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  • The New Food Economy and The Intercept: Amazon employees and the safety net

    As food stamps go online in the coming years, Amazon is poised to collect a large proportion of sales from the $70-billion program. Yet our investigation found that in at least five states, the company's own employees are disproportionately reliant on the program to feed their families. We framed these findings in contrast to the vast subsidies states and local governments provide the company in exchange for "good" jobs. Months before the conclusion of Amazon’s HQ2 search prompted mainstream outlets to wonder whether or not the company’s presence really benefits the communities that compete to host its operations, our reporting revealed that taxpayers subsidize Amazon's expansion every step of the way. It remains to be seen whether or not those investments pay off.
  • Hollow Columns

    At least 22 highway bridges in Washington state sit on hollow concrete columns that are at risk of instantaneous implosion in a major earthquake. The state doesn’t know how to fix them. In addition, the state knows of 474 bridges that are at risk of crumbling in a big quake. The state has insufficient funds to fix them. Highways that are part of the Puget Sound region’s “seismic lifeline” emergency aid routes were found by KUOW to contain dozens of seismically vulnerable bridges. The state does not publish the totality of its infrastructure needs, in contrast to its seismic cousin California. Until KUOW published a map showing the locations of the endangered bridges, no such public information was available.
  • Exxon: The Road Not Taken

    Our investigation reveals an early, little-known chapter in Exxon's history, when the company conducted rigorous climate change research from the late 1970s to mid-1980s. Not only did Exxon accept the reality of global warming, its scientists and executives recognized the risk global warming posed to the planet and to its core business. This posture toward climate change contrasts sharply with the company's role as a leader, funder and architect of climate disinformation in subsequent decades.
  • Behind the Bloodshed: The Untold Story of America's Mass Killings

    This submission is primarily for the Behind the Bloodshed interactive, which includes data exploration, case files, stories, surprising conclusions and a map of all mass killings from 2006 to the present, told through layered storytelling and data. We have included the more traditional stories published to show - and contrast - with what we believe is a new way to tell a data story. Mass killings are a well-known subject, but do we really know how commonly such violent events occur - especially when they are used to further political agendas? Turns out, though it may be one of the most well-covered types of crimes, we haven't had a clear picture, and neither has the FBI, the agency tasked with tracking them.
  • Ken and Rosie

    After many months of negotiation, NBC News’ Senior Investigative correspondent Lisa Myers and Rock Center producer Diane Beasley gained exclusive, unprecedented access to the highly secretive world of biomedical research and one of the few labs in the country that still uses chimpanzees in invasive research, The Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Our report took viewers inside the lab to see how the chimps live and explored the raging ethical and scientific debate over using our closest relative for invasive biomedical research. We spotlighted the plight of 2 aging chimps with health problems, ”Ken and Rosie,” who have spent virtually all 30 years of their lives in research labs, and undergone many painful procedures and raised the question of whether they now deserve to be retired to a sanctuary. We obtained the chimps medical records and revealed that both have serious health problems, even though the lab claims they are healthy and perfect candidates for research. We asked tough questions of the Director of the Primate Center, Dr. John VandeBerg, who asserted that his lab provides a high quality of life for chimpanzees and is just as good as a sanctuary so they should live out their lives in labs.. He said “I think of chimpanzees in the same way that I think of a library. There are many books in the library that will never be used this year or next year. Many of them might never be used again. But we don't know which ones will be needed tomorrow, next year or the year after." Scientists here claim “invasive” research usually is just a needle prick or a blood draw. But, under questioning, a scientist admits that 5 chimps here have died in the last decade during research. Then, we went to the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana—known as CHIMP HAVEN—to contrast the life for retired lab chimpanzees there to that in the lab and show that some retired chimpanzees still haven’t recovered from their life of confinement and experimentation. The stories featured primatologist Jane Goodall and included compelling footage of chimps she helped release from a lab in Austria when they finally were free to go outside for the first time. She argues that these creatures are so intelligent that all invasive research is torture and that, given their age and medical problems, Ken and Rosie, in particular deserve to be retired.
  • City cancels plans for Super Bowl drone despite enthusiasm and interest from NOPD, others

    After The Lens began asking questions about New Orleans' plans to use a U.S. Homeland Security Department aerial drone to monitor Super Bowl crowds, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the city is scrapping those plans. The policy change contrasted with the city’s recent efforts to acquire an unmanned aerial vehicle.
  • Hospital Charity Gets Checkup

    The story "looked at the level of charity care such hospitals provide to low-income and uninsured patients, along with the tax breaks they receive." They contrasted that with the "levels of charity care provided by for-profit and public hospitals."
  • Mission Unaccomplished

    The juvenile corrections systems of the state of Ohio and Missouri are compared and contrasted, with the Missouri system serving as an example of what is right, and the Ohio system the opposite. The Ohio system is presented as one which favors punishment, while Missouri's goal is "nurturing" and counseling.
  • Three Commentaries

    The Memphis Daily News' Lindsay Jones turns her eyes on many topics in these commentaries. First, she writes about a woman who had brain surgery years ago, and her attempts to cope with the after-effects now she has no insurance coverage. Jones contrasts this with Governor Phil Bredesen's "illness from a suspected tick bite and his trip to the vaunted Mayo Clinic." Also, Jones writes of the midterm Senate race pitting Harold Ford, Jr. against Bob Corker; and also the experience of being a Wal-Mart shopper.
  • Next Stop, Lhasa

    China's four-decade "strategy to develop and control Tibet" finished in the building of the Tibet railway. But the railway "stands in contrast to the great need for education, health care and social investment." In addition, some scientific evidence holds that while the building of the railway is an "engineering and scientific achievement," it may not be able to stand against climate and environmental change.