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  • The Verge with The Investigative Fund: Palantir has Secretly Been Using New Orleans to Test Predictive Policing Technology

    For the past 6 years, the data-mining firm Palantir — co-founded by Peter Thiel — has used New Orleans as a testing ground for predictive policing, Ali Winston reported for the Verge, in partnership with The Investigative Fund. Palantir has lucrative contracts with the Pentagon, U.S. intelligence and foreign security services. The partnership with the NOPD was similar to the "heat list" in Chicago that purports to predict which people are likely drivers or victims of violence. Yet, not only did the program not go through a public procurement process, key city council members in New Orleans didn't even know it existed.
  • Florio's help has price for Camden

    One of the poorest cities in the nation with a rich political history, Camden, N.J is in the process of being revitalized. But a part of its present beleagured condition, residents say, can be attributed to the absence of an effective tax collection system. A fitting but dubious complement to this are the misdeeds of local political headhonchos who spare no effort in deepening their own pockets. A classic case in point is erstwhile Gov.Jim Florio who's firm has been contracted to collect the city's taxes. A hidden deal in this contract is the 25 c per dollar return that Floria's firm would encash. And while Floria is looking at a making a sweet $5 million from this exercise, impoverished residents are on the verge of losing their homes, thanks to their inability to pay steep tax amounts.
  • Series of three investigative reports on the Alt.Suicide.Holiday Online Newsgroup

    The Wired News investigated the fatal online offerings of (ASH), an online newsgroup that gathers for discussions about life, depression and suicide. Though the insist "ASH does not encourage suicide", News reveals that almost two dozen ASH participants who posted messages saying they were on the verge of committing suicide were strongly encouraged to take their own lives by other ASH members. By contacting friends and family, Scheeres pieced together the stories of several people who had committed suicide after becoming regular visitors to the ASH group. The series includes video clips as well as photos of those individuals and excerpts from their online writings.
  • What a pain. Proposed OSHA rules for workplace injuries make companies ache. Agency stretches data to fit burgeoning mission; cost of compliance debated. Looking for 10 Pallbearers?

    According to the article, "When the Occupation Health and Safety Administration set out to protect employees from repetitive motion injuries, it was attacking one of the greatest scourges of the modern workplace. The government estimated that about 200,000 workers a year were hurt doing the same chore over and over. A decade later, OSHA finally is on the verge of adopting new ergonomics rules, but its crusade has mushroomed, igniting a war with American business."
  • Boxcar Battle: Railroads See Promise In a Freight Revival That Many Towns Fear

    The Journal reports that "after a decade of sweeping mergers and hostile takeovers, the railroad industry is on the verge of its largest remapping in history -- a 25,000-mile rejiggering of tracks that will straighten out routes, speed up shipments and make railroads a better competitor against trucks. But the plans also put the industry on a collision course with residential America. Many of these new routes would cut through the heart of hundreds of cities and towns, subjecting them to long, lumbering freight trains."
  • Animal Smugglers

    MSNBC, in a joined effort with BBC, details the work of Operation Chameleon designed to catch animal traffickers and smugglers internationally. The report looks at the illegal network of Anson Wong from Malaysia, leader of the biggest ever known animal dealing and smuggling operation. Wong is currently awaiting sentencing in a Californian prison. The production also tells the story of Paul Sullivan who "has broken laws to protect reptiles from being poached and traded to extinction." The most stunning warning is that the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade of precious reptiles around the world has brought more than 71 species on the verge of extinction, and that "we are into the greatest extinction of historical times."
  • The Real Story of Flight 93

    Newsweek depicts the circumstances preceding the crash of United Flight 93 near Pittsburgh on September 11. The story tells how "the passengers and crew revolted against the hijackers," and reveals the content of recordings from the Flight's cockpit. The reporters find evidence that "the passengers did in fact retake control of the plane's cabin and were on the verge of breaking into the cockpit, when the panicked hijackers forced the plane to crash." Newsweek's investigation refutes the conspiracy theory that the flight had been shot down by the U.S. military forces.
  • Emergency

    "San Francisco General Hospital was once a model for quality public health care. Now doctors and nurses who keep the hospital running warn that it's on the verge of collapse." Due to federal and state cuts, an increase in uninsured patients, lack of staff and "pressures brought on by managed care", the city's busiest hospital has began to downfall. Tali Woodward reports more on why the "Emergency Department is overburned."
  • The Once and Future Mom

    A mother in Phoenix loses custody of her two daughters while on the verge of eviction and suffering from dysthymia, a mood disorder. Little was done to help reunite the biological family, and parental rights were severed based on the recommendation of CPS caseworkers. New incentives (up to $6,000 per child) in the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) pave the way for children to move from foster care into permanent homes. However, this case was overturned on appeal, largely because CPS failed to make "reasonable efforts" to reunite the family.
  • Hijacking Justice and Showdown in Atlanta

    "Hijacking Justice" investigates how the Federalist Society -- "a close-knit group of conservative lawyers, judges, students, law professors and government officials -- have infiltrated the courts and are on the verge of hijacking our judicial system." "Showdown in Atlanta" examines Mayor Bill Campbell's effort to preserve affirmative action in Atlanta.