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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Spring 2010

 

Student presentation Web sites

and Web sites for issues in the news:

 

Past semesters

 

 

Sample Format For Submitting Your Links:

 

Transportation

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation

www.dot.gov

 

The National Transportation Safety Board

www.ntsb.gov

 

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

http://hazmat.dot.gov

 

Searchable Database

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/

 

Downloadable Database

 

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

http://hazmat.dot.gov/pubs/inc/hmisframe.htm

 

Story:

 

“Rails Carry a Growing Risk;

With train traffic through the region surging,

a close call after a recent derailment in San Bernardino raises the question:

Are we ready for a real disaster?”

By Phil Pitchford, Ben Goad, David Danelski and Mark Kawar

The Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino, CA

November 20, 2005

http://www.pe.com/digitalextra/metro/trains/inland.html

 

 

Sites for class discussion:

 

Story ideas and grouping in Access

 

Hunting accidents database story

“Data show 13 has become a dangerous age for hunters”

Tulsa World

By Gavin Off, Data Editor

8/17/2008

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=20080817_11_A1_Semino50376

 

 

Campaign finance:

 

Federal Election Commission home page

http://www.fec.gov/

 

FEC Q & A:

http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_general.shtml

 

FEC spending limits:

http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_general.shtml#How_much_can_I_contribute

 

“Supreme Court rejects limits on corporate spending on political campaigns”

By Robert Barnes and Dan Eggen

The Washington Post

Friday, January 22, 2010

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/01/21/ST2010012104871.html

 

“High Court rolls back campaign spending limits”

Associated Press video

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/01/21/VI2010012102050.html?sid=ST2010012104871

 

 

Ruth Marcus column

The Washington Post

Jan 23, 2010

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/22/AR2010012203897.html

 

Supreme Court ruling

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-205.pdf

 

OpenSecrets.org

Lobbyists and Bundling

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2009/10/hidden-bundles-of-lobbyist-giv.html

 

OpenSecrets.org

2010 Overview

http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/index.php

 

Capital Eye Blog

“Watchdog Groups Detail Political Campaign Contributions

 in Ways Never Before Documented”

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2009/11/watchdog-groups-detail-politic.html

 

Sites for student presentations:

 

 

 

Scott – Legislative Branch

 

Public Citizen’s Congress Watch

http://www.citizen.org/congress/

 

THOMAS

http://thomas.loc.gov/

 

Congressional Record

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord/index.html

 

Searchable Database

 

Project Vote Smart

www.vote-smart.org

 

Downloadable Database

 

California State Legislature

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/

 

Story:

 

“Murphy’s Law: For Murphy, good government means good business”

Pat Stith and Joby Warrick

The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC

February 22, 1995

http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/5897

 

 

 

Justin – Energy and Utilities

 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
http://www.ferc.gov

 

Energy Information Administration Data Source
http://www.eia.doe.gov/fuelelectric.html

 

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
http://www.naruc.org

 

Searchable Databases

 

Environmental Defense Fund “Scorecard”
http://www.scorecard.org

 

American Public Power Association Suppliers Guide
http://www.appasuppliersguide.org

 

Downloadable Databases

U.S. Energy Information Administration – Independent Statistics and Analysis
http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/forecasting.html

 

Article

 

“Panama City missing 575 million gallons of water;
millions potentially down the drain last year”
Part of a five-part series called “Lost Water” at http://dixon55.weebly.com/investigations.html
By Matt Dixon
The News-Herald, Panama City, FL
June 1, 2009
http://www.newsherald.com/news/city-74676-water-unaccounted.html

 

 

 

 

Stephanie – Transportation

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation

www.dot.gov

 

The National Transportation Safety Board

www.ntsb.gov

 

The Federal Aviation Administration

http://www.faa.gov/

 

Searchable Database:

 

Aviation Accident Database Query

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/query.asp

 

Downloadable Database:

 

Transtats

http://www.transtats.bts.gov/

http://www.TranStats.bts.gov/DL_SelectFields.asp?Table_ID=1358&DB_Short_Name=Border%20Crossing

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/data-stats/incidents

 

Story:

 

“The Inaccessible CTA”

By Kaitlyn McAvoy

The Beachwood Reporter, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/politics/investigation_the_inaccessible.php

 

Other Stories Part of this Investigation:


“Investigation Finds Handicapped Accessibility Issues Plague CTA”

By Zach Wilmes

ChicagoTalks, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2009/05/12/investigation-finds-handicapped-accessibility-issues-plague-cta/

 

“Broken CTA Facilities, Slow Repairs Create Problems for Disabled Customers.”

