All in Reporting Worth Reading
Police in Florida’s most populous county aren’t enforcing a decades-old ordinance that closes the gun show loophole. In 1998, Miami-Dade County adopted a five-day waiting period for guns purchased from licensed dealers in public places, including gun shows. But cops didn't enforce it, Douglas Hanks, writing for the Miami Herald, reports.
A Texas university program gave police officers top grades for classes they never took, Dave Boucher reported.
After Mississippi lawmakers were caught reporting unitemized credit card charges to their campaign accounts, an official who pushed for reform flouted a new law and used the same maneuvers to rack up more than $100,000 in expenses, Luke Ramseth reported for the Jackson Clarion Ledger.
A county in Pennsylvania stalled almost seven months before confirming the death of an inmate in one of its jails, citing vague "legal reasons" for the delay, Jo Ciavaglia reported. Read the story at the Bucks County Courier Times.
More than a dozen top Louisiana fundraisers or other political insiders hobnobbed with the governor at his state-provided suite during the NFC Championship game, reporter Tyler Bridges found after obtaining a list of attendees. An outside interest group paid $2,000 for the event's food and alcohol.
Thieves made off with several valuable pieces of furniture designed by icons Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler, pilfered from a USC warehouse that stored the contents of a Hollywood Hills showplace home. It was a heist that remained hidden from the public — and police — for six years until an anonymous letter to the Los Angeles Times exposed the crime. Harriet Ryan and Matt Hamilton have the story for The Times.
Steven Leckart, writing for Chicago Magazine, has this shocking story.
Iowa's voter database is seriously flawed, leading some people's voting rights to be wrongly denied, Jason Clayworth reported for the Des Moines Register. And officials have known about the systemic issues for years.
Most of the drinking water that West Virginians pay to have treated never reaches a faucet. Instead, the water largely leaks out of the state's old pipes, wasting millions in public money, reporter Caity Coyne found after analyzing more than 300 local government reports for the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Caregivers at a New York nursing home have neglected to prevent bedsores for more than 1 in 10 of their high-risk patients, leading to a man's death from infection, Lou Michel reported for The Buffalo News.
A large Arkansas property owner regularly skirts building codes and has evicted dozens of tenants who have complained about poor conditions in their homes, Ginny Monk reported for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
A Phoenix health facility under fire for causing a comatose patient to become pregnant had been scrutinized years earlier by state regulators who wanted to pull patients from the premises, Robert Anglen and Stephanie Innes reported for The Arizona Republic.
Liz Lewis, writing at Narratively, shares the compelling story of one mom’s efforts to help other parents in her situation.
Jaime Lowe, writing for Topic, examines baobab trees — as integral a part of the Botswana ecosytem as they are a part of local culture. Unfortunately, the scientists who discovered that ancient baobabs are dying have no clear explanation why.
R.O. Kwon, writing at The Paris Review, shares this powerful, personal essay.
Kashmir Hill at Gizmodo spins this compelling story — and puts a remarkably human face on an ugly chapter in American history.
Melissa Gira Grant, writing for The Appeal, looks at the case of Alexis Martin — who claims she also was the victim of human trafficking. It’s worth a read.
Tressie McMillan Cottom, writing at Time Magazine, shares this personal essay about her experience with the American healthcare system.
Raven Rakia, writing for The Appeal, takes a closer look at the case of Cherie Townsend, who claims she was falsely imprisoned for murder. She is now suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.