Nearly half of Pennsylvania death certificates for fatal overdoses have a gaping omission - the drugs involved. Only Louisiana has a worse record. Among the Pennsylvania counties with available data, Philadelphia ranks last. It specified which drugs led to overdose deaths on just 7 percent of 746 death certificates in 2016, according to the most recent CDC data.
After two years as Mayor Kenney's director of communications, Lauren Hitt left last week to work for Democrat Randy Bryce, who is running against Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. We talked with Hitt about the administration she joined as a 23-year-old government novice and the unconventional mayor whose public image she was responsible for shaping.
A Boston lawyer poised to become a crucial Republican vote on the federal commission that acts as a safety watchdog for consumers is married to an attorney who has defended Ikea against claims its dressers are dangerous and responsible for children's deaths.
Another child has died beneath a tipped IKEA dresser. The two-year-old California boy is at least the eighth child to die when an unsecured Ikea dresser toppled forward and the first confirmed death since last year's historic recall of 29 million of the company's bureaus.
Tricia L. Nadolny is an investigative reporter.