Investigations

Exposés, reports
and analysis.

Outrages & Insights

Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney

GreenPost

Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

Apr
10

Every once in a while …

Apr
09

Welfare limits keep rolls down despite poor economy

NY Times: “The distress of the last four years has added a cautionary postscript … a program that built its reputation when times were good offered little help when jobs disappeared. Despite the worst economy in decades, the cash welfare rolls have barely budged.”

Apr
09

High gas prices …

Apr
08

Sabres fans get poor return on investment

It turns out Joe Friday is a hockey fan. Who woulda thunk it, Joe being from Los Angeles and all. Detective Friday realizes that while Terry Pegula owns the Buffalo Sabres, the team’s fan base pays the bills. What kind of return on investment did they get this season? When you consider the Sabres ranked […]

Apr
06

Let the fight begin …

Apr
06

Weekend News Cafe: Hydrofracking, muckraking & rock ‘n’ roll

A muckraking columnist Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is both thoughtful and provocative. Consider two recent columns. First, his take on a couple of studies of all the chemical junk fed to the animals that are the source of our meat. My topic today is a pair of new scientific studies suggesting that […]

Apr
05

Lessons for Buffalo from a boomtown

Buffalo is not Austin, Texas, and never will be. They bake. We freeze. They have Lance Armstrong. We had OJ. They don’t pay state income taxes. We do. Oh boy, do we. But I’ve come away from two visits to Austin since last summer thinking there are lessons to be learned. The Texas capital is […]

Apr
04

Pretty good pay for a part-time job

At $79,500, New York legislators are the third-highest-paid state lawmakers in the nation. And then there’s the stipends and per diems they pay themselves. The Albany Times Union has the details.