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 "Harvard University":

"… ltiple professional certifications, undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University, a long list of publications, four decades of teaching at a world-renowned …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… be used due to the political sensitivity surrounding the topic. President Barack Obama made clear that this 4-decade-old U.S. policy would persist at his first W …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… t group can scramble a critical Senate race in the post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission era of increasingly deregulated political money and campaign finance exoti …"

"… hand than Brown’s campaign, $4.27 million to $1.19 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings. “If Brown doesn’t come out of the primary with a fairly reso …"

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 "law":

"… listed here. …"

"… ity, revealed how ailing miners have been deprived of modest benefits by a law firm and doctors hired by coal companies. It has resulted in significant p …"

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 "Medicare":

"… ee-part series. In South Florida, one of the nation’s top privately-run Medicare insurance plans faces a federal investigation into allegations that it ove …"

"… ivate health care plans for seniors ran up more than $100 million in added Medicare charges after asserting patients they signed up also were much sicker than …"

"… ormal — a claim many experts have challenged. In Rochester, New York, a Medicare plan was paid $41 million to treat people with serious diseases — even t …"

"… had those diseases. These health plans and hundreds of others are part of Medicare Advantage, a program created by Congress in 2003 to help stabilize health …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… tigative Reporting and the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. …"

"… rk journalism.  Television producer William Gray has joined the Center for Public Integrity as its Media Relations Specialist. In his new role, Gray will work to dra …"

"… owing digital team. Founded in 1989 by journalist Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit inv …"

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 "law":

"… byzantine federal benefits system that often favors coal companies and the lawyers and doctors they enlist. I believe the key reason Solicitor of Labor …"

"… n Ross Investigative Unit of ABC News, the series revealed how doctors and lawyers, working on behalf of coal companies, have helped defeat hundreds of c …"

"… ing shortly after our stories were published. In a similar way, the go-to law firm for many of the coal industry’s giants when they want to beat back …"

"… after the Center revealed its practice of withholding key evidence. This law firm, Jackson Kelly PLLC, has served the coal industry for almost &nb …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… use colleges and universities with more than $12.7 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings. The vast majority of th …"

"… ens of primarily health, civic, religious, media and arts charities. (The Center for Public Integrity receives funding from the Open Society Foundations, which Soros funds …"

"… m the Open Society Foundations, which Soros funds. A complete list of Center for Public Integrity funders is found here.) Meanwhile, movie producer and Democratic bank …"

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 money":

"… d other families interviewed for this story to mostly fend for themselves. Oil money is so thoroughly ingrained in the Texas culture and economy that there is …"

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 "American College of Radiology":

"… octors who specialize in detecting the disease, including the chair of the American College of Radiology’s task force on black lung. Biopsies or autopsies repeatedly have prove …"

"… world teaching doctors to read X-rays in seminars, many for NIOSH and the American College of Radiology. Parker was told only Day’s name, age, number of years mining and the f …"

"… ety of different presentations,” said Dr. Daniel Henry, the chair of the American College of Radiology’s task force on black lung and similar diseases. “The image can vary. …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… ral pesticides following a multi-year study by its health ministry and the World Health Organization, which concluded that the heavy metal cadmium had entered the food supply …"

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 "London":

"… it had lost billions because of bad bets by a rogue derivatives trader in London. Dimon came under investigation for minimizing the issue to investors — …"

"… 5 million, as a result of the derivatives loss that became known as the “London whale.” Blankfein owns about $256 million of Goldman shares, according t …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… ,” said Linda Bilmes, a professor in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and coauthor of "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… g. Alan’s experience includes writing a weekly column and daily blog on Washington, D.C., politics, and his work covering shady government contracting practices an …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… igration law. Three of four parts of that law were rejected in June by the U.S. Supreme Court.Gessler addressed the Republican $250-a-plate Lincoln Day Dinner in Denver …"

"… tes in the 2000 presidential election, a decision ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.Unlike Kobach or Gessler, Harris didn’t tackle controversial public poli …"

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 "chief":

"… 30 p.m. Wednesday. Panelists include Bill Kovach, former Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, Dana Priest, national security reporter for The Was …"

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 "ProPublica":

"… bs, leading New York’s governor to force out two top state officials.— ProPublica and The Washington Post, for an analysis of the Justice Department’s pre …"

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 "artist":

"… Harris Interactive Poll. Although sleazy "scratcher shops" with unskilled artists and dubious safety records are becoming a thing of the past, scientists a …"

"… he California warnings haven't slowed the tattoo business, where respected artists command between $125 and $200 per hour. artists today build relationships …"

"… of tattoo 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 re …"

"… Jordan Bayley, manager of Fly Rite Studios in Brooklyn, recommends. Every artist is different, and cities and states have different regulations since the a …"

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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