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Farm to Fable, Tampa Bay Times
There are certain things people expect when they are told that their food is "local." That it'll be fresher or taste better or prove safer because it didn't have to be pumped up with preservatives. But, according to this investigation, "[I]f you eat food, you are being lied to every day." The investigation asserts that, in Tampa Bay and other place where there is little government regulation concerning the commercial use of the word "local," consumers are being duped.
Question of Risk: Medtronic's Lost Study, Minnesota Star-Tribune
Outstanding reporting and writing in today's Star Trib: Medtronic's lost Infuse study, a question of risk https://t.co/98eycIMDBu— jburcum (@jburcum) April 10, 2016
Medtronic, one of the largest medical technology companies in the world, wanted to know how effective its "pioneering" bone-fusion product – Infuse – was, so they asked doctors who used the product to report any "adverse event" following surgery. Thousands of reports flooded in, including four reports of patients dying. But Medtronic's study ended in 2008, without reporting any findings to the authorities. According to this investigation, "[t]o this day, neither the company nor the FDA has publicly disclosed full details of the study."
The God Loophole allows religious day cares to go largely unregulated by the government. But kids are getting hurt: https://t.co/0PLDQwjJ6U— Meghann Farnsworth (@mtfarnsworth) April 12, 2016
Unlike the many day care facilities that are regulated by state and federal government, religious day care operations in several states have little to no oversight – with sometimes fatal consequences. This Reveal investigation found that religious day care facilities often lose track of children, have no requirements about supervision, and sometimes do not mandate that staff members know how to perform CPR.
The Strangers Next Door, The Texas Observer
“What an amazing community”: Amarillo is an epicenter of refugee resettlement—and mostly a welcoming one. https://t.co/Z8Q3GdRVTg— Forrest Wilder (@Forrest4Trees) April 11, 2016