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  • Down the Drain

    On May 16, 2011, a 100-foot-long section of a 23-foot-tall concrete wall collapsed only five years after it was constructed at the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant in Vestal, N.Y., one of the largest sewage treatment plants in upstate New York. A Press & Sun-Bulletin investigation detailed how mismanagement by public officials in charge of a $20 million project to construct a new secondary sewage treatment system that included the wall allowed it to spiral into a $160 million environmental and economic disaster, burdening taxpayers and the Susquehanna River for years to come.

    Tags: Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant

    By Steve Reilly

    Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.)


  • Louisiana's Education Reform: A Leap of Faith

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, State Superintendent John White and a carefully chosen state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wanted agressive change in public education and they were willing to do anything to make it happen. They financed campaigns, lobbied legislators, and ignored the input of educators who said the plans wouldn't work. But, they couldn't ignore Barbara Leader, a reporter for a small newspaper 200 miles away from the state capital who, one story at a time, revealed flaw after flaw and got the attention of the entire state. State officials threatened Leader and attempted to prevent publication of article after article. Through this series, Leader established our paper and herself as a credible source for education news and gained a statewide reputation for being tenacious and fearless.

    Tags: Louisiana; Bobby Jindal; John White; state Board of Elementary

    By Barbara Leader

    News Star


  • The Toughest Tickets in Town

    The Washington Redskins continue to sellout the stadium and thousands of fans are left on a waiting list for general admission tickets. It turns out though, these tickets can be found online through ticket brokers. Further, the Redskins ticket office can be moderately blamed for this happening, which allowed the brokers to buy the general admission tickets. The team did this because it leveraged these tickets and caused fans to buy the more expensive premium seat tickets.

    Tags: Washington Redskins; stadium; sellouts; seats; football; games; tickets; online; brokers; secondary market

    By James V. Grimaldi; Jason LaCanfora; Julie Tate

    Washington Post


  • Class of 2011

    An examination on Chicago's Marshall High, a school with a history of troubles, found that the school threatened to derail the success of the Chicago Public Schools' $80 million project to overhaul failing schools.

    Tags: absentee; school registration; teaching; education; elementary; secondary education;

    By Sarah Karp; John Myers

    Catalyst Chicago


  • Iraq -- The War Card: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War

    The project, the product of two and half years of reporting and research, produced a 380,000-word database that juxtaposes what President Bush and seven top officials were saying for public consumption against what was known, or should have been known, on a day-to-day basis. This fully searchable database includes the public statements, drawn from both primary sources (such as official transcripts) and secondary sources (such as major news organizations) over the two years beginning on September 11, 2001. It also interlaces relevant information from government reports, books, articles, speeches and interviews. An interactive timeline shows the examination of the records. All 935 records highlighted false statements and hundreds of secondary accounts that illuminate the discrepancies between what was being said against what was known privately, for a two-year time span.

    Tags: September 11 attacks; 9/11; World Trade Center attacks; Bush administration; George W. Bush; Richard Cheney; Condoleeza Rice; Donald Rumsfeld; Colin Powell; Paul Wolfowitz; Ari Fleisher; Scott McClellan

    By Charles Lewis; Mark Reading-Smith; Benjamin Turner; Matthew Lewis; Jeanne Brooks; Stephanie Carnes; Jennifer Spector; Mike Holmes; Julia Dahl; Han Nguyen; Bill Buzenberg

    Center for Public Integrity


  • Primetime Thursday -- Caught Cheating

    This Primetime investigation examined highschools and colleges across the United States, and found that cheating is all too common. Reporters talked with students who cheat and administrators who have to dole out the punishment. The investigation exposed new, high tech methods of cheating such as text messaging or hand-held internet devices. On the other hand, it also exposed new high-tech methods of catching cheaters, such as a website that scans documents for plagiarism. The investigators talked with students and parents to offer possible reasons for this trend.

    Tags: high school; secondary school; college; university; testing; exams; finals; academic honesty; ethics; professors

    By Charles Gibson;David Doss;Shelley Ross;George Paul;Jessica Velmans;Claire Weinraub;Ed Delgado;Alan Esner;Erik Olsen Chris Whipple;Ann Reynolds;Naria Halliwell

    ABC News


  • An Uneven Hand

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer examined "the 'discipline gap' in the Seattle Public Schools, where African-American students were far more likely than students of other races to be suspended or expelled from secondary school. The problem has existed in Seattle and other urban school districts nationwide for decades, and is typically blamed on socioeconomic problems."

    Tags: Seattle Public Schools; discipline gap; African-Americans; students; education; secondary; urban; suspended; expelled

    By Rebekah Denn

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer


  • AfterMeth

    A six-day series on how meth labs affect a community, particularly the property owners and extended families of meth users and meth cooks. The 14-month investigation found that drug clean-up is hit-and-miss, there are few safeguards to protect potential secondary victims, no public money is available to help sanitize meth-tainted property, and there is no scientific-based standard for answering the question of how much meth is hazardous.

    Tags: meth; meth labs; meth users; drugs; meth-tainted properties; meth-contamination

    By John H. Trumbo

    Tri-City Herald (Pasco, Wash.)


  • Blood Errors

    The series -- the result of an intensive Freedom of Information battle with the Food and Drug Administration -- "was two-pronged: an initial (three-part) series found hundreds of hospital patients across the U.S. had died following blood transfusions. The investigation found that "hospital labs mislabeled blood, nurses transfused it into the wrong patients, phlebotomists drew blood samples from the wrong people and, in some cases, deadly contaminated blood was transfused into patients." A secondary investigation "developed as an offshoot of the series. A special blood plasma made on Long Island and sold by the American Red Cross to thousands of hospitals was killing liver transplant patients." Newsday documented 16 deaths in liver transplant patients and found that the plasma was deficient in a crucial protein, making it especially dangerous to people with liver disease.

    Tags: blood; hospitals; medicine; American Red Cross; transfusions; Long Island; plasma; Food and Drug Administration; FDA; FOIA; database mapping project

    By Kathleen Kerr

    Newsday (New York)


  • The College Connection

    Education Week reports on how minority students have taken advantage of their high-schools' partnerships with colleges. A two-story package reveals that the ties between colleges and K-12 schools bring positive influence in the lives of students most of whom are at the same time facing family and economic problems. Most students in these high-schools aspire to get college education, after they graduate. The report features two specific examples of such successful partnerships - between Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem and Ithaca College in upstate New York, and between Syracuse University and High School for Leadership and Public Service in the so-called Spanish Harlem in Manhattan.

    Tags: secondary; postsecondary institutions; universities; college-application process; academy; inner-city students; poverty; minorities; low income; teaching; learning

    By John Gehring

    Education Week