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    Breast Cancer, Money, and a Myth

    November 6th, 2015

    Nancy Stein illustrationPeter Byrne, writing for Point Reyes Light, has dug into the math and science that created the myth of a disturbing breast cancer cluster plaguing well-to-do women in Northern California. He reports on the myth, and the money that sustained it, in the first of a series.

    Part two: Demystifying the risk of breast cancer.

    Part three: The role of the media.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Illustration by: Nancy Stein

    Report Questions Mexican Government’s Role in Student Abductions

    November 6th, 2015

    Steve Fisher photoFrom Steven Fisher and Anabel Hernández for Mexico’s Spanish-language Proceso magazine, an investigation into the Mexican government’s role in the disappearance of 43 students after a clash on Sept. 26, 2014 in the streets of Iguala. According to the Huffington Post, the duo’s work for Proceso “contradicts claims by the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, which has repeatedly said the military was not in the streets of Iguala the night the students were abducted” and found “evidence that soldiers from the 27th battalion of the Mexican army may have fired at the students.”

    [Reporting sponsored by individual donors referred by The Catalogue for Philanthropy – Greater Washington.]

    Photo credit: Steve Fisher

    Delays in Blood Testing Put Children at Risk

    November 6th, 2015

    BabyJeremy Chapman for the Montana Center for Investigative Reporting:  Some healthcare facilities in Montana aren’t getting blood samples for newborns to the labs on time, putting children at risk because of delays in administering life-saving treatment. The center pushed reluctant officials at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to release newborn screening records.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Eric Sheler

    Troubled Kids, Powerful Drugs

    November 6th, 2015

    juvieRx-P1-illustration[6]Halle Stockton for PublicSource: Pennsylvania’s state-run youth correctional facilities prescribe psychotropic drugs at an alarming rate to juvenile offenders, but with little medical oversight by the state’s Department of Human Services. The state tried to keep secret a list of doctors who handle youth cases.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Illustration credit: Anita Dufalla for PublicSource.

    EPA Phase Out Can’t Come Quickly Enough for ‘DDT’s Cousin’

    November 6th, 2015

    endo_women_nursery[2]Viji Sundaram for New America Media: The use of the pesticide endosulfan, dubbed “DDT’s cousin,” has diminished around the world. In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began a six-year phase out of the chemical.  But in the United States, it is still legal to use the chemical at farms growing strawberries, pineapples, broccoli and other crops. Meanwhile, some agricultural workers are getting sick.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Farmworker Association of Florida.

    Black Market Rises for Moldovan Forest Leases

    November 6th, 2015

    Padure-Nimoreni-4-ha-mesteceniOlga Ceaglei for Rise Moldova: Huge swaths of forestland are being leased to companies by the Moldsilva, the agency that manages Moldova’s forests. However, those leases are, in turn, being subleased for much more on the black market.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo Credit: Iurie Sanduta

    For-Profit Accused of Masquerading as Charitable Thrift Store

    November 6th, 2015

    project_thrift_12[4]Francesca Lyman for InvestigateWest: Savers, Inc., does more than $1.2 billion in business annually, turning it into the biggest player in the growing for-profit thrift store industry. But Savers’ claims about doing good for charities appear to be vastly overblown.  Sometimes Savers’ charity partners have received less than 5 percent of sales revenue on goods donated on their behalf; overall, only between 8 percent and 17 percent of the company’s revenues end up with charities.

    [Reporting sponsored by the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation and The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Paul Joseph Brown for InvestigateWest

    Examining the Plight of the “Zama Zamas” in South Africa

    November 6th, 2015

    gold-mine-landscape-3From Mark Olalde for The Star, a four-part series that introduce us to illegal miners, or zama zamas as they are called in South Africa, who live and work mostly in the shadows and outskirts of a lucrative industry. When one gold mine was abandoned, so were hundreds of miners and toxic dumps. Improperly closed mines pose problems. In his closing piece, Olalde answers key questions about how South Africa’s “El Dorado” became an “underground Wild West.”

    [Reporting sponsored by The Nara Fund.]

    Photo credit: Mark Olalde

    Yellow Card: The Color of Corruption

    November 6th, 2015

    Yellow CardFrom Kolawole Talabi for SciDev.Net: Corruption in Nigeria is potentially threatening public health on a global scale because of forgeries of yellow fever vaccination cards needed to travel. A lack of coordination and transparency in handing out the cards contribute to the problems, and experts say more needs to be done to combat forgeries.

    [Reporting sponsored by individual donors referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy-Greater Washington.]

    Photo credit: Kolawole Talabi

    In Armenia, Reforms Sought in Mandatory Mental Health Confinements

    November 6th, 2015

    ArmeniaMentalHealthMarianna Grigoryan for MediaLab: The story of four women at different stages of their lives, all under mandatory treatment in a psychiatric hospital in Armenia. Despite various reforms and declarations about the importance of human rights, the mental hospitals and similar facilities in Armenia still remain extremely closed institutions, where abuses sometimes occur and reforms are needed.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Emma Grigoryan