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  • Easy Targets

    There are some sixty-three thousand licensed gun dealers in the U.S.—nearly twice the number of McDonald’s and Starbucks combined. But, unlike other businesses that deal in dangerous products, such as pharmacies or explosives makers, most gun stores face no legal requirements to secure their merchandise. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in gun-store thefts. This story focuses on a group of thieves who preyed on gun stores in North Carolina, stealing more than two hundred weapons over a four-month period. The Trace and The New Yorker relied on thousands of public records and more than fifty interviews to track these guns through a network of black-market profiteers.
  • ProPublica: The Child Abuse Contrarians

    Judges and juries hearing cases of alleged physical abuse of babies rely on expert witnesses to illuminate the medical evidence based on an impartial examination of the record and the victims. But in two fascinating investigative profiles co-published by ProPublica and The New Yorker, ProPublica Senior Reporter David Armstrong exposed a pair of sought-after expert witnesses who fall far short of this standard. Both work exclusively for accused child abusers and use dubious scientific arguments to make their case, potentially undermining justice and endangering children. Their success underscores the susceptibility of the U.S. judicial system to junk science, as well as the growing suspicion of mainstream medicine in an era when misinformation quickly spreads online.
  • Testing Theranos

    Americans have been fascinated with successful entrepreneurs since the days of Horatio Alger. In recent years, Silicon Valley billionaires like Apple’s Steve Jobs, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have become icons. Elizabeth Holmes looked to be next. Claiming she was transforming medicine with her blood-testing company, Theranos Inc., the 31-year-old Stanford University dropout became a celebrity. The New Yorker and Fortune published admiring profiles. Time named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Harvard’s medical school appointed her to its prestigious board of fellows. President Obama named her a U.S. ambassador for global entrepreneurship. Theranos became the nation’s largest private health-care startup, with Ms. Holmes’s stake valued at more than $4.5 billion.
  • Search and Deploy

    The New Yorker offers this profile on the growing technology involved in internet searches. Special attention is given to Google.com.
  • After Welfare

    The New Yorker takes a look at the realities of welfare-reform legislation, about four years after its passage. "Working two jobs, Elizabeth Jones does her best for her family. But is it enough?"
  • One Angry Woman: Why are Hung Juries on the Rise?

    The New Yorker attempts to explain why hung juries are on the rise in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The magazine reports that most hung jury scenarios feature one African American woman who, despite mountains of evidence and 11 other black and white jurors voting to convict, deadlocks the jury by voting for acquittal because she doesn't want to put another black man in jail or sit in judgement of another.
  • The Doomsday Click

    The New Yorker analyses "how easily could a hacker bring the world to a standstill." The story explains how harassment by computer viruses could easily turn into much more serious attacks.
  • Annals of National Security; King's Ransom: How vulnerable are the Saudi royals?

    The New Yorker investigates the state of the Saudi Arabian royal family in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and finds its leader, King Fahd, is incapacitated and the ruling princes are stealing from the people and giving money to terrorist networks, particularly Al-Qaeda.
  • Stalking in L.A.

    The New Yorker examines the work of the Los Angeles Threat Management Unit, the only police unit in the nation devoted exclusively to combating stalking. The story compares the anti-stalking strategies of the cops at the unit with the those suggested by private consultants who have given advice to the L.A. police. While cops' standard procedure is based on obtaining a restraint order and arresting the stalkers, consultants recommend for victims to change their homes, jobs and phone numbers. The article details a few cases that the threat unit has been dealing with for years, and finds that the 'safety' strategy advised by the consultants has been more successful.
  • A Reporter At Large: Wrong Turn

    The New Yorker examines the reasons for "America's slipping record on autosafety," in comparison with road accidents trends in Europe and Australia. The story reveals that a so-called "passive approach," launched in the 1970s, has focused on improving the auto design in order to have crashes without injuries. This has only shifted attention from the driver to the vehicle. The article points to new scientific studies showing the human seeing and memory are selective, which causes fatal drivers' errors.