AJC Watchdog: First Alert

Keeping watch on those who hold the public trust and money.

News you weren't supposed to know


Celebrities and politicians aren’t the only ones with sordid secrets in their past they want to keep concealed. Here’s the latest news on powerful business interests and what they didn't want you to know:

The sugar industry reportedly gave the deep six to a study decades ago that linked sugar to heart disease and bladder cancer. The industry wanted to turn attention instead to fat and cholesterol as the cause, according to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine. Here’s NPR’s story on the newly discovered records about the sugar industry’s ploy: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/13/493739074/50-years-ago-sugar-industry-quietly-paid-scientists-to-point-blame-at-fat

Hackers last year stole information on 57 million people who have accounts with the ride-sharing company Uber Technologies. But instead of warning consumers, the company paid off the hackers to conceal the breach, according to news reports this week. Bloomberg has details: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/uber-concealed-cyberattack-that-exposed-57-million-people-s-data

Minnesota has sued the multinational company 3M, saying that for decades it dumped massive quantities of dangerous industrial wastes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The company knew in the early 1960s that compounds in the waste were certain to pollute groundwater, posing a substantial risk to human health, the lawsuit says. But the company concealed the information from government regulators and sought to mislead scientists who were trying to determine how toxic perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, were getting into people’s blood. Read the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s account here: http://adimages.startribune.com/mcu/startribune-interstitial_v3.html?sz=/7932/website/web_test/interstitial_core&w=640&h=480&dsmid=3164161&aa=9&cl=1&ref=http%3A//www.startribune.com/state-alleges-3m-chemicals-caused-cancer-and-infertility-alleges-5-billion-in-damage/458907243/

 


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Lois Norder is Senior Editor for Investigations in the newsroom at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.