New Massachusetts pot shop prompts officials to heighten security measures

New Massachusetts pot shop prompts officials to heighten security measures

Large crowds arrived at Salem’s Alternative Therapies Group last Saturday as it opened its doors to recreational marijuana sales. Increased security and police activity is expected in the area, yet crime incident reports obtained by MuckRock point to a history of minimal criminal activity around current medical marijuana dispensaries and future retailers.

Read More

The FCC backs down, releases emails related to Ajit Pai's "Harlem Shake" video

The FCC backs down, releases emails related to Ajit Pai’s “Harlem Shake” video

Almost a year ago to the day, I filed a FOIA request with the Federal Communications Commission for emails related to the now-infamous Ajit Pai Harlem Shake video. Today, those records were finally released, revealing just how how far the agency would go to fight accountability over even the stupidest issue.

Read More

Release Notes: Admin updates to help things flow more smoothly

Release Notes: Admin updates to help things flow more smoothly

It was another pretty quiet week, with some continued tweaks mostly focused on the backend to help things flow more smoothly. We are looking to once again partner with Code for Boston on a hackathon this coming January.

Read More

FBI circumvents FOIA laws by claiming info about FOIA processing would result in people circumventing the law

FBI circumvents FOIA laws by claiming info about FOIA processing would result in people circumventing the law

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been on a hot streak of terrible FOIA responses lately, and a series of heavily-redacted releases from this week shows that things are even worse when the FBI is dealing with FOIA requests about how the FBI handles FOIA requests.

Read More

Motivational posters in Massachusetts prisons offer insight into incarceration

Motivational posters in Massachusetts prisons offer insight into incarceration

The severe, gray, concrete walls of prison sometimes give way to unexpected bursts of color and potential moments of inspiration. The Massachusetts Department of Correction revealed some of these in a recent public records release containing photographs of several motivational posters hanging on its prison walls.

Read More

Projects See all