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The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989. Today, we are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. We are also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

Mission: One of America's oldest Pulitzer-prize winning nonprofit newsrooms. We produce investigative journalism that exposes bullies, charlatans and those in power who betray the public trust.

After House Democrats announced a plan to ensure drugs and vaccines for #COVID19 are affordable and accessible, a coalit...
06/05/2020
Big Pharma Attacks Efforts to Guard Against Coronavirus Price Gouging

After House Democrats announced a plan to ensure drugs and vaccines for #COVID19 are affordable and accessible, a coalition of conservative groups began working to undermine that effort. (via The Intercept)

A coalition of conservative groups, many funded by the pharmaceutical industry, have attacked proposals aiming to ensure Covid-19 treatments are affordable.

The former president of the United Auto Workers Union pleaded guilty to embezzling union funds. He's now the highest-ran...
06/04/2020
Former U.A.W. President Gary Jones Pleads Guilty

The former president of the United Auto Workers Union pleaded guilty to embezzling union funds. He's now the highest-ranking union official to admit wrongdoing in the federal investigation. (via The New York Times)

Mr. Jones, who was accused of embezzling $1 million, will cooperate with federal prosecutors who have been investigating corruption at the autoworkers union.

The San Diego VA referred veterans to an expert in ketamine use over its promise in derailing suicidal thoughts. But aft...
06/04/2020
Trump's praise put drug for vets on fast track, but experts aren’t sure it works – Center for Public Integrity

The San Diego VA referred veterans to an expert in ketamine use over its promise in derailing suicidal thoughts. But after Trump’s hype of Spravato, the VA began pulling veterans from the expert to treat them with the controversial drug. (via inewsource) https://bit.ly/2XYN5Ta

Our investigation found that the pharmaceutical company behind Spravato was working with Trump associates from Mar-a-Lago and that Trump offered to help the VA negotiate purchases of the controversial drug from the manufacturer.

Stakes are high for pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson; did company’s relationship with president’s buddies, VA give drug a boost?

The police killing of George Floyd has prompted widespread protests and unrest. Racial inequality & police brutality are...
06/04/2020
Police whiter than those they serve – Center for Public Integrity

The police killing of George Floyd has prompted widespread protests and unrest. Racial inequality & police brutality are dominating the national discourse.

Our 2015 report on how police are usually whiter than the populations they serve.

The Center for Public Integrity is an investigative newsroom that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests.

Officials ignored Black communities despite early warnings that #COVID19 affects Black Americans disproportionately. Wea...
06/04/2020
How cities lost precious time to protect African American residents from coronavirus

Officials ignored Black communities despite early warnings that #COVID19 affects Black Americans disproportionately. Wealthier, whiter areas received testing first. (via Washington Post)

The slow release of statistics on the virus’s effect based on race was an early flare that the response to the disease would follow familiar racial lines.

The social upheaval of the 1960s has met the political polarization and institutional dysfunction of the present. And th...
06/04/2020
America at the breaking point

The social upheaval of the 1960s has met the political polarization and institutional dysfunction of the present. And that has led America to a breaking point. (via Vox)

The social upheaval of the 1960s meets the political polarization and institutional dysfunction of the present.

Black Americans are disadvantaged from the beginning: Neonatal care, schools are worse. And, as we reported in 2017, con...
06/04/2020
We shouldn’t be surprised by black rage over injustice

Black Americans are disadvantaged from the beginning: Neonatal care, schools are worse. And, as we reported in 2017, contaminated water—and accompanying health problems—is more likely to be found in low-income, minority communities. (via MarketWatch)

Black Americans get the shaft from the very beginning and it doesn’t let up.

In 2015, we compared the demographics of the most populous 50 cities against the ethnic makeup of that city’s police for...
06/04/2020
Police whiter than those they serve – Center for Public Integrity

In 2015, we compared the demographics of the most populous 50 cities against the ethnic makeup of that city’s police force. What we found: the police were whiter than those they serve.

The Center for Public Integrity is an investigative newsroom that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests.

After Sonja Jackson woke up from a horrifying nightmare about violence against Black people, she picked up her phone and...
06/04/2020
‘Nice Young Man. Don’t Harm.’ A black mother’s plea for her son on Nextdoor

After Sonja Jackson woke up from a horrifying nightmare about violence against Black people, she picked up her phone and wrote a post on Nextdoor.com. She entitled it, “Nice Young Man. Don’t Harm.” (via MLK50)

Haunted by videos of a cop killing George Floyd and vigilantes slaying Ahmaud Arbery, Sonja Jackson asks neighbors to look out for her son

Months after Congress approved $175 billion in emergency aid to health providers, the Trump administration *still* hasn'...
06/03/2020
The Trump administration has yet to pay out billions in emergency health aid

Months after Congress approved $175 billion in emergency aid to health providers, the Trump administration *still* hasn't paid out the majority of the funds. (via POLITICO)

Months after passage, HHS has yet to allot nearly $100 billion in federal assistance to hard-hit hospitals, health clinics.

