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Verizon is scared of the truth

Its new publication, Sugarstring, bans mention of surveillance and net neutrality<p>In the last decade the written word has been devoted largely to declaring the death of the written word. The harbingers of journalism's doom refer to dramatic charts, like this one from The Pew Research Center, that …

I was Virginia's executioner from 1982 to 1999. Any questions for me?

Jerry Givens worked for 25 years for Virginia's department of corrections. He was the state's executioner from 1982 to 1999 and administered the death penalty to 62 inmates, some by lethal injection and some by electrocution. For many years, even his own family did not know the truth about his job. …

The Death Penalty: Still Popular, But Getting Less Popular

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Support for the death penalty is at a 40 year low, according to new Gallup poll, which might suggest …

Huge Differences by Region in Prescribing to Elderly, Study Finds — ProPublica

Elderly Americans are prescribed medications in inexplicably different ways depending on where they live, according to a new report from Dartmouth …

Catholic Hospitals Grow, and With Them Questions of Care — ProPublica

<i>Oct. 17: This story has been corrected.</i><p>Over the past few years, Washington state’s liberal voters have been on quite a roll. Same-sex marriage? …

Privacy Opinions

Opinions on internet privacy The philosopher: [[Two women stand talking to each other.]] Woman 1: "Privacy" is an impractical way to think about data …

Euthanasia cases in the Netherlands rise by 13% in a year

The number of assisted suicides in the Netherlands rose by 13% in 2012, the sixth consecutive year of increases, according to the commission that vets voluntary euthanasia in the country.<p>Doctor-administered euthanasia for terminally ill people facing unbearable suffering was legalised in the …

Stephen Hawking Backs Assisted Suicide For The Terminally Ill

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who has lived for years with the progressive and debilitating motor neuron condition known as Lou Gehrig's disease, tells the BBC that he favors assisted suicide for people with terminal illnesses.<p>Hawking, 71, who uses a wheelchair and speaks through a computer speech …

'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital

If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.<p>But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And …

The Immortality Financiers: The Billionaires Who Want to Live Forever

We all want to live forever, but some of us have the means to actually do something about it. Adam Gollner, author of The Book of Immortality, …

China announces end date for taking prisoners' organs

<b>A senior Chinese official has said the country will phase out the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners from November.</b><p>Huang Jiefu said China would now rely on using organs from voluntary donors under a new national donation system.<p>Prisoners used to account for two-thirds of transplant …

The Best Reporting on Mental Illness in Prisons — ProPublica

Last week, we published an investigation into the New York prison system, and how, despite protections, inmates with severe mental illness are still …

Mental Health

Coffee and Suicide

(Photo: Timothy Boyd)<p>In our hour-long podcast “The Suicide Paradox,” we explored some of the facts and myths about suicide. A new Harvard study …

California governor vetoes egg-payment law : News blog

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a proposed law that would have allowed payments to women who give their eggs to scientific researchers, a …

Eric Holder unveils new reforms aimed at curbing US prison population

The US government took the first tentative steps toward tackling its 1.5m-strong prison population on Monday by announcing that minor drug dealers would be spared the mandatory minimum sentences that have previously locked up many for a decade or more.<p>Reversing years of toughening political …

Brain scans reveal which 'vegetative' patients are alert, trapped in bodies

A man who had appeared to have been in a vegetative state for 12 years knew his name and knew where he was, Canadian researchers report in a study showing it’s possible to use MRI brain scans to establish communication with people who seem completely unconscious.<p>Three people tested using a special …

The Brain