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William Andrews Clark was caught in a bribery scandal during a campaign for the U.S. Senate - he was said to describe the Montana legislators this way: 'I never bought a man who wasn't for sale.' ---->>>

Firefighters go where they're needed, sometimes ignoring the dangers even when no one is inside a burning building to be saved. ---->>>

The Secret Service once watched for people who fit the popular profile of dangerousness: the lunatic, the loner, the threatener, the hater. ---->>>

A 'Globe' examination found that Boston police officers exercise broad discretion when deciding whether to issue a ticket. ---->>>

Huguette Clark was an artist, a painter and doll collector. ---->>>

In Minneapolis, the overhead sky walks protect pedestrians from the winter cold and snow. ---->>>

The scientific effort to inform the public about landslide risks often runs head-on into powerful economic interests. ---->>>

With better gear, firefighters no longer surround and drown a fire - they go in. ---->>>

Nuclear power plants built in the areas usually thought of as earthquake zones, such as the California coastline, have a surprisingly low risk of damage from those earthquakes. Why? They built anticipating a major quake. ---->>>

'J'eet jet?' is still the standard way for a Pittsburgher to ask if you're ready for a meal, but the meal itself is no longer limited to chipped ham and an Iron City beer. ---->>>

The senior thesis of Hillary D. Rodham, Wellesley College class of 1969, has been speculated about, spun, analyzed, debated, criticized and defended. But rarely has it been read, because for the eight years of Bill Clinton's presidency it was locked away. ---->>>

About 100 firefighters a year die in the line of duty in the U.S. Heart attacks on the job and vehicle accidents on the way to the fires account for about half. The other half are traumatic deaths while fighting fires. ---->>>

After a plane or train crash, the National Transportation Safety Board dispatches its experts within two hours. The investigators in their familiar jackets take charge of the scene, secure evidence, follow leads. ---->>>

Although the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States has stagnated, dropping 12 percent from a high in the early 1980s, the number of retail jobs has risen 43 percent. ---->>>

Cincinnati attracted its first permanent white settlers by flatboat in 1788. It took its name from the Society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary officers. That name came from Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer and general. ---->>>

Each year, at the typical nuclear reactor in the U.S., there's a 1 in 74,176 chance of an earthquake strong enough to cause damage to the reactor's core, which could expose the public to radiation. No tsunami required.

Each year, at the typical nuclear reactor in the U.S., there's a 1 in 74,176 chance of an earthquake strong enough to cause damage to the reactor's core, which could expose the public to radiation. No tsunami required.

Federal agencies that own bridges have some of the worst records for on-time inspections. Nearly 3,000 bridges owned by U.S. government agencies went more than two years between checkups. ---->>>

It may be no surprise that Pittsburgh has direct flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt, but consider this: many of the tourists here have come from Europe to the capital of culture in the Alleghenies. ---->>>

John Glenn's father, known as Herschel, was mostly deaf from injuries in World War I. To help out at home, young Glenn sold rhubarb all over town from the family garden. ---->>>

NBC News found that FEMA has redrawn maps even for properties that have repeatedly filed claims for flood losses from previous storms. At least some of the properties are on the secret 'repetitive loss list' that FEMA sends to communities to alert them to problem properties. ---->>>

New flood maps in many states have raised the estimation of flood risks along rivers, streams and oceans, adding many properties to flood zones for the first time. ---->>>

Relaxing at home in his 55th-floor condominium before a game, Sammy Sosa is the same as at the ball park: focused but funny, exuberant but reserved. He is in a strange country, conversing in two languages, but his every movement displays a combination of confidence and humility. ---->>>

The Adversity Index was created by msnbc.com and Moody's Analytics to track the economic fortunes of states and metro areas. Each month, the Adversity Index uses government data on employment, industrial production, housing starts and home prices to label each area as expanding, at risk of recession, in recession or recovering. ---->>>

There is no accurate or useful 'profile' of students who engage in targeted school violence. Some come from good homes, some from bad. Some have good grades, some bad. ---->>>

While the House of Blues slogan has been 'In blues we trust,' its stages are usually filled with more reliable moneymakers - Neil Diamond and A Tribe Called Quest among them. ---->>>

