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New York Landlords Exploit Loophole to Hike Rents Despite Freeze

Thanks to a 2003 state law, owners of rent-stabilized apartments can arbitrarily boost rents to a legal maximum that they set themselves. The tactic fosters gentrification, eviction and homelessness.
We’re Investigating Hate Across the U.S. There’s No Shortage of Work.
Remember Those Temporary Officials Trump Quietly Installed? Some Are Now Permanent Employees.

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Russia’s Shadow-War in a Wary Europe

Fears of Russian meddling in a French vote reflect an overt and covert influence campaign.

Crime Lab Scandal Forces Prosecutors to Disavow Thousands of Drug Convictions

A final ruling by Massachusetts Supreme Court would erase convictions but not undo the harm caused by a corrupt state chemist.

New Jersey Seeks to Sanction Psychologist for Disclosing Patients’ Diagnoses in Court Filings

Lawsuits filed on behalf of a psychologist and his practice had disclosed details of patients’ mental health diagnoses and treatments, including those of children. Psychologist Barry Helfmann denies wrongdoing.

Secret Hospital Inspections May Become Public at Last

The federal government has proposed requiring that accreditors release reports on the problems they find during hospital inspections. Right now, the reports are secret.

California Group Home Liable for Millions in Case of Abused Boy

A jury hit FamiliesFirst, one of California’s largest mental health care providers, for neglect and fraud.

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Nuisance Abatement

How New York City police are using little-known laws to kick people out of their homes, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime.

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New York City Set to Pass Sweeping Nuisance Abatement Reforms

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We’re Investigating Hate Across the U.S. There’s No Shortage of Work.

We’re Investigating Hate Across the U.S. There’s No Shortage of Work.

The coalition of newsrooms behind “Documenting Hate” has recorded a wide variety of violence in all corners of the country.

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The Breakdown

Our series seeks to show how politics and government really work, and why they don’t.

54 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Can the Democrats Be as Stubborn as Mitch McConnell?

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Machine Bias

We’re investigating algorithmic injustice and the formulas that increasingly influence our lives.

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Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk

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New York Landlords Exploit Loophole to Hike Rents Despite Freeze

New York Landlords Exploit Loophole to Hike Rents Despite Freeze

Thanks to a 2003 state law, owners of rent-stabilized apartments can arbitrarily boost rents to a legal maximum that they set themselves. The tactic fosters gentrification, eviction and homelessness.

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Reliving Agent Orange

ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are exploring the effects of the chemical mixture Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans and their families, as well as their fight for benefits.

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ProPublica Files Lawsuit Seeking VA Correspondence Related to Agent Orange

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Hell and High Water

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

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Obama Signs Bill That May Boost Texas Hurricane Protection Study

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Busted

Tens of thousands of people every year are sent to jail based on the results of a $2 roadside drug test. Widespread evidence shows that these tests routinely produce false positives. Why are police departments and prosecutors still using them?

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Texas Panel on Wrongful Convictions Calls for Ending Use of Unverified Drug Field Tests

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