Arsonists in America burn according to a cruel calendar. They set fire to buildings in alarming numbers on holidays such as Independence Day, Halloween and New Year's Day. But a first-of-its-kind study, conducted by Scripps Howard News Service, indicates that arsonists also favor this week in April.
Payback can be a bitter pill for the nation's deadbeat doctors. The government has seized tax refunds and unemployment checks, claimed judgments against them in federal court, banned them from billing Medicare and Medicaid, even posted their names on a public shaming list. Yet 930 medical professionals nationwide remain in default, owing the government more than $116 million.
She's a pretty soccer mom in Dallas who grew up in privilege attending the best private schools. He's a tatted-up Aryan Nations member in rural West Tennessee who has spent a third of his life in prison. If they have nothing else in common, they share a sordid history of using and selling methamphetamine.
Heroin has become the deadly crest of a wave of addictive drug use in communities around the country. With addicts desperate for a cheaper high than prescription drugs or seeking a more powerful fix, experts are seeing heroin addiction treatment admissions, overdoses and fatalities rising in nearly every region, including areas where the drug has seldom been seen before.
For thousands of youths accused of crimes, punishment precedes any conviction in court. They may be held for months or even years in county jails for -- and sometimes with -- adult suspects. SHNS' Isaac Wolf reports on the 7,500 juveniles in adult jails at any time, their conditions of confinement and how a loophole in federal law allows jails in 29 states to house juveniles with adults.
When private companies want something from Washington, they hire lobbyists to win favor from Congress and the federal government. Now cities, towns, school districts and colleges – all funded by local taxpayer dollars – are rolling out the same lobbying strategy to pull more tax money out of an increasingly squeezed federal government.
The Social Security Administration each month falsely reports that nearly 1,200 living Americans have died. These clerical errors recorded in the official Death Master File have grave consequences for everyday Americans, shutting down their federal benefits, hampering loans, freezing credit cards, ruining attempts to get new jobs and even prompting unnecessary police investigations. A Scripps Howard national reporting project.