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Undercover Investigation: Your data for sale

Personal and financial data is being traded on a huge scale – and sometimes illegally – with a shocking number of brokers apparently willing to sell to anyone who comes calling
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National coverage includes: The BBC; The Independent; The Express

Passing the buck

Recent crime figures show disturbing levels of online fraud. Is enough is being done to help the victims?
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How long before the MOD’s flying panopticon starts spying on us?

Technologies developed by the military for use against foreign enemies have a habit of finding their way into the hands of civilian police forces

The Guardian

Rabbi Baruch Lebovits

Investigation into Brooklyn’s Orthodox child abuse cover-up

Silence and self-rule

Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox rabbis claim they are co-operating with authorities over child sex abuse. But victims say they are being persecuted – and that the DA is doing little to help

Brooklyn DA accused of failing to tackle Orthodox Jews’ cover-up of sex abuse

Critics say Charles Hynes has failed to wrest control from rabbis who refuse to co-operate with secular authorities

Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jews rally behind accused in child abuse case

Forthcoming trial of Nechemya Weberman reveals bitter divide in community over the reporting of abuse to secular authorities

Ultra-Orthodox Jews turn out by the hundreds for accused sex offender

Tempers flare on street outside Brooklyn hall while inside the Satmar Hasidic sect raises money for Nechemya Weberman

Brooklyn DA defends handling of ultra-Orthodox child abuse cases

Charles Hynes dismisses criticism of his record and denies giving Orthodox Jewish offenders special treatment

Brooklyn DA refuses to release details of Orthodox sex abuse suspects

Refusal to grant FOI request marks acknowledgement by Charles Hynes that suspected Orthodox child abusers receive special treatment

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The Atlantic Cities

Parking spots are replacing vibrant street life in Yangon

The social life of Myanmar’s principal city takes place in sidewalk cafes. But they’re in danger of disappearing as the city embarks on a road-widening effort

The Daily Beast

Gay Orthodox Jews sue over therapy that claims to ‘cure’ them

The first legal challenge to the controversial practice of ‘reparative therapy’ for gay Orthodox Jews could have far-reaching impact for Judaism’s treatment of lesbians and gay men

The New York Times

A country home, by a modernist at play

A unique 20th-century gem designed by John M. Johansen fits neatly into the weekend lives of a Manhattan architect and designer

An archeological rehab

A British-born art restorer breathes life back into an 18th century farmhouse in Cahors, France

The Times Educational Supplement

Leading the way forward

As the military dictatorship in Burma begins reforms, could the innovative Pre-Collegiate Program produce some of the country’s future leaders?

Gun violence triggers plan to arm teachers

US legislators take steps towards allowing firearms in the classroom

Scream rooms, locked closets and duffel bags

The use of seclusion rooms to control mentally disabled children is alarmingly widespread in US schools

The young victims of a drugs war

Schools in El Paso, Texas are filling up with traumatised children escaping the Mexican drugs war

‘Trigger law’ allows parents to call the shots

A new breed of laws are handing parents a weapon against their children’s failing schools

Teacher heros in Superman’s wake

The documentary American Teacher’s sentimental portrayal of the profession adds little to the education debate

What to spare, what to share and where to begin with 9/11

A new curriculum could make it easier for teachers to broach terrorist attacks with pupils

Harvey MilkCalifornia aims to end the widespread ignorance of gay history in US schools

Liberal state introduces legislation to raise awareness of notable events and people in LGBT history

Exposed: biggest cheating scandal in US history

Deception that extended to 44 of Atlanta’s 56 public schools saw teachers gather at cheating ‘parties’ to alter test papers

Hiring heroes for a fistful of dollars

A maverick head in a poor New York district has lured a crack team of ‘master teachers’ with salaries of $125,000

Darwin deniers’ unevolved ideas ‘stuck in 1910′

It’s unnatural selection as a biology teacher’s plan to discuss a trip to the Galapagos Islands ends in his early retirement

Columbine grief sparks campaign for compassion

US massacre victim’s dream of ‘chain reaction of kindness’ is realised as her father brings anti-bullying message to schools

Mind games on the menu in the fight against obesity

Psychologists have succeeded in ‘tricking’ children into eating healthy food –  by tapping into their laziness

Waiting for “Superman”: Despair, villainy and no hero to save the day

With a documentary about the failure of American public schools about to open in New York, the American teachers’ union is braced for impact

The Times

Little Dancer points to sensational discovery of Degas sculpture hoard

A previously unknown set of plasters is either one of the most extraordinary art finds of the past 100 years or one of the most exquisite frauds

Bollywood’s Unforgettable World Tour extravaganza fails to woo Westerners

The first leg of the Bachchan’s Unforgettable World Tour has failed to expand Bollywood’s appeal beyond the Indian diaspora

Gunther von Hagens’ Bodyworlds opens at the O2

Forget your preconceptions about the gruesome work of Gunther von Hagens: The controversial anatomist has a new show and it’s a cracker

The RIBA Journal

Edgar Tafel 1912-2011

Faithful disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright who broke away from Taliesin to form his own successful practice

The Guardian

Home Suite Home

With fierce competition between universities to win students, halls of residence are growing in sophistication

The Telegraph

It’s a jungle up there

The idea of an eco-friendly skyscraper was unthinkable – until the green-fingered architect Ken Yeang set to work

Mind the gap

Faced with a scarcity of inner-city building land, architects are becoming ever more imaginative in squeezing new houses into unpromising spaces

The London Evening Standard

Light of our lives

One architect couple with a bold vision transformed a dreary Twenties semi into a light and spacious modern home

A perfect partnership

Architects Luke and Suzie Zuber knew only one of them could design their dream home – so Suzie backed her husband’s creative streak


Leicester House by SPG Architects

A retired executive’s mountain retreat is also a generous space for entertaining

Building Design

Ezra Stoller at Yossi Milo

As an architect, Stoller understood the buildings he photographed. But his images became icons in their own right

Counter Space at MoMA

MoMA’s latest design and architecture show reveals how kitchen design has shaped and been shaped by shifting social ideals

Refuge: Five Cities – photographs by Bas Princen

Bas Princen creates strange new worlds with his photos of Middle East fringe cities, on show at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture

Captain America

Architect Eero Saarinen, subject of a fascinating new show at the Museum of the City of New York, gave a face to American post-war power

The Architectural Review

Vertical Urban Factory at the Skyscraper Museum

For factories to thrive at inner-city densities, they need to function vertically

600 architects compete to design a sukkah

For the Jewish festival of Sukkot, 600 architects compete to design a temporary structure, or sukkah

Crafts Magazine

Judging a book by its cover

In the age of the cheap downloadable book, illustrator Jillian Tamaki uses embroidery in her covers to convert Penguin Classics into desirable special editions

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

How McQueen found beauty in the grotesque

The Global Africa Project at the Museum of Arts and Design

Out of Africa and going global

The Natural Order

MAD’s Dead or Alive exhibition showcases contemporary artists working in a slew of unusual, natural materials, but is it craft?

Object Factory at the Museum of Arts and Design

MAD explores how designers are putting a modern spin on an ancient material, with mixed results

The art of demanding

Architect Tony Fretton is inspired by Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield and the Apple Store