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  • Free to kill: A ruthless inmate, a lack of discipline, an avoidable death

    The inmate accused of murdering a correctional officer at a federal penitentiary in Pennsylvania in February 2013 should have been in restricted housing at the time for serious misconduct, but officials twice reversed those sanctions and kept him in the general population.

    Tags: None

    By Michael R. Sisak; Bob Kalinowski

    The Citizens

    2013

  • 'Crooked Care' - Investigation into Narconon of Georgia

    Our year-long investigation culminated with the closure of a drug rehabilitation facility accused of deceiving patients, court officials and state regulators in order to enhance profits funneled to its benefactor, the Church of Scientology. Georgia's Insurance Commissioner and a local district attorney launched an ongoing criminal investigation after reviewing our findings that Narconon of Georgia lied about its license, billed insurance companies for treatment never received (that families had already paid for), and opened credit cards in the names of clients without their permission. For a decade, state regulators tasked with oversight of drug rehabilitation facilities had ignored complaints from vulnerable drug addicts and their families, repeatedly reversing fines and citations. The state ultimately revoked Narconon of Georgia's license as a direct result of our reporting. This investigation was a collaborative effort between WSB-TV, WSB-Radio and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A reporter from each institution shared the research and reporting responsibilities. The stories were featured on all three platforms simultaneously. In addition, each entity spotlighted the story digitally with extensive online coverage, due to the worldwide interest the story gleaned.

    Tags: drug rehab; patients; drug addicts

    By Jodie Fleischer; Josh Wade; LeVar James; Dave Darling; Pete Combs; Christian Boone

    WSB Radio (Atlanta)

    2013

  • 2001 Oak Ridge Nuclear Cavitation Confirmation Uncovered

    "2001 Oak Ridge Nuclear Cavitation Confirmation Uncovered" is a 12-part investigative series that appeared in the summer of 2013 in New Energy Times. The series is about the 2001-02 conflict surrounding experiments performed in the nuclear weapons facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The key events took place a decade ago, and the most crucial facts of this conflict had never been published. These facts reverse the commonly understood outcome of this scientific finding and correct the historical record. This investigation also reveals the dark side of science, how scientists can and do neglect their social responsibility, abuse their power, and behave unscientifically. It reveals the devastating price paid by other scientists who assume that scientific facts can speak for themselves, and how they fail to understand the tremendous impact of science media on public opinion.

    Tags: nuclear weapons; science

    By Steven B. Krivit

    New Energy Times

    2013

  • Message Machine

    “Message Machine,” a news application, takes an innovative approach to decode how the presidential campaigns were shaping fundraising appeals and other communications to potential voters. Going into the election cycle, there were reports that the presidential campaigns were gearing up to use "data science" -- sophisticated quantitative analysis and statistics -- to "microtarget" messages as never before. They had little interest in explaining what they were doing, however, for obvious strategic reasons. When a couple we knew told us they'd received similar emails simultaneously from the Obama campaign, each asking for donations, but in language that differed in subtle, but important ways, we set out to reverse engineer how the campaign was altering its tone and content to specific audiences. ProPublica News Application Developer Jeff Larson created a system to automatically gather tens of thousands of campaign emails and analyze how they were targeted. He used the same sophisticated techniques, such as machine learning and natural language processing, used by the campaign. There were a huge number of stories done after the campaign about the “geniuses” at Obama For America, but ProPublica was virtually alone in providing real-time, deep analysis of the operation while the campaign was still happening.

    Tags: Presidental campaign; fundraising; elections

    By Jeff Larson;Al Shaw;Lois Beckett

    ProPublica

    2012

  • Terror on the Tracks

    "Terror on the Tracks" exposes major gaps in freight rail security. We spent months criss-crossing the state gathering undercover video of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway trains carrying hazardous cargo. We found locomotives idling, unlocked, unmanned, unguarded - with the key, called a reverser, inside. The reverser makes the train move forward or backward on the track. The presence of the reverser would allow any intruder with basic knowledge to steal the train - potentially making them easy targets for terrorists. Our sources - current engineers and conductors working for BNSF with everything to lose by talking to us - say the trains are much more vulnerable than the company or the government is willing to admit. During our investigation we discovered trains had been stolen before - mostly by joy riders - all across the country.

    Tags: freight rail security; terrorists; hazardous; cargo; engineers; conductors

    By Liz Rocca; Randy Carnell; Tri Ngo; Jennifer Austin

    KOMO-TV (Seattle)

    2011

  • ICE quietly relaxes ban on using stun gun on jailed detainees

    MPR "brought to light the troubling story of an immigrant detainee shot in the testicle with a Taser gun while in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a Minnesota jail. They further revealed ICE retroactively changed its ban on jails using stung guns against ICE detainees due to pressure from local law enforcement. ICE continued to send hundreds of detainees to jails rated "deficient" and quietly reversed the failing grades."

    Tags: Immigration and Customs Enforcement; ICE; immigrants; detainees; stun gun; Taser; Minnesota Department of Corrections

    By Sasha Aslanian; Bill Wareham; Mike Edgerly

    Minnesota Public Radio (St. Paul, Minn.)

    2010

  • Trip to Nowhere

    On the eve of a vote to raise taxes nearly 10 percent and cut spending, the stories laid out in detail how auto allowances routinely granted to dozens of county officials were not justified by their documented needs. Commissioners, department heads, and 15 of their secretaries and staff were receiving what amounted to bonuses that often exceeded more than 10 times what they could document in obscure but required forms. In a followup story, the county administrator reversed course and said he would study discontinuing auto allowances that exceeded the documented needs for two recently hired county watchdogs who were supposed to guard against waste and abuse. Finally, in a third story, the county acknowledged it had failed to meet states and local requirements to document "typical" mileage before all employees began receiving allowances, and said it would change its policy.

    Tags: Tax; budget cut; finance; documents; fraud; corruption; auto allowances; bonuses; county

    By Charles Elmore; Jennifer Sorentrue; Adam Playford

    Post (Palm Beach, Fla.)

    2010

  • Financial Traps

    The series explains, after the economy tanked last year, "five different schemes that made life harder for families trying to cope with financial problems." These schemes, which were promoted by financial companies and brokers, assured families help was on the way but actually caused more hardship. Furthermore, this help came at a price for the federal government, who lost "$700 million dollars" from loans.

    Tags: Economy; Financial; Families; Mortgage; Mortgage foreclosure companies; Mortgage brokers; Reverse; Federal Government

    By Andrea Rock; Dylan Chang; Robert Tiernan

    Consumer Reports

    2009

  • A Criminal Injustice

    "Martin Tankleff was released from a New York State prison in December 2007, seventeen years after being wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents when he was 17. This book tells the story of how he came to be prosecuted and convicted, and how new evidence uncovered by Jay Salpeter, one of the book's authors, finally led to the reversal of his convictions."

    Tags: crime; confession; false; parents; killed; murdered; death; marty tankleff;

    By Richard Firstman; Jay Salpeter

    Random House

    2008

  • City's Handling of Homeless is Challenged

    In a series of articles, Kohler and his colleague Tim O'Neill chronicle the city's attempts to use a municipal court order to round up homeless people and require them to clear streets of trash without actually charging them with any crime. After the first article, the city reversed its policy and eventually the court order was ruled unconstitutional by state and federal courts.

    Tags: Civil rights; bill of rights; constitutional law; abuse of law; human rights

    By Jeremy Kohler;Tim O'Neill

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    2004