+ 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.
+ After a $100 million budget cut, violence is on the rise at Florida’s six largest mental hospitals – almost 1,000 patients have hurt themselves or someone else and at least 15 people have died since 2009, according to an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
+ Here’s the tiny drug company outside of Belfast that has helped at least four huge U.S. drug giants avoid paying billions in taxes. Pfizer could be the next one to reap such benefits through an inversion, if it succeeds in buying Allergan.
+ The prime minister of Malaysia caught up in a corruption scandal won’t sue the Wall Street Journal for defamation because he is not well known enough in the U.S., according to his lawyers. In July, the WSJ reported that $700 million was transferred from a government-controlled investment fund into bank accounts belonging to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, prompting multiple probes in that country.
+ Government officials in Kenya have been looting millions from a youth enterprise development fund and spending the money to buy high-end real estate, reports the Daily Nation.
+ The head of laboratory safety at George Washington University – who oversees and protects the school’s radioactive materials and equipment – has been placed on administrative leave amid accusations of plagiarism and creating a harmful work environment, reports the GW Hatchet.
+ In case you missed it, read the NYT’s massive probe into how a group of corporate lawyers held a meeting in Manhattan in 1999 and plotted to increase the use of arbitration – rather than class-action suits – to settle consumer complaints, which has effectively taken away the right to sue. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams and now arbitration clauses are quietly inserted into almost contract or agreement signed by consumers and employees, in which they agreed to abide by rules that effectively privatize the justice system by favoring businesses, “and judges and juries have been replaced by arbitrators who commonly consider the companies their clients, The Times found.”