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Los Angeles, Ca.

After decades of problems, new allegations surface of a secret clique within L.A. County Sheriff’s Department (July 10, 2018)

D.A. examining past criminal cases involving L.A. Sheriff’s deputies on a secret list of problem officers (Jan. 12, 2018)

Sheriff McDonnell was not aware of some misconduct, says list of problem deputies is key to reform (Dec. 19, 2017)

Sex. Lies. Abuse. How these L.A. deputies landed on a secret 2014 list of problem officers (Dec. 8, 2017)

Inside a secret 2014 list of hundreds of L.A. deputies with histories of misconduct (Dec. 8, 2017)

Watchdog says L.A. Sheriff’s Department collects flawed data, reports inaccurate statistics (Aug. 8, 2017)

L.A. County sheriff can’t give prosecutors the names of problem deputies, appeals court rules (July 11, 2017)

Two L.A. Sheriff’s officials promoted to high ranks despite histories of serious discipline (May 1, 2017)

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department switches from silver to gold belt buckles at a cost of $300,000 (March 14, 2017)

A court is blocking L.A. County sheriff from handing over a list of 300 problem deputies (Feb. 20, 2017)

L.A. County jail guard charged with assault for looking the other way while inmates beat someone up (Feb. 7, 2017)

 
 
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The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.):

Louisiana prison officials:

Investigation of (now ex-) Angola prison warden Burl Cain — winner, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, 2015; winner, Associated Press Media Editors (La.-Ms.) Award, 2016

Burl Cain claims Angola transformation, but prison’s violent era preceded him by decades (Jan. 3, 2016)

Dept. of Connections: Louisiana prison system run by tight network of cronies and family members (Dec. 16, 2016)

Embattled Angola warden target of new criminal investigation (Dec. 21, 2015)

The fall of Burl Cain: How one last side deal led to the Angola warden’s undoing (Dec. 15, 2015)

Angola warden Burl Cain to resign amid twin probes into business deals (Dec. 9 2015)

Investigation: Angola warden Burl Cain’s real estate deals with inmates’ family, friends appear to violate rules (Nov. 29, 2015)

Warden Nate Cain ordered cover-up of prison rape investigation, corrections officials say (June 15, 2016)

Warrant: Nate and Tonia Cain, as prison officials, spent thousands in state funds on personal items (Aug. 5, 2016)

The Great Flood of 2016:

Some who died in Louisiana floods tried to stay behind, others drowned in vehicles (Aug. 17, 2016)

‘Send pizza’: Social media, and a message in a bottle, became vital amid flooding, outages (Aug. 18, 2016)

From curb to landfill, flood debris pickup is laborious and, well, messy (Aug. 26, 2016)

Baton Rouge killings by, and of, police officers:

Video appears to show shooting death by Baton Rouge police officer (July 5, 2016)

Records give insights into officers in fatal encounter with Alton Sterling (July 7, 2016)

Helping or hurting? Police deploy military-style gear at Alton Sterling protests in Baton Rouge (July 11, 2016)

Katrina to Alton Sterling: Baton Rouge once again part of national debate on law enforcement, race (July 16, 2016)

What we know, don’t know, after Baton Rouge officer shooting (July 17, 2016)

‘They ran towards danger’: Emotional leaders give step-by-step account of Baton Rouge officer shootings (July 18, 2016)

‘It’s beautiful’: Officers from across the nation descend on Baton Rouge to mourn the fallen (July 22, 2016)

Baton Rouge police shooting brings renewed attention to Louisiana’s ‘open carry’ rights (Aug. 6, 2016)

See more of The Advocate’s coverage of the officer shootings and Alton Sterling

Louisiana’s child protection system overburdened, understaffed after years of cuts (Feb. 28, 2o16)

Drivers call Office of Motor Vehicles’ mass mailing a money grab (Oct. 22, 2015)

Lafayette theater shooting provokes debate about Louisiana’s mental health care (Aug. 15, 2015)

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The Shreveport Times (Shreveport, La.):

Getting away with murder in Shreveport — winner, No. 1 Best News Story, Louisiana Press Association, 2014

Some rural cops tote guns with little training

For kids accused of crime, a risk of unskilled lawyers

VIDEO: On the beat with a Shreveport community police officer

Domestic violence prompts blame-game in a messy crime

Black people are disproportionately arrested or cited for walking in the street in Shreveport

In trainer’s eyes, quality of cop recruits is troubling

Sheriff’s divers feel water for bodies, evidence

 
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The New York Times:

French Flavor by the East River

The Activism Files

Parking Spot Causes Fight (No Drivers Are Involved)

The Last King of Print

Could the Next Cult Wine Come from Manhattan?

What Happens to Prodigies When They Grow Up?

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