Today's reading from the world of investigative reporting:
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- Sun Foundation: New searchable data on earmarks is added to the database of lobbying, grants, contracts and campaign contributions.
- Technolog on msnbc.com: Attack on WikiLeaks gathers strength
- Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., studies what happens to the savings of elderly incapacitated people
- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility: New Jersey throws a cloak over environmental documents
- Texas Observer: Texas could foot bill for radioactive waste dump
- McClatchy Newspapers: Pentagon sends reporters into a closet to read Don't Ask Don't Tell report
- In Vanity Fair, Mark Bowden tells a fascinating tale of the hunt for a rapist. It reveals a lot about cold cases, DNA databases, the omnipresence of security cameras, and the doggedness of a single investigator. Also watch the video.
- Center for Public Integrity: Big polluters freed from environmental oversight by stimulus
- KHOU-Houston: Bars are let off the hook for serving drunks who kill
- In Boston, an investigation of state pension shenanigans by public officials ends in a suicide of a sheriff. Here's the original report, a report on the suicide, an obituary and timeline. It's notable how gentle the original article was, focusing on the sheriff's decision not to take the money to which he was legally entitled, through a loophole in the law.
- The Wall Street Journal has created an online database of loans made by the Federal Reserve to stabilize the financial system.
- Rocky Mountain News Investigative News Network: What we learned from our e-waste project
- Pro Publica: Documents reveal one bank's plan to squeeze customers for more overdrafts
- This New York Times piece on Sunday was a great read, describing the ways that a shoddy online company takes advantage of Google's ranking system, in which even bad publicity is good for business.
- Red Tape Chronicles on msnbc.com: Courts say using another Social Security Number isn't a crime
- The Oklahoman: Romance, contract link Oklahoma state senator with lobbyist
- The Oklahoman: Washington machine death of infant was preceded by warnings to state agency
- MinnPost.com: Kardashians call it quits on prepaid card with high fees
- WCVB TV, Boston: Massachusetts education chief gets free travel around the world
- U.S. Senate: How did your senator vote on the earmarks ban?
- Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: several reports on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean
- Legal Leaks: Toolkit for journalists and members of the public requesting public records in various countries
- Pro Publica: Ex-admissions officer at for-profit college testifies about school's tactics
- Washington Examiner: The Great 2010 Cashout: Where are the departing senators headed?
- California Watch: Surgery centers operate without oversight
- The background on WikiLeaks: Wired's Threat Level blog has been covering the story well for months. Its archive of WikiLeaks postings provides a good primer.
- Texas Watchdog: Open records show how attendance tallies for boxing, other events can be juiced
- Center for Public Integrity: Chamber seeks cash from insurers, financial firms for new effort
- Center for Public Integrity: Congress ponders ethanol tax credit as production of plant waste ethanol lags
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