Daily Archives: February 17, 2017

Civil Beat investigation draws some national attention

A Civil Beat investigation into the near-fatal beating of a 17-month old at an Ewa Beach daycare operated by the family of a Honolulu police officer has received some national attention.

The issue highlighted in in today’s “Pick of the news,” a daily summary of top reporting on criminal justice issues compiled by The Marshall Project, a national group that presses for criminal justice reform by highlighting top quality journalism on related issues from around the country and the world.

It was selected as one of just five featured stories, which included others from Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, and North Carolina.

The CB item is short and to the point, with a link back to the most recent Civil Beat story.

There are new allegations of dubious police work in Hawaii, where police officials have ordered a new review of an old investigation into a toddler abuse case. HONOLULU CIVIL BEAT

The original investigative story by John Hill, Civil Beat’s investigations editor, was published last week (“This Honolulu Toddler Nearly Died In An Assault But No Charges Filed“).

It has already triggered an HPD review of the case, which could lead to reopening of the matter.

Congratulations to Civil Beat and John Hill for the excellent work.

Another story caught my eye when I checked the Marshall Project website today: How to Leak Stories to The Marshall Project, Your guide to becoming a source.

It includes some very useful general advice for whistleblowers or insiders who want to share a tip:

What not to do

If you want to minimize — if not avoid entirely — any visible links between yourself and The Marshall Project, The Intercept offers some good, albeit technical, advice on becoming a whistleblower.

Don’t visit our website at work. Don’t subscribe to our daily newsletter with your work email account. Don’t tell anyone about your plans, and don’t use your work phone or email to contact us.

One bit of advice is decidedly low-tech.

If you really want to be anonymous when you contact us, the U.S. mail is a good way to go. Our colleagues at ProPublica offer this advice:

“U.S. postal mail without a return address is one of the most secure ways to communicate — authorities would need a warrant to intercept and open it in transit. Don’t use your company or agency mailroom to send something to us. Mail your package or envelope from an unfamiliar sidewalk box instead of going to a post office. You can mail us paper materials or digital files on, for example, a thumb drive.”

Feline Friday: Mr. Toby steals the show

Welcome to Feline Friday!

Mr. Toby

That’s Mr. Toby on the dining table early one morning this week.

The first order of morning business is feeding the cats.

After that, Meda and I are usually at the table checking email and reading the news before we walk over to Kahala Beach to watch the sunrise. Toby plants himself in the middle of the action and demands our full attention. You can see the corner of Meda’s iPad, as Toby settles in and solicits some serious petting. If we fail to respond appropriately, he’ll push his way in until the purring cat is impossible to ignore.

Later, once he’s satisfied with the amount of attention he’s received, Toby moves over to a chair in the living room and starts one of those long cat naps.

–> Click on Toby’s photo to see all of today’s Friday Felines.