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Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery. The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.

Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery. The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.

In the Spring of 2011, the brothers Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels were the talk of Carteret County, on the central coast of North Carolina. Some people said that the brothers were righteous; others thought that they had lost their minds. That March, Melvin and Licurtis stood in court and refused to leave the land that they had lived on all their lives, a portion of which had, without their knowledge or consent, been sold to developers years before. The brothers were among dozens of Reels family members who considered the land theirs, but Melvin and Licurtis had a particular stake in it....

July 22, 2019
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Black Landowners Will Benefit From New Funding to Prevent Land Loss

Black Landowners Will Benefit From New Funding to Prevent Land Loss

How Black Families Are Losing Their LandProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.A property law scholar who has helped secure state protections to keep Black families from losing their land won a MacArthur “genius” award this week, a year after ProPublica drew attention to the problem and his significant efforts in a that was published with the New Yorker. , a professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, plans to use the $625,000 grant to create a law center where staff will study reforms to protect the real...

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When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.of July, Tres Biggs stepped into the courthouse in Coffeyville, Kansas, for medical debt collection day, a monthly ritual in this quiet city of 9,000, just over the Oklahoma border. He was one of 90 people who had been summoned, sued by the local hospital, or doctors, or an ambulance service over unpaid bills. Some wore eye patches and bandages; others limped to their seats by the wood-paneled walls. Biggs, who...

October 16, 2019
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A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients — ProPublica

A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients — ProPublica

Is the United States Prepared for COVID-19?ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.As of Friday, Louisiana was reporting 479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of the highest numbers in the country. Ten people had died. The majority of cases are in New Orleans, which now has one confirmed case for every 1,000 residents. New Orleans had held Mardi Gras celebrations just two weeks before its first patient, with more than a million revelers on its streets.I spoke to a respiratory therapist there, whose job is to ensure...

March 21, 2020
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The Black American Amputation Epidemic

The Black American Amputation Epidemic

Black patients were losing limbs at triple the rate of others.The doctor put up billboards in the Mississippi Delta.Amputation Prevention Institute, they read.He could save their limbs,ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.in the hospital after a particularly grueling week when Dr. Foluso Fakorede, the only cardiologist in Bolivar County, Mississippi, walked into Room 336. Henry Dotstry lay on a cot, his gray curls puffed on a pillow. Fakorede smelled the circumstances — a rancid whiff, like dead...

May 19, 2020
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