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The ‘Costco Warehouse of Narcotics’, Predictive Policing and More (MuckReads Weekly)

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How Riverside County became America's drug pipeline (The Desert Sun/USA Today)

Riverside County, California, is home to both the largest narcotics hub and the biggest wiretapping operation in the nation. A joint investigation by The Desert Sun and USA Today explores how Riverside became like the 'Costco warehouse of narcotics dealers' and why the wiretapping program may not be legal.

Minority Report Is Real -- And It's Really Reporting Minorities (Mic)

Dozens of police precincts across the country are using predictive policies technology and 'pre-crime' maps to help fight crime. These maps help pinpoint the areas where crime is most likely to occur. The problem, experts say, is when predictive data and mapping tools rely on biased or incomplete data. In a three-part series, Mic takes a look at predictive policing using algorithms and social media as well as why there's very little we can do about it.

Hillary Clinton's Mixed Record on Wall Street Belies Her Tough 'Cut it Out' Talk (ProPublica)

"I went to Wall Street in December of 2007 — before the big crash that we had. ... I basically said, 'Cut it out! Quit foreclosing on homes! Quit engaging in these kinds of speculative behaviors.'" Jeff Gerth examined Clinton's remarks to Nasdaq from around the same time and found that they present a more mixed picture of her relationship with the banking industry.

At Fort Hood, juvenile crimes that go unprosecuted (Austin American-Statesman)

When a Texas woman found her 13-year-old stepson molesting her younger child, she reported the incident to authorities and planned to press charges against the teenager. But there was a problem: she lived on Fort Hood Army Base, under federal jurisdiction. This piece explores the complicated jurisdictional arrangements between law enforcement and military authorities prevent juveniles who sexually assault other children on U.S. Army installations from being prosecuted.

Found too late: Cancer preys on rural Americans (USA Today)

Obamacare brought health insurance to millions of Americans; however, it didn't change the fact that for many rural Americans, access to care is hard to come by. Many poor, minority, and rural residents do not have the requisite access to care to receive life-saving cancer screens. A USA Today analysis of state-by-state data found that cancer death closely tracks poverty rates. "I don't think the ACA is a panacea to make everything equal," said Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society.

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