If you were camped outside Barclays Center today, eyes laser-focused on the red carpet for a glimpse of One Directon, you might have missed this other bit of news: the NSA bugged the United Nations headquarters, according to a report in the German newspaper Der Spiegel. At this point, it would be a ... More >>
Remnants of the 'Grid Kid' Slaying
New Yorkers denied help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Sandy flooded their homes already know firsthand that the agency--and the way the country deals with extreme weather--is in trouble. But a grim report put out late last week by ProPublica shows that another crucial ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg's fight to keep emails concerning the hiring Cathie Black, whose catastrophic career as school chancellor lasted all of 100 days, has finally ended, and Bloomberg has lost. The story stretches back to 2010, when Sergio Hernandez, then a Village Voice intern, filed a Freedom of Infor ... More >>
Two days before the federal government filed charges against Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, New York State Senator Greg Ball jumped on news of the teenager's capture and recommended spicing up traditional due process. On Saturday, the lawmaker suggested that authorities torture Tsarnaev. ... More >>
When New York City prosecutors break the rules, the consequences can be serious: Murderers can go free, and innocent people can lose years of their life in jail. But as a new ProPublica investigation released today makes clear, prosecutorial misconduct almost always goes unpunished. Combing throug ... More >>
At the Voice, we have been regularly following internet policy developments. We figured it would be cool -- maybe even a public service? -- to ID people who keep pushing for web-killing proposals such as SOPA and PIPA in this new, occasional feature: "The People Trying To Ruin The Internet." Enjoy! ... More >>
As the fracking debate rages on in New York, Barack Obama's administration hasn't hidden the fact that it's pro-fracking, and widely publicized its decision to release environmental guidelines for the practice. Indeed, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement Tuesday that his department had OK ... More >>
Is it getting hard to keep track of bad news from the American meat industry? A brief guide from Pro Publica explains the subtle differences between pink slime, white slime and good old fashioned mechanical meat recovery. It also explains where to find (avoid?) the meats and how they'll be labeled.
In the latest round of Congress v. internet, the House of Representatives voted 248-168 Thursday in favor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The measure would encourage companies such as Facebook to freely share your info with law enforcement agencies if you seem like a "cyber th ... More >>
The Prez has hardly made it a secret that he supports fracking as part of his push for domestic oil and natural gas development, with the Obama administration announcing last week that it plans on setting environmental standards for hydraulic fracturing. And what happens in D.C. does not stay in D ... More >>
The health risks of hydraulic fracturing have been key in policymaking debates, with health advocates calling on legislators to assess fracking chemicals before allowing the polemic practice to take place. Friends of fracking, however, have pushed back against full disclosure: in Pennsylvania, for ... More >>
The pros and cons of the practice
A little more than a month after the Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins, consumer groups have called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to officially stop buying products which contain these chemicals. New York's Center fo ... More >>
The Environmental Protection Agency has finally released its report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins -- toxic chemicals that abound in most consumer products. Though health advocates have been wary of dioxins for years, the FDA has said after a nearly 3 decades-long delay that the nasty carcino ... More >>
PIPA might soon perish. The Senate planned to vote on highly polemic PIPA on Tuesday, but Majority Leader Harry Reid just announced that he would postpone action on the anti-piracy bill, according to the Wall Street Journal. And if the downward spiral recent trajectory of the bill is any indicati ... More >>
The stats are in, and they make SOPA and PIPA's future in Congress look very uncertain. After countless popular websites shut down Wednesday to protest the the Stop Internet Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, at least 70 of the bills' Congressional supporters have abandoned the m ... More >>
Minhee Cho, who is the Communications Manager for ProPublica, just tweeted a photo of a receipt from a Hamilton Heights Papa John's with her name listed as "lady chinky eyes." The picture, which can be seen in full after the jump, is from an in-store order placed last night. This looks to be ... More >>
Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide in 2008, was officially labeled the Anthrax killer posthumously, accused of killing five people with contaminated letters and spooking all of the post-9/11 United States. Though much of the U.S. press, including the Washington Post and CNN, initially accepte ... More >>
We mentioned last week that a large portion of all the emails Sarah Palin sent in her half-term as governor of Alaska are finally being made public long after a few publications requested them via open records laws back in 2008. It's now being reported that the mother-load will drop tomorrow. ... More >>
Maybe this really is the age of WikiLeaks. Transparency, hacks and secrets of all stripes are currently getting big play in media news, ranging from the travails of Anthony Weiner's penis to shady New York Times snooping and the Freedom of Information Act at work. We've seen the latter in the ... More >>
Today, I am suing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Last year, Bloomberg baffled New Yorkers when he appointed publishing executive Cathie Black to be the city's next schools chancellor. Black was an unpopular choice, and for months, responses to her appointment ran the gamut of ridicul ... More >>
viaDid you win a Pulitzer Prize today? Us either. If you're from the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald or The Tennessean, you also did not win, even though you were in fact nominated in the category of Breaking News Reporting. That $10,000 prize -- "For a distinguished example ... More >>
Many tourists (and New York residents) must come here wondering, "What museums are free in this city?"Dan Nguyen, a journalist, web developer, and photographer at ProPublica in New York made the ultra-servicey website IHeartNYMuseums.com in response to a request on Reddit. The website has a G ... More >>
Well, this is fun. Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organization ProPublica recently compiled an awesome database of very compelling information. And as it turns out, I went through it, and consequently, have a funny story about it!
Okay, second day of Press Clips. All killer, no filler. Here we go.
This morning, the Poynter Institute reported that Columbia University's launched a nonprofit news website via their Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media. It'll be focusing on national and regional reporting about education. Follow? A website, funded as a nonprofit, strictly devoted ... More >>
It's that magical time of year again when the uppity nerds of Columbia University bestow upon the people their picks for this year's Best Writing Stuff. And we're going to attempt to add some context to these proceedings as they happen. So, here, we're live-blogging the Pulitzer Prizes. Unfor ... More >>
You know the drill: Companies eye the potentially lucrative Marcellus Shale, while New York City worries about the safety of its upstate watershed.A creepy new development related to possible hazards to New York City's drinking water comes courtesy of an upstate woman. Laurie Lygle allowed a natural ... More >>
What scandal? Thompson's pals keep their edge.