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Acting as independent arbiters to shape government policy, many researchers also have corporate roles that are sometimes undisclosed.
Think tanks are seen as independent, but their researchers often push the agendas of donors, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.
A review by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting found hundreds of cases where Massachusetts courts criticized prosecutors, even to the point of reversing convictions due to misconduct. Such prosecutors are seldom even named in rulings, much less disciplined.
Boston has a habit of implying potholes have been fixed when they haven’t, according to an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting of the city system called Citizens Connect – an award-winning mobile app and website meant to increase transparency and accountability in government. A sampling of 78 cases found nearly half reported closed did not meet the city guidelines for fixing potholes.
The Department of Public Works has a habit of implying Boston potholes have been fixed when they haven’t, according to an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.