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  • Gun Wars: A News21 Investigation of Rights and Regulations in America

    An examination of the contentious political and cultural divide between those who say the right to own and carry guns is guaranteed by the Second Amendment and those who believe firearms should be more regulated. The project used or created nine databases to assess gun laws in every state in the nation and to document violence involving firearms across the United States. We also conducted hundreds of interviews across the country with longtime politicians, shooting victims, militia members, rural sheriffs, hunting enthusiasts, inner-city mothers and advocacy groups on all sides of the debate, to name a few.

    Tags: gun; control; laws; firearms

    By Jacquee Petchel; Leonard Downie, Jr.; Peter Bhatia; Claudia Balthazar; Jacob Byk; Jessica Boehm; Marlena Chertock; Jacqueline Delpilar; Emilie Eaton; Sarah Ferris; Carmen Forman; Allison Griner; Kristen Hwang; Kelsey Jukam; Robby Korth; Natalie Krebs; Jon

    News 21 (Phoenix, Ariz.)


  • Operation Falcon Claw

    The investigation, panning over a year, exposes 11 Members of Parliament from major political parties in India willing to issue letters of recommendation to promote a fictitious Australian oil exploration company in exchange for fees ranging between Rs 50,000 to Rs 50 lakh. The political parties include Congress, BJP, BSP, JDU and AIADMK. Six of these MPs even wrote the letters for a fee. The parliamentarians who are willing to not only write recommendation letters for a fee but also lobby with the Union Ministry of Petroleum for a foreign company to help it secure oil exploration and rigging rights in the Northeast. A total of 11 MPs from the Congress Party, BJP, JDU, AIADMK and BSP are on camera willing to help an oil exploration company to set up shop in India. However, none of them bothered to check the antecedents of the company or check if the company was real. What they hankered after was money, quoting as low as Rs. 50,000 to a mind boggling Rs. 50 lakh as the price for a letter of recommendation, delivered all in cash; one MP even had the audacity to demand that his fee be delivered through a hawala operator. Six MPs issued letters of recommendation to Cobrapost. Cobrapost reporter Ashish Jadon approached these MPs as a representative of fake foreign oil company, Mediterranean Oil Inc. of Queensland, Australia. He had already prepared a functional website, printed a modest brochure, and carried with him a few copies of the company profile. Our reporter introduced himself as a consultant working for Mediterranean Oil Inc. entrusted with the onerous task of rallying support from MPs across the political spectrum for its oil exploration bid in the Northeast, pegging the project at Rs. 1000 crore. He requested the MPs he met to write a recommendation letter. Their recommendation letter will help boost the profile of his company and assist the company in being awarded with oil exploration rights in the Northeast India. To our surprise, far from being turned down, which should have been the ideal case, all parliamentarians agreed to help. If some of them wrote letters of recommendation addressing the Joint Secretary with the Petroleum Ministry, others offered to either lobby directly with the ministry mandarins or get the project sanctioned with help from the most mighty among the ruling party.

    Tags: india; government; corruption;

    By Kumar Ashish



  • The Dilbit Disaster

    The 10 stories we’ve submitted expose serious flaws in federal and state regulations that are supposed to ensure the safety of the nation’s oil pipelines. These flaws are of particular concern right now, because the regulations are setting the standards for thousands of miles of new pipelines that are being built or repurposed to carry heavy crude oil from Canada’s tar sands region. U.S. imports of this type of oil, which is turned into a fuel known as dilbit, are expected to quadruple in the coming decade. The core of our reporting is a three-part narrative about a 2010 pipeline accident in Michigan, “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of,” which also appeared as an e-book. In the other stories that appeared during our 15-month investigation, we applied what we learned from that disaster to the proposed pipeline projects, including the Keystone XL and the replacement of the Michigan pipeline that ruptured in 2010.

    Tags: Canada; oil; pipelines; Michigan;

    By Elizabeth McGowan; Lisa Song; David Hasemyer

    InsideClimate News


  • Solving A 1964 Cold Case: Mystery of Frank Morris

    This investigation, partnered with the Concordia Sentinel, CBC Radio and NPR digs into the cold case of Frank Morris, thought to be murdered by Ku Klux Klan members, all for refusing to work on a deputy sheriff's cowboy boots.