Before #COVID19, African-Americans’ economic circumstances had improved. Then, the economy crashed & George Floyd's deat...
06/03/2020
For African-Americans, a Painful Economic Reversal of Fortune

Before #COVID19, African-Americans’ economic circumstances had improved. Then, the economy crashed & George Floyd's death touched off a wave of protests. The events highlighted the inequities that still weigh on this group. (via The Wall Street Journal)

The fallout from the pandemic and protests highlights the income and wealth gaps that leave black Americans vulnerable.

SCOTUS has ruled that immigrants at risk of being tortured if returned to their home countries can challenge deportation...
06/02/2020
Supreme Court rules immigrants who fear torture can appeal deportations in court

SCOTUS has ruled that immigrants at risk of being tortured if returned to their home countries can challenge deportations in court. (via The Hill)

Immigrants who are at risk of being tortured if they're returned to their home countries can challenge deportations in federal appeals court, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

A trending Twitter hashtag approached a million mentions by Monday afternoon, but experts say it was the work of a "well...
06/02/2020
'None Of This Is True': Protests Become Fertile Ground for Online Disinformation

A trending Twitter hashtag approached a million mentions by Monday afternoon, but experts say it was the work of a "well-funded," organized and successful disinformation campaign. (via NPR)

A "well-funded" and elaborate social media disinformation campaign played out online Sunday night, showing how polarization creates situations where lies go viral.

Residents of homes for seniors are most at risk of #COVID19. And minorities aren't far behind, especially when they live...
06/02/2020
Thomas D. Elias: Money, race linked to senior home virus problems

Residents of homes for seniors are most at risk of #COVID19. And minorities aren't far behind, especially when they live in nursing homes. We reported that nursing homes serving minorities offer less care than those serving white people (via Napa Valley Register)

Minority seniors need stronger protections, columnist Tom Elias says.

Journalists have been injured and arrested covering the protests over the death of George Floyd. Reporters on the ground...
06/02/2020
Minneapolis Police Injure, Arrest Journalists Covering Protests

Journalists have been injured and arrested covering the protests over the death of George Floyd. Reporters on the ground in Minneapolis expressed dismay at how law enforcement officials seemed to be targeting members of the media. (via Slate.com)

One journalist lost sight in one eye, another was pepper sprayed while he was held down, and several were struck with rubber bullets and tear gas.

At least a dozen journalists were injured in cities across America this weekend while covering protests over the death o...
06/01/2020
‘The norms have broken down’: Shock as journalists are arrested, injured by police while trying to cover the story

At least a dozen journalists were injured in cities across America this weekend while covering protests over the death of George Floyd. Not since the 1960s, has the press been embroiled in so much violence on American shores. (via Washington Post)

Even when displaying a press badge, some were hit with pepper spray or rubber bullets. “I have never been fired at by police,” said one startled war correspondent, “until tonight.”

Months ago, Bill de Blasio was running for president. Now, he’s in the spotlight for his response to protests over Georg...
06/01/2020
9 things to know about Bill de Blasio – Center for Public Integrity

Months ago, Bill de Blasio was running for president. Now, he’s in the spotlight for his response to protests over George Floyd's death. Even though he decried big money in politics, we reported that he got support from a huge name in political spending.

Mayor of nation’s largest city enters ultra-crowded Democratic presidential field

As protests across the USA raged over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, police forces aimed to disperse ...
06/01/2020
Journalists blinded, injured, arrested covering George Floyd protests nationwide

As protests across the USA raged over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, police forces aimed to disperse demonstrators. In some incidents, members of the news media appeared to be targeted, by police and protesters alike. (via USA TODAY)

Journalists covering the George Floyd protests across the country reported being detained and hit by rubber bullets and tear gas.

June marks the start of #PrideMonth. And we’re looking back at our story on how SCOTUS could guarantee federal legal pro...
06/01/2020
Trying to report LGBTQ discrimination at work? Good luck – Center for Public Integrity

June marks the start of #PrideMonth. And we’re looking back at our story on how SCOTUS could guarantee federal legal protections to LGBTQ workers— or it could uphold the status quo.

We also reported that violent crimes and hate incidents against LGBTQ Americans are consistently not reported and prosecuted because of distrust between the community and police: https://bit.ly/2MirShg

The Supreme Court could rule to fix that — or not.

Reporters and editors have been calling out Trump’s rhetoric, all the while using coded language of another kind. Mother...
06/01/2020
Stop calling George Floyd protests riots. They're rooted in rebellion.

