale or North Dakota’s Bakken. This oddity, along with the sheer size of the play — 26 cou …"

Sequestration nation: military communities feel nation's budget stress

By James Politi

Civilian Pentagon workers hit hard by sequestration-related cuts to federal budget.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… invasion of Iraq; men and women from the 4th brigade are still toiling in Afghanistan. At least 370 troops from Fort Campbell have died in the wars that followe …"

"… outlook.” Some cuts occurred naturally as troops withdrew from Iraq and Afghanistan, meaning communities such as Fort Campbell had been grappling with austeri …"

"… s at the Christian County Chamber of Commerce, whose husband is serving in Afghanistan, says the region has become accustomed to big economic fluctuations coinci …"

'Upset' emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground

By Kristen Lombardi and Andrea Fuller

Residents living along the chemical corridor of Texas and Louisiana often encounter 'upset' emissions -- triggering pollution, health fears.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Commission on Environmental Quality":

"… health threat,” acknowledges Larry Soward, a former commissioner at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, who served on its board from 2003 to 2009. “Upsets” occur when equip …"

"… ries, chemical plants and manufacturing facilities. Data collected by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, TCEQ, offer a rare window into this pollution peril; the state agency req …"

Judicial candidate blames mystery nonprofit's attacks for defeat

By Michael Beckel

Montana Supreme Court candidate says anonymous attacks sunk his campaign.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… ansparency at the state level regarding political ads. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision  …"

Louisiana sinkhole shatters calm, prompts buyouts on the bayou

By Ronnie Greene

A massive sinkhole roils a Louisiana bayou community — forcing many to seek buyouts, part of a U.S. trend of communities fighting to leave.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sinkhole":

"… their front yard — with Sinkhole related additions. “Texas Brine Sinkhole — Stink Hole,” says one sign. “We’re having a little fun with …"

Los Angeles school police still ticketing thousands of young students

By Susan Ferriss

School police still citing thousands of kids for minor violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "school resource officer":

"… to his court came from schools.Lt. Francisco Romero, former Clayton County school resource officer, accompanied Teske to L.A. Romero told the Center that he supported instit …"

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

By Susan Ferriss

The record of some GOP members of Congress shows it will take work to persuade them to embrace immigration reform.

Justice Department alleges 'school to prison pipeline' in Mississippi

By Susan Ferriss

Alleges that state, county and city of Meridian are operating 'school to prison pipeline'

Feds will oversee Oakland's efforts to curb suspensions

By Susan Ferriss

Oakland school board allows federal officials to monitor efforts to reduce the high suspension rates for African-American students

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oakland":

"… nced Friday that it has reached a major agreement with school officials in Oakland, Calif. that allows federal monitoring of the district’s efforts to curb …"

"… ure they keep learning.”A May report by the Urban Strategies Council, an Oakland community-organizing and research group, drilled down on Oakland’s recor …"

"… uncil, an Oakland community-organizing and research group, drilled down on Oakland’s record of suspensions. Researchers found that African American boys we …"

"… . Researchers found that African American boys were only 17 percent of the Oakland Unified School District’s population but 42 percent of all suspensions. …"

Mississippi town struggles with 'school to prison pipeline' charges

By Maggie Lee

Justice Department letter raises new questions, inflames new tensions in Meridian, Mississippi

Parts of Pa. law favored by frackers overturned

By Alice Su

A court on Thursday threw out parts of the state’s Act 13, returning zoning authority over natural gas drilling to local governments

Oakland leads way as restorative justice techniques enter education mainstream

By Eric K. Arnold

'Restorative justice' techniques are helping young people overcome violent impulses

Excerpts from this story referencing "Restorative practices":

"… d. Yet, as Simmons points out, “not going to school isn’t any safer.”Restorative practices “can be implemented to reduce crime, incarceration and recidivism,” sa …"

Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells

By Alice Su

Pennsylvania's state legislature passed a law that strips local zoning authority location of fracking wells.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… illion to $3 million of campaign contributions” in the last 15 years and energy companies make up less than 5 percent of the total. “So I can’t i …"

"… aigns, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.Solobay said that energy companies wouldn’t “come in and put a six-, seven- or eight-acre devel …"

Police, suspensions in schools need reform, new report urges

By Susan Ferriss

A report looks at how three troubled California communities are struggling with high suspension rates of vulnerable students.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oakland":

"… Impact Partners is an exhaustive profile of students in South Los Angeles, Oakland and the agribusiness hub of Salinas in Central California. All these commu …"

"… f family poverty, high rates of student suspension and high dropout rates. Oakland-based Human Impact Partners reviews data and conducts on-the-ground interv …"

"… em.The report describes restorative-justice programs now being used in the Oakland Unified School District. The district had about twice the state’s dropou …"

"… avior, but to “get high” and “steal stuff” and play videogames.The Oakland district has other problems.Last week, the district was informed that a fe …"

Walker’s official work time declines as national fame grows

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin governor's official work time declines as national fame grows.

Michigan's budget crisis puts democracy on the chopping block

By Paul Abowd

Michigan's emergency manager law grants sweeping powers to unelected officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Media and Democracy":

"… ws directly from ALEC’s model laws, hundreds of which were leaked to the Center for Media and Democracy last summer.The model bills have matched up with language found in Arizona …"

LA school abuse investigation runs into immigration fears

By Susan Ferriss

Undocumented parents say they fear deportation if they talk about accused teacher

Los Angeles report: Limit suspensions, don't fine truants

By Susan Ferriss

A task force in Los Angeles, Calif. attacks harsh school discipline, truancy dollar fines

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Nash":

"… lis, which is afflicted by low graduation rates.The chairman is Judge Michael Nash, who presides over one of America’s biggest juvenile courts, which is in …"

FACT CHECK: Perry misses the facts on fracking

By FactCheck.Org

GOP presidential hopeful's statement on EPA as a jobs-killer holds no water

Child advocates say more should be done to assist immigrant minors crossing the border

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates say assistance needed to keep young border crossers away from criminals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… ercent of minors overall and unaccompanied were Mexican, and the rest were Central American, Chinese or nationals of other countries. Mexican and U.S. law enforcemen …"

"… ven if, after being caught, they say they want to return home, journeys to Central America or more distant regions usually take longer than 72 hours, or three days, …"

U.S. advisory group on fracking has abundant ties to energy industry

By Evan Bush

As first recommendations emerge, scientists seek ouster of a former CIA director on energy company boards