Fans love Sosa for his exuberance, for the kisses he blows to his mother, wife and four children. He is Slammin' Sammy, a fairy-tale figure rising from poverty in the Dominican Republic to the 55th floor above Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. ---->>>

Spring and summer in Pittsburgh mean outdoor festivals. ---->>>

A city built on rivers and bituminous coal, Pittsburgh in the '90s has survived the boom and bust years. ---->>>

FEMA says that it does not factor in previous losses into its decisions on applications to redraw the flood zones. ---->>>

History is the best guide to the future. ---->>>

Humidity notwithstanding, summer seems to bring out the best of Cincinnati. ---->>>

I'm not a person who has people tell me things in parking garages. ---->>>

If he is convicted, Dr. Kevorkian says he will die a martyr's death by going on a hunger strike. ---->>>

In Chicago, integrated neighborhoods do not stay integrated for long. ---->>>

In Illinois, where legislators are paid $45,000, plus as much as $10,000 for leadership work, about half are full-time politicians. ---->>>

More than 30 of America's 100 nuclear power reactors have the same brand of General Electric reactors or containment system used in Fukushima. ---->>>

New York state ethics rules prohibit lawyers from soliciting gifts from clients 'for the benefit of the lawyer or a person related to the lawyer.' ---->>>

The Iraq war fueled distrust of the press from both sides. ---->>>

In Atlanta, with a large African-American population, Sosa is often considered a black man. In Miami and Los Angeles, with larger Hispanic populations, he is a Latino man, and the black label is rejected as robbing Hispanics of a hero. ---->>>

The main threads running through the lives of W. A. Clark and his daughter Huguette include the costs of ambition, the burdens of inherited wealth, the fragility of reputation, the folly of judging someone's life from the outside, and the tension between engaging with the world, with all its risks, and keeping a safe distance from danger. ---->>>

Nine of 10 whites in Chicago borrow from top-drawer banks and mortgage companies, which the industry calls prime lenders. They lend to people with A credit ratings, making loans at competitive rates. ---->>>

The entire federal budget for landslide research is $3.5 million a year - far less than the property value lost on a single day when 17 mansions slid down a hill in 2005 in Laguna Beach, Calif. ---->>>

The Federal Highway Administration has allowed states to take advantage of a loophole in federal regulations, delaying bridge inspections to every four years instead of the two years normally required. ---->>>

A CBS spokesman said the network's policy was tightened in September 2006 to forbid contributions to political campaigns. Previously, there was a bit of wiggle room. ---->>>

After every massacre in a school, Americans grasp at quick cures. 'Let's install metal detectors and give guns to teachers' Let's crack down on troublemakers, weeding out kids who fit the profile of a gunman. Let's buy bulletproof whiteboards for the students to scurry behind, or train kids to throw erasers or cans of soup at an attacker.' ---->>>

An investigation by msnbc.com shows that the CDC routinely takes as long as a month - and sometimes as long as nine months - to visit the scene of firefighter deaths. ---->>>

Even with good maps, there's no guarantee that the public will get the word about landslide hazards, or that state and local governments will take action to discourage or prevent building in dangerous areas. ---->>>

Fans love McGwire for his powerful physique, for his on-field hugs of his son, the part-time bat boy. He is Big Mac, or Paul Bunyan in Cardinals red with a white-ash bat instead of an ax. ---->>>

Federal regulations forbid delaying inspections for fracture-critical bridges like the fallen Minneapolis bridge - the kind with a lack of redundancy in design, so that a single failure in a load-bearing part can cause the entire bridge to collapse. ---->>>

In Montana, where Sen. William Andrews Clark made his fortune and lost his reputation, people had assumed that all his children were long dead. After all, he was born in 1839 and was of age to serve in the Civil War. ---->>>

In New York, FEMA granted the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club's request to be remapped from the high-risk flood zone in August 2012 - just two months before the club was damaged and its outbuildings destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which stacked up yachts at its docks like pick-up sticks. ---->>>

In votes cast, Latinos have increased to five million in the 1996 Presidential election, up from two million in the 1976 election. The number of Hispanic elected officials has not risen so fast. ---->>>

Less than a year after the Sept. 11 attacks, al-Qaida attacks were continuing: the firebombing of a synagogue in Tunisia in April, a bomb outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi in June. ---->>>

