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Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

May 2024

Sidney's Picks: Labor Department Sues Hyundai Over Child Labor

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The Best of the Week’s News


Sidney's Picks: Ride Share Tax-Dodging & Disappearing Police Discipline Records

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The Best of the Week’s News

  • How Uber and Lyft dodge millions in taxes. (Slate)
  • NYPD discipline records keep disappearing from a public database. (ProPublica)
  • Trump helped his employees evade security cameras as they moved classified documents he’d hoarded at Mar-a-Lago, newly unsealed motion alleges. (WaPo)
  • Aurora Almendral talks about how she reported her Hillman Prize-winning story on the exploitation of nurses during the pandemic. (Type Investigations)
  • Psychedelics are proving their worth as medicine, but access remains elusive for many. (Nation)
  • African AI workers send open letter to Biden asking him to free them from “modern day slavery.” (Wired)

Sidney's Picks: Billionaires Sue to Nix California's Farm Worker Protections

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The Best of the Week’s News


  • These pomegranate barons are suing to roll back California’s protections for agricultural workers. (LAT)

  • Lawsuit alleges that KFC, McDonald’s and other major brands violated the Ku Klux Klan Act with forced prison labor. (Bloomberg)

  • Was British nurse’s conviction for the alleged murder of seven babies based on scapegoating and junk statistics? (New Yorker)

  • She ran for school board to fight Critical Race Theory in the classroom, she found there was none. (ProPublica)

  • How extremist settlers hijacked Israel’s democracy. (NYT)

Sidney's Picks: Will Mercedes Benz be the UAW's Next Big Win?

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​The Best of the Week’s News

Tyson Foods Dumped Tons of Toxic Chemicals; Congrats to Hillman Prize-winners!

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The Best of the Week’s News

  • Federal judges are accepting undisclosed luxury junkets. (NPR)

  • Nail salon workers face reproductive health crisis. (DocumentedNY)

  • Labor Department announces new rule to protect farm workers from wage theft and human trafficking. (Nursery Mgt)

  • Tyson Foods dumped tons of toxic chemicals—including cyanide—into U.S. waterways. (Guardian)

  • They joined the national police Explorers youth program for mentorship, only to suffer grooming and sexual abuse. (Marshall Project)

  • Congratulations to all the winners of the 2024 Hillman Prizes, we look forward to meeting and honoring you in New York next week!