    Tags: Cold case project; KKK; multimedia

    By Stanley Nelson; David Ridgen; Center for Investigative Reporting, the Civil Rights Cold Case Project; Susanne Reber; Hank Klibanoff; David Paperny; Carrie Ching; CBC

    Center for Investigative Reporting


  • "Guns & Open Records"

    After The Commercial Appeal published a list of people living in Tennessee who had a permit to carry a gun, legislative efforts were made in the state to remove that information as public record. The newspaper used the list to reveal the loose regulations of the "permit process."

    Tags: guns; right to carry; permit; gun-carry

    By Marc Perrusquia; Richard Locker; Grant Smith

    Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)


  • Those who follow the way of the gun have their many reasons. Just ask them.

    The debate over guns plays out in comic strips, flat and bold, pitting gun nuts against clueless liberals. In Missouri's currents collection, the heroes and archvillains do endless battle over citizens' right to carry concealed firearms.

    Tags: gun and knife show; hunt; camouflage; semiautomatic guns; family protection; rifles

    By Jeannnette Batz

    Riverfront Times (St. Louis)


  • Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the climactic battle of the civil rights revolution

    The book tells a narrative history of the civil rights struggles in Birmingham, Alabama, focusing especially on the bombing of a church that killed four little girls. Using FOIA'd documents and interviews, McWhorter is able to show the FBI's complicity and involvement in racial violence and the Ku Klux Klan, police involvement in the bombing of Martin Luther King's hotel, and Commissioner Bull Connor's and church bomber Robert Chambliss.

    Tags: BOOK; civil rights; Ku Klux Klan; Birmingham; Alabama; Bull Connor; Martin Luther King; FBI

    By Diane McWhorter

    Simon & Schuster


  • Rollback: A Corporate Feeding Frenzy During Bush's Honeymoon

    A Multinational Monitor investigative packet looks at the first hundred days for the George W. Bush administration, and finds that the cabinet has "aggressively carried forward the corporate agenda." The stories within the packet focus on the negative consequences to the environment, workers, public health, consumers, civil rights, mining, etc., resulting from the suspension or rescinding of important regulations. One of the articles sheds light on the new bankruptcy rules that favor the automobile industry and finance companies, while diminishing the chance of financially devastated low-income families to resume "lives as productive members of their community." A separate piece reveals the background and the corporate connections of vice-[president Dick Cheney. The packet includes profiles of the members of Bush's "corporate cabinet," and dissects some possible motives that might have inspired their actions in the first 100 days. The profiled officials are: Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, EPA Administrator Christine Whitman, Veteran Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans, Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Director Office of Management and Budget Mitch Daniels, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, Secretary of Transportation Norm Minetta, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell.

    Tags: politics; business; money and politics; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); musculoskeletal disorders; cancer; drinking water; arsenic; ergonomic injuries; roads; forests; bankruptcy

    By Deborah Weinstock;Lynn Thorp;Ned Daly;Jake Lewis;Phil Radford;Charlie Cray;Robert Weissman;Kenny Bruno;Jim Valette

    Multinational Monitor


  • In Black and White: Old Memos Lay Bare Metlife's Use of Race to Screen Customers

    The Wall Street Journal looks at the practice of MetLife, "the largest publicly held life insurer", to systematically discriminate against nonwhite customers. The story reveals that although the company claims to have stopped practicing race-based underwriting decades ago, "new documents show ... that race-based practices remained in effect years longer, and applied to a much wider range of policies." The investigation exposes "techniques not disclosed before, such as subjecting nonwhites to a more complicated application process, which tended to limit them to smaller policies costing more and carrying fewer benefits." The article points to examples of racial underwriting and follows lawsuits related to the issue.

    Tags: race; minorities; blacks; African-Americans; civil rights; litigation; area underwriting; life insurance

    By Scot Paltrow

    Wall Street Journal (New York)


  • David Kairys Takes Aim

    Civil rights attorney David Kairys came up with a novel way to sue gun manufacturers. In a Temple Law Review article, Kairys advocated treating guns as like a public nuisance, much like a "noisy bar" or "crack houses." Kairys is particularly interested in suing the makers of handguns, such as Beretta, Bryco, Colt, Glock and Smith & Wesson. He's had a hard time beating the gun lobby in Pennsylvania, which has the second-largest NRA membership in the nation, and more Pennsylvanians "have permits to carry concealed weapons than in any other state..." According to the ATF, slightly more than 1 percent of the dealers fed more than half the criminal market."

    Tags: guns; handguns; legal; lawsuit; NRA; civic lawsuit; nuisance; establishment

    By Suzanne Sataline

    Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine