Apple’s iPad Factories, the NYPD’s Anti-Muslim Training, and the Rest of the Week’s Best Investigative Journalism

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Jan. 27 2012 4:35 PM

Anti-Muslim Training, Sex Predators, and the Labor Behind iPads

This week’s top MuckReads from ProPublica.

At least 1,489 New York City police officers have been shown an anti-Muslim film during training, according to the Times

Photograph by Spencer Platt.

Here are this week's top must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just including the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email to The best submissions are selected by ProPublica's editors and reporters and then featured on our site and @ProPublica.

In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad, New York Times.
The workers who assemble iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products labor in dangerous conditions, but a radical overhaul would slow innovation.
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Dispute Over Drug in Feed Limiting U.S. Meat Exports, MSNBC.
The controversial drug ractopamine has sickened or killed more pigs than any other livestock drug on the market, leading the European Union and China—which together produce and consume about 70 percent of the world’s pork—to refuse to import meat raised on the additive. The U.S. pork industry wants to change their minds.
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Texas Hate Crime Law Has Little Effect, Austin American-Statesman.
A decade after a Texas hate crime law was enacted, just 10 cases have been prosecuted—despite hundreds of hate-crime reports. Only one case has gone to a jury.
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Washington State Is Wasting Millions To Help Sex Predators Avoid Lockup, Seattle Times.
Two hundred and eighty sex offenders in Washington State are locked up indefinitely "as a way to protect society.” Under state law, prisoners who are legally defined as "violently sexual predators" are legally allowed to be detained after their sentences are through. Part of a series.
Contributed by James Neff

In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims, New York Times.
At least 1,489 police officers have been shown an anti-Muslim film during training, according to documents obtained by the Times. A top police official denied in January 2011 that the department had used the film, then said it had been mistakenly screened "a couple of times" for a few officers.
Contributed by Richard Tofel

Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions, Wall Street Journal.
Google agreed to pay $500 million to avoid prosecution for aiding illegal sales of pharmaceuticals. The settlement “signals that, where evidence can be developed that a search engine knowingly and actively assisted advertisers to promote improper conduct, the search engine can be held accountable as an accomplice,” said the lead prosecutor.
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Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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