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Nearly 60 years after, the city of Long Beach purchased the historic RMS Queen Mary at auction, and the ship is in disarray. The city and a string of operators have sunk millions of dollars into the aging vessel, and it still has a host of structural problems that render it unsafe to the public.A team at the Long Beach ...

FIJ Grantee, Noy Thrupkaew, investigated the stories of dozens of diplomatic domestic workers in the U.S. for an upcoming feature in The Washington Post Magazine.Noy learned diplomatic domestic workers have been victims of all sorts of abuse, including labor trafficking while working for diplomats in the U.S. While lawyers, domestic worker organizers, and advocates have won civil suits, settlements, and immigration ...

The number of workers who have died of heat illness in Texas has nearly doubled in the last decade. But the state has not implemented comprehensive protections for workers toiling in high temperatures.FIJ Grantees, a team at Columbia Journalism Investigations, investigated two companies, Hellas Construction and Republic Services, who violated safety agreements with the U.S. Department of Labor after workers ...

“Criminal Behavior” began as an investigation into security camera footage that seemed to show a guard at the City Justice Center in St. Louis abetting the beating of a mentally ill detainee by two other inmates. However, public records requests, reviews of lawsuits, as well as extensive interviews with the victim’s family and with former CJC corrections officers revealed that ...

Charleston, South Carolina is more than 3,000 miles away from Greenland, but what’s happening in that icy wonderland will largely determine the old, low-lying city’s fate. Greenland’s rapidly melting ice is sending torrents into important ocean currents. In fact, so much is melting that it’s affecting the gravitational force that pull the ocean away from South Caroline’s coast. Two Post ...

The Utah Investigative Journalism Project took a deep dive into prosecutions against demonstrators originating from the summer of protests in 2020. First, they explored allegations of double standards. They found the Salt Lake District Attorney had dropped charges against a militia member who pepper-sprayed a Black Lives Matter protester in the face. After they asked to see the investigative file and why ...

At least 384 workers have died from environmental heat exposure in the U.S. in the last decade, according to an investigation by journalists at NPR and Columbia Journalism Investigations. Among the findings from their analysis of hundreds of pages of documents is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), whose primary responsibility is to protect workers from hazards, has ...

Shortly after taking command of the Chicago Police Department in April 2020, Superintendent David Brown moved to curtail overtime spending by issuing an order requiring supervisors who are ranked deputy chief or higher to approve all overtime requests. More than a year later, as grantees at South Side Weekly uncovered, it’s unclear whether that order had any effect.Records obtained by the Weekly appear to ...

Amid the worst pandemic in a century, Mississippi is leading the nation in increased diabetes deaths per capita, according to a just-released study, putting massive strain on the state’s frontline workers and hospitals. Jerry Mitchell’s report for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Journalism, also published in the Jackson Clarion Ledger, describes how the state’s largest hospital has been forced to ...

There are 1,300 areas of land across the country that are hazardous because they’ve been contaminated with toxins and other waste, and they are designated as high-priority cleanup sites by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. One of these so-called Superfund sites is 30 acres of desolate land in the heart of Uniontown, Ohio, that no one can use because a ...