Reporters and editors have been calling out Trump’s rhetoric, all the while using coded language of another kind. Mother Jones asks: What triggers the word “riot”? The nature and impact of the violence or the people behind it?

The word should be used situationally, but history’s situations tell a different story.

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CDC FACTS PLEASE SHARE THESE FACTS TO HELP SAVE LIVES FROM NEEDLES SUFFERING FROM PREVENTABLE CRITICAL BUILDING & WATER CONTAMINATION... CDC HEALTH THREATS INSIDE BUILDINGS & WATER SUPPLIES AFTER COVID 19.... "Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation Ensure the safety of your occupants and building water system and devices Updated May 7, 2020 Summary of Changes Added guidance for mold awareness, monitoring, and remediation during and after prolonged building shutdowns Updated Legionella guidance for people with weakened immune systems and the use of respiratory protection when flushing water systems Updated title to reflect content The temporary shutdown or reduced operation of a building and reductions in normal water use can create hazards for returning occupants. Two potential microbial hazards that should be considered prior to reopening after a period of building inactivity are mold and Legionella (the cause of Legionnaires’ disease). For mold, a “prolonged period” may be days, weeks, or months depending upon building-specific factors, season, and weather variables.1 For Legionella, a “prolonged period” may be weeks or months depending on plumbing-specific factors, disinfectant residuals, water heater temperature set points, water usage patterns, and preexisting Legionella colonization.2 Note that additional hazards, outside of those discussed in this document, may exist for returning occupants. These can include other microbial hazards, such as non-tuberculous mycobacteria, changes in water chemistry that lead to corrosion, leaching of metals (such as lead) into stagnant water, disinfection by-products, and sewer gases that enter buildings through dry sanitary sewer drain traps. Mold Mold will grow on building materials where there is moisture, produced from leaks or condensation from roofs, windows, or pipes, or from a flood. Mold can grow on a variety of surfaces, such as ceiling tiles, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, and fabric. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions and those with mold allergy or weakened immune systems should avoid buildings suspected or confirmed to have mold contamination. Ensure that your building does not have mold after a prolonged shutdown to maintain a safe working environment for returning occupants. 5 steps to minimize mold risk during and after a prolonged shutdown Maintain indoor humidity as low as possible, not exceeding 50%, as measured with a humidity meter. Building managers may consider continuous monitoring of indoor humidity using a digital hygrometer, ideally more than once daily, to minimize the need to access the building. After a prolonged shutdown and before occupants return, buildings should be assessed for mold and excess moisture. Building inspections by trained industrial hygienists can recognize dampness or mold by sight or odor, without the need for sampling and laboratory analysis. NIOSH offers tools and instructions to assess dampness and mold in schools and general buildings. These tools can be used by building maintenance staff as well as industrial hygienists. If dampness or mold is detected, address the source of water entry first. Clean-up and remediation should then be conducted before the building is reoccupied. Plan the remediation before beginning work. Resources for remediation of buildings and homes with mold are provided by NIOSH, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygienepdf iconexternal icon, the Environmental Protection Agencyexternal icon (EPA), and CDC . After an assessment has confirmed that mold and moisture are not detected (Step 2a), OR after remediation has been completed (Step 2b), a building HVAC system that has not been active during a prolonged shutdown should be operated for at least 48 to 72 hours (known as a “flush out” period) before occupants return. During this period, open outdoor air dampers to the maximum setting that still allows desired indoor air temperatures. If an odor is detected that suggests mold growth (such as a musty smell) after the “flush out” period, look for mold that may not have been identified earlier. If mold is found, conduct remediation as described in Step 2b. Continue the “flush out” process until no odors are apparent. The condition of HVAC filters used during the “flush out” period should be carefully assessed prior to building occupancy and replaced with new or clean filters as necessary. After a building is reopened and occupied, routine (e.g., weekly) checks of the HVAC system are recommended to ensure operating efficiency. During HVAC checks, inspect and replace filters as indicated or needed. The frequency of HVAC system checks can be gradually reduced (e.g., monthly, quarterly), depending on the operational and maintenance specifications for the HVAC system. Maintain indoor temperature and relative humidity within ranges recommended in ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancyexternal icon. If no routine HVAC operation and maintenance program is in place for the building, one should be developed and implemented. At a minimum, consider including the following: Inspection and maintenance of HVAC components Calibration of HVAC system controls HVAC testing and balancing Content adapted from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [NIOSH] Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning [HVAC] Cleaning and Remediation guidance. Additional information and CDC guidance on controlling dampness issues that result in indoor mold growth, as well as on renovation and remediation if indoor mold has become an issue is available from NIOSH. Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease Stagnant or standing water in a plumbing system can increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria. When water is stagnant, hot water temperatures can decrease to the Legionella growth range (77–108°F, 25–42°C). Stagnant water can also lead to low or undetectable levels of disinfectant, such as chlorine. Ensure that your water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water. People at increased risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease, such as those with weakened immune systems, should consult with a medical provider regarding participation in flushing, cooling tower cleaning, or other activities that may generate aerosols. Wearing a half-face air-purifying respirator equipped with an N95 filter, or an N95 filtering facepiece, may be appropriate in enclosed spaces where aerosol generation is likely. Respirators must be used in accordance with a comprehensive respiratory protection program, which includes fit testing, training, and medical clearance ahead of their use (see OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.134external icon and OSHA Legionellosis websiteexternal icon). For more information about N95 respirators, visit the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) website."...
What can be done about Trump? It just came to me recently that Trump is a scam artist who owes a lot of people money and so the solution to undo him is to seek to make him pay all his debts. Who does he owe money to? www.facebook.com/notes/paul-gregor/it-is-time-for-people-to-own-trump-due-to-his-failure-to-do-what-is-necessary-to/2305280163109139/
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I am applauded by the add you have put on TV about China. And our supplies... propaganda!!!! While we did send supplies there when they had their break out, they returned the favor... you know it... lies and propaganda!
stop believing the media they are all not telling the public the truth!!!!
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Is C4PI working on any follow-up to its big report with USAToday and the Arizona Repblic last September on ALEC and the influence of its model bills? (I am particularly interested in any information about smart-ALEC bills moving in Michigan, where I live.)
At the center of public integrity is a directive to maintain integrity. Integrity is not maintained without quality assurance. Do you know how to establish quality assurance? If not, then you are not at the center of public integrity.
No body should have to pay any fees to any industry for education for kids in America when we are in a global crisis. We're all connected, so-to-speak but are forced into condition to help protect & save our health & well-being. Why would any kids be required to have a cable connection for school? AmeriCAN priority KIDS COME FIRST ALWAYS! FREE ALL ACCESS TV is our AmeriCAN can do now ED tool. When we can broadcast from every living room around where is the education tools for families to be found? Our best opportunity to keep kids involved & out of harms way. HELP ALL KIDS KNOW THEY ALL MATTER & CAN LEARN TOGETHER NOW. PARENTS WILL FEEL BETTER TOO. WITH EVERY KIDS ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO LEARN IT WILL ALSO HELP US TO FEEL CONNECTED TOGETHER. 1; 4 ALL = HUMANKIND AmeriCANs + AfriCANs + MexiCANs + Puerto RiCANs + Loving; Living; Learning & Leading SolUtions with EvolUtion & ResolUtions
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You have reported on the abuse in Oakland County Michigan courts, and I have been fighting 2 fraudulent cases. The court illegally terminated parental rights after 15 months for a parent with 27 years of parent without incident, and 16 years as a professor/educator without incident. My daughter had no idea why she could not be in my care and I was never given a legal reason or told what they imagined the deficits of parenting were, despite asking for this in writing numerous times. Have reported attorney, William Spern, mentioned by journalists for his corruption in Oakland County. He mounted no defense at all, called no witnesses on my behalf including my daughter's therapist, her teachers, social worker, or my business colleagues. Compete lack of due process, after allowing inadmissible evidence and committing spoilation of evidence by failing to submit documentary material medical evidence that directly refutes false allegations of petition. The crux of this case rests on fraudulent claims of some serious mental illness/cognition problem that I do not have, per my medical records which he would not submit to court. Oakland County Court's have a history of abuse and corruption. I have made formal complaints to the Justice Department, the ACLU and the ADA as the child has disabilities, and the Attorney General. I have grave concern over these matters: civil rights violations for parent and child, lack of due process, lack of defense mounted, legal malpractice by court appointed attorney, spoilation of material evidence, violations of disability rights for the child, attempts to illegally terminate parental rights, violations of MDHHS laws for the process of family preservation, damage physically and mentally per medical records of child involved, insufficient legal representation for parent, harassment, perjury, intimidation, prejudicial treatment, judicial abuse, and defamation of character, per se, with intent to harm, of the parent, and attempt at using fraudulent health diagnoses for illegal termination of parental rights, unnecessarily assigning a GAL and attempts to gain guardianship of professional, working parent with a PhD who does not reside in Oakland County or Michigan, with an official medical diagnosis of ADHD and nothing else, from a doctor, per medical records. There is a fraudulent probate case now in which Mr. Spern is trying to gain guardianship of me and my assets, a home on the market for $275k, despite my living out of Oakland County and out of State. He sent this coercive email, as court appointed attorney to coerce me into not filing an appeal in a fraudulent case that afforded no due process and terminated parental rights with no legal grounds. Michelle LaVigne, PhD ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: WIlliam Spern Date: Wed, Feb 12, 2020, 7:04 AM Subject: Re: proof To: Dr. LaVigne