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Nov 30, 2014 Justice Is Swift as Petty Crimes Clog Courts: Cases Adjudicated in Minutes or Less, Often Without Lawyers

QUOTE: Years of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation have flooded the American court system with misdemeanor cases—relatively small-time crimes such as public drunkenness, loitering or petty theft. The state courts that handle such charges often resemble assembly lines where time is in short supply, according to judges and lawyers who work in the courts. Many poor defendants, despite their right to court-appointed legal counsel, don’t get lawyers, and those who do often receive scant help in the rush to resolve cases.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Mar 06, 2014 Pitfalls Seen in a Turn to Privately Run Long-Term Care

QUOTE: a closer look at Tennessee, widely cited as a model, reveals hidden pitfalls as the system of caring for the frail comes under the twin pressures of cost containment and profit motive. In many cases, care was denied after needs grew costlier — including care that people would have received under the old system. “The notion of prevention saving money in the long run only works if you actually provide care in the long run,” 

New York Times
Dec 02, 2013 As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

QUOTE: A day spent as an inpatient at an American hospital costs on average more than $4,000, five times the charge in many other developed countries...Rising costs of drugs, medical equipment and other services, and fees from layers of middlemen, play a significant role in escalating hospital bills, of course. But just as important is that mergers and consolidation have resulted in a couple of hospital chains — like Partners in Boston, or Banner in Phoenix — dominating many parts of the country...

New York Times
Jul 25, 2012 Are cruise lines 'dumping' sick passengers?

QUOTE: I asked Royal Caribbean about its policy on dropping off passengers and whether the Claussens could have done anything differently. It declined to answer. Walker says that cruise lines keep their policies on emergency care confidential.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Feb 09, 2012 Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say

QUOTE: Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults....while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period.

New York Times
Dec 11, 2011 How to Fix Fact-Checking

QUOTE: The Standard piece offers up some genuine examples of faulty fact-checking in service of its tendentious argument. The problem with fact-checking is not that it’s a liberal media plot. The problem is that fact-checking – like everything – is sometimes a lazy, half-assed business.

Jun 27, 2011 Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired

QUOTE: [Impact's] admirers say the system, a centerpiece of the tempestuous three-year tenure of Washington’s former schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, has brought clear teaching standards to a district that lacked them and is setting a new standard by establishing dismissal as a consequence of ineffective teaching. But some educators say it is better at sorting and firing teachers than at helping struggling ones...

New York Times
Jun 23, 2011 Why SEO Disgusts Me

QUOTE: I recently had a discussion with the CEO of a leading Midwest search firm who described their common practice of creating fake accounts to pump client links into the comment section of blog posts and forums....I’m concerned when it gets difficult to compete in the industry without engaging in fraudulent behavior.

Apr 22, 2011 In a Data-Heavy Society, Being Defined by the Numbers

QUOTE: Metrics to evaluate employee potential, teamwork and salesmanship can’t and shouldn’t replace hands-on interpersonal skills and instinct… We also lose a sense of ourselves as anything but a number and a rank, and start feeling bad if our numbers don’t measure up to others.

New York Times
Mar 10, 2011 U.S. Regulators and J.&J. Unit Reach a Deal on Plant Oversight

QUOTE: Federal regulators reached an agreement on Thursday with a unit of Johnson & Johnson that would impose greater federal oversight at three manufacturing plants responsible for recalls of children’s Tylenol and many other popular over-the-counter medicines... Last year, the company’s (Johnson & Johnson) DePuy unit recalled two different hip implants, affecting tens of thousands of patients worldwide. Its Animas unit recalled tens of thousands of insulin pump cartridges last month because they had the potential to leak and deliver too little insulin, the company said.

New York Times
Mar 09, 2011 Duncan: Most schools could face 'failing' label

QUOTE: Many educators complain they are unfairly penalized if even a few of their students fill in the wrong bubbles on testing day. Advocates for the poor contend the only way to ensure disadvantaged students get real help is to threaten schools, at minimum, with public shame.

Washington Post
Dec 26, 2010 Hurdles Emerge in Rising Effort to Rate Teachers

QUOTE: It is becoming common practice nationally to rank teachers for their effectiveness....But the experience in New York City shows just how difficult it can be to come up with a system that gains acceptance as being fair and accurate. The rankings are based on an algorithm that few other than statisticians can understand, and on tests that the state has said were too narrow and predictable. Most teachers’ scores fall somewhere in a wide range, with perfection statistically impossible...

New York Times
Oct 27, 2010 Glaxo to Pay $750 Million for Sale of Bad Products

QUOTE: GlaxoSmithKline, the British drug giant, has agreed to pay $750 million to settle criminal and civil complaints that the company for years knowingly sold contaminated baby ointment and an ineffective antidepressant — the latest in a growing number of whistle-blower lawsuits that drug makers have settled with multimillion-dollar fines.

