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The Great Republican Crack-Up, ProPublica
Dayton, Ohio rolled out the welcome mat for immigrants with its "Welcome Dayton" initiative, but the city is also one of the areas of Ohio where Donald Trump fared best in the primary election. How did that happen? This in-depth look at the changing political attitudes in Dayton examines how local divisions and polarization in such places have aided in the rise of the presumptive Republican nominee.
Sandra Bland Died One Year Ago, Huffington Post
Since the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail last year, more than 800 people have lost their lives while in jails across the country. The Huffington Post created a database to track jail fatalities and found that many of them — at least a third — happened within the first three days of arrest or booking.
L.A. OxyContin Ring, Los Angeles Times
More than 194,000 people have died from overdoses involving opioid painkillers — including OxyContin — since 1999. This investigation asserts that Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, "collected extensive evidence suggesting illegal trafficking" of the drug for years, but did not stop supplying it to suspicious distributors or report incidents to law enforcement.
Stealing Hope, The Post and Courier
The adoption industry has become increasingly expensive, and this investigation found that scammers are thriving in it. But these thieves typically aren't stealing money, instead they are duping women into believing there are babies that they will be able to adopt when there are not. They are, effectively, stealing hope. Experts believe that there are at least a dozen of these emotional scammers across the country — and they rarely face consequences.
Surviving the Long Haul, Mary Review
“I felt like I had been prostituted through the states & nobody would help me.” Women truckers face harassment, rape https://t.co/RfOBxR6pP8— Merrisa Brown (@merrisa_brown) July 11, 2016