Gulf rig owner had history of accidents; New questions arise over Ford Explorers; California inmates report abuse
Gulf rig operator responsible for spill had rising tally of accidents The Wall Street Journal
Since 2008, nearly three of every four incidents on deepwater drilling rigs that triggered federal safety investigations in the Gulf of Mexico have been on rigs operated by Transocean, according to The Wall Street Journal's analysis of federal data.
Internal Ford memos on Explorer rollovers reflect engineering concerns The Washington Post
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that tires were to blame for Ford Explorer rollovers in the 1990s. However, previously unreported internal memos reveal that Ford engineers identified potential dangers in Explorer suspensions and roof strength that could make the vehicles more dangerous during blowouts.
Drilling outpaced oil industry's safety efforts, despite federal studies and previous accidents The Miami Herald
Industry safeguards to prevent or minimize oil spills failed to keep pace with the dangers of deepwater drilling over the years, despite a series of malfunctions and warnings, federal studies and interviews show.
California state prison guards accused of mistreating prisoners The Sacramento Bee
An investigation into the behavior modification units at several state prisons in California uncovered widespread allegations of verbal and physical abuse, including denial of medical care, racial slurs, violence and destruction of protest appeals.
Virginia rarely investigates schools that break standardized testing rules The Virginian-Pilot
When schools break testing rules, the Virginia Department of Education can revoke a teacher's license, withhold the school's accreditation or seek fines in court. Last year, the state conducted four inquiries out of about 3,000 complaints -- and only two schools caught manipulating scores have ever lost accreditation.
By Jennifer Jenkins |
May 10, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
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