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Cell phone tower workers paying with their lives

Tower climbing, an obscure field with no more than 10,000 workers, has a death rate roughly 10 times that of construction.... Read more»0

Huge toxic release from BP refinery just before blowout

Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the huge, trouble-plagued BP refinery in Texas City, Tex., spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the skies. The release began April 6 and lasted 40 days.... Read more»0

2010 Census

Follow up: Faux census surveys you received

We've gotten about 40 responses pointing us to other examples of questionable invocations of the census and other official-sounding surveys that are actually fundraising requests.... Read more»0

Republicans send out 'Census' form that's really a fundraiser

An editor at ProPublica received a "Census" form in the mail last week. In big, bold letters at the top it announces, "2010 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS." But it's not from the Census Bureau. It's actually a survey from the Republican National Committee.... Read more»0