September 30th, 2012

Volatile weather creates dramatic changes for California farmers

On the front lines of climate change, California’s agriculture industry faces a new landscape with less water, warmer winters, unexpected rain and rising salinity.

Our new “Heat and Harvest" series with KQED explores the challenges that farmers in the state are facing due to volatile weather conditions. Find out what’s at stake for this $30 billion industry — and your grocery bill.

Watch the full documentary here

Photo: Almond trees show signs of poisoning by exposure to salt. Rising salinity levels in irrigation water has farmers alarmed. Credit: Serene Fang/Center for Investigative Reporting

August 5th, 2012
Questions surround handling of Taser assaults on disabled patients
Someone using a stun gun like a cattle prod assaulted a dozen severely disabled patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center last fall, inflicting painful thermal burns on their buttocks, arms, legs and backs.
The center’s in-house police force, the Office of Protective Services, had a suspect from the start: Archie Millora (pictured here at a firing range), a caregiver at the Sonoma center.
After the assaults were discovered, OPS made no arrest, deciding instead to handle it as an administrative matter. Also, detectives still had not interviewed Millora nine days after the revelations.
So what happened? Read reporter Ryan Gabrielson’s full investigation, a part of our ongoing Broken Shield series, here. 
This photo was posted Oct. 1, 2009, on Archie Millora’s Facebook page.

Questions surround handling of Taser assaults on disabled patients

Someone using a stun gun like a cattle prod assaulted a dozen severely disabled patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center last fall, inflicting painful thermal burns on their buttocks, arms, legs and backs.

The center’s in-house police force, the Office of Protective Services, had a suspect from the start: Archie Millora (pictured here at a firing range), a caregiver at the Sonoma center.

After the assaults were discovered, OPS made no arrest, deciding instead to handle it as an administrative matter. Also, detectives still had not interviewed Millora nine days after the revelations.

So what happened? Read reporter Ryan Gabrielson’s full investigation, a part of our ongoing Broken Shield series, here

This photo was posted Oct. 1, 2009, on Archie Millora’s Facebook page.

August 2nd, 2012

A view from the inside: The story of Jane Doe #1

Ten years ago, the story of a woman identified only as Jane Doe #1 ignited an investigation that eventually led to the collapse of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland. In this exclusive interview with the Center for Investigative Reporting, Kowana Banks steps forward for the first time to talk about the abuse she endured from the bakery’s leader, Yusuf Bey Sr.

Watch the powerful video and read the full story here.

This story is part of the launch of The I Files, a new YouTube channel dedicated to investigative news powered by CIR. Subscribe to see videos from major partners such as The New York Times, BBC News, ABC News, the Investigative News Network and more.

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April 25th, 2011

Private lands are new frontier in California’s pot wars

Deanne Fitzmaurice/California WatchA little-spoken-of war is taking place behind California’s fences and property lines – trespassing marijuana growers are setting booby traps, resorting to violence and vandalism, and spoiling the land by stealing water and spraying dangerous chemicals that leach into streams.

As the federal government focuses on stopping illegal marijuana crops in public parklands and U.S. forests, local sheriff’s and state drug enforcement officials face the persistent and potentially dangerous problem of pot growers commandeering private land for their crops.

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