April 22nd, 2014

A majority of the 18 million acres of lakes and more than 940,000 miles of rivers assessed in a recent report by the EPA did not meet designated-use standards for simple activities such as fishing, swimming or drinking.

See how many of these “impaired waters” are in your state and learn more from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

April 22nd, 2014

On Earth Day: Learn how America’s Superfund cleanup is creating its own legacy of environmental problems in our Toxic Trail investigation with Guardian US.

April 18th, 2014

How does a building collapse in Bangladesh relate to the lives of Americans? 

This moving New York Times Op-Doc explains. 

April 17th, 2014
We know that’s what happens when you isolate people,” he said. “The effect could really be psychosis and really damaging somebody. And we do know that that person, at some point — whether it is the next day or year — will return back to our community and be living with us, and we should care about that person.

Fernando Giraldo, Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall’s chief probation officer, who says reducing the use of solitary confinement is a constant struggle to balance safety and security with the well-being of young inmates.

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April 17th, 2014

We now have what is – as far as we know – the most complete and detailed map of the border fence system that is publicly available. This allows us to show great details not visible in zoomed-out views of the fence. 

How we did it.

April 16th, 2014


Day 14 of ‪#‎30for30BNV‬: “My school has more ___ than ____”

Today’s prompt is inspired by a report by The Center for Investigative Reporting on UCLA officials adding luxury and comfort to their travels as the UC system underwent one of its worst funding crises ever. Check out the full infographic here (http://bit.ly/Q6Quul) and read the full report here (http://bit.ly/P0vzrE).

Upload your photo/video response using the hashtag above and join the conversation!

Happy National Poetry Writing Month! Here’s more from the Off/Page Project’s #30for30BNV campaign

Reblogged from Off/Page
April 16th, 2014


Nato to step up presence near Russian borders

Nato has announced it is stepping up its presence around Russian borders to reassure eastern European member states, in an effort also aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow before international talks on the Ukrainian crisis on Thursday in Geneva.

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:

We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land. 

Full story | Click here to follow the latest developments

Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Reblogged from The Guardian
April 14th, 2014

Police in Los Angeles tested wide-area surveillance technology on the streets of Compton.

It’s described as “Google Earth with a rewind button and the ability to play back the movement of cars and people.” 

Curious: Does surveillance technology like this make you feel safer? Creeped out?

Gif via Gizmodo

April 13th, 2014

Police in Los Angeles County recently piloted a new technology known as wide-area surveillance to monitor Compton’s streets from the air. Imagine Google Earth with a rewind button for law enforcement.

So why have local residents heard little about this experiment until now?

Our new special with KQED gives you a first-hand look at emerging surveillance technologies that are being used to fight crime – and the privacy concerns they raise.

Read the full story and watch the segment here.

April 10th, 2014

Privacy concerns surround new local surveillance tech

For many, rapid changes in law enforcement technology – and the huge amount of data now collected and stored by local police, private companies and governments – raise troubling questions. 

Reporter Ali Winston looks at emerging tools for local surveillance and the privacy concerns they raise on KQED.

(Photo: Officer Rob Halverson of the Chula Vista police verifies the identity of a woman just arrested for possession of narcotics with facial recognition software.)

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