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  • The Daily News: Carting Company Expose

    Garbage truck driver Sean Spence fatally ran down two people in the Bronx and drove himself further into trouble by lying about one of his victims.The embattled Sanitation Salvage employee lied to police about his first crash last November, telling cops that an off-the-books worker who was helping on his route was a crazed homeless man who suddenly jumped on the side of his rig, sources with knowledge of the case said. Ultimately, the company closed down.
  • KPCC: Homeless Shelters

    L.A. has the largest population of unsheltered homeless people in the country. Local officials are looking to massively expand shelter space--but KPCC found thousands of existing beds sit empty each night. Why? Our investigation turned up troubling safety and sanitation issues in shelters, as well as a regulatory system ill-equipped to make improvements, let alone manage a successful shelter expansion.
  • A Sticky Mess

    “A Sticky Mess” tells the story of how Blue Bell, a 108-year-old ice cream company in Brenham, Texas, failed to handle a listeria outbreak at its facilities, or to test the ice cream for listeria when it was initially found in the plant in 2013. Blue Bell was forced to issue a full recall of its products in April 2015. By then it was known that 10 people had contracted listeria and three of them had died, but the town of Brenham has continued to maintain that Blue Bell officials didn't do anything wrong. While most of the rest of the media was joining in the chorus about “poor Blue Bell” and the “poor people of Brenham,” we considered it was equally important to look at the people whose health and lives had been jeapordized by the company's continued refusal to address its problems or be forthcoming to the public about its seriously flawed sanitation measures.
  • 6:01 (The story of Dr. Martin Luther King's death in Memphis at 6:01 p.m.)

    Everyone knows how this story ends: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed by a sniper in 1968 while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where he had come to rally the city’s striking sanitation workers. But through the work of Marc Perrusquia and Jeff McAdory, our readers may finally understand what they know.
  • Dirty Ice

    The NBC CT Troubleshooters were given some gross pictures of commercial ice machines by a source in the industry. We were told black slime, mold and other kinds of contaminants cover the machines that dispense your ice at fast food restaurants and other eateries. Our insider says it’s caused from a lack of proper maintenance on the machines. We used our hidden camera and took a closer look at food handling practices in Connecticut and what we found was disturbing. Often times, food service employees DO NOT treat ice as food. The story has created a buzz in the food industry and with the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF certifies ice machines for use in restaurants). In its most recent meeting the NSF discussed looking at ice machines that apparently violate NSF regulations and the FDA Food Code by sucking air and microorganisms from the floor drain (and other places) into the ice bin. This air flow defect was newly discovered and is probably the source of much of the contamination in ice machines we found in our investigation.
  • Double Exposure

    The author discovers that a celebrated civil rights photographer actually doubled as an FBI informant in the late 1960s. The author pieces together elements of his undercover work and finds that the informant's work included reporting on the activities of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike.
  • Is Your Nail Salon Safe?

    "What began with the idea of looking at electronic inspection data turned into a story about health safety in nail salons and the potential of getting an infection or diseases when consumers visit unsafe shops."
  • "Invisible Dangers"

    This investigation revealed that as many as 8,000-12,000 Canadians die every year after being infected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, infections they contracted while in the hospital. Canadian hospitals offer little protection against such infections and there is no requirement that they report cases to the authorities. By contrast, the team traveled to the Netherlands and discovered that Dutch hospitals have virtually eradicated infections from these bacteria by means of much more aggressive programs of sanitation and control.
  • Restaurant UNSATISFACTORY Inspections

    Restaurant inspections in Atlantic City are unsatisfactory--as are the results of these inspections. According to law, restaurants are to be inspected at least once a year, but this investigation found restaurants that had not been visited by an inspector in three or four years. A shortage of inspectors, an outdated logging system and a lack of training contribute to the problem. The article also notes that the quality of inspections varies from county to county.
  • "Trucking food and wastewater"

    This investigation uncovered a trucking company that hauled orange juice and other citrus products in tankers used earlier to haul slightly radio-active wastewater from a state environmental cleanup project. The investigation noted a federal law passed in 1990 to prevent truckers from carrying food and nonfood products in the same tanks, which prompted both an FDA investigation and Congressional efforts to better enforce the Sanitary Food Transportation Act.