By Elizabeth Czupta

ChicagoTalks, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2009/05/12/broken-cta-facilities-slow-repairs-create-problems-for-disabled-customers/

 

“Complaints Against CTA Keep Climbing”

By Danielle Desjardins and Kaitlyn McAvoy

ChicagoTalks, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2009/05/12/complaints-against-cta-keep-climbing/

 

“Injury and equipment Breakdowns Continue to Trouble Some Disabled CTA Riders.”

By Kirsten Steinbeck

ChicagoTalks, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2009/05/12/injury-and-equipment-breakdowns-continue-to-trouble-some-disabled-cta-riders/

 

“Disabled Riders Experience Years of Inconsistency in CTA Service.”

By Danielle Desjardins

ChicagoTalks, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2009/05/12/disabled-riders-experience-years-of-inconsistency-in-cta-service/

 

“Advisory Group Works to Improve Access for Disabled CTA Riders.”

By Kirsten Steinbeck

ChicagoTalks, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2009/05/12/advisory-group-works-to-improve-access-for-disabled-cta-riders/

 

“ChicagoTalks Video: CTA Improves But Some Disabled Still Complain.”
By Elizabeth Czupta

ChicagoTalks, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2009/05/12/cta-improves-but-some-disabled-still-complain/

 

“Disabled and Downtown on the CTA.”

By Eli Kaberon

The Beachwood Reporter, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2009

http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/politics/investigation_disabled_and_dow.php

 

 

 

John -- Financial Institutions

 

Federal Reserve

http://www.federalreserve.gov

 

Center for Responsible Lending

http://www.responsiblelending.org/

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Predatory Lending

http://www.corp.ca.gov/FSD/mortgage.asp

 

Searchable database:

 

Security and Exchange Commission Data

http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm

 

Downloadable database:

 

Government Sponsored Enterprise Data- Download Multifamily GSE Mortgage Data Sets

http://www.huduser.org/DATASETS/gse.html#download

 

Story:

 

“At Top Subprime Mortgage Lender, Policies Were Invitation to Fraud:  Long Beach Mortgage Employees Say Firm Routinely Ignored Warnings”

By David Heath

Huffington Post Investigative Fund

December 21, 2009

http://huffpostfund.org/stories/2009/12/top-subprime-mortgage-lender-policies-were-invitation-fraud

 

 

 

Shannon -- Charities and Religious Groups

 

Better Business Bureau

http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/

 

American Institute of Philanthropy

http://www.charitywatch.org/

 

Maryland Nonprofits

http://www.marylandnonprofits.org/

 

Downloadable Database

 

GuideStar.com

http://www2.guidestar.org/rxg/products/guidestar-premium.aspx

 

Searchable Database

 

Charity Navigator

http://www.charitynavigator.org

 

Story

 

“'Pennies on the dollar' going to charities;

As holiday giving begins, experts advise scrutiny on how your donation is split.

By Tim Darragh

The Morning Call, Allentown, PA

November 8, 2009

http://articles.mcall.com/2009-11-08/news/4472491_1_civic-development-group-charities-donors

 

 

 

Gena -- The Disadvantaged

 

FedStats

http://fedstats.gov

 

National Center for Poverty

http://nccp.org/

 

Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Assessment

http://fha.maryland.gov/ohpp/brfss.cfm

 

Searchable Database

 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Statistical Briefing Book

http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/ojstatbb/

 

Downloadable Database

Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm

 

Story:

“100 Years Later and It’s Still Hell”

By Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore

The St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL

October 11, 2009

http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/dozier/

 

First part in this special report:

“For Their Own Good”

By Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann  Moore

The St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL

April 19, 2009

http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/marianna/

 

 

 

 

Karen -- Higher Education

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/section/Home/5

 

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

www.aacrao.org

 

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

www.nasfaa.org

 

Searchable Database

 

Clout goes to college: Find how your school ranks

http://cloutcollege.apps.chicagotribune.com/cloutschools/

 

Downloadable Database

 

University of Illinois Admissions Statistics

http://cloutcollege.apps.chicagotribune.com/site_media/data.csv

 

Story:

 

“Clout Goes to College”

By Jodi S. Cohen, Stacy St. Clair and Tara Malone

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL

May 29, 2009

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/college/chi-070529u-of-i-clout,0,5173000.story

 

Clout Investigation Web Site

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/college/

 

 

 

 

Alex -- K-12 Education

 

Education Writers Association – Resource Center, K-12

http://www.ewa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=resources_k12

 

Journalism Center on Children and Families – Education, K-12

http://www.journalismcenter.org/issues/K-through-12

 

Education Resources Information Center

http://www.eric.ed.gov/

 

Searchable database

 

ACT News – Select Data Comparison

http://www.act.org/news/data/09/dashboard.html

 

Downloadable Database

 

Digest of Education Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/Programs/digest/

 

Story

 

“Are Drastic Swings in CRCT Test Scores Valid?”