Like most other states, Illinois has little regulation of the economic interests of legislators and relies on public disclosure to keep the lawmaking honest. ---->>>

Many police departments still use DNA evidence the way they have used fingerprints and tire tracks: to determine whether a suspect committed the crime. ---->>>

Mohammed al-Qahtani was not alleged to be a leader of the Sept. 11 plot. He was not trained as a pilot. If he was involved, he was one of the 'muscle' hijackers. ---->>>

Polygraphs are not allowed as evidence in most U.S. courts, but they're routinely used in police investigations, and the Defense Department relies heavily on them for security screening. ---->>>

Sammy Sosa grew up without a father in the back of a converted public hospital in San Pedro de Macoris, a dusty seaside town in the Dominican Republic. His father, Juan Montero, died when Sosa was 5. ---->>>

Ted Williams, an extraordinary hitter in his day, has said the swing starts in the hips, and Sosa arrived with one of the strongest lower bodies in the game. ---->>>

When Goldberg's 'Liberal Fascism' came out in January 2008, his employer 'National Review Online' announced that Tribune Media Services, which carries Goldberg's opinion columns, had 'nominated' Goldberg for a Pulitzer in commentary. ---->>>

Huguette Clark has had her own tax liens - four times, the IRS has filed to collect taxes from her. ---->>>

Jason McDermott's political career, however bogus, appears to have had an early and promising start. ---->>>

Both CNN and NPR prohibit political activity by all journalists, no matter their assignment. ---->>>

Disclosure of private e-mails from government officials has been a legal issue in many states. ---->>>

'John Doe' is typically used in a warrant when the accused is known by an alias or by a physical description. ---->>>

Polygraphs have sparked a fierce debate for at least a century. ---->>>

The Federal Government is achieving its stated goal of helping more minorities go from being renters to being owners. ---->>>

Wal-Mart has always paid low wages, or, as Sam Walton put it, 'as little as we could get by with at the time.' ---->>>

ABC forbids political activity by journalists. ---->>>

Although some Clinton biographers have been quick to label Alinsky a communist, he maintained that he never joined the Communist Party. ---->>>

America's schools and streets are safer than Americans know. ---->>>

Brand names are well known to business school professors, but only one professor is a brand name herself. Call her Professor Oprah. ---->>>

Cincinnatians support a symphony, an opera, a ballet, museums, many galleries and theater groups. ---->>>

Cities vary widely in the use of DNA testing. ---->>>

Community groups contend that door-to-door loan sales are often followed by foreclosures. ---->>>

Companies are accustomed to dismissing employees for misuse of computers at work.

Companies are accustomed to dismissing employees for misuse of computers at work.

Every scandal has its road kill: the pedestrians who stumble into the headlights of the oncoming 18-wheeler. ---->>>

Forty states have sued tobacco companies over the costs of health care for residents on Medicaid and public assistance. ---->>>

Groups that work in black neighborhoods around the country have contended that much of subprime lending is 'predatory lending.' ---->>>

I am not one to seek simple causes. ---->>>

I'm not in the what-people-feel business. It is not my place to guess. ---->>>

I'm pretty much a documents reporter. I'm a public records geek. ---->>>

If police officers routinely issue tickets for the most serious traffic offenses, they'll be treating drivers of all races, sexes, and ages equally. ---->>>

In Los Angeles, the Police Department buys a 40-foot refrigerated trailer truck every six months just to hold DNA evidence. ---->>>

In the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, farmer-legislators write the agriculture laws. ---->>>

It's hard to say whether the general incidence of school violence of all types is increasing or not. ---->>>

Jason McDermott can be the most ingratiating young man: a born politician. ---->>>

Some employees are protected by union or personal contracts that limit reasons for dismissal. ---->>>

Some parents believe that competition helps prepare children to succeed. Others fear that their children will not be able to handle failure. ---->>>

State and federal laws protect whistle-blowers, those who refuse to do something illegal, and workers who file claims for workers' compensation. ---->>>

Subprime lending is growing faster in black areas than in white areas. ---->>>

The term 'triage' normally means deciding who gets attention first. ---->>>

Though some student activists of the 1960s may have idolized Alinsky, he didn't particularly idolize them. ---->>>

Unlike the United States Congress, which mostly forbids outside employment, state legislatures are generally composed of people with other careers. ---->>>

