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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 15, 2011 Watching the Detectives
QUOTE: Because the department ignores lawsuits, it cannot analyze or learn from them; instead, the city effectively writes off these suits as the extraordinarily high cost of doing police business. In contrast, a small but growing group of police departments around the country have found innovative ways to analyze information gathered from lawsuits. They investigate lawsuit claims as they would civilian complaints, and they discipline, retrain or fire officers when the claims are substantiated.
New York Times Dec 21, 2010 In a Sign of Foreclosure Flaws, Suits Claim Break-Ins by Banks
QUOTE: In an era when millions of homes have received foreclosure notices nationwide, lawsuits detailing bank break-ins like the one at Ms. Ash’s house keep surfacing. And in the wake of the scandal involving shoddy, sometimes illegal paperwork that has buffeted the nation’s biggest banks in recent months, critics say these situations reinforce their claims that the foreclosure process is fundamentally flawed.
New York Times 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 12, 2010 The Price and Who Pays: Updates From the Gulf
QUOTE: attempts to shut off the flow of oil streaming into the Gulf of Mexico have been unsuccessful and the search continues for a cause and for ways to prevent such blowouts in the future. Questions persist about who will be liable for damage from the spill and the risks to local wildlife.
New York Times May 05, 2010 Facebook Glitch Brings New Privacy Worries
QUOTE: For many users of Facebook, the world’s largest social network, it was just the latest in a string of frustrations. On Wednesday, users discovered a glitch that gave them access to supposedly private information in the accounts of their Facebook friends, like chat conversations.
New York Times Feb 17, 2010 Google's Annual Rev. From Typosquatting Put At $497m: Search giant criticized over "ill-gotten" traffic, money
QUOTE: "Google's payments put the system in motion; squatters register domains exactly in anticipation of getting paid by Google."
WebProNews 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 20, 2009 Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute
QUOTE: Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change.
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 02, 2009 Soldiers' Data Still Being Downloaded Overseas, Firm Says: Sensitive Information Found by Using 'Peer to Peer' File-Sharing Software
QUOTE: The personal data of tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers -- including those in the Special Forces -- continue to be downloaded by unauthorized computer users in countries such as China and Pakistan, despite Army assurances that it would try to fix the problem...
Washington Post Sep 19, 2009 Is a second execution attempt cruel and unusual?
QUOTE: The aborted execution [of Romell Broom in Ohio] has renewed concerns about lethal injection, and raises the question of whether a second execution attempt would violate the 8th Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
Los Angeles Times Sep 17, 2009 Why Don’t Doctors Wash Their Hands More? (Doctor and Patient)
QUOTE: Over the last 30 years, despite countless efforts at change, poor hand hygiene has continued to contribute to the high rates of infections acquired in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.
New York Times Sep 08, 2009 Airlines & Recycling: The Not-So-Green Skies: New calls for the U.S. airline industry to take recycling seriously
QUOTE: Unlike other aspects of the travel business, the airline industry has moved at a snail’s pace to get onboard the green revolution. ...the airline industry has little economic incentive and even less government pressure to go green.
Scientific American Sep 07, 2009 Insured, but Bankrupted Anyway (Prescriptions)
QUOTE: The forecast for this year is that there will be 1.4 million to 1.5 million total bankruptcy filings. Our data say 62 percent of those will be medical.
New York Times Sep 04, 2009 Awareness: Clinical Trial Rule Is Widely Ignored (Vital Signs)
QUOTE: Many researchers are ignoring a 2005 requirement that they register proposed clinical trials in a government database as a condition for publishing their results in medical journals.
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 Nanoparticle safety in doubt: Lung damage in Chinese factory workers sparks health fears.
QUOTE: Claims that seven Chinese factory workers developed severe lung damage from inhaling nanoparticles are stoking the debate over the environmental-health effects of nanotechnology.
Nature Aug 17, 2009 Scientists analyze blood to test for toxic airplane air exposure
QUOTE: Results of [Clement] Furlong's research could expand recognition of what a select group of researchers believes is a largely unrecognized risk of flying: the chance that poisonous fumes enter the cabin.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 13, 2009 Researchers "hack the vote" in real-world e-voting attack
QUOTE: A group of security researchers has published a fascinating study that demonstrates how to hack a Sequoia AVC Advantage voting machine.
