The Latest: July 2012

Criminal Justice
Is There Racial Bias in “Stand Your Ground” Laws?

The Florida killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen earlier this year, has brought national attention to the laws … Continue reading (read more »)

Environment
Partner in Pebble Mine Fires Back At EPA Report

In its 635-page critique, Northern Dynasty described the EPA's report as "seriously flawed, and not grounded in sound scientific analysis." (read more »)

Education
Senate Committee Comes Down Hard on For-Profit Colleges

Following a two-year investigation, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Labor, Education and Pensions [HELP] yesterday released a dense and damning report on the for-profit college industry. (read more »)

Environment
Tailings Dams: Where Mining Waste is Stored Forever

Imagine a big hole in the ground, similar to the one pictured above. Now imagine that pit filled with up to 10 billion tons of mining waste. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
New Questions about Sheldon Adelson’s Casino Operations in Macau

Las Vegas Sands insisted it needed approval from Macau authorities in order to give federal investigators documents that it turns out were in the U.S. all along. (read more »)

Environment
Live Chat Wed. 2 p.m. ET: Inside the Battle for Bristol Bay

Read a transcript of our live chat with the Anchorage Daily News' Lisa Demer, "Alaska Gold" writer, director and producer Ken Levis, co-producer Aaron Ernst and reporter Blaine Harden. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Major Reforms Announced for Troubled New Orleans Police Department

The Justice Department and the city of New Orleans today jointly announced sweeping reforms to the New Orleans Police Department, the result of a long-awaited consent decree stemming from investigations into police misconduct in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (read more »)

Media
The News Corp. Phone-Hacking Scandal: A Cheat Sheet

Eight individuals were charged in the scandal today. Here's what you need to know. (read more »)

Inside FRONTLINE
Meet Frontline’s New Deputy Executive Producer

Five years after joining the FRONTLINE staff, Series Senior Producer Raney Aronson-Rath has been promoted to Deputy Executive Producer. David … Continue reading (read more »)

Environment
Treasure Hunt: The Battle Over Alaska’s Mega Mine

Inside the fault lines of a growing battle in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, which hosts the world's last, great sockeye salmon fishery -- and mineral deposits worth up to $500 billion. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
The State of Reform: Dodd-Frank at Two Years Old

The landmark legislation -- which clocks in at more than 2,000 pages -- was meant to rein in a financial system that brought the economy to the brink of collapse in 2008. (read more »)

Social Issues
What Is President Obama’s Track Record on HIV/AIDS?

Starting Sunday, more than 20,000 HIV researchers and activists will gather in Washington, D.C. for the first international AIDS conference to take place in the country in 22 years. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Will Clarence Aaron Be Pardoned This Time?

President Barack Obama has ordered a new review of a commutation request by Clarence Aaron, a first-time offender sentenced to … Continue reading (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Relatives of Americans Killed in Yemen Drone Strikes File Suit Against U.S.

Relatives of three Americans killed in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen last fall filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against top CIA and military officials today. (read more »)

Education
Obama’s Shout-Out to the West Philly EVX Team

"This is the kind of thing that just isn’t going to get a lot of attention initially," said the president, referring to the success of the West Philly High EVX team. (read more »)

Education
Live Chat Wed. 2:00 pm ET: Beating the Odds in West Philly

Join a live chat about "Fast Times at West Philly High" on 7/18 at 2 p.m. ET with Debbie Morton, the film's producer, team director Simon Haguer and West Philly student and team captain, Azeem Hill. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Local Election Officials Wary as DHS Grants Florida Voter-Roll Check

Florida officials will be allowed to check potential voters’ names against a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) citizenship database, in … Continue reading (read more »)

Education
Tonight’s FRONTLINE Will Make You “Tearful and Smitten”

We can’t think of a lede that’s better than the one written today by the Philadelphia Daily News‘ Ronnie Polaneczky: … Continue reading (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Seven Years Later, BP Still Paying for Texas Refinery Violations

The $13 million settlement is the latest in the regulatory body's efforts to hold the company accountable for a 2005 refinery explosion, which killed 15 people and injured 170. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Echoes of Clinton-Era Scandal in a Las Vegas Sands Email

On Feb. 25, 2010, the head of the Las Vegas Sands subsidiary in Macau sent a colleague an email asking … Continue reading (read more »)

Criminal Justice
His Man in Macau: Inside the Investigation Into Sheldon Adelson’s Empire

A decade ago gambling magnate and leading Republican donor Sheldon Adelson looked at a desolate spit of land in Macau and imagined a glittering strip of casinos, hotels and malls. (read more »)

Social Issues
“It’s a Part of Me”: Meet the Young People Born with HIV

The number of children born with HIV peaked in the 1990s, amid what were called the "twin epidemics" of HIV and crack. (read more »)

Sports
A New Window Into the NCAA President’s Earnings

Mark Emmert refused to address his compensation with FRONTLINE last year, but a new report sheds some light. (read more »)

Inside FRONTLINE
FRONTLINE Nominated for 9 Emmys

Eight films and our fall promotional campaign were nominated for News & Documentary Emmy Awards today. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Ex-NOPD Cops Appeal Glover Case Convictions

Watch Law and Disorder, FRONTLINE’s investigation into questionable police shootings by the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of … Continue reading (read more »)

Social Issues
Report: Oversight Lacking for HIV/AIDS Funding

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) supervision of programs that receive funding under the Ryan White Care Act … Continue reading (read more »)

Social Issues
Why Some with HIV Still Can’t Get Treatment

When AIDS first struck, there were no drugs to treat it. People simply died. Now, drugs reduce the amount of … Continue reading (read more »)

Social Issues
Live Chat Wed. 2:00 p.m. ET: The Hidden Story of AIDS in Black America

Join a live chat about "ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America" on 7/11 at 2 p.m. ET with Renata Simone, the film's producer/writer/director and a panel of experts and activists featured in the film. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Social Issues
Map: HIV/AIDS in Your State

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Social Issues
Interactive: The Spread of HIV in Black America

The late 1980s marked a turning point in the history of AIDS in the United States. (read more »)

Social Issues
Race and America’s HIV Epidemic

In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a notice that five young gay men in the Los Angeles area had died from an unusual form of pneumonia. (read more »)

Social Issues
“ENDGAME” on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

Every 10 minutes, someone in the U.S. contracts HIV. Half are black. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
“Top Secret America” Price Tag at Record High

It cost at least $11.36 billion to guard America's secrets last year, according to a new report. (read more »)

Education
Judge Blocks Key Provision of “Gainful Employment” Rules

A federal judge has struck down a Department of Education initiative aimed at improving the quality of degrees issued by for-profit colleges (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
Sen. Grassley Investigating Abuse at Corporate Dental Chains

For months, Grassley’s staff has been asking questions of three dental chains serving poor children on Medicaid. (read more »)

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