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“Less Lethal” Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about how to use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.
In California, Some Efforts to Toughen Oversight of Assisted Living Falter
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South Carolina’s Lax Domestic Abuse Laws and More in MuckReads Weekly

The Post and Courier investigates South Carolina's lax domestic abuse laws and more in #MuckReads weekly

Paying Jabbar Collins $10 Million Doesn’t Address Problems With Prosecutors

A wrongly convicted Brooklyn man will receive millions in compensation from New York City, but that doesn’t address the broader lack of consequences when prosecutors abuse their power.

New York City Will Pay $10 Million to Settle Wrongful Conviction Case

Revelations about the prosecution of Jabbar Collins, who served 15 years for a murder he did not commit, helped to bring down longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes

Interview With Civil Rights Legend John Lewis: Audio

Listen to Nikole Hannah-Jones interview barrier-breaking Freedom Rider and longtime congressman John Lewis.

Long a Force for Progress, a Freedom Summer Legend Looks Back

Georgia Congressman John Lewis talks about what changed — and didn’t — because of the movement he helped to lead 50 years ago.

The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

A few facts you might have missed about the flow of military equipment and tactics to local law enforcement.

What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown

Post Mortem by Michael Baden is only the beginning as teams of specialists study the body of 18-year-old African American killed by police.

How Tobacco Bonds Work, and What Can Go Wrong

States and localities got cash up front but may end up paying back a lot more than they expected.

Q&A: The Hidden Costs of Tobacco Debt

Even when taxpayers aren't explicitly on the hook, tobacco bonds can cost states and local governments money. Here's how.

Podcast: The Pitfalls of Drug Testing in Sports

Reporter David Epstein explains the various doping methods athletes use to increase their performance – and why drug testing always seems a step behind.

Government Will Withhold One-Third of the Records from Database of Physician Payments

Many payments to doctors made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies will not be included in the public release of the database next month. Federal officials cite data inconsistencies, say records will be posted next June.

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Surveillance

ProPublica investigates the threats to privacy in an era of cellphones, data mining and cyberwar, including how citizens are digitally tracked by governments and corporations.

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Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers

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Illinois Suspends Medical License of Leading Prescriber of Antipsychotic Drugs

Illinois Suspends Medical License of Leading Prescriber of Antipsychotic Drugs

For years, Dr. Michael Reinstein prescribed the powerful drug clozapine more than any other doctor in Medicare or Medicaid. His patterns were the subject of two ProPublica articles and he faces a federal civil lawsuit alleging health care fraud.

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Temp Land

Temp employment is climbing to record levels following the Great Recession. The system benefits brand-name companies but harms American workers through lost wages, high injury rates, few if any benefits, and little opportunity for advancement.

12 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Senator Asks OSHA About Temp Worker Buried Alive In Sugar

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Examining Medicare

A closer look at the services delivered by providers in Medicare’s Part B program—and the money they collect.

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The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

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Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

Investigators found that children were being regularly pinned down or isolated and that their education was suffering as a result.

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