Sacramento Bee wins Nieman’s Worth Bingham Prize

first_imgThe Sacramento Bee has won the Nieman Foundation’s $20,000 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for its five-part series “Nevada Patient Busing.”The Bee’s investigation found that over the course of five years, the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas transported more than 1,500 mentally ill patients out of Nevada by bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental U.S. A third of those patients were sent to California.Many patients were sent away without plans for treatment or housing and in some cases, to cities where they had no personal contacts. Some of them were violent offenders who committed crimes in their new cities.Lead reporters Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese spent months tracking down former patients and others involved in the story, interviewing hundreds of people in the process. The series has spurred a number of changes and reforms. Nevada legislators increased funding for mental health by roughly $30 million and state and federal agencies are reviewing the hospital’s treatment protocols.The $20,000 Bingham Prize will be presented to The Sacramento Bee on April 10, 2014, at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.The annual award honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served. Worth Bingham, who died at the age of 34, achieved prominence as an investigative journalist and was vice president and assistant to the publisher for the Louisville Courier-Journal. His family and friends created the prize in his memory in 1967. He was a 1954 Harvard graduate. Read Full Storylast_img read more

BLOG: A Commonsense Severance Tax To Fund Our Schools

first_imgBLOG: A Commonsense Severance Tax To Fund Our Schools SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 19, 2016 You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Pedro A. Rivera, Secretary of Education Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  Severance Tax,  The Blog Last June’s unanimous passage of a funding formula by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission was cause for celebration for Pennsylvania’s schools, parents, students, and communities.Using a fair and equitable formula would mean education funding could finally be allocated in a balanced way, accounting for the true needs to educate a given student in a given school. However, as beneficial as this formula could be in ensuring that funding is driven out equitably in the commonwealth, a formula means little if there is not adequate funding to support its use.Governor Wolf has been fighting for historic increases in education funding at all levels since day one. A commonsense severance tax plan would support this investment and help lay the foundation for long-term economic growth in the commonwealth. The governor’s plan will also help ensure our students across the commonwealth have access to a high-quality education to prepare them for college or career.A fair severance tax on natural gas drillers would provide our schools with a dedicated funding source, help to increase the state’s share of education funding, and reduce the reliance on property taxes to fund our schools.Pennsylvania is at a crossroads and our state’s leaders need to decide which path the commonwealth will choose. One path invests in education, eliminates the deficit, and puts Pennsylvania back on track to a greater future. The other path, not investing adequately and fairly in education, restricts our state’s future. Failing to invest in education threatens the competitiveness of our workforce, damages our state’s and school districts’ credit ratings, and diminishes the overall quality of life in our communities.A commonsense severance tax would provide the needed funds to maximize the impact of the bipartisan funding formula, which would help our students continue to progress toward college and career readiness, while also serving as a down payment on the state’s long-term economic growth.last_img read more

Pacific ends CSUN’s season

first_imgANAHEIM – It wasn’t just the poor perimeter shooting or 16 turnovers that indicated it might be a long night for the Cal State Northridge men’s basketball team. With seven minutes remaining in the first half, a cheer routine during a timeout resulted in a Matadors cheerleader being dropped near center court. And less than seven minutes into the second half, a boisterous CSUN fan was ejected from Anaheim Convention Center after slamming the basketball in front of an official. It all added up to an uphill battle Wednesday for the sixth-seeded Matadors, who couldn’t overcome a 14-point halftime deficit in a 71-54 loss to No. 7 University of the Pacific in the opening round of the Big West Conference tournament. “I thought they were pretty good offensively and we weren’t as good as we needed to be defensively,” CSUN coach Bobby Braswell said. “Like so many games down the stretch at the end, we struggled to score.” After finishing an uncharacteristic seven games below .500 during the regular season – the Tigers’ worst mark since 2003 – it appeared that Pacific might have been vulnerable entering the postseason. But the Tigers (12-18) demonstrated why they’re the reigning conference tournament champions, attacking CSUN’s zone defense with crisp ball movement and efficient 3-point shooting. CSUN (14-17), which snapped a nine-game losing streak against Pacific with a 76-73 victory Feb. 24 at the Matadome, didn’t help its cause, making only eight of 25 first-half field goals. “I thought their execution was a lot better (than the first two meetings),” Braswell said. “That’s obviously their best of the three games … They have some guys who have played at that (championship) level.” The Tigers, who will face third-seeded Cal State Fullerton (19-9) at 6 p.m. today in the quarterfinals, shot 51.7 percent (15 of 29) from the field in the opening 20 minutes. The Matadors were the last team, and only the fourth in tournament history, to reach the final with a seed of sixth or lower. With a victory over top-seed Long Beach State in the regular season, CSUN believed it could recapture the magic of 2004, when it advanced to the championship game as the No. 6 seed, before losing 75-73 to Pacific. But despite a 10-2 run during a three-minute stretch of the second half – highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by Calvin Chitwood (13 points) – which cut the deficit to 50-41 with 11:29 remaining, the Matadors suffered their second consecutive first-round loss. Senior Thomas Shewmake (14 points and 10 rebounds), one of three remaining players from the tournament runner-up squad three years ago, kept the Matadors within striking distance, as his layup pulled CSUN within 70-60 with 7:33 left. But the Tigers responded with a 10-point run and the Matadors didn’t score for nearly six minutes to conclude their season with three consecutive losses. “Going out in the first round, I didn’t really want to do that. It sucks,” Shewmake said. “My senior year, I didn’t really want to go out like that. I’m all over the place right now. It’s not real to me.” Pacific, which received 16 points apiece from Steffan Johnson and Reggie Vezia, improved to 14-3 all-time against CSUN, including four victories in the Big West tournament. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more