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  • DFP: Trooper tases teen on ATV. Police video reveals what happens next

    Readers had known about the tragic death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes, who crashed his ATV while running from State Police in Detroit. People knew a trooper had been charged with murder after leaning out of his patrol car to use his Taser on Grimes, causing the crash. But the details were limited. That’s until the Free Press used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents, raw video and radio broadcasts to reconstruct the scene before, during and after the accident. In a published story and never-before-seen video, the newspaper shined a spotlight on the actions of police that day. The video was made by piecing together hours of video and audio footage from police body cameras, dashboard cameras, surveillance tape and broadcasts. A Detroit officer whose inappropriate comments were caught on the video was reassigned.
  • Fatal Fun: How Atlantic Canadians are dying on recreational vehicles

    Fatal Fun examined the dangerous side of one of the most popular pastimes in rural Canada, revealing gaps in the law and prompting some provincial governments to review the rules that govern recreational vehicles.
  • The Russian Laundromat

    Call it the Laundromat. It’s a complex system for laundering more than $20 billion in Russian money stolen from the government by corrupt politicians or earned through organized crime activity. It was designed to not only move money from Russian shell companies into EU banks through Latvia, it had the added feature of getting corrupt or uncaring judges in Moldova to legitimize the funds. The state-of-the-art system provided exceptionally clean money backed by a court ruling at a fraction of the cost of regular laundering schemes. It made up for the low costs by laundering huge volumes. The system used just one bank in Latvia and one bank in Moldova but 19 banks in Russia, some of them controlled by rich and powerful figures including the cousin of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Risky Riding

    Minnesota is one of 40 states that have ignored federal mandates that ban children under the age of 16 from operating adult-sized all-terrain vehicles, passing laws and rules that allow young children to ride machines that are too large and powerful for them to control. The result: nearly 1,200 children were killed and another 350,000 hospitalized in the past decade while riding on ATVs.
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    Through a five part series, KATV discovered major problems with the Little Rock Zoo's treatment of animals. The report found that more than 10 percent of the zoo's animal collection was dying each year. KATV revealed how several high profile animals died. (February 21-25, 1996)
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    Grigori Loutchansky may be the world's most investigated man because of his close ties-and suspicious deals-in the former Soviet Union. Time magazine investigates allegations against a former Latvian economics professor and Nordex, his Viennese company suspected of running organized crime in the former Soviet Union and around the world. Nordex is suspected of involvement in both money-laundering and other criminal activities.