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Audit: Blacks, Latinos Still Likely to Face Housing Bias in Whitest Parts of Westchester

Audit: Blacks, Latinos Still Likely to Face Housing Bias in Whitest Parts of Westchester
Under the audit designed by Westchester Residential Opportunities, first a black or Latino tester would inquire about an apartment or home. Then a white tester with slightly lower financial qualifications would ask about the same place. The audit found that black and Latino testers were discriminated against in 40 percent of the 90 tests conducted.
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Message from Mexico: US Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need to Drink

Message from Mexico: US Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need to Drink
In a parched world, Mexico City is sending a message: Deep, unknown potential sources of drinking water matter, and the U.S. pollutes them at its peril.
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At Some Schools, Achievement Lags Behind Opportunity

At Some Schools, Achievement Lags Behind Opportunity
While the analysis found a link between race and lack of access to advanced courses, poverty was the strongest factor in determining the proportion of students in a school who were enrolled in higher-level instruction and test-passing rates.
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How a Government Report Spread a Questionable Claim About Iran

How a Government Report Spread a Questionable Claim About Iran
Several media outlets reported in January on an alarming finding from a new U.S. government study: Iran’s intelligence ministry, as CNN put it, constitutes “a terror and assassination force 30,000 strong.” We inquired with six Iran experts, and none knew of any evidence for the figure. Some said it might be in the ballpark while others questioned its plausibility.
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In MN, Democratic Grandmas Gather Data About Neighbors’ Political Views

In MN, Democratic Grandmas Gather Data About Neighbors’ Political Views
Some of the states' few dozen data volunteers are so devoted that they log into the party database daily from their home computers. Deb Pitzrick, 61, of Eden Prairie, convinced a group of her friends to form the "Grandma Brigade." These women, in their 50s, 60s and 70s, no longer want to knock on doors for the Democrats. Instead, they support the party by gathering public information about other voters.
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Facing a Second Trial, Ernie Lopez Takes Plea Deal

Facing a Second Trial, Ernie Lopez Takes Plea Deal
Ernie Lopez, an Amarillo man whose sexual assault conviction was reversed after experts questioned the forensic evidence used against him, pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of causing serious bodily injury to a child. The reversal allowed Lopez to return home to Amarillo and restart his career as a machinist, but his freedom was restricted.
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World Bank’s IFC Arm Responds to Our Critique of Its Poverty Fighting

World Bank’s IFC Arm Responds to Our Critique of Its Poverty Fighting
Response from World Bank for ProPublica's article, "Can You Fight Poverty With a Five-Star Hotel?," which raises an important question about the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) impact fighting poverty in developing countries. ProPublica's response to this letter is also included.
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Mass Shootings Do Little to Change State Gun Laws

We found that while legislators in Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, New York, Texas, and Colorado sometimes contemplated tightening rules after rampage shootings, few measures gained passage. In fact, several states have made it easier to buy more guns and take them to more places.
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For Grieving Father Struggling With Dead Son’s Student Debt, Resolution Comes Four Years Late

It's been four long years for Francisco Reynoso. The California gardener whose son died in a car accident in 2008 left him buried in grief — and in student debt. At last, the bereaved father is getting some resolution.
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Pardon Attorney Misrepresented Facts to White House in Clarence Aaron Case

Aaron was a 24-year-old college football star at Southern University when he was convicted in 1993 for his role in a drug conspiracy. Although Aaron was not the buyer, the user, the supplier, or the dealer, he was sentenced to a triple life sentence without parole, the stiffest sentence of anyone in the conspiracy.
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