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  • Chemical Fallout

    "The reporters exposed inept government programs that favor chemical makers over the needs of the public. They detailed conflicts of interest among regulators and uncovered new hidden threats for consumers. The newspaper tested common household plastics billed as "microwave safe" and found toxic levels of chemicals leaching from every item tested."
  • The Crisis of Foster Care

    This Time Magazine investigation shows the dangers and horrors that foster children face as "wards of the state." The story examines multiple cases of social workers' criminal negligence, resulting in children' deaths or injuries. The author draws the conclusion that "the nation's foster care systems are in shambles," though they cost "at least $ 7 billion a year." The story reveals that "nobody even bothers to keep an accurate account, but in round numbers more than 7,500 children are tortured under what is technically government protection." The reporters' analysis shows that "the incidence of abuse and neglect is significantly higher among kids in foster care than in the general population," and that foster care systems "are often more dysfunctional that families from which children have been taken."