Inside Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the global anti-tobacco treaty

A Reuters investigation revealed that Philip Morris International has for years run a secret global campaign to undermine the World Health Organization’s anti-smoking treaty, which was designed to save lives by curbing tobacco use around the world. In one of the largest-ever tobacco industry leaks, internal Philip Morris International documents, seen by Reuters, combined with…

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Negligent nursing homes allow for widespread elderly abuse

Negligent nursing homes have made way for the sexual assault of elderly residents across the nation. Residents, typically the severely disabled, have filed numerous reports of sexual assault over the years, however, most go unsubstantiated due to the cognitive condition of the patients.  It’s impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But…

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After records request, WRAL uses DocumentCloud to make academic fraud records searchable

It’s a familiar storyline: Scandal stalks a public organization. Journalists request public documents. Grudgingly, the organization turns over the bare minimum in the most inaccessible way. In this case, the organization was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the documents were more than 200,000 pages of emails, memos and other files related…

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Extra Extra Monday: Breaking the banks, assisted living, street gang recruiting and crowdsourced investigations

Breaking the Banks | Sarasota Herald-Tribune“An investigation that began three years ago has found that at least half of Florida’s community banks failed because their leaders were greedy, arrogant, incompetent or sometimes corrupt. The newspaper obtained previously confidential state records that show how failed bankers broke the law, manipulated financial documents and gorged themselves on…

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Extra Extra Roundup: Drug cartels, unjustified shootings, unseen farm worker harassment

Unjustified | Newsday“Report reveals how cop shot unarmed man – and kept his job.” Secret files reveal how pay-to-play works in N.J. | The Star-Ledger“A special report by The Star-Ledger exposes how one politically connected engineering firm parlayed campaign donations into millions of dollars in public contracts, all the while keeping the scheme hidden from the…

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ATF storefront sting led to thousands of dollars stolen and a machine gun on the streets

In an attempt to bust criminal operations in Milwaukee by purchasing drugs and guns from felons the ATF set up a storefront sting. However, “the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an ATF military-style machine gun…

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Federal judge’s financial conflict of interest went unnoticed for years

“A federal judge has issued three key rulings over a four-year period that favored companies in which he owned stock, a California Watch analysis has found.” “Measures are in place to prevent judges from violating federal conflict-of-interest laws. But Judge Manuel Real, a 46-year veteran of the bench appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, appears…

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Investigation leads to EPA re-examining lead factories

“The Environmental Protection Agency is re-examining more than 460 former lead factory sites across the USA for health hazards left by toxic fallout onto soil in nearby neighborhoods.” “The massive effort, a result of a USA TODAY investigation, involves locations in dozens of states and has already identified several sites needing further investigation and some…

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Milwaukee Police Department misreporting violent crime

“A Journal Sentinel investigation has found that even though the Milwaukee Police Department have been touting a fall in crime for four years, hundreds of beatings, stabbings and child abuse cases were missing from the count.” “More than 500 incidents since 2009 were misreported to the FBI as minor assaults and not included in the…

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Flame retardants and the big business behind them

A Chicago Tribune investigation has found that the flame retardants that are packed into couches, chairs and many other products are not working as promised. Furthermore, two powerful industries–Big Tobacco and chemical manufacturers have waged a deceptive campaign that led to the proliferation of these chemicals. Sam Roe, Patricia Callahan and Michael Hawthorne utilized DocumentCloud…

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