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Jul 12, 2016 How technology disrupted the truth

QUOTE: Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism....It seemed that journalists were no longer required to believe their own stories to be true, nor, apparently, did they need to provide evidence. Instead it was up to the reader – who does not even know the identity of the source – to make up their own mind. But based on what? Gut instinct, intuition, mood? Does the truth matter any more?

Guardian Unlimited
Jul 11, 2014 Civilian Deaths in Gaza: Is Israel killing indiscriminately? A closer look at the evidence and context.

QUOTE: let’s focus on the narrower question of how to minimize civilian deaths, now and in future conflicts. How bad is this war compared to others? Are Israel’s attacks indiscriminate?

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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