How a coal miner's autopsy proved a top doctor wrong

By Chris Hamby

When a coal miner's lungs finally gave out, his autopsy proved a top doctor was wrong — giving hope to thousands of other miners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… orks for BuzzFeed. …"

"… erman' It was 1969 when Michael Steve Day arrived back home in Glen Fork, West Virginia, after a tour in Vietnam, where he had worked base security for the Air Fo …"

"… s.  A widespread strike had virtually shut down the coal industry in West Virginia, and tens of thousands of miners had descended on the state capitol in Cha …"

"… o underground. He said he wouldn’t. But options are limited in southern West Virginia, and the lure of the best paycheck around soon hooked Steve. He went to wo …"

The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Syria":

"… the British journal Survival. “Nuclear weapons did not deter Egypt and Syria from attacking Israel in 1973, Argentina from attacking British territory …"

In New Hampshire, quixotic super PAC shaking up Republican primary

By Dave Levinthal

Big-spending Mayday PAC giving Jim Rubens an unexpected boost — and Scott Brown a headache — ahead of GOP primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… n Voters’ election arm has spent almost $400,000 to do the same. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just launched a multimillion-dollar ad blitz blasting Brown’s record dur …"

CPI-ABC black lung series wins Loeb award

A CPI-ABC News investigation of the flawed federal benefits system for miners with black lung on Tuesday won a Gerald Loeb award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… d,” was honored in the investigative reporting category at a ceremony in New York on Tuesday evening. Named on the award were Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene, …"

"… ther news organizations honored include the Tampa Bay Times, the New York Times, the Huffington Post and Bloomberg. Congratulations to al …"

Why Medicare Advantage costs taxpayers billions more than it should

By Fred Schulte, David Donald and Erin Durkin

Critics warned of billing abuse in Medicare Advantage health plans, but oversight is lagging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… icker than normal — a claim many experts have challenged. In Rochester, New York, a Medicare plan was paid $41 million to treat people with serious disease …"

"… plans that date back as far as 2007. Excellus Health Plan, the Rochester, New York, health plan that federal auditors said may have overbilled by as much as …"

Center for Public Integrity's executive director stepping down

Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization begins search for a replacement.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… dvanced International Studies in Bologna, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. “My passion while working in newspapers …"

Center for Public Integrity adds media relations, video journalism hires

Two appointments focused on enhancing exposure and engagement in our investigative journalism.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… Centre College and earned a Master’s Degree after studying journalism at Harvard University’s Extension School. Gray is also the creator and curator of the award-w …"

How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

Impact from 'Breathless and Burdened' a textbook example of the power of relentless reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… for benefits in increasing. As part of our work, the Center contacted the West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel and asked whether action would be taken aga …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… stricts to aid children with special needs. Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the Republicans’ biggest political financier last election cycle who do …"

Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say

Japan has balked at U.S. security advice for its nuclear plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… grew by 60 percent, to about 9,000 officers, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. Washington also pressed others, including France, Britain, Russ …"

"… ch. But in Japan, at least, there was resistance. Paul Dickman, a former Energy Department official and chief of staff to the chairman of the Nuclear Regu …"

"… Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a delegation from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008 the government worried that “if, for example, the information sh …"

"… equipment is replaced. That’s why experts say the International Atomic Energy Agency will be able to track only 99 percent of the plutonium as it moves …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Institute":

"… e industry during the 2012 election cycle, according to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics. State legislators who enact the laws that reg …"

Berkeley training helps researchers 'work around' potential conflicts

By David Heath

New NIH conflict rules don't do enough, senator says, to weed out conflicts between researchers and industry: A UC Berkeley case study.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… because they get a cut of research dollars, said Paul Thacker, a fellow at Harvard University and a former investigator for Grassley specializing in conflicts of intere …"

Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners' claims

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

A surprising force has helped industry defeat black lung benefits claims for ailing miners: Johns Hopkins University.

