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Jane Mayer wins Nieman Foundation’s I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence

first_imgInvestigative journalist, author and New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer has been selected as winner of the 2013 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will present the award on Sept. 28, 2013, during the foundation’s 75th anniversary weekend.Former Nieman Foundation curator Bill Kovach, chair of the advisory committee that oversees the annual award, said, “Mayer is being recognized for her in-depth investigations of complex issues, the consistently high quality of her writing and her ability to maintain her reportorial independence at a large news organization.”In making their decision, the judges cited the exceptional caliber of her recent body of work, including her best-selling book “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals.” The book addresses the legal justifications for the use of questionable interrogation techniques – considered by many to be torture – on detainees by the CIA and Department of Defense.Mayer joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1995. Based in Washington, D.C., she writes about national security issues, the war on terror, money and influence peddling in politics, culture, ethics and law. Her diverse portfolio includes reporting on George W. Bush, the Koch brothers and the Obama administration’s war on whistle-blowers, among other topics.The I.F Stone Medal honors the life of investigative journalist I.F. Stone and is presented annually to a journalist whose work captures the spirit of journalistic independence, integrity and courage that characterized I.F. Stone’s Weekly. Read Full Storylast_img read more

US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot

first_imgPolice departments across the country are reviewing the behavior of dozens of officers who were in Washington on the day of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. An Associated Press review finds at least 31 officers are being scrutinized or face criminal charges tied to the Jan. 6 events in the nation’s capital. Most haven’t been publicly identified and only a few have been charged. Experts say it’s up to police chiefs to strike a balance between maintaining their officers’ First Amendment rights and dealing with community mistrust of those officers who were on the scene in Washington.last_img read more

LA Clippers know they have to prove themselves in postseason

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> “Same old Clippers.”In his sixth season in Los Angeles, point guard Chris Paul understands that after five straight playoff exits before the conference finals, and a tumultuous regular season coming to a close, that this is how the Clippers are seen.And why should the outside perception be any different?“Until we do anything, that’s what it is,” Paul said after the Clippers 115-104 win over the Lakers on Saturday. “We haven’t won. It depends on what day of the week it is and who did we just beat? It’s always changing but until we do something it’s going to be the same thing.” The Clippers have won seven of their past nine games and remain entrenched in the middle of the Western Conference, and are inching ever closer to what to the first round playoff matchup with Utah that has seemed likely for nearly a month.After Utah lost at San Antonio on Sunday, the Clippers are half a game behind the Jazz for the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the first round. Combine that with Charlotte’s surprising 113-101 win over sixth-place Oklahoma City on Sunday, the Clippers would likely need to lose three of their final four games to fall to the sixth seed. They close the season with Wednesday home matchup with Dallas, followed by games at San Antonio and at home versus Houston and Sacramento.This year, the stakes for the Clippers are at an all-time high, with Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick all likely headed for free agency.“We don’t mind the pressure,” Coach Doc Rivers said.The Clippers have begun each of the past six seasons – especially the last four since Rivers arrived – aiming for a championship, and have not been quiet about it. That backdrop has made their playoff failures all the more visible. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Rivers said he hopes people believe the Clippers “can be good,” but he also hears the criticisms.“It’s more talk that we can’t, to be honest, and that’s up to us to prove it,” he said. “We can talk about it every day, but we can’t prove it until the playoffs start.”Bench woesThe Clippers held on to beat the Lakers on Saturday, allowing them to side-step the criticism that comes with blowing a 22-point lead against a lottery team. It was, however, the fourth straight game a Clippers opponent rallied from a large hole to either call into question the outcome or, in the case of Sacramento on March 26, win.Rivers was asked if he can decipher reasons why the trend has emerged.“I can,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about them, but I can clearly see it. But we wouldn’t have that whole group (of starters) out (of he game) like that but there’s things we can clearly do better.”While the Clippers built an 17-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter Saturday, the Lakers went on an 18-2 run of their own, much of which occurred with the Clippers bench on the floor.While the Clippers outscored the Lakers by more than 20 points with the starters on the floor, in the plus-minus, each of the Clippers reserves was at least a minus-11.The Clippers were playing their second full game without guard Austin Rivers, who will miss at least the rest of the regular season with a strained left hamstring. Doc Rivers said the injury is actually worse than initially thought and could keep the younger Rivers out for an undetermined number of playoff games.“It’s a loss,” Doc Rivers said of his son’s injury, “but, listen, we’ve had injuries all year. So that can’t be the reason.”In the playoffs, Doc Rivers said, the lineups will change. The rotation will be tighter and more integrated.“There’s not a lot of teams that play the same rotations and minutes from regular season to playoffs,” Griffin said. “Our bench and our second unit is very capable. I know they are a little disorganized right now with Austin being out but I have faith in those guys.”Added Paul: “We’re a team. We’ll figure it out together. It ain’t about the second unit, it’s about us as a team figuring it out. … We still have time – not much time – but we still have time to figure it out and we’ve got to bring it.”last_img read more