By Margaux Stack-Babich and Bill Dedman
Today's reading from the world of investigative reporting.
Story of the day: The Atlantic has posted the final piece in a four-part series by Tony Mitchell, an Australian English instructor who recorded his account of working and living in Bahrain as the growing dissent, protests and eventually brutal crackdown took shape and changed the country. This series, "Witness to an Uprising", chronicles his struggle to stay neutral under an increasingly violent authoritarian regime, and how his actions to document the chaos led to his dismissal, eviction, and eventual flight from the country.
Notes: Links open in a new window. More reading: previous daily collections.
- Bloomberg: Hospice turns months-to-live patient into years of abusing drugs
- The Journal-Sentinel: Drug research routinely suppressed, study authors find (links to the "Side Effects" series on conflict of interest between doctors and drug companies are included in the article).
- Center for Investigative Reporting, CaliforniaWatch: California state seismic regulators destroy key electronic records "that might have shed light on its lax enforcement of earthquake safety standards – despite a binding agreement it has with the State Archives to preserve public records"
- New England Center for Investigative Reporting: The latest segment from NECIR's investigation in Massachusetts' juvenile murderers found "no comprehensive, detailed state or county information in Massachusetts on juvenile murderers prosecuted as adults, despite a growing federal movement to track the information"
- The New York Times: After Teachers resist high-tech push in Idaho schools; the latest in the NYT's series "Grading the Digital School", on what happens as technology and education increasingly intersect.
- PBS NewsHour: Are Syrian spies keeping tabs on opposition activists in U.S.?
- ProPublica: Speeding up security: the TSA wants to screen before they scan, but just how much information are they demanding access to?
- The Texas Observer: Grand jury testimony in Jaime Zapata murder case "accidentally taped over" by court reporter
- Center for Responsive Politics: Tea Party House members even wealthier than other GOP lawmakers
- The Chicago Tribune: Doubts surface as police sharply increase Taser use: electroshock weapons fired more frequently by city, suburban cops
- Denver Post: Password case reframes Fifth Amendment rights in context of digital world
- Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Nigeria: Why Boko Haram terrorists bombed churches on Christmas. The latest in the series "Divided Under God: Nigeria's Sectarian Crisis"
- Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism: Attorney conduct at issue in Wisconsin Supreme Court justice dust-up
- National Institute on Money in State Politics: Institute data on individual and institution contributions to both ballot measures and candidates played a critical role in the recent Montana Supreme Court decision, that "ruled in favor of the state's century-old corporate spending ban"
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Margaux Stack-Babich writes about investigative reporting for msnbc.com. Bill Dedman is an investigative reporter for msnbc.com.