Pain medication prescribed by the VA was supposed to mute one soldier’s chronic back pain, which began after he helped in the 9/11 rescue effort at the Pentagon. Instead, he said, the drugs turned him into an addict.
At the former Treasure Island naval base, an unexpected discovery of radioactive material prompted the bureaucratic equivalent of warfare. In denying that a more sweeping assessment was warranted, the Navy denied its own Cold War history – largely kept secret for more than four decades.
The city manager of Richmond, Calif., has ordered inspections of all 715 public housing units in the city following an investigation that found elderly and disabled residents living in deplorable conditions.
Better performance from fiscal 2004 through 2013 would have meant tens of millions of dollars a year to spend during a decade when the state’s premier public university system saw massive cuts in state funding.
Some of the poorest, oldest and most vulnerable people in the Bay Area live in Richmond public housing, where vermin and crime are known problems. But residents say their pleas for help are going ignored.
A new U.N. report has found that crimes against humanity are occurring in North Korea and calls for an international tribunal to investigate. Survivors describe what life is like in North Korea’s hidden prison camps. (via Human Rights Watch)