Many company policies restrict use of E-mail, limit access to offensive Web sites and prohibit disclosure of confidential information. Few policies, if any, directly address personal Web pages. ---->>>

Many visitors to Chicago know the Loop, the shops on the Magnificent Mile, and the Museum Campus. Meanwhile, much of the bustle is in the developing neighborhoods around the Loop: North, South and West. ---->>>

Todd Palin's frequent presence in the governor's office led some in Juneau to call him the 'Shadow Governor.' But it had never been clear, at least to the public, what roles he played. ---->>>

Wellesley's president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule with a specific application: The senior thesis of every Wellesley alumna is available in the college archives for anyone to read - except for those written by either a 'president or first lady of the United States.' ---->>>

A foundation representing firefighters who die in the line of duty is calling for Congress to strip the Centers for Disease Control of its role investigating firefighter deaths. ---->>>

After Huguette Clark died in 2011 at age 104, 19 relatives challenged her will, claiming she was mentally ill and had been defrauded by her nurse, attorney and accountant. ---->>>

American nuclear reactors are well into middle age. The median age of an operating reactor in the U.S. is 34 years, placing start-up in midst of the Carter administration. ---->>>

As more workers lose manufacturing jobs as companies cut back, some are being forced into lower-paying retail jobs. But they still have union cards in their wallets. ---->>>

At one point, Sarah Palin sent her husband instructions to stock up on 'fresh fruit and veggies' for the kids, and 'as little processed foods as possible.' ---->>>

Because appearing to be fair is part of being fair, most mainstream news organizations discourage marching for causes, displaying political bumper stickers or giving cash to candidates. ---->>>

For the first six years of his career, Sammy Sosa was one of the least patient players in the game. He could hit the long ball and steal a base, but he was undisciplined. ---->>>

Groups that advocate open government have argued that it's vital to know the names of White House visitors, who may have an outsized influence on policy matters. ---->>>

In 1900, the typical American was a boy, not yet a teenager, named John. He lived with his parents and his sisters, Mary and Helen, on a farm in New York or Pennsylvania. ---->>>

In more than 500 instances, from the Gulf of Alaska to Bar Harbor, Maine, FEMA has remapped waterfront properties from the highest-risk flood zone, saving the owners as much as 97 percent on the premiums they pay into the financially strained National Flood Insurance Program. ---->>>

Lie detectors sometimes work because people believe they work, deterring the wrong people from applying for jobs in the first place, or prompting admissions of guilt during interrogations. ---->>>

MSNBC policy requires journalists to report any potential conflict of interest and to seek approval from the president of NBC News before making any political contribution. ---->>>

One-third of all professional baseball players come from Latin America, and Sosa is following role models such as the late Roberto Clemente, a Puerto Rican, from whom he adopted the No. 21. Now he is a model for others. ---->>>

Reggie Campbell and Kathleen Goldsmith are participants in an American success story, the unprecedented boom of home-buying by African-Americans in the 1990s. Only he is black and she is white. When he moved into the neighborhood, she moved out. ---->>>

State courts usually rule that correspondence between government officials, about government business, are public records, whether they use their government e-mail accounts or private ones. ---->>>

The long view of the Census bureau allows some changes that are taken for granted to be studied in more detail. Everyone knows, for example, that people get married later than they used to. ---->>>

The Manhattan district attorney has closed the well-publicized investigation of the handling of the $300 million fortune of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark - without charging anyone with a crime. ---->>>

The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn't have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions. ---->>>

The real Representative McDermott said Jason McDermott is no relation. The Congressman does have a son, but his name is James and he does not live in the Midwest. ---->>>

There's a longstanding tradition that journalists don't cheer in the press box. They have opinions, like anyone else, but they are expected to keep those opinions out of their work. ---->>>

What are the odds that a nuclear emergency like the one at Fukushima Dai-ichi could happen in the central or eastern United States? They'd have to be astronomical, right? ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-21, 1960
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Occupation: Journalist

Bill Dedman (born 1960) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, an investigative reporter for Newsday, and co-author of the No. 1 bestselling biography of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. Often relying on public records as much as insider accounts, Dedman has reported and written influential investigative articles on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders, racial profiling by police, interrogation of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and efforts to understand and prevent school shootings (wikipedia)