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  • In These Times: Why the United States Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market

    We investigated the numerous ways the chemical industry influences regulation of chemicals by the EPA and the FDA. Specifically, we discovered that industry-funded researchers have used a particular type of scientific study called “physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling” to support industry claims that economically important chemicals are safe. We found that the scientists who pioneered PBPK modeling while working for the Air Force in the early 1980s had recognized early on that PBPK studies could be used to industry’s advantage. As we examined the record over the past four decades, it became clear that these studies are primarily conducted by regulatory toxicologists working as private consultants or for research institutions funded by chemical companies. Further, these same individuals and consultancies often receive federal grants and contracts, suggesting widespread conflicts of interest. Our investigation documents the outcome – often delay or outright termination – of regulatory processes for numerous hazardous chemicals, including methylene chloride, formaldehyde, bisphenol A, perchlorate, styrene, and chlorpyrifos. While other journalists have documented the chemical industry’s political influence, to our knowledge no other journalists have brought to light the ways science itself is being manipulated.
  • Investigating the Investigators

    WTSP's series investigating sex predator stings exposed how detectives were improperly entrapping men that posed little – or no – threat to society. They challenged authority, exposed wrongdoing, and prompted changes over the course of our two-year-long investigation. Even though NBC ended its run of “To Catch a Predator” stings years ago, similar operations continued in Florida well into 2014, thriving on federal grants and made-for-TV press conferences. Their nine stories showed how detectives had to start leaning on dishonest and unethical tactics to keep up their arrest totals.
  • Russian River Flooding

    The Press Democrat found that "$6 million dollars in federal grants intended to protect homes along the Russian River from flooding has been spent, in large part, on houses least in danger of flooding and on property owners least in need of money."
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Drug Court Program

    The Advocate reports on how federal grants have been recklessly spent by the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Justice Court on high executive salaries. The stories reveal that the Straight and Narrow Drug Treatment Center, one of about 30 drug courts in the state, has failed to effectively supervise the drug-addicted children who graduated from the program. The investigation finds that the key players behind the faulty drug treatment programs - including two judges, an attorney and his roommate - are entangled in bizarre legal accusations of sexual harassment and racially motivated attacks.
  • Lab Rats

    A New Times investigation reports on "a litany of veiled, disingenuous and sometimes fraudulent financial schemes that badly damaged the university's other primary missions." On the basis of internal financial records and memos provided by professors and former administrators, the story depicts a "history of misspending of state revenue bonds and federal grants," as well as "a history of university administrators destroying the careers of those who complained..." The University of Arizona succeeded in becoming one of the top 20 public research institutions in the country, after a massive effort in this direction, which started in the 80s. However, the reporter finds, it slipped "in critical categories such as faculty salaries and student retention."
  • The Great Minnow Hunt

    "The FBI's 20-month investigation of corruption at the San Francisco Housing Authority seems to have netted one minnow as sharks swam free. Last summer, in what seems to herald the end of a federal investigation of the Housing Authority, a federal jury found a mid-level housing manager guilty of taking bribes to provide subsidized housing certificates to people who were ineligible to receive them. But transcripts of FBI interviews with the prosecution s chief witness, sworn depositions in a whistleblower lawsuit, exhibits in the housing manager's trial, and a HUD inspector general's reporter all suggest that high-ranking city officials and a longtime s associates of Mayor Willie Brown had knowledge of, or were involved in, the bribery conspiracy."
  • "Less Than Our Share," "Political Clout Limits Federal Jobs in WNY,"

    A data analysis found that the Buffalo area received less federal grant and aid money than the national average, as much as 30 percent less. This three-part, special report seeks to examine why.
  • The Apostle and Let Us Prey

    The Times of Acadiana reports its two-part series "showed how the executive directors of the three largest charity organizations for the homeless in Lafayette, Louisiana, worked to build a nonprofit empire from federal grants and community donations to further their own gain at the expense of the homeless."
  • "From the Top, A City that Doesn't Work...

    The packet of stories represents part of a year-long focus on misuse of tax funds by city officials and general malfeasance across the government of the District of Columbia. Powell's series shows how government corruption and incompetence cost Washington hundreds of millions of dollars a year. This series shows failure to spend approved federal grants, poorly written contracts and city work crews wasting time and doing private work on city time. Thompson and Woodlee focused on smaller numbers, but more audacious abuses by specific officials. The mayor paying police excessive overtime to move his luggage and a Corrections Department supervisor collecting overtime herself and authorizing overtime for city workers repairing her house.
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    With a scaled-down Legal Services Corp., Low-income clients are facing the cutbacks in lawyers available to them. ABA Journal reports on the impact of Congress' elimination of funding for all national and state support centers.