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  • Gone Too Soon: Revisiting the 1983 Murder of Joan Ann Charlton – A Comprehensive Collection of Information, 33 Years Later

    In September 1983, a 19-year-old Jamaican-American freshman from Baltimore, Joan Ann Charlton – who would have been the first member of her family to graduate from college – was found dead of multiple stab wounds on Frostburg State’s campus, a crime that was never solved. This student project seems to be the first journalistic coverage of the case of any kind in many years, and is the first comprehensive look at Charlton’s life, death and legacy ever published.
  • The Triangle

    “The Triangle” is a five-episode web series that uncovered a more than 4000% increase in heroin-related deaths during the last five years. Our investigation started with a tip that two young people died from overdoses in Atlanta’s wealthy suburbs but no one was talking about it. A team of journalists confirmed that. We also identified a geographic region where the deaths were so hidden even some law enforcement agencies were unable to accurately attribute them to heroin. https://vimeo.com/198370121/dd0b282d3a
  • Charlie Foxtrot

    “Charlie Foxtrot” began as an investigation of a military policy that strips service members of their benefits and veteran status, even after serving in war zones. Our coverage culminated with a screening inside the U.S. Capitol alongside members of the U.S. House and Senate. We focused on a piece of proposed legislation with the power to give service members a second chance. Later that week, the U.S. Senate approved that bill. By year’s end, the Act of Congress was signed in to law by the President. https://vimeo.com/198371721/2d8cedd533
  • Pharma’s Windfall: The Mining of Rare Diseases

    In 1983, California congressman Henry Waxman helped pass the Orphan Drug Act to encourage research on rare diseases. The law offered financial incentives to drug makers in hopes they would tackle long-neglected disorders while breaking even or posting modest profits. Ever since, the Orphan Drug Act was lauded as government at its finest, praised for providing a boon in generating new pharmaceuticals. But by the act’s 30th anniversary, The Seattle Times found that the law’s good intentions had been subverted. In what amounts to a windfall, the pharmaceutical industry has exploited this once-obscure niche of the healthcare field, turning rare diseases into a multibillion dollar enterprise and the fastest-growing sector of America’s prescription-drug system. The series, “Pharma’s Windfall: The Mining of Rare Diseases,” uses extensive data from the FDA and NIH, along with financial reports from the SEC to show the financial incentives behind the system. For the human repercussions, the reporters found and told the stories of families struggling with rare disease.
  • Backyard Bombs

    In 1983, two boys were killed in San Diego as a result of old munitions explosion in a nearby canyon. San Diego County has a long military history of training camps and defense sites which have been turned into residential neighborhoods, but traces of that past are still seen today as some explosives were never removed.
  • "The Traitor: the Ed Wilson Story"

    Nightline investigated the case of Ed Wilson, a former CIA agent, who was sentenced in 1983 to 52 years in federal prison for selling arms and explosives to Libya. Twenty years later he was quietly exonerated and it was brought to light that prosecutors and government witnesses had fabricated evidence against Wilson and lied under oath. Now, three of those men are federal judges and others prominent lawyers in Washington.
  • A Priest's 2 Faces: Protector, Predator

    In this detailed report, The Times details the two-pronged personality of Rev. Paul R. Shanley who was arrested on charges of raping a 6-year-old boy in 1983. While he was seen as a benefactor by many harassed children, he switched roles to harass some himself.
  • The Public Schools' Last Hurrah?

    Ever since the release of "A Nation at Risk" in 1983, the public has been concerned over the progress of education in this country. Shenk examines what it would take to save the public schools in five steps.
  • The Woman Who Disappeared Twice

    CNN en español investigates the disappearances of political dissidents in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. They follow the case of a woman whose body was thrown from an airplane into a river, where it was found by fishermen. Local officials said the body could not be identified, but that was not the case. CNN tracked down the victims family, one among thousands who disappeared in that bloody time.
  • Medicine's Middlemen: Spending Billions, Strings Attached

    Duplicate of story #19832