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Notes on journalism for the common good
by Lindsay Beyerstein

Texas Tribune Wins August Sidney for Exposing Threadbare Workers' Comp System

We are very proud to award this month's Sidney Award to Jay Root of the Texas Tribune for his series, Hurting for Work, an expose of the threadbare workers' compensation system in Texas. Did you know that any employer can opt out of the Texas workers' comp program and substitute unregulated private insurance or nothing at all? Read more about the broken system in my Backstory interview with Jay Root

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Mass Killings in Baghdad at Sites of Alleged Sex Work

Morgue workers in Baghdad told independent journalist Rania Abouzeid that, this year, religious militias have repeatedly massacred people at sites allegedly linked to the sex trade. The largest of these killings occured last month. On July 13, thirty-two people were murdered in two apartment buildings in the Zayouna district of Baghdad:Continue reading...

Sidney's Picks: Greenmarket Farm Workers; Renisha McBride Verdict

 

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Greek Court Acquits Farmers Who Shot 28 Striking Bangladeshi Strawberry Pickers

 A court in Greece has acquitted two farmers accused of shooting 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers after they demanded 6 months of upaid wages:Continue reading...

Priorities: Red Wings vs. Pensions in Detroit

This week current and retired public employees in Detroit agreed to a 4.5% cut in their pensions to help the cash-strapped city make ends meet, while the city agreed to subsidize a stadium for the Detroit Red Wings. David Sirota reports:Continue reading...

#Sidney's Picks: The Koch Brothers, AFSCME, & Daycare Dilemmas

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