A tradition of child sex abuse in USA Gymnastics

Tomorrow is the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Today, the Indianapolis Star published an investigation into systemic sex abuse inside USA Gymnastics (USAG), one of the flagship athletic organizations behind this year’s American Olympians. The Star, part of the USA Today Network, found that top gymnastics executives have, for…

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After records request, WRAL uses DocumentCloud to make academic fraud records searchable

It’s a familiar storyline: Scandal stalks a public organization. Journalists request public documents. Grudgingly, the organization turns over the bare minimum in the most inaccessible way. In this case, the organization was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the documents were more than 200,000 pages of emails, memos and other files related…

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Despite government effort, illegal sports betting continues to thrive

The world of Internet gambling can offer incredible payouts to those involved in the illegal operation. These operations have proved difficult to end, partly because of modern technology that allows offshore computers to record the bets and payoffs, according to The New York Times. Congress, in 2006, passed a bill to make gambling on the…

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Extra Extra Monday: Tracking charges for cops, undocumented overtime, police failure in Sharper case

A record of trouble | The Marshall Project As California prepares to greatly expand its use of halfway houses for people leaving its overcrowded prisons, state officials have turned for help to a private halfway house operator that has been cited in other states for inadequate care, unchecked violence and repeated escapes at its facilities.…

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Extra Extra Monday: Death by deadline, online diplomas, vaccine court

Death by Deadline | The Marshall Project An investigation by The Marshall Project shows that since President Bill Clinton signed the one-year statute of limitations into law – enacting a tough-on-crime provision that emerged in the Republicans’ Contract with America – the deadline has been missed at least 80 times in capital cases. Sixteen of…

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Athletes, teams donate big to political campaigns

An investigative team analyzed thousands of financial records from federal, state and local elections and discovered how sports teams, owners and athletes are contributing to political campaigns. The 10 Investigates team from Tampa Bay and Sarasota’s 10 News found that many of the area’s major teams have contributed political funds – usually toward the state’s…

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MLB game-fixing investigation uncovers lies, luck and hard feelings

Reports that a pitcher and handicapper were fixing Pittsburg Pirates games in 2012 prompted an unusual investigation – one involving Major League Baseball investigators as well as organized crime detectives from the New York Police Department. According to The Center for Investigative Reporting: Before it was over, their investigation would lead to a tense standoff…

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IHSA tournament profits tumble as employee salaries rise

“Even as pack-the-house players like Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker and Marcus Jordan led their teams to state titles in recent years, the Illinois High School Association has seen revenues and profits from its marquee state boys basketball tournament plummet,” the Chicago-Sun Times reported. “Between 2006 and last year, profits from the tournament fell by 29…

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College sports revenue goes up despite recession

Despite the economic downturn, which saw a 1.3 percent decrease in the median salary of American households, sports revenue at public colleges and universities increased by 32 percent between 2008 and 2013. Spending on coaches salaries increased by 45 percent.  ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” took a look at the numbers and broke them down in a…

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