Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Chapter 1 “Inmates Run This Bitch” Chapter 2 Prison Experiments Chapter 3 The CCA Way Chapter 4 “You Got to Survive” Chapter 5 Lockdown Chapter 1: “Inmates Run This Bitch” Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). I take a breath. Am I really going to become a prison guard? Now that it might actually happen, it feels scary and a bit extreme. From the editor: Why we sent a reporter to work as a private prison guard I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation’s 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it’s nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it’s usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. … [Read more...] about My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation
Baby face heat rash
Lucy Wiese’s birth in June 2008 at a hospital in Richmond, Va., followed an uneventful pregnancy. Doctors noted what they characterized as a benign newborn rash that blanketed her body. To her mother, Jan Wiese, the rash looked like little freckles, which scabbed over and then fell off. Lucy also had a mild case of jaundice — common in newborns — which required a week of light-exposure therapy at home. At nine months, she developed an infection near her toenail. The area grew swollen and pus-filled, but it wasn’t painful. The pediatrician drained it and the toe healed. Three months later, something similar happened to two of Lucy’s fingers, which she habitually sucked. Lucy was given antibiotics, and the doctor advised that she be prevented from sucking her fingers — easier said than done, her mother observed. Lucy had also developed periodic patchy outbreaks on her face and torso that resembled a heat rash and puzzled her doctors. Wiese and her … [Read more...] about Medical mystery: She had rashes. But don’t all kids?
Sandra G. Boodman, The Washington Post Published 7:35 am PDT, Monday, July 30, 2018 Photo: Wiese Family Photo Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Lucy Wiese, who just turned 10, was diagnosed at age 3 with a very rare disorder called Jobs syndrome, which can result from a spontaneous genetic mutation. Lucy Wiese, who just turned 10, was diagnosed at age 3 with a very rare disorder called Jobs syndrome, which can result from a spontaneous genetic mutation. Photo: Wiese Family Photo She had rashes. But don't all kids? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The pediatrician was blunt but not unkind. Even so, her unequivocal message made Jan Wiese bristle. "You know, this is really not normal," the doctor told Wiese after seeing 2-year-old Lucy Wiese for the first time. Struck by the little girl's medical history, especially … [Read more...] about She had rashes. But don’t all kids?
Bill Schmick Contributing columnist Updated 3:45 pm CDT, Saturday, July 7, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Schmick Schmick Schmick: How a heat wave impacts the economy 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It’s been more than 90 degrees on several days. If you are like most of us, it’s a bit harder to give it your all at work, even if you have an air-conditioned office job. Now, imagine the same thing happening to millions of workers all over the nation. Heat waves like this one can have a devastating effect on productivity. As the thermometer climbs, workers feel decreased energy. Loss of concentration, muscle cramps, heat rash and, in some cases, heat exhaustion or heatstroke. The impact is even worse if you live in a big city. If you have ever walked down a mid-town street in Manhattan or Boston on a hot summer day, it feels like an oven. That’s because it is. Concrete, asphalt, underground pipes, heating systems and … [Read more...] about Schmick: How a heat wave impacts the economy
By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) Story Continued Below HAPPY Friday! Valentine’s Day is Sunday. The Gridiron Club emails members: “Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina will be the Republican speaker at the Gridiron Club’s 131st anniversary dinner on March 5, President Doyle McManus announced ... Haley, mentioned as a possible Republican vice presidential choice, joins the two Democratic speakers, twin brothers Julian and Joaquin Castro, and Vice President Joe Biden, who will represent the administration.” GLENN THRUSH takeaways from PBS’ #DemDebate in Milwaukee: “Clinton did very little to arrest Sanders’ momentum, although she effectively contrasted her command of granular policy with his vague-ish appeals to liberal outrage. She probably won, ... but by an Iowa-sized increment ... Sanders is just as good a debater as Clinton. ... “Will the Bern get heat rash? ... … [Read more...] about BERNIE’S FRIENDS: He’s starting to believe he could win — GRIDIRON HEADLINER announced — B’DAY: Ben Sherwood, Susan Page, Marc Caputo, Jim VandeHei