Picks of the Week: Russia-Georgia War; No Help for Workers
In a regular feature of Post Investigations, our editors have combed through the in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the nation and selected the notable projects of the week.
Get the complete list (in no particular order) after the jump.
NY Times: Phone Records Paint 'Complicated' Picture of War
Cell phone recordings allegedly documenting a troop movement near the Russia-Georgia border have raised new questions about the five-day war in August that Georgia and Russia each say was started by the other side, The New York Times reports.
Georgian officials allowed The Times to gather audio files of phone calls that allegedly detail a troop buildup by the Russians into a separatist enclave in the sovereign South Ossetia, nearly a full day before Georgia's attack on South Ossetia's capital in early August.
The Times hired an independent Ossetian linguist in Russia to translate the recordings and found the translations authentic, reporting that they paint a "more complicated picture of the critical last hours before war broke out."
Russian officials said the conversations simply detail a routine troop rotation, which the Georgians claim is prohibited by a treaty between the two countries.
Charlotte Observer: N.C. Labor Laws Failing to Help Workers
Very few of the roughly 800 people who file complaints in North Carolina about worker's compensation claims or unsafe working conditions get their jobs back and investigators sometimes dismiss cases without interviewing workers, an investigation by the Charlotte Observer found.
North Carolina's Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act prohibits employers from firing or punishing employees for filing a worker's compensation claim or complaining about unsafe working conditions.
But only 1 percent of complainants get their jobs back and the state hasn't taken an employer to court on behalf of a worker in seven years, the Observer found.
By Derek Kravitz |
September 19, 2008; 6:43 PM ET
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