Ars Technica Aug 10, 2009 Calif. Prison Rocked by Riot Has Troubled Past
QUOTE: A California prison badly damaged over the weekend by a riot that injured 250 inmates has a record of poor maintenance, shoddy safety protocols, dangerous overcrowding and riots, three inspection reports since 2006 show.
New York Times Aug 09, 2009 Airspace Above Hudson a Highway With Few Signs
QUOTE: Over the years, the air above the Hudson River, from the estuary’s surface to an altitude of 1,100 feet, and the business at the heart of it — helicopters conducting tours — has not escaped calls for greater government control.
New York Times Aug 06, 2009 Unjust and ineffective: Sex laws
QUOTE: Many people assume that anyone listed on a sex-offender registry must be a rapist or a child molester. But most states spread the net much more widely
Economist Jul 29, 2009 Details on presidential motorcades, safe house for First Family, leak via P2P: Lawmakers eye bill to ban P2P use on government, contractor networks
QUOTE: Tiversa is a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based provider of P2P monitoring services. In the past, it has served up dramatic examples of highly sensitive information found on file-sharing networks.
Computerworld Jul 27, 2009 U.S. citizens wrongly detained, deported by ICE
QUOTE: [ Hector] Veloz is one of hundreds of U.S. citizens who have landed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and struggled to prove they don't belong there, according to advocacy groups and legal scholars, who have tracked such cases around the country. Some citizens have been deported.
San Francisco Chronicle Jul 26, 2009 Uranium Contamination Haunts Navajo Country
QUOTE: homes are being demolished and rebuilt under a new government program that seeks to identify what are very likely dozens of uranium-contaminated structures still standing on Navajo land and to temporarily relocate people living in them until the homes can be torn down and rebuilt.
New York Times Jul 23, 2009 Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses (Gadget Lab: Hardware that Rocks Your World)
QUOTE: Apple claims that hundreds of thousands of iPhones are being used by corporations and government agencies. What it won’t tell you is that the supposedly enterprise-friendly encryption included with the iPhone 3GS is so weak it can be cracked in two minutes with a few pieces of readily available freeware.
Wired Jul 14, 2009 Regional Shift Seen in Education Gap
QUOTE: the nation’s most dramatic black-white [education] gaps are no longer seen in Southern states like Alabama or Mississippi, but rather in Northern and Midwestern states...
New York Times Jul 13, 2009 Veterans Affairs Faces Surge of Disability Claims
QUOTE: The backlog of unprocessed [disability] claims for those [Veteran] disabilities is now over 400,000, up from 253,000 six years ago, the agency said.
New York Times Jul 10, 2009 Immigration Judges Found Under Strain
QUOTE: Surging caseloads and a chronic lack of resources to handle them are taking a toll on judges in the nation’s immigration courts...
New York Times Jul 06, 2009 Social Security Numbers Deduced From Public Data
QUOTE: New research shows that Social Security numbers can be predicted from publicly available birth information with a surprising degree of accuracy.
Wired Jul 05, 2009 Piecing Together an Immigrant’s Life the U.S. Refused to See
QUOTE: When the 43-year-old man died in a New Jersey immigration jail in 2005, the very fact seemed to fall into a black hole. Although a fellow inmate scrawled a note telling immigrant advocates that the detainee’s symptoms of a heart attack had long gone unheeded, government officials would not even confirm that the dead man had existed.
New York Times Jun 27, 2009 A Sickening Situation
QUOTE: Since hearing [Josh] Eller's story, lawyer Elizabeth Burke has signed on 190 additional clients with complaints about burn pits at 18 military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. Burke was shocked to learn what her clients saw incinerated [at the garbage pits] : Humvees, batteries, unexploded ordnance, gas cans, mattresses, rocket pods, and plastic and medical waste...
Newsweek Jun 25, 2009 Heading for the emergency room (Reforming American health care)
QUOTE: The American health-care system, which gobbles up about 16% of the country’s economic output, is by far the most expensive in the world...
Economist Jun 22, 2009 There may be danger in rubber play surfaces
QUOTE: There's a growing debate about the safety of the recycled rubber chips used to cushion falls on many children's playgrounds.
USA TODAY May 18, 2009 Death row's revolving door: Courts mull post-trial proof
QUOTE: advocates for the wrongfully convicted say his [death row inmate Troy Davis]case, set for another U.S. Supreme Court appeal this week, represents one of possibly dozens in which courts are reluctant to consider evidence discovered after conviction that might exonerate inmates on death row.
