Elderly, mentally ill and children trapped in broken court system

Thousands of Ohio’s most vulnerable residents are trapped in a system that was created to protect them but instead allows unscrupulous guardians to rob them of their freedom, dignity and money. Even judges who oversee the system acknowledge that it is broken, that it has ripped apart families, rendered the mentally ill voiceless, and left…

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California clears daycare, nursing home workers before conducting background checks

The California Department of Social Services cleared workers without the proper background checks, a KCRA 3 investigation found. The department allowed some with felony arrest records for crimes like elder and child abuse to work in nursing facilities, foster homes and daycares. The state said officials have been issuing “criminal records clearance” letters to workers…

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Extra Extra Special Edition: Vehicle recalls, police misconduct, U.S. Border Patrol tactics

We took a break from publishing Extra Extra during the 2014 CAR Conference. Here are some of the stories that ran while we were away:   Fords with faulty transmissions not recalled | WTAE Pittsburgh Following the redesign of Ford Fiesta and Focus transmissions in 2011, hundreds around the country said they’re concerned about the safety…

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Wisconsin assisted living facility ordered to close after reports of mental and physical abuse

The state has ordered a Suamico assisted living facility to close after inspectors found physical and mental abuse of residents at the hands of the facility administrator, a registered sex offender. Former Longview Terrace Administrator Jason Tegge is accused of taunting and hitting residents, many of whom are mentally ill or struggling with addiction, during…

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Extra Extra Monday: Hospice firms drain billions, JPMorgan hired China’s elite, restaurants stay open despite violations

San Diego Has Fallen Behind on Combating Police Racial Profiling | Voice of San DiegoThe San Diego Police Department has often failed to follow its own rules regarding the collection of racial data at traffic stops, saying the community isn’t concerned about racial profiling. A local black officers group, the NAACP and a city councilman…

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Extra Extra Monday: Abuse at private youth prisons, fertilizer plant blast could happen again, little accountability in Southwest Border killings

Gun license numbers don’t tell whole story | Daily HeraldState data paints an imperfect picture of gun ownership across the suburbs. Prisoners of Profit | The Huffington PostFlorida’s Lax Oversight Enables Systemic Abuse At Private Youth Prisons. Broken Bonds | Chicago TribuneDespite borrowing $10 billion to fund school construction, Chicago still has an overcrowding problem.…

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Nursing home residents’ trust funds lack oversight

“Thousands of residents in U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care institutions have had their personal savings raided or mismanaged after relying on the facilities to safeguard the money in special trust fund accounts, a USA TODAY investigation shows. At least 10 of the thefts have exceeded $100,000 from a single nursing home account.”

Care home deaths show system failures

“Hundreds of seniors in San Diego County have suffered broken bones, deadly bed sores, sexual assaults and other injuries at assisted living homes that promised them care and safety in their waning years, state regulatory records show. For many, poor care hastened their deaths. At least 27 San Diego County seniors have died since 2008…

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Death brings questions about personal care homes

“Statewide, dozens of seniors and disabled persons die each year in so-called personal care homes, though the exact numbers are unknown since such homes mostly are unregulated in Texas. Most deaths are natural and attract little or no public scrutiny. Texas state law requires licenses for larger group homes but leaves the option of regulating…

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