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  • The Scajaquada is a crippled creek

    The story got started in 2013 when reporter Dan Telvock noticed raw sewage in a section of the creek that passes through Buffalo’s prized Delaware Park and a strong urine smell in a section of the creek that runs through Buffalo’s largest cemetery. In May 2013, the state enacted the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which for the first time provided a public database of most sewage overflows by locality. This data shows that the most sewer overflows happen in Scajaquada Creek and the biggest offender is Cheektowaga’s sewer system. From there, Telvock used the state Freedom of Information Law to obtain hundreds of documents that detailed Cheektowaga’s sewer overflows, to include volumes and locations.
  • Bad Cop

    A Times Investigation of a legendary Brooklyn detective revealed such widespread flaws in his tactics -- cajoling witnesses, failing to record confessions and treating informants to outings with prostitutes -- that the Brooklyn district attorney opened an unprecedented review of 55 of the detective's cases, two convicted men have been freed (with more likely), and the D.A. lost his bid for a seventh term.
  • "Long session led to many missed votes"

    Twenty-one of Arizona's 90 state legislatures missed more than 20 percent of the floor votes held during 2009. The percentage is five times that of 2008. Lawmakers whose attendance and voting records fell in that percentage were interviewed, revealing discontent with the way the legislature is being run.
  • Rat Trap

    In the story, an FBI informant has been known to hound the targets of the investigation with money and gifts, but also “led them by the nose”. He has also “prodded, persuaded and cajoled the targets to advance plans to launder money supposedly used to purchase an anti-aircraft missile”. So this article brought up the FBI’s use of informants and the ethical lines crossed by some of them.
  • Fishing for Trouble

    The News & Observer finds that laws protecting the state's fishing industry are largely unenforced along the most productive section of the coast. In a computer-analysis of fishing violations, the paper found that the writing of tickets has been systematically discouraged for years and the officers issued an average of less than one ticket each per month.
  • Insurance industry accused of 'redlining'

    The Austin-American Statesman conducts a computer-assisted analysis of auto insurance records in the Texas; combined with census data, the analysis showed that people in predominanatly minority and low-income zip codes were far more likely to pay the highest insurance rates.
  • The Power of Pork

    The News & Observer investigates North Carolina's corporate swine industry and how it won laws and policies that have promoted the industry's rapid growth. The investigation also details how the industry profits from a network of formal and informal alliances with powerful people in government and how it has managed to avoid strict environmental oversight while contributing to the pollution of water resources.
  • Field Trips: Who Goes, Who Stays Home?

    The Tennessean examines metro schools in Nashville and finds that schools in poor neighborhoods do not offer as many field trips as schools in affluent neighborhoods, even though national experts say poor neighborhoods need the field trips more so than wealthier kids.
  • Winners & Losers: The 1994 Citrus County Tax Roll

    The Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) reveals that a local property appraiser in a rural county facing a cap on yearly property tax increases due to a new state law, reevaluated the entire county in a single year by using appraisal techniques created by himself; as a result some taxpayers saw the value of their homes double in a year.
  • Tax Delinquents; Picking Up the Tab

    The Asbury Park Press reports that public figures in Ocean County are not paying their share of property taxes on protery that they own.