"The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America's National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden and published in a joint investigation by the Guardian and Britain's Channel 4 News."
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An InvestigateWest analysis found nearly 30 public schools in Washington sit within 500 feet of a major road, which decades of study have shown cause lifelong respiratory problems and asthma attacks through air polution and can boost school absenteeism. In one case of a school that re-opened in close proximity to a highway, 21 months passed between a concerned email from a health expert and action from the Seattle Schools officials. The re-opening of that school, John Marshall Junior High, accordign to InvestigateWest represents "one example of how, when it comes to air pollution near roads, Washington state school policies ...Read more ...
A joint report today from The Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica reveals that "The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents."
Documents provided to The Guardian show the agency has cracked encryption and digital scrambling or circumvented such digital safeguards protecting data such as trade secrets, medical records, emails, web searches, internet chats and phone calls.Read more ...
In this Labor Day edition of the Extra Extra Roundup, we highlight a sampling of some of the investigations into workplace issues over the past year. Have a suggestion for the list? Send it to email@example.com.
Rape in the Fields | The Center for Investigative Reporting, Frontline, Univision and The Investigative Reporting Program
"They harvest the produce and process the meat and eggs Americans eat every day. But many migrant women are paying a high price to put food on their families' tables."
Hard Labor | The Center for Public Integrity
“Each year, some 4,500 American workers die on ...
KPNX uncovered a pervasive problem with predatory coaches within USA Swimming and an organization accused of not doing enough to help the victims. Reporter Wendy Halloran also obtained a confidential memo that revealed USA Swimming recognizes it has a problem and needs to “Show Our Face.” For the past three years its strategy has been to decline the majority of interviews related to sexual misconduct cases and issue written statements instead. USA Swimming now states its putting its Executive Director Chuck Wielgus through an intensive media training program. And now its mantra is to "Educate, Prevent & Protect."
The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN report widespread fraud in California's taxpayer-funded drug rehabilitation programs. They report that Rehab clinics in Southern California have reaped millions of dollars in public funds despite signs of deception or questionable billing practices, and open clinics are difficult to shut down because officials who try to end fraud run into "weak regulations, bureaucratic apathy and corruption in their own ranks."
Extra Extra Monday: Breaking the banks, assisted living, street gang recruiting and crowdsourced investigations
Breaking the Banks | Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“An investigation that began three years ago has found that at least half of Florida’s community banks failed because their leaders were greedy, arrogant, incompetent or sometimes corrupt. The newspaper obtained previously confidential state records that show how failed bankers broke the law, manipulated financial documents and gorged themselves on insider deals. These bank records had never before been collected by an American newspaper.”
Life and Death in Assisted living | ProPublica and Frontline
“More and more elderly Americans are choosing to spend their later years in assisted living facilities, which have sprung up as ...
Jailed businessman Marc Sessions Jenson says Utah Attorney General John Swallow offered to use influence to aid the Mount Holly ski and golf resort project in exchange for a cabin, according to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune.
Hundreds of charities now operate, not to help the needy, but to turn donations made to paralyzed veterans, dying children and cancer victims into profit for private fundraising companies. An investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting, CNN and the Tampa Bay Times revales that the top 50 worst charities collected more than $1 billion used for corporate fundraisers.
A collaboration between the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and NBC6 has found that "for years, due in part to lax regulations on safety equipment and few mandates for formal boating safety education, Florida has led the nation in boating-related deaths and injuries."
"The Florida Legislature has failed to address the state’s hazardous waters through additional safety requirements and mandated boater education, because year after year, the $10.3 billion Florida boating industry and the state’s boating constituents have pressured legislators to keep safety regulations to a minimum."