By Heather Vogell and John Perry

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution., Atlanta, GA

October 19, 2009

http://www.ajc.com/news/are-drastic-swings-in-165974.html

 

 

 

 

Allyson -- Higher Education

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com

 

Inside Higher

http://www.insidehighered.com/

 

U.S. Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/

 

Searchable Database

 

The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs

http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

 

Downloadable Database

 

Measuring up 2008: The National Report Card on Higher Education

http://measuringup2008.highereducation.org/states/report_print.php

 

Story:

 

“Many Dallas-Fort Worth graduates struggle in college”

By Holly K. Hacker

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX

August 9, 2009

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/080909dnmetfroshgpa.3fc0ab4.html

 

 

 

Abby - K-12 Education

 

Harvard Graduate School of Education: Research Centers, Projects and Initiatives

http://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty_research/research/index.html

 

University of Kentucky: College of Education

http://education.uky.edu/AcadServ/content/50-states-certification-requirements

 

Children’s Defense Fund

www.childrensdefense.org

 

Searchable database:

 

tudent Assessment: TAKS Aggregate Data System

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/cgi/sas/htmSQL/student.assessment/reporting/taksagg/index.hsql

 

Downloadable database

 

2009 Maryland Report Card Data Downloads

www.mdreportcard.org/downloadindex.aspx?WDATA=download

 

Story:

 

“Are drastic swings in CRCT scores valid?”

By Heather Vogell and John Perry

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Oct. 19, 2009

http://www.ajc.com/news/are-drastic-swings-in-165974.html

 

 

 

Collin -- Legislative Branch

 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO)

www.gao.gov

 

The Federal Election Commission (FEC)

www.fec.gov

 

Center for Responsive Politics

www.opensecrets.org

 

Searchable Database:

 

The Library of Congress

www.Thomas.gov

 

 

Downloadable Database

 

Lobbying Database via www.senate.gov

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Public_Disclosure/database_download.htm

 

Story:

 

“Lobbyists unlimited in honoring lawmakers”

By Fredreka Schouten and Paul Overberg

USA Today

June 10, 2009

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-06-07-petcauses_N.htm

 

 

 

Kristi - Law Enforcement

 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

http://www.atf.gov

 

The U.S. Marshals Service

http://www.usmarshals.gov/index.html

 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

http://www.ncadv.org/

 

Searchable Database:

 

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

http://calea.org/

 

Downloadable Database:

 

The Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Campus Security Statistics

http://ope.ed.gov/security/

 

Story:

 

“Trashing the Truth” Series

The Hidden Story Behind DNA

By Susan Greene and Miles Moffeit

The Denver Post

July 22, 2007 to July 25, 2007

http://www.denverpost.com/evidence

 

 

 

 

Tami - Law Enforcement II

 

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

www.calea.org

 

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

www.ustreas.gov/fletc

 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

http://www.atf.gov/statistics/trace-data/2008-trace-data.html

 

Searchable Database

 

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/

 

Downloadable Database

 

Crime in the US (CIUS)

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/index.html

 

Story:

 

“Speed Trap: Who gets a ticket, who gets a break”

By Bill Dedman and Francie Latour

The Boston Globe

July 20-22, 2003

http://www.boston.com/globe/metro/packages/tickets/

 

First part of the three-part series

 

“Race, Sex, and age drive ticketing”

By Bill Dedman and Francie Latour

Boston Globe

7/20/2003

http://www.boston.com/globe/metro/packages/tickets/072003.shtml

 

Laura – Real Estate

 

Baltimore Housing

http://www.baltimorehousing.org/

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development

http://www.huduser.org/portal//

 

National Apartment Association

http://www.naahq.org/Pages/welcome.aspx

 

Searchable Database

 

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation’s

Real Property Data Search

http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/rp_rewrite/

 