Excerpts from this story referencing "fungal disease":

"… e university: Large masses in the lungs, probably tuberculosis, or maybe a fungal disease, or cancer. Black lung unlikely. Two X-ray readings by radiologist W …"

Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s heedless emphasis on speed over quality

By Rebecca LaFlure

Profits and politics, plus a sudden growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions, played key roles in misguided security clearance decisions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… ercent more work with 10 percent fewer employees. In its application for a Harvard University Innovations in American Government Award, OPM officials boasted that by 19 …"

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Catharina Wesseling":

"… think that by banning pesticides you will solve the epidemic,” said Dr. Catharina Wesseling of the Program on Work, Environment and Health in Central America (SALTRA) …"

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Goldman Sachs":

"… rvivors — Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs — have only consolidated their power as they alternate between being see …"

"… e in 2004 after they sold their previous Greenwich home to Robert Steel, a Goldman Sachs executive who became undersecretary of the Treasury in 2006 under Henry Pa …"

"… mie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein, the leaders of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., today stand atop the global financial system, their banks bigg …"

"… is reputation plummeted to its lowest point in 2010 after revelations that Goldman Sachs packaged and sold mortgage securities that appeared designed to fail, and …"

Health care costs will mushroom as injured veterans age

By Jessica Wilde

News21 investigation finds injured veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan will need costly care for decades.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Injuries":

"… till has his right arm, but he can only move the thumb on his right hand. Injuries like Hancock’s likely will lead to other medical issues, ranging from he …"

ObamaCare oversight among health watchdog cuts

By Fred Schulte

Trims include ObamaCare oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… he cuts are “deeply regrettable,” said Malcolm Sparrow, a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and health fraud expert. “We’ …"

Center invests in finance, money-in-politics coverage

Top-notch investigative reporters added to Center's money-in-politics team.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Timothy Geithner":

"… ng his many scoops and deep dives are stories on former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's close Wall Street contacts, government subsidies to abusive mortgage com …"

Center report prompts request for FEC hearing on super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig cites Center article in calling for FEC hearing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… niversity, facilitated by Lessig.   …"

Public betrayal in the Bay State

By Matt Porter and Maggie Mulvihill

Weak laws have helped fuel widespread corruption in Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ways and Means Committee":

"… in a 2007 emergency bond bill. Both deals had to be approved by the House Ways and Means Committee, run by DiMasi’s friend and the current House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The …"

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… fraud expert and professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, said: “If there are changes [in billing] over time costing the public b …"

Secretaries of state lead charge for strict voter requirements

By Joe Henke and Emily Nohr

Activist state election officers are changing the role of a traditionally non-partisan job.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… t elections,” said Grayson, who now directs the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.“So I tried to remember that in what I …"

Disabled and elderly voters face new hurdles at polls

By Emily Nohr and Alissa Skelton

Without drivers licenses and facing inaccessible polling places, some elderly and disabled people give up trying to vote.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… the study.Kruse, who uses a wheelchair, has a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. His research has found that disabled persons are less likely to be recrui …"

‘Investigating Power’ celebrates 60 years of muckraking

By Christine Montgomery

Center founder, Chuck Lewis, documents journalism's seminal moments with InvestigatingPower.org.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… or at The Washington Post and now editor of the Nieman Watchdog Project at Harvard University.Investigating Power is likely to become the most bookmarked website for jo …"

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 "Environment":

"… osed to the lowest levels, according to the study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Those same boys also scored slightly lower in the o …"

"… and built special caps and vapor-control systems at the schools. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state have overseen removal of tainted s …"

Center, NPR receive Goldsmith finalist award

Center, NPR Goldsmith Prize

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… y the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. The  Investigative Reporting prize honors the journalist or journali …"

FACT CHECK: Crossroads GPS twists facts in Senate ads

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative group makes leaping statements in two ads attacking politicians

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… have no apparent benefit for their families or the economy as a whole,’ Harvard University law professor Elizabeth Warren told Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner du …"

Inkling of concern: Chemicals in tattoo inks face scrutiny

By Brett Israel

New research finds chemicals in tattoo inks: Including some toxic metals, and one of the most potent skin carcinogens

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… nt a health hazard," said Joseph Braun, an environmental epidemiologist at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., who was is not involved in the new studies. In July, sc …"

Lombardi Named Nieman Fellow

Center Staff Writer Kristen Lombardi has been named a 2011 Neiman fellow. She is one of 24 journalists from the U.S. and abroad who will tak

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… lists from the U.S. and abroad who will take a sabbatical year of study at Harvard University.The fellowship is funded by the Neiman Foundation for Journalism. Kristen …"

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