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Extra Extra Monday: Cheating scandals, Big Food's misleading labels, climbing the income ladder

The huge drone that could not be grounded | Center for Public Integrity
“A major defense contractor used campaign donations and insider access on Capitol Hill to defy the Air Force and keep a troubled drone aloft at a cost to taxpayers of billions of dollars.”

In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters | The New York  Times
“A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston.”

How Pennsyl­vania Schools Made a Cheating Scandal Disappear | Philadelphia CityPaper
“Given the scope of the issue and the lack of action since, it appears Pennsylvania is covering up one of the country’s largest cheating scandals — and doing so in plain sight.”

That’s not natural or organic: How Big Food misleads | Salon
“Major conglomerates claim their food is healthy. But they might have funded the study -- and the feds barely care.”

Unexploded ordnance killing Afghan civilians as U.S.-led coalition abandons bases | McClatchy
“The U.S.-led coalition is failing to clear unexploded munitions from the Afghan bases it’s demolishing as it withdraws its combat forces, leaving a deadly legacy that has killed and maimed a growing number of civilians, United Nations demining officials charge.”

Rescue Technology Bought, Not Installed, at Time of Asiana Crash | NBC Bay Area
“Infrared technology designed to navigate fire trucks to a crash scene and detect heat was purchased but not installed at the time of the Flight 214 crash.”

U.S. reviewing 27 death penalty convictions for FBI forensic testimony errors | The Washington Post
“The unusual collaboration came after The Washington Post reported last year that authorities had known for years that flawed forensic work by FBI hair examiners may have led to convictions of potentially innocent people, but officials had not aggressively investigated problems or notified defendants.”

Spoils of the sea elude many in an Alaska antipoverty plan | Investigate West
“Six nonprofit groups arose on the Bering Sea shore, and they have invested mightily in ships, real estate and processing plants. Over two decades, the groups amassed a combined net worth of $785 million. But the results on the ground, in rural community and economic development, have been deeply uneven, and nonexistent for many people who still gaze out to the blinking lights of the factory ships and wonder what happened.”

Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones | ProPublica
"From Maine to Oregon, local floodplain managers say FEMA’s recent flood maps — which dictate the premiums that 5.5 million Americans pay for flood insurance — have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing FEMA’s mistakes."

Overworked and Understaffed? How the Chicago Police Fight Gun Violence | Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new anti-gang strategy seems to be working, but it comes with a high price."


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