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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Joaquin Sapien

The Breakthrough: How A Reporter Uncovered Widespread Russian Meddling — In The Olympics

In the spring of 2016, a Russian government chemist named Grigory Rodchenkov sat across from Rebecca Ruiz of The New York Times and gave her the kind of scoop journalists dream of. He told Ruiz and her colleague Michael Schwirtz how he helped orchestrate the covert distribution of steroids to dozens of the country’s top athletes.

October 8, 2017

‘The 100th Nail In The Coffin’ For Integration In Westchester County

For years, Westchester County insisted its zoning laws did not prevent black and Latino families from moving into wealthy suburbs north of New York City — even in a town like Pound Ridge, which is 94 percent white. Almost all homes in that bucolic community accommodate single families. Apartments are hard to come by;

August 2, 2017
Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

On Rikers Island, A Move Toward Reform Causes Trouble

In the most secure levels, inmates who have committed violent infractions — caused injury to another inmate or guard, or attempted to stab or slash someone in jail — can leave their cells for a minimum of seven hours every day, but must be locked to the desks for much of that time.

July 27, 2017

What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed Funding

by Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica President Obama has directed the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence as part of his legislative package on gun control. The CDC hasn’t pursued this kind of research since 1996 when the National Rifle Association lobbied Congress to cut funding for it, arguing that the studies were politicized and […]

February 25, 2013
Wayne LaPierre's letter to NRA

How The NRA Undermined Congress’ Last Push For Gun Control

by Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica. Last week, President Obama unveiled sweeping proposals on gun control, including a ban on military-style assault weapons, a reduction of ammunition magazine capacity and stiffer background checks on gun buyers. National Rifle Association president David Keene quickly accused the Obama administration of being opportunistic. The president is “using our children to […]

January 25, 2013

Mass Shootings Do Little to Change State Gun Laws

by Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica Following the mass shooting in Connecticut, the Obama administration and lawmakers around the country have promised to re-examine gun control in America. ProPublica decided to take a look at what’s happened legislatively in states where some of the worst shootings in recent U.S. history have occurred to see what effect, if […]

January 3, 2013