What Media Never Reported About McDonald’s Spilled Coffee Lawsuit

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Taking the Lid Off the McDonald’s Coffee Case by RETROREPORT In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out, there’s more to […]

ALEC vs. Kids: How Corporate Backed Legislation is Changing Schools

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New Report Shows ALEC’s Effects On Florida Education Policy By Ashley Lopez for Florida Center for Investigative Reporting A new report from a statewide progressive group details the influence that the corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has had […]

Part of ICIJ Investigation Series “Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze”

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Secret Files Expose Offshore’s Global Impact by Gerard Ryle, Marina Walker Guevara, Michael Hudson, Nicky Hager, Duncan Campbell and Stefan Candea for ICIJ A cache of 2.5 million files has cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, exposing hidden dealings of […]

A New Group Profits by Preventing Foreclosure Debt Relief

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Texas firm targets Calif. homeowners with foreclosed 2nd mortgages by Rick Jurgens for California Watch Adding new uncertainty in the state’s ongoing mortgage crisis, a Texas company is aggressively pursuing hundreds of Californians to collect second-mortgage debt – on homes […]

Worker’s Safety Concern Freezes AT&T Cell Phone Tower Construction

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After a Tower Climber Falls, Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects by Ryan Knutson, PBS Frontline, and Liz Day for ProPublica & Frontline  This story was co-published with PBS Frontline. Following a worker’s non-fatal 100-foot fall from a Texas cell tower […]

How Billboards Created a War on Trees

"Mail Pouch" advertisement on side of the building of Thomas, West Virginia, USA. photo: Wikimedia Commons

Criminal Probe Spotlights Tree Poisoning to Make Way for Billboards by Myron Levin, Lilly Fowler and Stuart Silverstein for FairWarning  Robert J. Barnhart was a crew chief for a billboard company, and a soldier in a war on trees. Trees were the enemy […]

Michigan Emergency Law Permits Private Control Over Public Office

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Michigan’s budget crisis puts democracy on the chopping block Michigan’s emergency manager law grants sweeping powers to unelected officials. by Paul Abowd for iWatch News When the city of Pontiac, Mich., ordered the closing of its fire department […]

Apple Falls From the Tree: Doing the Numbers at Foxconn

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By the Numbers: Life and Death at Foxconn by Lois Beckett for ProPublica An investigative series by the New York Times and a performance piece by Mike Daisey featured on This American Life have put the spotlight on Foxconn, the Taiwanese company whose massive Chinese factories manufacture […]