"USA TODAY examined FBI data -- which defines a mass killing as four or more victims -- as well as local police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America. They happen far more often than the government reports, and the circumstances of those killings -- the people who commit them, the weapons they use and the forces that motivate them -- are far more predictable than many might think."
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The number of homeless students in the United States reached a record high last year, according to new data from the Education Department showing that 1.2 million children had no place to call home.
The troubling new report casts light on a problem that four years into the nation’s economic recovery, has only grown worse, a Frontline report explains. The total number of homeless children enrolled in preschools and K-12 programs rose 10 percent during the 2011-12 school year and 24 percent since the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year, according to the report.
In all, 41 states ...Read more ...
In the city of Columbus, housing-code enforcers reactively chase minor complaints, such as those about weedy lots and litter, rather than proactively writing up landlords for significant problems that could endanger lives, such as plumbing leaking raw sewage, inoperable furnaces and structural rot that could allow parts of houses to collapse. And some judges go easy on problem landlords because they are buddies or they believe they can cajole the bad guys into fixing their properties if they give them a little time, The Columbus Dispatch reported in a four-day series.
According to an investigation by Talking Points memo, "across the country, insurance companies have sent misleading letters to consumers, trying to lock them into the companies' own, sometimes more expensive health insurance plans rather than let them shop for insurance and tax credits on the Obamacare marketplaces -- which could lead to people spending thousands more for insurance than the law intended. In some cases, mentions of the marketplace in those letters are relegated to a mere footnote, which can be easily overlooked."
Campus crime reports not painting accurate picture of safety around USF, Univ. of Tampa, elsewhere | WSTP-Tampa Bay
Following a rash of violent crimes around the USF campus, WTSP’s investigative team digs into federal Clery Act reporting to expose the hidden dangers around many college campuses. Most students will never know their off-campus apartments are often in the most dangerous parts of town – and most universities do little to prepare them for it.
VA’s opiate overload feeds veterans’ addictions, overdose deaths | Center for Investigative Reporting
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the agency charged with helping veterans recover from ...
WNYC News reports that "over the past decade, as New York City’s backlog of felony cases has grown, so too has the time defendants are spending behind bars before trial. The average pretrial detention in a felony case was 95 days in 2012."
"In part three of Homes for the Taking, The Washington Post's Debbie Cenziper, Mike Sallah and Steven Rich found the District's tax office has risked 1,900 houses to foreclosure by mistakenly counting property owners as delinquent even after they paid their taxes, forcing them to fight for their homes in grueling legal battles that persisted for years. One mistake for $44.79 cost a 95-year-old woman her home. City leaders have offered up emergency legislation."
The series references a 2007 series of work by Fred Schulte. You can read more of Schulte's work on the topic ...Read more ...
Wisconsin is a national leader in getting federal bonuses for streamlining its enrollment process for poverty programs. But front-line workers who process the applications say the push to boost enrollment has them scurrying to "approve, approve, approve" — even when they spot signs that applicants might not qualify.
Under the system, states get bonuses for signing people up quickly, while having to return to the federal government the majority of money they recover from fraud. One caseworker told the Journal Sentinel's Raquel Rutledge, "I feel like all I'm doing is covering up fraud." Another said she was ordered by ...Read more ...
Ryan Gabrielson of The Center for Investigative Reporting reports that "California regulators routinely have conducted cursory and indifferent investigations into suspected violence and misconduct committed by hundreds of nursing assistants and in-home health aides – putting the elderly, sick and disabled at risk over the past decade."
In two stories published yesterday, Gabrielson's examines how and why these cases are dismissed and details the case of an edlerly woman whose suspicious death was largely ignored by state regulators.
A joint report today from The Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica reveals that "The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents."
Documents provided to The Guardian show the agency has cracked encryption and digital scrambling or circumvented such digital safeguards protecting data such as trade secrets, medical records, emails, web searches, internet chats and phone calls.Read more ...