New York Times
Oct 27, 2010 Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Demand Recourse

QUOTE: As lenders have reviewed tens of thousands of mortgages for errors in recent weeks, more and more homeowners are stepping forward to say that they were victims of bank mistakes — and in many cases, demanding legal recourse.

New York Times
Jul 01, 2010 The ignominious fall of Dell: Dell may never recover from the revelation that it sold faulty PCs -- and then blamed its customers

QUOTE: what we've learned about Dell recently doesn't qualify as an understandable mistake. Only a rotten company sells defective computers and lies about it.

Jun 21, 2010 In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That

QUOTE: the tactic getting the most attention — and the most controversy — is the sudden, deliberate and dubiously effective grade inflation, which had begun even before the legal job market softened.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2010 Understanding how colleges hand out aid can improve your chances

QUOTE: the FAFSA considers fewer assets than the Profile; it ignores home equity as well as the assets of family-business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees. If you have significant wealth in home equity or in a small family business, the institutional formula will penalize you. The federal formula will not.

Washington Post
Jun 03, 2010 Should a Bad Call Change Baseball?

QUOTE: with two outs in the ninth inning in Detroit, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was on the cusp of throwing a perfect game when the first-base umpire, Jim Joyce, called the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Donald safe at first base. It didn’t look close....Should there be greater use of video replays in baseball to prevent such errors?

New York Times
May 27, 2010 F.D.A. Weighs Penalties in Drug Recall

QUOTE: [The FDA] is considering further actions against McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the Johnson & Johnson unit, after a pattern of violations in manufacturing and quality control practices led to a number of recent recalls...

New York Times
May 25, 2010 Justices say employers may not use discriminatory testing practices

QUOTE: Employers who use tests that have the effect of ruling out disproportionate numbers of women and minorities may be sued each time they use the results to hire, the Supreme Court ruled...

Washington Post
May 12, 2010 Prosecutors Ask if 8 Banks Duped Rating Agencies

QUOTE: The New York attorney general has started an investigation of eight banks to determine whether they provided misleading information to rating agencies in order to inflate the grades of certain mortgage securities, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.

New York Times
Feb 16, 2010 Hold vendors liable for buggy software, security experts say: Consortium led by SANS Institute, Mitre also releases 2010 list of Top 25 programming errors

QUOTE: The document provides user companies with a list of specific terms and conditions that should be included in procurement contracts to ensure that vendors are adhering to a strict set of software development security standards. In sum, the draft contract would leave development firms liable for software defects.

Feb 04, 2010 Revolving Door: From US Safety Agency to Toyota Representative: Federal Investigations of Runaway Toyotas Excluded Most Serious Cases After NHTSA Official Is Hired by Car Company

QUOTE: Federal safety investigators agreed to exclude reports of the most serious cases of alleged "runaway Toyotas" after the intervention of a former safety official hired to be a Washington, D.C. representative of Toyota...

ABC News
Nov 19, 2009 Zombie Nuke Plants

QUOTE: More than half of America's nuclear plants have received new twenty-year operating licenses. In fact, the NRC has not rejected a single license-renewal application. Many of these plants have also received "power up-rates" that allow them to run at up to 120 percent of their originally intended capacity. That means their systems are subjected to unprecedented amounts of heat, pressure, corrosion, stress and embrittling radiation.

Nov 16, 2009 Audit Faults New York Fed in A.I.G. Bailout

QUOTE: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York gave up much of its power in high-pressure negotiations with the American International Group’s trading partners last year...

New York Times
Nov 16, 2009 Work-Related Injuries Underreported

QUOTE: Employers and workers routinely underreport work-related injuries and illnesses, calling into question the accuracy of nationwide data that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration compiles each year, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.

New York Times
Nov 16, 2009 Inventing a Better Patent System

QUOTE: The quality of American patents has been deteriorating for years; they are increasingly issued for products and processes that are not truly innovative...

New York Times
Oct 27, 2009 A dubious alternative: There's no evidence that homeopathic products can prevent flu

QUOTE: Unlike vaccines or prescription or over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic medicines, which account for annual U.S. sales of more than $200 million, do not need to demonstrate safety or effectiveness...

Washington Post
Oct 23, 2009 Are Teacher Colleges Turning out Mediocrity?

QUOTE: while "Who's teaching my kid?" is an important question for parents to ask, there may be an equally essential (and rarely remarked upon) question — "Who's teaching my kid's teachers?"

Time Magazine
Oct 22, 2009 Editing Scientists: Science and Policy at the White House: How much do policymakers shape the science that comes out of government agencies?

QUOTE: the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that significant editing of science documents had occurred during [Jim] Connaughton's tenure [of the Council on Environmental Quality] and the issue remains fraught with controversy: Just how much editing of government-funded science was done, and will it continue in future?

Scientific American
Oct 14, 2009 The pocket spy: Will your smartphone rat you out?

QUOTE: According to the UK government's Design and Technology Alliance Against Crime (DTAAC), 80 per cent of us carry information on our handsets that could be used to commit fraud... I thought my Nokia N96 would hold few surprises, though, since I had only been using it for a few weeks when I submitted it to DiskLabs. Yet their analysts proved me wrong.

