2019 Lightning Talks lineup announced

Thanks to everyone who pitched and voted on the 2019 Lightning Talks for NICAR19. Here are the talks we’ll be hearing Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m.   1. How to write a data story in five minutes | Youyou Zhou What does it mean to be a data analyst, a coder, a designer, or all of…

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MECA ticket perk has a bonus: free use of private suite

MECA board members used more than 270 free tickets to concerts and sporting events over the past 15 months, sometimes taking four or more guests to the organization’s private suite. Officials with the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority say the access is crucial for board members, who need to know the ins and outs of…

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Loving county tickets and criminal cases changed to lesser charges in turn for bigger fines

A CBS 7 investigation into how speeding tickets for CDL drivers are handled in Loving County has uncovered even bigger problems. CBS 7 was first to report Thursday that the county judge and county legal advisor have been writing off speeding tickets as parking violations. However, we found more than just speeding tickets are being…

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Kentucky company making money off Georgia motorists

A private company that sells vehicle accident reports for $11 each to Georgians is making roughly $1 million a year off information that can by law be made available to drivers for less than a dollar. Each day, police officers statewide direct hundreds of drivers involved in wrecks to a website, Buycrash.com, that belongs to…

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Concerns over Google’s scans of student emails

Every day, thousands of Orange County students log in to their school-assigned Google accounts to work on lessons and send emails to teachers and classmates. What many parents and teachers don’t know is that Google is scanning and indexing every email that those students send and receive. The company recently disclosed how it processes the…

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Salary for leaders of San Diego Opera under scrutiny

While the San Diego Opera’s overall financial condition eroded steadily over the past five years, the compensation paid to its leader Ian Campbell and his now ex-wife increased in some of those years, topping $1 million in 2010, a review of publicly filed tax forms for the organization showed.