Extra Extra Monday: Injury-leave program, secret service fumbles, the cost of rape

Blacks disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession in Pinellas, Hillsborough counties | Tampa Bay Times Black people in Pinellas and Hillsborough are at least six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people. It’s not because of who smokes pot and who doesn’t. Racial disparities in pot possession arrests is not a new…

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Extra Extra Monday: informants allowed to commit crimes, programs covered up, travel rules bent at UCLA

UCLA officials bend travel rules with first-class flights, luxury hotels | The Center for Investigative ReportingOver the past several years, six of 17 academic deans at the Westwood campus routinely have submitted doctors’ notes stating they have a medical need to fly in a class other than economy, costing the university $234,000 more than it…

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How textile kings weave a hold on Bangladesh

“Thanks to their political clout and now a new Industrial Police force that crushes dissension at their plants, labor activists say, it is the factory owners themselves who keep garment workers’ wages lower than anywhere else in the world – and all too often get away with lax safety standards,” according to Reuters’ investigation.

Many Texas plants lack safety inspections despite risks

“Twenty-two percent of plants in Texas that regulators say pose a risk of explosion or toxic release have never have been inspected for emergency preparedness, federal data shows. Another 10 percent were inspected, but not by federal, state or even local governments. Instead, those facilities reported inspections by their own contractors, insurance companies or employees,…

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What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill

“What has not been revealed until now is how BP hid that massive amount of oil from TV cameras and the price that this “disappearing act” imposed on cleanup workers, coastal residents, and the ecosystem of the gulf. That story can now be told because an anonymous whistleblower has provided evidence that BP was warned…

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The Curse of Fertilizer

“Runaway nitrogen is suffocating wildlife in lakes and estuaries, contaminating groundwater, and even warming the globe’s climate. As a hungry world looks ahead to billions more mouths needing nitrogen-rich protein, how much clean water and air will survive our demand for fertile fields?” Read National Geographic’s full investigation here.

Coal-backed studies evoke controversy

“Company-backed reports are pointing out some potential flaws in earlier research. They also are generating questions of their own, in part because industry’s role in funding the work has not been clearly disclosed,” according to an investigation by the Gazette-Mail. 

Beef’s Raw Edges

“The Kansas City Star, in a yearlong investigation, found that the beef industry is increasingly relying on a mechanical process to tenderize meat, exposing Americans to higher risk of E. coli poisoning. The industry then resists labeling such products, leaving consumers in the dark. The result: Beef in America is plentiful and affordable, spun out in…

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AP Style Guide For US Elections

“The Associated Press has compiled a list of U.S. political terms, phrases and definitions to assist in coverage of the 2012 national elections. The guidance encompasses the Democratic and Republican conventions to nominate presidential candidates; terminology for presidential races; campaign rhetoric; and elections for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Many of the…

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