The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are at least 23,000 deaths every year from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — but that figure is, at best, a guess. In reality, due to patchwork reporting of MRSA related deaths, there is no way of knowing the toll of these “superbugs.” (Reuters)
‘Superbug’ scourge spreads as U.S. fails to track rising human toll
A Reuters investigation finds that as antibiotic-resistant infections rage on, the U.S. government isn’t tracking who is dying or where.
Millions of children, in schools across the country, are suffering from mental health issues, and schools are not equipped to handle them. This series takes a closer look at the factors at play. (NPR)
A Silent Epidemic: The Mental Health Crisis In Our Schools
Our public schools are struggling to handle millions of students with mental health problems. Here’s why.
The Emerald Triangle of California is rife with marijuana farms — and apparently sexual abuse. This investigation unearthed several cases of sexual violence at marijuana farmsin Northern California and the issue grows with every harvest. (Reveal)
In secretive marijuana industry, whispers of abuse and trafficking
For decades, California’s Emerald Triangle has provided cover for the nation’s largest marijuana-growing industry. But its forests also hide secrets, among them young women with stories of sexual…
School closings and mass layoffs caused several major cities to have dearth of black teachers, and it’s causing problems. Looking at the issue through a shuttered high school in Philadelphia, this deep dive explains why. (Mother Jones)
We’re losing tens of thousands of black teachers. Here’s why that’s bad for everyone.
Investigating the school crisis no one is talking about.
Louisiana’s public defense system is rife with issues, from real estate and tax lawyers functioning as public defenders to areas with only one public defender. (Marshall Project/Guardian)
When the Money Runs out for Public Defense, What Happens Next?
Massive caseloads, long wait lists, group plea deals, and other realities of a funding crisis.