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A.C. Thompson has been a reporter for 12 years, mostly in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2006-2007, he was an investigative reporter for SF Weekly. For eight years before that he worked in a similar role for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His work has also appeared in a number of national magazines. His work received the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2005. Thompson is co-author of the book Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights.
Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m.California, which has loosely regulated the assisted living industry for years, adopts measures that give advocates for the elderly modest hope.
Aug. 21, 1:14 p.m.Cost concerns may derail efforts by lawmakers and advocates to require more frequent inspections and a swifter response to allegations of abuse and neglect.
Aug. 18, 5:17 p.m.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.
Feb. 27, 10:43 a.m.Investigators for the last year have been examining the operations of Emeritus Senior Living, the nation’s largest assisted living company.
Jan. 22, 10:57 a.m.After months of damning reports, including an investigation by ProPublica and PBS “Frontline,” legislators have proposed a regulatory overhaul.
Dec. 31, 2013, 3:54 p.m.The assisted living facility in McMinnville, Oregon has been owned in recent years by several of the industry’s largest companies. Throughout, its record has remained troubled.
Dec. 12, 2013, 5:50 p.m.Former officer acquitted in the death of Henry Glover.
Nov. 21, 2013, 10 a.m.A ProPublica review of records from the California Department of Social Services shows the state collected less than half of the more than $2 million in fines it issued against assisted living facilities from 2007 to 2012.
Oct. 29, 2013, 10:56 a.m.A ProPublica and “Frontline” examination of the multibillion-dollar assisted living industry reveals a mishmash of minimal state regulation and no involvement by federal officials.
Sep. 17, 2013, 6:28 p.m.The federal judge who oversaw the trial of five New Orleans police officers charged in the shooting of unarmed civilians after Hurricane Katrina granted a request for a re-trial after uncovering misconduct by federal prosecutors.
Aug. 1, 2013, 8:28 a.m.A review of state regulatory records and more than 100 lawsuits turned up repeated examples of grave mistakes or misconduct at facilities operated by Emeritus Senior Living, the country’s largest assisted living company.
Aug. 1, 2013, 8:28 a.m.Inside Room 101 at Emerald Hills, a covert campaign was under way in the fall of 2008. Potentially lethal bed sores were spreading across Joan’s body, and workers were trying to improvise help.
July 31, 2013, 8:29 a.m.On Sept. 30, 2008, an employee at the Emerald Hills assisted living facility in Auburn, Calif., made an entry in a company computer log: “pressure ulcer/wound.” Joan, who had spent just 19 days in the facility, had developed the wound on her foot.
July 30, 2013, 8:30 a.m.When the ambulance crew arrived, about 8:20 p.m., Joan Boice was in the TV lounge, face-down on the carpet. Her head had struck the floor with some velocity; bruises were forming on her forehead and both cheeks. It appeared she’d lost her balance and fallen out of a chair.
July 29, 2013, 6:54 a.m.Joan Boice needed help. Lots of it. Her physician had tallied the damage: Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis. For Joan, an 81-year-old former schoolteacher, simply getting from her couch to the bathroom required the aid of a walker or wheelchair.
Jan. 4, 2013, 10:36 p.m.An Amarillo man whose conviction for sexually assaulting a child was reversed after experts questioned forensic evidence used against him, pleads guilty to a reduced charge.
Dec. 17, 2012, 5:03 p.m.In a setback for federal prosecutors, an appellate court tosses the convictions of two former cops imprisoned in connection with the killing of Henry Glover.
July 24, 2012, 4:35 p.m.After Katrina, New Orleans police officers circulated orders authorizing them to shoot looters and "take back the city," but it remains unclear who issued them.
April 11, 2012, 5:22 p.m.A federal judge today sentenced former New Orleans police officer Ronald Mitchell to 20 months in prison for lying about the circumstances of a fatal shooting.
April 6, 2012, 4:48 p.m.California Gov. Jerry Brown today commuted the sentence of Shirley Ree Smith, a 51-year-old woman whose 1997 conviction for shaking her infant grandson to death has drawn national attention.
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