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  • Democrat and Chronicle: Rochester food truck builder burns customers nationwide

    When reporters at the Democrat and Chronicle received a call from a distressed food truck owner who had been burned by a local food truck builder, a quick records check revealed a surprising tally of lawsuits and tax liens for what had been regarded as a prominent local business. That led to a six-month investigation that revealed a business in a downward spiral, bringing down customers across the country as they cut corners on workmanship and accepted deposits of $10,000 to $42,500 and strung customers along for months. The gripping narrative painted a sobering downside to the hot food truck industry.
  • The Big Deal: Life and Death of a Drug Ring

    A Democrat and Chronicle seven-day series on the operations of a local major drug ring, which used a cigar and smoke shop as its epicenter.
  • Mortgage Fraud in Suburbia

    "Prompted by an anonymous tip in Dec. 1999, the Democrat and Chronicle launched an investigation into a series of suspicious real estate deals in Rochester's upscale suburbs. ... (The investigation) revealed that a local family of builders, the Amicos, apparently sold houses at vastly inflated prices -- often to straw buyers -- creating a deluge of foreclosures and plummeting real estate values."
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    This Democrat and Chronicle story documents the stories of several parents who have been falsly accused of sexual abuse by their grown children. The story chronicles the parents' struggle to prove their innocence and win back their children. (June 11 - 15, 1995)
  • Drug sting burns hopeful

    The Democrat and Chronicle investigates how when Dennis Vacco was U.S. attorney for Western New York he authorized an elaborate sting operation that recruited drug dealers from as far as California to come to New York state, then rounded them up for prosecution. At the same time, Vacco's office turned away other cases that involved criminals already living in the state saying they lacked the resources to prosecute. (Oct. 31, 1994)
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    Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y) series reveals that the Rochester Institute of Technology has extensive, lucrative and long-standing ties with the CIA, including the recruitment of students, research and the preparation of confidental CIA files, April - November 1991.
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    The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.) investigates a 1980 fire in which four children died; the reporters discovered ineptitude and conflicts of interest in the original official investigation; despite evidence the mother neglected the children, the fire was deemed an accident, Oct. 29 - 31, 1989.
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    The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y) investigates the trial of Richard Knupp, the New York man charged with 2,134 counts of child abuse; the reporter found the emotional fervor surrounding the trial led to evidence being ignored and a questionable conviction; the newspaper eventually contracted an out-of-state lie detector test, which Knupp passed, Aug. 27, Dec. 17, 1989.
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    Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.) discloses questionable investment practices by the head of a penny stock empire, including circulation of stocks and loans among related companies resulting in disastrous losses to investors, April 26, 1987.
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    Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.) reprints several stories on the dangers to children of the DPT vaccine, which prevents whooping cough but is also so toxic that it has caused death in some children; report considers cost of the vaccination and the politics of mandatory vaccination as well as medical effects of DPT, April 1987.