From the San Francisco Public Press: a series on the difficulty fulfilling a 10-year-old promise of finding homes for the city’s neediest residents, and why the jail has become the city’s psychiatric institution of last resort. Photo credit: Anna Vignet ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $69,000 in grants to support journalists working on 17 projects in the United States and around the world. The journalists are investigating abuse of power by public officials and powerful private institutions. Since 1969, FIJ has supported independent investigative reporters with grants that cover the cost of reporting, such as travel, document fees, ...

From Jason Berry, for GlobalPost, a story about the limits to Pope Francis’ power to make good on his pledge of “zero tolerance” towards clergy who abuse children. In a follow-up piece, Berry explores the issues surrounding demands for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. ...

Project Word has released a groundbreaking survey of investigative freelance reporters, called “Untold Stories.” Major finding: freelancers say they are forced to drop many investigative stories each year for lack of financial resources. Interested in the feedback the survey would produce, The Fund for Investigative Journalism helped out by notifying its grantees of the opportunity to participate. ...

From Kiera Butler for Mother Jones, the story of high quality – but expensive – seeds planted in Africa by 4-H club members, funded by the USDA and corporate sponsor DuPont. Will African farmers get hooked on DuPont’s “Pioneer” seed? If so, who will pay? Read more. Photo credit: Peter DiCampo ...

From David J. Krajicek for The Crime Report, a groundbreaking investigation of the many thousands of wrongful convictions for crimes such as robbery – cases that have been overlooked because advocates focus on suspects who face the death penalty or life in prison. One woman spent seven years in prison for an Arizona bank robbery — until the real robber was found. “If it can happen ...

From Ezra Fieser for 18 Degrees North: A report on suspects who are shot and killed by police in the Dominican Republic. Human rights researchers say 15 percent of all homicides there are committed by law enforcement officers. Watch the report here. ...

From Adu Koranteng for New Crusading Guide Newspaper and Modern Ghana News: It’s banned, but practiced by fishermen in Ghana who are desperate to make a living. They kill fish with poisons such as DDT; the fish are later sold in markets. One local man told Koranteng: “We have seen them do it in the night but you cannot go ...

From Kenneth Englade, the account of the failure of military to exact justice in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians – including six children – at the hands of a U. S. Marine squad. Read more. ...

From Ana Radelet for The Connecticut Mirror: For eight years – until the law changed under Obamacare – state regulators in Connecticut never rejected Aetna’s requests to raise health insurance rates. Read more. ...