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ICYMI, here's some top stories from us this week:

1) THE $25 MILLION WASTE OF SPACE (AND TIME AND TAXPAYER MONEY)

It's a 64,000-square-foot mistake that could have easily been avoided.

An interactive explanation: http://propub.ca/1HzMR5Y

2) THINKING OF A CRUISE? READ THIS FIRST.

Did you know your rights change at sea? And that sexual assaults are a huge problem?

The safety and health data of cruise ships: http://propub.ca/1SpE9gC

3) POWER LUNCHING IN LOS ANGELES

It's Sony Pictures + an LA politician. Check out what some hacked emails showed:

http://propub.ca/1SpE9Nz

4) ON MEMORIALIZING LOVED ONES: SAVING VOICEMAILS

What we treasure and save after a loved one passes away can surprise us. For reporter Charles Ornstein, it was voicemails. What about for you?

Read Charlie's personal essay: http://propub.ca/1HzMPeg

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The NSA used to be a “pretty obscure area of interest,” says The New Yorker's Patrick Radden Keefe.

Listen to him in today's #Muckreads podcast:

http://propub.ca/1EeQbPa
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ICYMI, here's three of our top stories this week:

1) SORRY FOR KILLING YOUR COW. HERE'S $1,723.

How did US commanders spend $2 billion of petty cash in Afghanistan? As apologies, tokens of friendship and more. Our military reporter Megan McCloskey and our news apps team compiled a pretty fascinating report.

Explore it here: http://propub.ca/1ELpL8j

2) GUANTANAMO CASE STALLED AGAIN, AND AGAIN ... AND AGAIN

In an extreme case of seemingly-intentional judicial inaction, this detainee's initial plea has been pending for almost 7 years.

Read: http://propub.ca/1Jl6f8U

3) LET'S KICK THE PENSION CAN DOWN THE ROAD

That's what led to Chicago's credit downgrade last week, and now it's not clear how – or if – the city can immediately come up with $2.2 billion.

More: http://propub.ca/1ELpMZO

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Adjusting for inflation, hospital prices have nearly tripled since the 1980s. What if you just ... refuse to pay?

An interesting report from NPR:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/13/406393439/heres-a-radical-approach-to-big-hospital-bills-set-your-own-price

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There's reportedly a broad concern that the US air-traffic system uses decades-old technology and management approaches. Would it be better to effectively privatize it?

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/support-builds-to-redo-us-air-traffic-system-2015-05-12

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Ease body fat restrictions? Double paid maternity leave to 12 weeks? Some new Navy initiatives aimed at improving quality of life and retaining women:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/12/navy-doubling-maternity-leave/27203509/

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American commanders had $2 billion to win the “hearts and minds” of Afghans. Here's how they spent it:

http://propub.ca/1JkNbYf

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One percent of all philanthropic dollars in America would be enough to fund 10 organizations the size of ProPublica – plus all public TV & radio stations.

More insight from our president, Richard Tofel:

http://niemanreports.org/articles/richard-tofel-on-propublicas-mission-driven-approach-to-investigative-reporting/
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