Despite calls for conservation during one of California’s worst droughts, more than 255,000 homes and businesses in the state haven’t installed water meters, the most basic tool of water management.
True Detective meets investigative journalism
Watching the finale of HBO’s True Detective tonight? Woody Harrelson’s character Martin Hart got a taste of the document-digging that often accompanies investigative journalism in episode seven, where Hart encountered a room full of files to search through at a local police station (shown at the top of the photo here).
To demonstrate the parallels, we paired that shot with CIR’s real-life investigative reporter Corey Johnson hauling out box after box of files for our 2011 On Shaky Ground investigation. Here’s a look at how our reporters built a seismic safety database from all that info.
San Francisco targets dangerous intersections
More than 100 pedestrians in San Francisco are severely injured or killed citywide each year. A new street safety initiative seeks to curb those numbers by focusing on the city’s most dangerous intersections.
There are about 45,000 Americans “missing in action” from World War II, Korea and Vietnam who are considered recoverable. The Pentagon spends about $100 million a year to locate them.
Great Moments in FOIA: Here’s the pile our reporter Matt Drange got back from *one* public records request he made to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has about 100 satellite offices across the country.
With no centralized document database, the agency has to fulfill individual parts of a request separately, from each office.
Trying to do things with less officers, we needed some kind of edge to work smarter and more efficiently. In a three month period, we scanned 10 and half million license plates.
Maj. Scott Bratcher, who oversees the Dallas Police Department’s license-plate scanner program, explains to WFAA the amount of data DPD has collected through the 14 vehicles equipped with the cameras and the 14 fixed readers throughout the city.
As WFAA’s Tanya Eiserer reports, the department keeps the scanned license plate data for 90 days. That’s fairly strict compared to other agencies in the state, which currently keep the information for up to three years. Read the full story.
Last year, we took a look at how law enforcement agencies around the Bay Area have deployed license-plate readers.
What’s it like inside solitary confinement cells on NYC’s Rikers Island?
Our reporters made several requests to visit the solitary units at Rikers, but officials refused. Then they found Lorenzo Steele Jr., a former correction officer who worked in Rikers’ adolescent unit for 12 years.
And read our new investigation for the full story.
(Photo by Lorenzo Steele Jr.)