Date:March 16; March 2; March 21; March 23; March 30; April 16; June 19; Oct. 13; Oct. 24; Oct. 28; Nov. 23; Dec. 17; Dec. 21
The Philadelphia Inquirer triggered arrests, legislative reforms, ethics investigations, resignations - and political turmoil statewide - after the newspaper revealed that Pennsylvania's attorney general had secretly shut down an undercover investigation that had caught public officials on tape taking money or gifts. In late 2013, state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane secretly shut down a sting operation that had captured officials on tape accepting cash from an operative posing as a lobbyist ostensibly seeking political influence and government contracts. Her decision was kept from the public - restricted under court seal - for months until Inquirer reporters Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis broke the story. Their initial package sparked a statewide furor - and set the stage for months of additional investigative pieces and news developments.