+ How “60 Minutes” took Sam Quinones’s story idea on the heroin epidemic in Ohio – on which he spent years reporting, interviewing hundreds of people and poring over documents – without crediting him or his excellent book, “Dreamland,” in its show on Sunday night. He writes on his blog: “The whole episode reminds me that 60 Minutes is no longer a standard bearer of anything except cost containment. Shows like 60 Minutes no longer set the national debate. They’re followers, imitators, now, where once they were leaders.”
+ Georgia ranks first among all non-border states in deportations of undocumented immigrants, according to an investigation by Atlanta’s WSB-TV. In fiscal year, there were 7,120 immigrants who were deported – of the 1,173 who had felony convictions, nearly half had been removed at least once before.
+ It shouldn’t be surprising but there are actually some members of Congress who are opposed to providing public access to formal reports by the indispensable Congressional Research Service, a much-respected legislative branch.
+ The last installment of the NYT’s excellent investigative series on the increasing use of arbitration by companies across the country takes a look at how religious tribunals are being used to settle secular problems such as claims of financial fraud and wrongful death. After their son Nick Ellison died from taking drugs shortly after leaving a Christian substance abuse program, his parents couldn’t take the group to court but had to attend sessions run by Peacemaker Ministries, which does mediation incorporating prayer and scripture.