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Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries

Freddie Gray was not the first person to get seriously injured during a ride in a Baltimore police van.

Gray, 25, died from a spinal injury earlier this month after he was handcuffed and placed in a police van. The Baltimore Sun found that others have been injured during "rough rides," a term used to describe the unsanctioned technique of driving a police van to cause injury or pain to unbuckled and handcuffed detainees.

In 2005 a man was left a paraplegic after riding in a police van. His family won a $7.4 million verdict against the cops. Another ...

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Ignoring the terror within

While the number of domestic terror incidents increases, law enforcement agencies are doing less to catch domestic extremists, a year-long investigation by the Kansas City Star has found.

The investigation revealed that after Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement agencies turned their attention toward stopping foreign terrorism at a degree that deemphasized efforts to stop domestic terrorists. "Fusion centers" set up to stop terrorism after 9/11 have largely disrupted police efforts.

Domestic extremists have killed more than 50 people since 9/11.

For the full series, click here. For an interactive feature of mini-stories about specific attacks, click here.

Cirque du Soleil show has one of the highest rates of workplace injuries

Cirque du Soleil’s Kà features a dizzying array of bodies suspended in the air. The show also had one of the highest rates of serious injuries of any workplace in the country, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of safety records. A fatality during a performance in 2013 put in stark relief the question of how much risk is acceptable for the modern, corporate circus. In 2012, the most recent year for which data were available, Kà had 56 injuries per 100 workers — four times the average injury rate for professional sports teams. Kà’s workplace injury rates ...

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After 13 years of wariness, FDA approves five potentially harmful new diet drugs

After 13 years of rejecting new diet drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed five potentially harmful products on the market in the last three years — including two in the last four months. The agency approved the drugs despite the potential for serious side effects — including suicidal thinking, increased heart rate and cancer risk — and no proof the drugs improve the main health concern posed by obesity: heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. 

Critics worry the new products will repeat the diet-drug mistakes of the past, which have led to decades of injuries, deaths and, in the ...

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Extra Extra Monday: Tickets for black bicyclists, flaws in FBI hair analysis, new details in a cold case

How riding your bike can land you in trouble with the cops — if you're black | Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Police Department writes more bike tickets than any other agency in Florida, more than Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined. The Tampa Bay Times analyzed more than 10,000 of these tickets and found that 8 out of 10 go to black bicyclists. A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that Tampa police target poor, black neighborhoods with a Florida statute that outlaws riding with no light and carrying a rider on the handlebars. Officers use bike law as ...

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Evicted and abandoned: The World Bank's broken promise to the poor

More than 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced by projects funded by the World Bank, according to an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Huffington Post and more than 20 other media partners.

The organization has regularly failed to meet its own policies, falling short of protecting people from harm caused when dams, power plants and other projects cause displacement.

The series is told in several parts, including a prologue, overview and a handful of close-up looks at specific regions that have been affected. One story examines how mass evictions in Ethiopia are ...

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Sources: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy's training records

Sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the Tulsa World that supervisors in the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify training records for a reserve deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris.

Supervisors gave Robert Bates credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received. Three officials who would not agree to sign-off on the training were transferred, sources told the paper.

An attorney for the Sheriff’s Office denied the World’s request for records showing the names of supervisors who signed off on Bates ...

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Workers Alerted Company To Problems With Roof Before Collapse

Employees of the Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville, Oregon noticed several signs of a roof collapsing --  it had large, visible holes and when it rained, puddles of water collected on the floor. However, even after supervisors were notified and the bowing roof inspected, no action was taken by the company. 

Then, one night after a heavy snow, a section of the roof, larger than a football field, collapsed. Luckily, no one was hurt, but former employees interviewed for this story describe an environment where building maintenance was lax and the roof leaked for years.

Extra Extra Monday: Tracking charges for cops, undocumented overtime, police failure in Sharper case

A record of trouble | The Marshall Project

As California prepares to greatly expand its use of halfway houses for people leaving its overcrowded prisons, state officials have turned for help to a private halfway house operator that has been cited in other states for inadequate care, unchecked violence and repeated escapes at its facilities.

State DNR veterinarian says she was forced our over ‘on-the-record’ moose calf study objections | Timberjay

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources veterinarian found herself the subject of an internal investigation within days of expressing “on-the-record” concerns about the inhumane treatment of moose calves during the first ...

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University of Wyoming experiences sharp rise in parking tickets

The University of Wyoming is seeing a spike in parking tickets this year, according an analysis by the Casper Star-Tribune. Already more than 7,100 students have received tickets this year, putting the university on track to collect about $45,000 more in parking ticket revenue than it did last year.

At the same time, the university’s parking enforcement team has begun more aggressively ticketing drivers, changing officers’ inspection routes and hiring more employees.