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 "New Mexico":

"… tantial” law-breaking by the lab. Reached by phone while on vacation in New Mexico, Doyle said he had not yet seen Marmolejos’ letter and would study it wh …"

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 "Delaware":

"… from the baseball field. “The sun’s setting, the back channel of the Delaware, light breeze blowing through the trees, kids and coaches. Parents looking …"

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 "president":

"… ty of U.S. disarmament and nonproliferation specialists. Charles Ferguson, president of the Federation of American Scientists, on August 21 wrote to urge Moniz …"

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 "Joseph Biden":

"… nbsp;Jon Wolfsthal, a special adviser on nuclear matters to Vice President Joseph Biden from 2009 to 2012 who knows Doyle. “Nobody would go after this article …"

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.

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 "attorney":

"… the role of school police in Wake County, according to Jennifer Story, an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services. …"

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.

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 "Knoxville, Tennessee":

"… e lie that the “best in the world” claim really is, Mandvi traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the University of Tennessee, my alma mater, and the headquarters …"

"… Tennessee. When told by a RAM volunteer after they land that, “This is Knoxville, Tennessee, this is America,” Mandvi asks, in mock astonishment: “If this is Amer …"

"… here.” When Mandvi tells him that, “The place I’m talking about is Knoxville, Tennessee,” Wilemon has one of those moments you never, ever want to have on TV. H …"

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.

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 "Tennessee":

"… of U.S. warfare. The sprawling military base, which straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border, was home to the special forces unit that helped raid Osama bin Lad …"

"… t established the cuts. In the borderland of western Kentucky and central Tennessee, those federal dollars flow into local businesses and provide jobs: Fort C …"

"… en as national jobless figures have improved steadily. In the Clarksville, Tennessee, metropolitan area the jobless rate has risen to 9.4 percent from 9.1 perc …"

"… t, as did Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, the two Republican senators from Tennessee. Marsha Blackburn and Ed Whitfield, Fort Campbell’s two members of Congr …"

'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 "Louisiana":

"… ical plants and other industrial facilities along the chemical corridor of Louisiana and Texas. Those unplanned emissions — known in regulatory parlance as …"

"… helped reduce incidents by 6 percent in the most recent year of reporting; Louisiana officials cite a 41 percent decrease since 2008. Yet those numbers tell o …"

"… nts in eight years, according to company reports compiled by the nonprofit Louisiana Bucket Brigade. State regulators later deemed the leak “preventable,” …"

"… y the state. The Bucket Brigade stands by its analysis, and explains that Louisiana doesn’t have a standardized system for companies to report upset events. …"

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 "Montana Growth":

"… behind the attack? The mailer showed only that it was paid for by the “Montana Growth Network,” a “social welfare” nonprofit, registered under Section 501 …"

"… is one of 35 states where disclosure laws for independent groups like the Montana Growth Network are less stringent than what federal election law requires, accord …"

"… p;advanced to the general election in November. Ahead of the primary, the Montana Growth Network endorsed McKinnon and touted her in a mass mailing as “fair,” …"

"… ney. She was the only candidate to advertise on television. The Montana Growth Network spent roughly $42,000 during the primary election — more than ei …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… daily therapy: The Bayou Corne that courses through this patch of southern Louisiana like a lifeline. Brown powers past the Tupelo Gum, Cypress Moss and Swamp …"

"… munity here in Belle Rose into a state of emergency: Assumption Parish and Louisiana officials ordered a still-in-effect evacuation as state officials scramble …"

"… ack. It was like quicksand,” said Patrick Courreges, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Natural gas filtered into the aquifer, a …"

"… hird of a mile from the nearest homes anchored on each side of Highway 70. Louisiana officials feared explosion hazards and “potentially toxic constituents o …"

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 "American Civil Liberties Union":

"… strict bigger than L.A. Unified, which has fewer than 700,000 students.The American Civil Liberties Union — which is suing New York police for alleged excessive force in schools …"

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Wisconsin-Madison":

"… sang, founding director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who signed a recall petition. “So right from the start he felt beleague …"

Michigan's budget crisis puts democracy on the chopping block

By Paul Abowd

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

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 "Los Angeles County":

"… t in California. …"

"… who presides over one of America’s biggest juvenile courts, which is in Los Angeles County. Others include an anti-truancy leader in the county’s District Att …"

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 "U.S. Department of Health and Human Services":

"… ed responsibility for long-term custody of all unaccompanied minors to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).To ensure that children don’t remain in lockup, federal law requir …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDA":

"… rnment Accountability Office report. By advising agencies such as the EPA, FDA and Energy Department, members of the advisory committees can influence st …"

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