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  • Asbury Park Press: Protecting the Shield

    Killed. Beaten. Stalked. More than 200 citizens across New Jersey have been victimized in recent years by out-of-control rogue cops. In many cases, the cops kept their jobs, even got promoted – while tens of millions of your tax dollars kept the abuses quiet. Until now.
  • Why is it ‘easy’ to steal from youth sports?

    Our investigation exposed how a prominent youth sports league that went to the Little League World Series was being ripped off by adult leaders. When we looked statewide, we found gaping loopholes in youth sport finances.
  • Radioactive Waste Leaking into Ground Water

    The Asbury Park Press found that millions of gallons of radioactive water have leaked from nuclear power plants in the U.S. since the 1970s, threatening water supplies in New Jersey and other states. But the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has never fined a violator. The Press also found that major leaks have increased in recent years, nearly all nuclear power plants have leaked radioactive titrium, most plants hvae had more than one titrium leak, and esseentially all plants have leaked or spilled radioactive material.
  • Rise and Fall

    Spurred by real estate mogul Solomon Dwek bouncing a $25 million check at a drive-through bank window, the Asbury Park Press investigates Dwek's dealings, and finds that his business may not be as financially stable as it is presented to be. The Press found that Dwek committed mortgage fraud, as forensic experts analyzed signatures on land records, and said Dwek "likely signed the names of other people to $9 million in loans he obtained." His wife had mortgages on three properties she did not own. Dwek, who was arrested by the FBI in the wake of the bounced check, was also found to have received $179 million in loans and investments from banks, mortgage lenders and investors.
  • Spalliero's Empire

    Developer Anthony Spalliero was charged and indicted by a federal grand jury in 2005 for bribing the former mayor and others in exchange for building and zoning approvals. Although the Asbury Park Press reported on Spalliero's close involvement with local officials since 2003, after his arrest the Press unearthed thousands of pages of documents detailing lawsuits, regulatory records, land transactions and other information detailing Spalliero's empire. Among other findings, the four-day series revealed that Spalliero maintained two families at once, videotaped a pornographic movie of a girlfriend having sex with another man, violated building laws and broke agreements with business partners.
  • Fatal Flight - The Mystery at Marlboro Airport

    Seven years after a seemingly accidental private airplane crash, the Asbury Park Press found evidence that forced the reopening of the federal investigation. The original NTSB investigation of a fatal 1998 plane crash in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, determined that the accident was caused by a bird strike, but the Asbury Park Press consulted experts who determined that sabotage was the most likely cause. The pilot, who died in the crash, had previously testified in a lawsuit that he suspected his planes were being sabotaged. A disputed land deal involving the township's airport provided a motive for murder.
  • Close Connections

    The Asbury Park Press' investigations of municipal officials found that politically powerful attorneys had almost free reign to double bill and over bill the agencies they were supposed to serve. An investigation of the township attorney, who is the top elected Republican in the state, found that he double billed the city by more than $8,000. He initially said the double-billing was not his responsibility, but later admitted it was an accident. The Press found that the project in which the double-billing occurred was part of an unfinished seven-year effort to rewrite the city's ordinances. The senator charged more than $100,000 for the incomplete work, although similar projects cost a quarter as much and can take months, not years, to finish. Close examination of these billing records for the ordinance re-writing project showed his bills included rewrites of ordinances that don't exist, and repeated rewrites of ordinances that were little more than a paragraph or two long.
  • Childhood Lost: Problems at DYFS

    An Asbury Park Press series is "an investigation into systematic failures at tine New Jersey child protection agency, called the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS)." The investigation finds "how the agency fails to protect children , puts them in harm's way and has been unable to overhaul itself despite a two-year, $128 million "reform" effort." The series reveals that 39 children under the supervision of the agency have died for two years. The key findings also include that "children were found to be staying in foster care longer, minority children were being placed in group homes at an alarming rate, and there was no legislative or public oversight of the agency, which one state senator deemed "out of control."
  • Time off for good behavior/ In a small town, some big-time liabilities

    In these two reports, The Asbury Park Press investigates what happens when long-time employees of the state cashes in on their paid vacation and sick-time paychecks at the end of their careers. Linsk reports on how the taxpayers are involved and what comes out of their pockets. Linsk also explains how many employees receive the back pay according to today's wage levels, and some retire but stay on the payroll "until accumulated time is exhausted."
  • Tax Delinquents: Picking Up the Tab

    The Asbury Park Press reports that "Nearly one out of 10 property owners in Ocean County won't pay their property taxes this year. And last year (1993) it cost Ocean County property owners -- at least those who paid their property taxes on time -- a bundle. Some towns do a better job of collecting taxes than others, but none collected 100 percent of what it was owed last year. The average collection rate was 92.9 percent."