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  • UNC academic/athletic scandal

    Up In Smoke investigates a controversial decision by the US Forest Service to select an under the radar company with questionable qualifications but close political ties to carry out a precedent setting project meant to save Arizona’s forests from catastrophic mega-fires. The project is the largest forest restoration effort ever attempted, and has been watched as a model that could potential save troubled forests throughout the American West.

    Tags: US Forest Service

    By Claudine LoMonaco

    Santa Fe Reporter

    2013

  • UNC academic/athletic scandal

    More than 200 classes that are either confirmed or suspected to have never met at the University of North Carolina. Athletes filled many of these classes.

    Tags: Sports; academics; college

    By Dan Kane; John Drescher; Jane Stancill

    The News & Observer

    2013

  • 60 Dead Inmates

    Between 2007 and 2012, 60 inmates died in San Diego County jail facilities, resulting in the county having the highest inmate mortality rate in California. It's a trend that's only gotten worse since a Bureau of Justice Statistics report showing that between 2000 and 2007, San Diego had the second highest death rate of California’s large jail systems. Through an exhaustive review of documents, CityBeat uncovered death attributed to excessive force by deputies, poor supervision of mentally ill and drug dependent inmates and a department that doesn't adhere to its own policies when it comes to monitoring the most at-risk inmates. This has resulted in at least five lawsuits against the county. We followed up our initial series by tracking deaths in 2013, and found continued lapses in policy and continued poor oversight of vulnerable inmates.

    Tags: Mortality rate; incarceration; lawsuit

    By Dave Maass and Kelly Davis

    San Diego CityBeat

    2013

  • DC taxis for all? WUSA9 undercover video documents broken system and broken promises

    Working overnights and weekends for a year, undercover WUSA9 cameras documented repeated, blatant discrimination against black, blind, and wheel chair passengers and broken promises from the agency in charge to fix it. In response to the WUSA9 investigation, DC Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton is battling a call for his resignation while at the same time bungling agency responses to each broadcast. The DC Office of Human Rights credited WUSA9 for promting its own investigation into Linton's response, the DC Taxicab Commission, and the DC Taxicab industry. Meantime, our cameras continue to document daily racism on the streets of the nation's capital where, in our tests, 25% to 33% of black passengers were ignored by drivers, who often were caught on tape stopping for white decoy passengers 100 feet down the street.

    Tags: Discrimination; Taxi

    By Russ Ptacek

    WUSA-TV (Washington, D.C.)

    2013

  • Synthetic Drugs : The Race Against the Chemists

    Our major finding : We found out that synthetic drugs get through Canadian customs quite easily. Most of them legally. The synopsis of our document is attached with our submission. The story started with a number found in a UN Report that grabbed our attention : 58. It’s the number of new psychoactive substances which entered Canada legally, according to a the 2013 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes. We were able to find a synthetic drug dealer who’s doing business on internet. It was our most significant source. Our source and others targeted by our story revealed how it is possible to get drugs into Canada by simply using the postal service.

    Tags: Synthetic drugs; customs

    By Johanne Faucher

    Ligne de Mire Production

    2013

  • Courthouse Drug Scandal

    This is coverage of a courthouse drug scandal involving the death of one state judge due to cocaine toxicity and an FBI investigation that led to federal drugs and weapons charges against another sitting state judge who headed the County Drug Court.

    Tags: Cocaine; County Drug Court

    By George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer

    Belleville News-Democrat

    2014

  • Just sign here: Federal workers max out at taxpayers' expense

    FMCS is a tiny independent federal agency whose director's first order of business was to use federal funds to buy artwork from his own wife, $200 coasters and champagne. The agency paid $85,000 to the phantom company of a just-retired official for no services; spent $50,000 at a jewelry store, supposedly on picture frames to give its 200 employees "tenure awards;" and leased its people $53,000 cars. Large portions of its employees routinely used government credit cards for clearly personal items after merely requesting to have them “unblocked” from restricted items, according to 50,000 pages of internal documents obtained by the Washington Examiner--raising questions about purchase card use in other agencies. Federal employees were charging cell phones for their whole families and cable TV at not just their homes, but their vacation homes too, to the government. Its IT director has had hundreds of thousands of dollars of high-end electronics delivered to his home in West Virginia, and there is no record of many of those items being tracked to federal offices. Many other items billed are highly suspect, such as $500 for single USB thumb drives that retail for $20. Virtually all of its spending circumvented federal procurement laws. When employees pointed out rulebreaking, Director George Cohen forced one accountant to write a letter to the GSA retracting her complaint, had another top employee walked out by armed guards, and fired another whistleblower, a disabled veteran, for missing a day of work while she laid in the ICU. At an agency the size of FMCS, where corruption went to the top, there were no higher levels to appeal to, no Inspector General, and--previously--no press attention.

    Tags: Fraud; spending

    By Luke Rosiak

    Washington Examiner

    2013

  • Surgeons or Salesmen

    This story exposed how many doctors are taking ownership stakes in medical device companies, giving them a cut of the profits for the hardware they put into patients. The report focused on a spine surgeon facing 28 malpractice suits in California.

    Tags: Doctors

    By John Miller

    CBS News

    2013

  • Message Wars

    In the 12 years since 9/11, al Qaeda continues to inspire numerous acts of terror with a sophisticated information campaign. Messages are spread online using sites like YouTube and other jihad forums. So far, law enforcement in the United States has been unable to find a way to respond, but that is not the case in the United Kingdom. Before 9/11, radicalization was up close and personal. A recruit was identified and groomed, taken to a camp and trained. Today, much of radicalization is global, done through sophisticated propaganda videos in the darkest corners of the Internet. The heart of this piece was investigative journalism, speaking with a former radicalized jihadist and on patrol with the officers at the front line of Britain’s outreach program.

    Tags: 9/11, al-Qaeda; radicalization; jihadist

    By John Miller

    CBS News

    2013

  • Cop Cams

    This piece gave our audience a first-hand look at some of the challenges a police officer may encounter while on patrol. Using miniature cameras worn by officers, we explored what happens when interactions between law enforcement and civilians escalate. When complaints arise about the conduct of officers involved in these situations, it is often hard to determine who did what to whom. To avoid relying on ‘he said/she said’ information, some police departments are now requiring their employees wear cameras on patrol.

    Tags: Cameras; law enforcement

    By John Miller

    CBS News

    2013