In Arizona:

Arizona Republic/12News (11/21/13) Arizona Child-abuse Allegations Not Investigated

Arizona’s Child Protective Services division, as reported in The Arizona Republic and other Arizona news organizations, uncovered 6,000 allegations of child abuse cases that were never investigated. The cases date back to 2009, with 5,000 of those within the last 20 months, according to the Republic.

The 6,000 cases were “misclassified” as not warranting a formal investigation, the Republic said. This is despite a state law that says all abuse allegations must be investigated.

Arizona Republic/12News (11/24/13) Arizona Officer-involved Shootings Up in 2013

The Arizona Republic reported Sunday that 2013 is shaping up to be “one of the most violent for officers and suspects in the Valley.” The report, which is based on officer-involved shooting statistics from the Maricopa County Attorney’s office, lists more than 50 incidents of officer-involved shootings across Maricopa County as of November.

By September the 2013 number had surpassed the 2012 statistics of 47 officer-involved shootings, the Republic said. Officials cite the increase in part because of a growing number and rate of assaults toward Arizona officers. Critics blame an increasing “militarization of the police.”


Bloomberg Businessweek (11/18/13) Freshman Force-Fed Cat Food Shows Frats Thwart Hazing Warnings

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that some universities and Greek organizations haven’t done enough to protect students from hazing incidents despite a 2005 initiative by presidents from 10 universities to reduce its impact and frequency.

Bloomberg cites one case at Arizona State University’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon in which 19-year-old Jack Culolias was found dead more than two weeks after a hazing incident. His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, according to Bloomberg’s report. ASU has since closed that fraternity.