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

Five Tips to Help You Avoid Tech Support Phone Scams

first_imgFor the past several years, we’ve highlighted to customers the technical support scams plaguing companies around the world, including in the IT industry. These scams are not new. Fraudsters continue to design ways — from fake websites to phishing emails— to steal personal information for criminal purposes.One such scam affecting Dell and other well-known companies — the telephone technical support scam — is becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to distinguish from legitimate tech support calls. In this scam, individuals claiming to work for Dell make unsolicited calls to customers and insist there is a technical problem with their Dell product. They ultimately try to defraud customers by pressuring them to pay to fix the issue.Our thanks to those who have alerted us that they have been contacted by scammers. This information has been invaluable to Dell in helping us investigate these scams. We’re also working alongside our industry peers and law enforcement to aggressively address this issue.So, what’s the result? We know that sharing information on these scams has led to positive developments. Scammer websites have been shut down, fraudulent call centers closed, their participants prosecuted, and suspect internet addresses blocked from payment processing companies. However, these scams continue to operate. When we see one successfully shut down, another sprouts up at an alarming rate.As we’ve said before, the best protection from these scams is to hang up immediately if you receive a suspicious call. Here are Dell’s top five tips to help you avoid being scammed:Hang up! If an unsolicited caller pressures you to act quickly and give up sensitive personal and financial information to fix an issue and/or engages in threatening, aggressive behavior, that’s a sign of a scam.Never hand over your financial information to unsolicited callers who try to charge you to remove computer viruses, malware, or ransomware, even if they have specific information about your computer.Never pay for tech support services with any type of gift card or by wiring funds. Dell will never ask you for these forms of payment.Never visit unverified websites and never download and install software that unsolicited callers try directing you to.Never agree to give control of your computer to any unsolicited caller to fix an issue you did not report—despite how convincing they may sound.For our U.S. and Canada customers: If you feel you may have been scammed, contact us immediately via our online form or call us toll-free at (866) 453-1742 Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.For our customers outside the U.S. and Canada, please click here.The battle to protect customers from these fraudsters is ongoing. As long as these scams continue to happen, we’ll continue to fight on your behalf.last_img read more

Heavy Rains to Cause Road ‘Ponding,’ Snarl Tuesday Evening Rush Hour Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Heavy rainfall may help to ease a drought affecting much of Long Island, but it’s also expected to cause large puddles on roadways, leading to Tuesday evening rush-hour traffic delays, forecasters say.Moderate to heavy precipitation that began Tuesday morning is expected to continue through Wednesday night, bringing with it fog and strong wind gusts at times—in addition to more water on roadways than some storm-water drains can handle, forecasters said.“Poor drainage areas will see significant ponding take place which may be exacerbated by leaves clogging the drains,” Upton-based National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists said in a special weather statement.“Expect travel delays from the ponding on area roads and be careful of hydroplaning,” the statement continued. “The evening rush hour will still see significant travel delays due to the rain and ponding on the roadways.”The rain is forecast to taper off from west to east around sunset, the agency said. But there is a 100-percent chance that heavy rains will resume after 3 p.m. Wednesday before skies clear up for the rest of the week.last_img read more

It’s Bigbrowngreyhope

first_imgAmerican-bred BIGBROWNGREYHOPE should give players of the Sunrise-6 a lot to cheer about after tomorrow’s 11:30 a.m. opening race on Guineas Day 2017 at Caymanas Park. The seven-old son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown has been under a cloud for the past nine months after winning his fifth race on June 29 last year, but now appears ready to give those chasing the whopping $1.6 million carryover a perfect start. His last win came over tomorrow’s distance, 1300 metres, clocking a very good 1:20.3. That victory came in the rating group above and nothing in this line up can match that sort of time. The gelding’s fitness is now not in doubt as he has been exercising regularly for well over a month. In his last run over 1600 metres in the $450,000 claiming, he was prominent for a long time before weakening late and placing fourth by seven lengths behind Unbreakable. With the reliable Robert Halledeen on board, he should make no mistake over his favourite distance. DISAPPOINTED The second is a knotty 1200 metres for maidens. LAWS OF THE CODE disappointed over the distance as the even-money favourite last time after putting in two impressive efforts in February and March. He cannot be trusted, and a better bet is UNCLE FREDDIE, who has finished behind three Classic contenders (Don Chassis, Loose Cannon, Balazo) in his three starts, and with this field more manageable, could go all the way. LUCKY STROKE should provide all the answers for Race 3, division two of the second race. He ended head-on with 2000 Guineas contender Market Force at exercise on Wednesday (1:32.3 over 1400m), and that is good enough to beat this field. Race 4 is an early Easter gift for REIGN OVER ALL and former champion jockey Dane Nelson. He was beaten a short head by Supreme Magic on March 4, and the latter went up in class to destroy a $250,000 field by four lengths on March 29. LEEKOUT has been knocking at the door for some time and it should fly wide open in Race 5. His 1:15.1 for 1200 metres (March 25) makes him almost a second better than anything else in this field. He should not be a maiden after tomorrow, if he gets a clear passage. SUNDANCE is obviously below his best but cannot help defeating his weak rivals in the sixth race. He clocked 1:01.3 over 1000 metres round last time and in this milder pace in the lowest claiming group ($180,000), it should be a post-to-post win for the Gary Griffiths-trained four-year-old gelding. SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS 1. BIGBROWNGREYHOPE 2. UNCLE FREDDIE 3. LUCKY STROKE 4. REIGN OVER ALL 5. LEEKOUT 6. SUNDANCElast_img read more