New Scientist
Oct 07, 2009 Personal genomics firms must come clean

QUOTE: Companies that offer analyses of future health risks based on basic genetic tests should be more transparent about the limitations of their predictions, says genomics pioneer Craig Venter.

New Scientist
Oct 03, 2009 The Burger That Shattered Her Life

QUOTE: Ms. [Stephanie] Smith’s reaction to the virulent strain of E. coli was extreme, but tracing the story of her burger, through interviews and government and corporate records obtained by The New York Times, shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble. Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.

New York Times
Sep 16, 2009 Cybersecurity - or lack thereof - alarms experts

QUOTE: Government entities and commercial organizations are failing to protect themselves effectively in the areas in which they are most vulnerable.

San Francisco Chronicle
Aug 20, 2009 The 21 Club: Drinking laws

QUOTE: In the past, states have been too fiscally timid to challenge the 21 law. But calls for change are growing louder.

Aug 20, 2009 Flu shot guidelines criticized: Mathematical model suggests that US experts got their priorities wrong.

QUOTE: The US policy for which groups should be the first to receive influenza vaccines is not the most effective strategy to limit the spread of swine flu, according to a paper published online today in Science.

Aug 19, 2009 Writing style fingerprint tool easily fooled

QUOTE: Historians, literary detectives and even courts of law rely on methods that identify the author of a text by their writing style. But a new study suggests that some of these so-called stylometry techniques are easily fooled...

New Scientist
Aug 17, 2009 Diabetes Case Shows Pitfalls of Treatment Rules

QUOTE: setting [healthcare] guidelines that are good for every patient, it turns out, can get messy, with some experts warning that a big national plan of this sort poses risks.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2009 Officials Say Detainee Fatalities Were Missed

QUOTE: More than one in 10 deaths in immigration detention in the last six years have been overlooked and were omitted from an official list of detainee fatalities issued to Congress in March, the Obama administration said Monday.

New York Times
Aug 04, 2009 More D.C. Kids Had Elevated Lead Than Stated

QUOTE: More than twice as many D.C. children as previously reported by federal and local health officials had high levels of lead in their blood amid the city's drinking water crisis, according to congressional investigators, throwing into doubt assurances by those officials that the lead in tap water did not seriously harm city children.

Washington Post
Aug 04, 2009 What Happens to the Clunkers Traded In? ( If You Must Know)

QUOTE: while the ["cash-for-clunkers"] initiative has proved highly popular with consumers, critics are raising concerns about the economic and environmental hazards inherent in the process of ruining so many cars beyond repair.

Time Magazine
Jul 30, 2009 The Huffington Post is crazy about your health: Why bogus treatments and crackpot medical theories dominate "The Internet Newspaper" (Vital Signs)

QUOTE: Practically since its inception in 2005, the [Huffington] Post's health coverage has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism from physicians and medical experts.

Jul 29, 2009 Should you trust health advice from the web?

QUOTE: a growing body of evidence suggests that much online health information is unreliable.

New Scientist
Jul 19, 2009 Wikipedia May Be a Font of Facts, but It’s a Desert for Photos

QUOTE: At a time when celebrities typically employ a team of professionals to control their images, Wikipedia is a place where chaos rules. Few high-quality photographs, particularly of celebrities, make it onto this site.

New York Times
Jul 09, 2009 Federal Protective Service Faulted After GAO Sting With Bomb Parts

QUOTE: The recent sting by the Government Accountability Office exposed lax security procedures by the Federal Protective Service,

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2009 Education Chief to Warn Advocates That Inferior Charter Schools Harm the Effort

QUOTE: The Obama administration has made opening more charter schools a big part of its plans for improving the nation’s education system, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan will warn advocates of the schools on Monday that low-quality institutions are giving their movement a black eye.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2009 Study finds antidepressant doesn't help autistic children

QUOTE: An antidepressant commonly prescribed to help autistic children control their repetitive behaviors is actually no better than a placebo, according to a report published today.

Los Angeles Times
Nov 10, 2008 ‘Entitled’ students expect better grades for effort: study

QUOTE: Those are among the revelations in a newly published study examining students' sense of academic entitlement, or the mentality that enrolling in post-secondary education is akin to shopping in a store where the customer is always right.

National Post
Oct 24, 2008 Group’s Tally of New Voters Was Vastly Overstated

QUOTE: Republicans had been prepared for months to make an issue of Acorn’s registration drive....Democrats and officials with Acorn accuse Republicans of trying to manufacture a controversy to deflect attention from alleged voter suppression activities in several states.

New York Times
Sep 15, 2008 NFL will look into changing rule

QUOTE: "Nothing can be done. I understand that after that whistle blows, you can't speculate, `Well, did everybody get the best shot at recovering the ball if some of them heard the whistle and some of them didn't?'"

Sports Illustrated (SI)

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