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Only 5% of US TV news segments on the record-shattering heat wave mentioned climate change (www.mediamatters.org)

Throughout the recent record-breaking and deadly heat wave that affected millions across Texas and other parts of the Southwest, major TV networks largely failed to report on the links between climate change and the extreme heat. Over a two-week period from June 15-29, an analysis by Media Matters found: Only 5% of the 310...

Sacramento Sheriff is sharing license plate reader data with anti-abortion states, records show (www.sacbee.com)

In 2015, Democratic Elk Grove Assemblyman Jim Cooper voted for Senate Bill 34, which restricted law enforcement from sharing automated license plate reader (ALPR) data with out-of-state authorities. In 2023, now-Sacramento County Sheriff Cooper appears to be doing just that....

Economic inequality cannot be explained by individual bad choices, study finds (phys.org)

A global study led by a researcher at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that economic inequality on a social level cannot be explained by bad choices among the poor nor by good decisions among the rich. Poor decisions were the same across all income groups,...

The Great Grift: More than $200 billion in COVID-19 aid may have been stolen, federal watchdog says (apnews.com)

More than $200 billion may have been stolen from two large COVID-19 relief initiatives. That's according to new estimates from a federal watchdog investigating federally funded programs designed to help small businesses survive the worst public health crisis in more than a hundred years.

Daily Beast has picked up the story: Kansas Newspaper Slams ‘Gestapo Tactics’ After Police Raid - Update: Co-Owner Has Died (www.thedailybeast.com)

“We will be seeking maximum sanctions under the law possible,” Marion County Record’s publisher said after the entire local police department seized reporting materials....

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