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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… e face of a series of investigative stories I wrote last year while at the Center for Public Integrity; the series logo featured an image of him holding his hardhat with tubes f …"

"… ss maybe I helped some people?” Chris Hamby, a former reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, now works for BuzzFeed. …"

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 "United States":

"… world’s “worst-kept secrets” dates from a political deal between the United States and Israel in the late 1960s. Its consequence has been to help Israel main …"

"… pons, a widespread consensus exists in the region and among experts in the United States that Israel possesses a number of nuclear weapons. For Israel’s neighbor …"

"… ould not test its nuclear weapons or announce it possessed them, while the United States wouldn’t press Israel to give them up or to sign the Non-Proliferation T …"

"… ma’s top advisor on nuclear nonproliferation from 2009 to 2013, said the United States has long preferred that Israel hold to its policy of amimut, out of concer …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… to a little-known challenger.  Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts who lost his seat in 2012, is expected to win the New Hampshire's GOP prim …"

"… n wildly different. It’s massive departure from 2012 re-election bid in Massachusetts, as then, Brown cast himself as a novel kind of campaign finance reformer. …"

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 "Jim Morris":

"… award were Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene, formerly of the Center; CPI’s Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees; and ABC’s Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk. The inves …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… r later. Thomas Scully, who helped get the program running under President George W. Bush, said rates were generous in hopes of enticing insurers to expand their Me …"

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 "Charles Lewis":

"… he joins the Center's growing digital team. Founded in 1989 by journalist Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the country's oldest …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… s won the prestigious Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting given by Harvard University and other recognition. It is also a finalist for other honors. Until next …"

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 "Oakland":

"… er PAC Priorities USA Action — made small contributions to the Oakland (Calif.) School for the Arts and the Pasadena (Calif.) Waldorf School. Te …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… outh Korea and elsewhere. Matt Bunn, a former White House official now at Harvard University, said it’s unrealistic to believe that a terror attack in Japan is impro …"

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 "oil producer":

"… ;The Weather Channel have examined what Texas, the nation’s biggest oil producer, has done to protect people in the Eagle Ford from the industry’s pollut …"

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 "Brian Ross":

"… ow the recliner,” Nyoka said. “It’s not enough.” Editor’s note: Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk work for ABC News. Retired judge Edward Miller’s daught …"

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 "Carlyle Group":

"… ear, and some reaped substantial benefits when a private equity giant, the Carlyle Group — known for its investments in the defense industry — bought …"

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 "chemicals":

"… In El Salvador, the congress approved a ban earlier this month on 53 agrochemicals. If the law is signed by Salvadorean president Mauricio Funes, the country …"

"… -------- The most sweeping measure contemplated so far: The ban on 53 agrochemicals approved on September 5 by El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly, including …"

"… 2-4,D, produced by Dow chemicals. The proposed law would prohibit various chemicals that have long been banned in most of the world, but also includes widely …"

"… , 2-4,D, paraquat and endosulfan. Salvadorean health officials believe agrochemicals containing toxic heavy metals are the primary cause of the disease. The m …"

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 "bank":

"… Sept. 15, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy in the nation’s history. The move set off a series of dramatic act …"

"… ff a series of dramatic actions in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street as bankers and regulators sought to avoid a shutdown of the global economy. To mar …"

"… t consumers and sluggish business investment. Many of the top Wall Street bankers who were largely responsible for the disaster — and whose companies e …"

"… ee time between mansions and golf, skiing and tennis. Meantime, the major banks that survived the crisis, largely because they were saved with taxpayer m …"

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 "Medicine":

"… ill require decades of costly rehabilitation, according to a 2012 Military Medicine report that analyzed the medical costs of war through 2035. More than half …"

"… ity Survey data. They are expected to live 50 more years, the Institute of Medicine reports. About 25 percent of post-9/11 veterans suffer from post-traumati …"

"… g, Dr. Joseph Rosen and Ryan Edwards, an economist, in their 2012 Military Medicine report. “And those are the costs that we’re trying to reduce by givin …"

ObamaCare oversight among health watchdog cuts

By Fred Schulte

Trims include ObamaCare oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… d under the Affordable Care Act, the signature health reform effort of the Obama administration.  Several of the canceled projects were included in the agency’s 2 …"

"… over the past year alleging wrongdoing — a number expected to rise. The Obama administration has often touted its record for cracking down on health care fraud, pointi …"

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 "Georgetown University":

"… adelphia Inquirer and Palm Beach Post in Florida. Alison is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University. Given her flu …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… ugh an arrangement with Harvard University, facilitated by Lessig.   …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity receives funding through an arrangement with Harvard University, 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 "Harvard University":

"… he Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, a public policy center based at Harvard University. “It’s hard for legislators to even get a hand on legislation.” &nbs …"

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 "Hawaii":

"… ve President Barack Obama’s name from the general election ballot unless Hawaii sent him the president’s birth certificate.Bennett has since received it …"

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 "Voter turnout":

"… ut I don’t see it as a substitute as making polling places accessible.”Voter turnout among disabled people is a clear reflection of that, according to a Rutger …"

‘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 "Charles Lewis":

"… independent reporting in our nation and in the world,” said site creator Charles Lewis.Lewis has long championed upholding truth to power. He was an investigativ …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… PCBs and ADHD-related behavior,” the scientists from Boston University, Harvard University and two other institutions wrote in the study, which was published in late …"

Center, NPR receive Goldsmith finalist award

Center, NPR Goldsmith Prize

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Morris":

"… threat — and how little it has done to address it.The team consisted of Jim Morris, lead reporter; data analysts Elizabeth Lucas (CPI) and Robert Benincasa ( …"

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 "Jorell Elie":

"… too inks. "I don't have any clients that ask me that," said tattoo artist Jorell Elie of The Honorable Society in West Hollywood, Calif. "I don't really tattoo …"

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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