Downloadable Database

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s

Multifamily Assistance and Section 8 Contracts Database

http://nhl.gov/offices/hsg/mfh/exp/mfhdiscl.cfm

 

Story

 

“Building on Broken Promises: D.C. Developer’s Projects Marred by Unchecked Spending and Dubious Deals”

By Debbie Cenziper, with contributions from staff researcher Meg Smith and database editors Sarah Cohen and Dan Keating

The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

December 7, 2008

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/05/AR2008120502816.html

 

 

 

Rabiah – Financial Institutions

 

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council

http://www.ffiec.gov

 

Comptroller of the Currency Administrator of National Banks

http://www.occ.treas.gov

 

Office Of Thrift Supervision

http://www.ots.treas.gov

 

Searchable Databases

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html

 

Downloadable Databases

National Credit Union Administration

http://www.ncua.gov/DataServices/IndexCUQuery.aspx

 

Story:

“Profiting From Recession, Payday Lenders Spend Big to Fight Regulation; Industry Steps up Lobbying as Senate Grapples With Financial Reform.”

By Keith Epstein

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, Washington, D.C.

March 2, 2010

http://huffpostfund.org/stories/2010/03/profiting-recession-payday-lenders-spend-big-fight-regulation

 

 

 

Stacy – Insurance

 

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

http://www.naic.org

 

National Insurance Crime Bureau

http://www.nicb.org

 

Maryland Insurance Administration

http://www.mdinsurance.state.md.us/sa/jsp.Mia.jsp

 

Searchable Database

 

FDIC: Database Search

http://www.fdic.gov/search/search_www2.html

 

Downloadable Database

 

InsData, part of National Association of Insurance Commissioners

https://eapps.naic.org/insData

 

Story

 

"A Disability Epidemic Among a Railroad's Retirees"

By Walt Bogdanich, Andrew W. Lehren, Robert A. McDonald and Nicholas Phillips

The New York Times, New York, NY

September 21, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/nyregion/21lirr.html

 

 

Alexander - Executive Branch

 

Advancing Government Accountability

http://www.agacgfm.org

 

The Federal Register

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/

 

The Office of Government Ethics

http://www.usoge.gov

 

The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wcomp/index.html

 

Searchable Database

 

Federal Business Opportunities

www.fbo.gov

 

Commerce Business Daily

(Government proposed actions, contract awards and sales)

http://cbdnet.access.gpo.gov

 

Downloadable Database

 

Government Integrated Directory

(Database of all governments in U.S.)

http://www.census.gov/govs/www/gid.html

 

Story

 

“Agencies Counted Big Firms as Small”

By Carol D. Leonnig

The Washington Post

Oct. 22, 2008

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/10/22/ST2008102200478.html?sid=ST2008102200478&s_pos=top

 

 

 

Daniela – Environment

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

http://www.fws.gov/

 

Environmental Working Group

http://www.ewg.org/

 

Searchable Database

 

Maryland Reported Sewer Overflow Database

http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/overflow/index.asp

 

Downloadable Database

 

Toxic Release Inventory Current Data

http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/current_data/index.html

 

Story

 

“Health risks stack up for students near industrial plants”

By Blake Morrison and Brad Heath

USA Today

December 10, 2008

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/school-air1.htm

 

Package: ‘The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools’

http://content.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/smokestack/index

 

 

 

Marissa – Health

 

The National Institutes of Health

www.nih.gov

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov

 

Multi-agency Health Portal

www.health.gov

 

Searchable Database

 

National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Search

http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/search

 

Downloadable Database

 

Medicare's Nursing Home Compare

http://www.medicare.gov/download/downloaddb.asp

 

Story

 

"Deadly Choices at Memorial"

By Sheri Fink

ProPublica and The New York Times

August 25, 2009

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/magazine/30doctors.html?pagewanted=18&_r=1

 

 

 

Jessica – Law Enforcement

 

CopSeek

http://www.copseek.com/

 

VAonline.org

http://www.vaonline.org/law.html

 

National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)

http://www.napo.org

 

Searchable Database

 

The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP)

http://odmp.org/

 

Downloadable Database

 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/lemas/

 

Story

 

“Unbuckled, but unbowed”

By Moises Mendoza

The Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX

March 1, 2010

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6890303.html

 

(Linked to on the IRE Website: http://www.ire.org/extraextra/category/car)

 

 

  

Alix – Judicial System

 

American Civil Liberties Union

www.aclu.org

 

FindLaw

http://public.findlaw.com/library/state-laws.html

 