USA TODAY May 17, 2009 Prosecutors Block Access to DNA Testing for Inmates
QUOTE: The laws were enacted after DNA evidence exonerated a first wave of prisoners in the early 1990s, when law enforcement authorities strongly resisted reopening old cases. Continued resistance by prosecutors is causing years of delay and, in some cases, eliminating the chance to try other suspects because the statute of limitations has passed by the time the test is granted.
New York Times Apr 22, 2009 After Losing Freedom, Some Immigrants Face Loss of Custody of Their Children
QUOTE: crackdowns against illegal immigrants thrust local courts into transnational custody battles and leave thousands of children in limbo.
New York Times Apr 14, 2009 PIN Crackers Nab Holy Grail of Bank Card Security
QUOTE: Hackers have crossed into new frontiers by devising sophisticated ways to steal large amounts of personal identification numbers, or PINs, protecting credit and debit cards, says an investigator.
Wired Mar 24, 2009 Getting the Juvenile-Justice System to Grow Up
QUOTE: As egregious as the [Pennsylvania juvenile court scandal] case is, experts say it is all too indicative of a juvenile-justice system racked with abuses yet subject to far less scrutiny than the adult system it increasingly mirrors.
Time Magazine Mar 17, 2009 Privacy Group Asks F.T.C. to Investigate Google (Bits)
QUOTE: The Electronic Privacy Information Center asked the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday to investigate the privacy and security safeguards of Gmail, Google Docs and other so-called cloud computing services offered by Google...
New York Times Jan 24, 2009 EPA a failure on chemicals, audit finds: Assessment of toxic risks inadequate, says new chief (Chemical Fallout: Update)
QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency's ability to assess toxic chemicals is as broken as the nation's financial markets and needs a total overhaul, a congressional audit has found.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/JS Online Dec 08, 2008 The Evidence Gap: Weak Patchwork of Oversight Lets Bad Hospitals Stay Open
QUOTE: in late 2006 a state commission recommended that it be scaled back and merged with another hospital. The state’s inability to follow through on that plan for University provides a stark example of how hard it can be — not just in New York, but around the nation — to close or shrink hospitals, even when there is evidence they are providing costly and below-average care.
New York Times Sep 26, 2008 A License To Not Quite Kill
QUOTE: Since U.S. police first began using tasers in 2000, 350 people have died in police custody after being stunned by the devices....trying to discern when a taser should be used appropriately becomes complicated when a taser's range is extended or the Shockwave is fired at multiple targets.
Forbes 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) Aug 29, 2008 Automated Bill Payments Are a Cinch (Not So Fast) (Your Money)
QUOTE: One other thing to keep in mind: While billers make plenty of errors, consumers probably make even more. People forget to pay, pay late or pay the wrong amount. Part of the point of automation is to protect the mistake-prone from themselves.
New York Times Aug 19, 2008 Airline captain, lawyer, child on terror 'watch list'
QUOTE: The TSA has said the problem lies with the airlines and threatened to fine airlines that tell passengers they are on the watch list. That didn't sit well with the airlines, who through the Air Transport Association said they have been waiting for four years for the TSA to come up with a fix.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 07, 2008 With E-Verify, too many errors to expand its use? Database aims to make it easy for employers to check worker immigration status. Critics say the accuracy rate is too low.
QUOTE: President Bush's recent executive order mandating that all federal contractors use E-Verify and legislation pending in Congress that would make the program mandatory for all employers nationwide have heightened concerns among critics that thousands of legal Americans will be unfairly denied jobs.
Christian Science Monitor May 19, 2008 DNA cleared them, but they'll never feel free
QUOTE: Blackburn said these wrongly convicted men get "a double-whammy screw job." He said there's little help from the government to transition back into society and they're still viewed as criminals once they're out of prison.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 16, 2008 To Err (Worldwide On the Web) is Human; to Correct, Problematic
QUOTE: the Web, still in its adolescence, has no agreed-upon standard for corrections. There’s controversy over whether to quietly make necessary changes or to update and indicate what’s been done, and whether to preserve original text. For content such as Web site privacy policies and usage terms/conditions, there can be REAL fireworks about how changes should be posted, integrated, and publicized.
Editorial Advantage May 16, 2008 Cleared by DNA, man tries to reclaim his life
QUOTE: Woodard was convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend in 1981 and sentenced to life in prison. He was released on April 29, the 17th Dallas County inmate to be exonerated by DNA testing.
CNN (Cable News Network)
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