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Extra Extra Monday: Raiteros, problems in foster care, questionable death investigations, gang wars in Toledo
Taken for a Ride: Temp Agencies and ‘Raiteros’ in Immigrant Chicago | ProPublica and Marketplace
“Some of America's best-known companies and largest temp agencies benefit from — and tacitly collaborate with — an underworld of labor brokers, known as raiteros, who charge workers fees, pushing their pay below minimum wage.”
Problems keep proliferating at discredited private foster care agency | Los Angeles Times
“A decade after L.A. County auditors delivered a harsh assessment of Teens Happy Homes, probe finds that children were repeatedly harmed in recent years and dubious financial practices grew.”
Mortgage Mess | NBC Bay Area
“Tens of thousands of Bay Area homeowners find themselves facing foreclosure, and despite all the talk from politicians and regulators, they find a system still stacked against them.”
Questionable investigations, little oversight in state hospital deaths | Austin American-Statesman
A Statesman analysis of deaths at state mental health hospitals reveals the deaths are rarely investigated outside the hospital, doctors are regularly cleared of improper care and deaths in state prisons get more scrutiny than those in state hospitals.
Battle Lines: Gangs of Toledo | The Blade
“Toledo police have mapped the spread of gangs,but Police Chief Derrick Diggs and Mayor Mike Bell have refused to make the city's gang-territories map public. The Blade last year sued the city for the map, claiming it is a public record and the public has a right to know where gangs are operating, but with the suit tied up in court, the newspaper decided not to wait. It sent crime reporter Taylor Dungjen and photographer Amy E. Voigt into some of Toledo's toughest neighborhoods to find the people who know gangs better than the police – the gang members themselves.”
Feds spend at least $890,000 on fees for empty accounts | The Washington Post
“It is one of the oddest spending habits in Washington: This year, the government will spend at least $890,000 on service fees for bank accounts that are empty. At last count, Uncle Sam has 13,712 such accounts with a balance of zero. They are supposed to be closed. But nobody has done the paperwork yet.”
Disabled students face dangerous discipline in Minnesota | Star Tribune
"It happens thousands of times a year in Minnesota’s classrooms: Disabled students get punished for disruptive outbursts with severe forms of discipline — from forceful physical restraint to extended solitary confinement — that are either banned or more restricted in other states. State reports examined by the Star Tribune show that such discipline occurred nearly 22,000 times on more than 2,500 special education students last year."
A Drug War Informer in No Man’s Land | The New York Times
"Luis Octavio López Vega, a former adviser to a Mexican drug czar and a D.E.A. informant, has been in hiding as Mexican officials seek his arrest and American officials have cut ties with him."