Search Systems

www.searchsystems.net

 

Searchable Database

 

Maryland Judiciary Case Search

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/processDisclaimer.jis

 

Downloadable Database

 

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/ind/SENTENCES.Federal_offenders.1.html

 

Story:

 

“Unequal Justice: Murderers on Probation”

By Brooks Egerton and Reese Dunklin

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas

November 10, 2007

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/2007/unequal/index2.html

 

 

 

 

Jon – Judicial System

 

 Federal Bureau of Prisons:

http://www.bop.gov/

 

Untied States Tax Courts

http://ustaxcourt.gov/

 

Pacer System

http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/

 

Searchable Database

 

 Gas Utilities Escrow Accounts

http://www2.tricities.com/tri/special_sections/mineral_rights/

 

Downloadable Database

 

The Supreme Court Database

http://scdb.wustl.edu/data.php

 

Story

 

“Underfoot, Out of Reach”

A series on the conflicts over Southwest Virginia's natural gas wealth.

By: Daniel Gilbert

Bristol Herald Courier

December 6, 2009

http://www2.tricities.com/tri/special_sections/mineral_rights/

 

 

 

Aaron – Judicial System

 

American Bar Association Journal

http://www.abajournal.com/

 

National Center for State Courts

http://www.ncsconline.org/D_kis/info_court_web_sites.html

 

The Federal Judiciary

http://www.uscourts.gov/

 

Searchable database:

 

Utah Department of Corrections Probation and Parole database

http://corrections.utah.gov/services/offender_search.html

 

Downloadable database:

 

Arkansas Department of Corrections Inmate Database

http://www.adc.arkansas.gov/inmate_info/data_download.html

 

Story:

 

“Patchwork of laws squeezes ex-cons”

By Nate Carlisle

The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT

March 8, 2010

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14517480?source=email

 

 

 

Shanna – Energy and Utilities

 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

www.ferc.gov

 

North American Electric Reliability Corporation

www.nerc.com

 

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

www.naruc.org

 

Searchable Database

 

Environmental Defense Fund - The Pollution Information Site

www.scorecard.org

 

Downloadable Database

 

Energy Information Administration

www.eia.doe.gov

 

Story:

 

Toxic Water Series

"That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy"

By Charles Duhigg (Griffin Palmer contributed)

The New York Times

December 17, 2009

http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters

 

 

 

 

Thomas - Environment

 

US Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/

 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/

 

Maryland Department of the Environment

http://www.mde.state.md.us/

 

Searchable Database:

 

Toxicology Date Network

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?TRI

 

Downloadable Database:

 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5374.html

 

Story:

 

 “Nonprofit Land Bank Amasses Millions”

 David Ottaway and Joe Stephens

The Washington Post

May 4, 2004.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A9888-2003May3

 

 

Ilana – Executive branch

 

Office of Government Ethics

http://www.usoge.gov/

 

OMB Watch

http://ombwatch.org

 

National Association of Government Communicators

http://www.nagc.com

 

Downloadable Database

 

Governments Integrated Directory (GID)

http://www.census.gov/govs/www/gid.html

 

Searchable Database

 

Federal Business Opportunities

https://www.fbo.gov

 

Story

 

“Looting Main Street”

Matt Taibi

Rolling Stone

March 31, 2010

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/;kw=[3351,53763]

 

 

 

Vicki – Transportation

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation

www.dot.gov

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

http://www.nhtsa.gov/

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

 

Searchable Database

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

 

Downloadable Database

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Crash Facts

http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov (Excel)

 

Story:

 

“Road Hazards:

Trucking companies often put non-English speakers,

felons, addicts in driver’s seat, but rarely blame in fatal crashes”

By Gregg Jones, Holly Becka, Jennifer LaFleur and Steve McGonigle

The Dallas Morning News

September 17, 2006

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/2006/roadhazards/index.html

 

 

 

Diana – Health Care

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

http://www.hhs.gov/

 

National Association of Health Underwriters

http://www.nahu.org

 

National Institute of Health

http://www.nih.gov/

 

Searchable Database

 

Clinical Trials

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home

 

Downloadable Database

 

Medicare. gov

http://www.medicare.gov/Download/DownloadDB.asp

 

Story:

 

“Utah's Nursing Homes: Compromised Care”

By Matt Canham

The Salt Lake City Tribune

Published June 2008

(updated on 2/10/2009)

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_9578850

 

 

 

Jamie – Business