Extra Extra : Census & Demographics

Pedestrians dying at disproportionate rates in America's poorer neighborhoods

A national analysis of traffic fatality data finds that, in most areas, it’s the poorer neighborhoods that experience the highest pedestrian death rates.

Governing magazine analyzed accident location data for more than 22,000 pedestrian fatalities reported in federal data from 2008-2012. Within metro areas, low-income census tracts recorded fatality rates approximately twice that of more affluent neighborhoods. Similarly, tracts with poverty rates below the national rate of 15 percent registered 5.3 deaths per 100,000 residents over the five-year period. By comparison, poorer neighborhoods where more than a quarter of the population lived in poverty had a ...

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New York officials sold graves of delinquent boys in a land deal

They were delinquent and unwanted boys sent to a state-run school in Rush to be reformed. When they died there, the state buried them on school grounds – then sold their graves in a land deal.

Now, the 14 dead boys buried in the woods in Rush are stirring uneasy feelings in the rural town, and forcing the state to confront its past and figure out what to do about the boys' neglected final resting place.

Relying on census records, news archives, death certificates and internal school documents, the Democrat and Chronicle pieced together the lives and deaths of these boys ...

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Middle Class Squeeze: As incomes slide, voters check out

As middle- and working-class people have fallen behind over the last decades, many who struggle for the daily bread have become less motivated to vote, petition, speak out, organize or otherwise exercise the American birthright.

A growing sense of cynicism, felt by many citizens on the right, left and center, threatens to erode basic tenets of our democracy — and the situation is compounded by the vast power that big-dollar donors now wield, economists and political scientists tell The Providence Journal.

Read the full story from The Providence Journal here.

Miami Gardens ‘stop and frisk’ nabs thousands of kids

A Fusion investigation has found that he was just one of 56,922 people who were stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) between 2008 and 2013. That’s the equivalent of more than half of the city’s population.

Not one of them was arrested.

It was all part of the city’s sweeping "stop and frisk” style policy that may be unparalleled in the nation.

Fusion’s analysis of more than 30,000 pages of field contact reports, shows how aggressive and far-reaching the police actions were. Some residents were stopped, questioned and written up multiple ...

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Migration: Rhode Islanders moving out for jobs takes toll on state

Rhode Island’s population dropped by more than 24,000 people from 2004 through 2012, according to the Census Bureau — an exodus unprecedented in Rhode Island’s history. After peaking at 1,074,579 in 2004, it dropped each year until 2012, when it reached 1,050,292 before adding about 1,200 in 2013.

Read the full story from the Providence Journal here.

Extra Extra Monday: Heroin reaches the suburbs, feds slash gas explosion fines, casinos use hardball tactics to collect debts

Heroin reaching into the suburbs | The (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle

Heroin, long a scourge of inner cities, has infiltrated suburbia and rural towns and is claiming the lives of an increasingly younger, middle-class and white male clientele at an alarming rate.

But new statistics compiled for the Democrat and Chronicle by the office, which investigates suspected drug-related deaths across the region, show that more often than not the victims resided outside the city of Rochester.


Cancer-causing chemical PCE contaminates Colorado soil, water and homes | The Denver Post

Spills releasing PCE, the cancer-causing chemical used in dry cleaning and ...

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Extra Extra Monday: NSA spying on smart phone data, America's underground adoption market, troubled group homes

The Child Exchange | Reuters
“Inside America’s underground market for adopted children”

Privacy Scandal: NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data | Der Spiegel
"The United States' National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation is capable of accessing user data from smart phones from all leading manufacturers. Top secret NSA documents that SPIEGEL has seen explicitly note that the NSA can tap into such information on Apple iPhones, BlackBerry devices and Google's Android mobile operating system."

Left with nothing | The Washington Post
"This man owed $134 in property taxes. The District sold the lien to an investor who foreclosed on his $197 ...

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Minority small businesses trail among stiff competition for U.S. contracts

About 17 percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic, and 13 percent is black, but ratios for federal small-business contracts to those groups are in the single digits, according to a report from Bloomberg News. Experts told Bloomberg that "the needle hasn't moved," possibly the result of stiffer competition for contracts as agencies cut spending.

In India, poorest women coerced into sterilization

Bloomberg News reports that India accounts for 37 percent of the world's female sterilizations. Last year, 4.6 million women were sterilized, a number reach in large part because of govenrment quotas and incentives for doctors. Women are supposed to receive counseling before they give consent for the operations, which doesn't always happen. Sterilizations are sometimes happening in unsanitary conditions with bloody sheets and rusty scalpels.