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  • Walking While Black

    “Walking While Black,” a meticulously researched and powerful reporting project, showed Jacksonville's enforcement of pedestrian violations to be racially disproportionate. Using hard-won data from a variety of local and state agencies, Topher Sanders and Ben Conarck, both veterans of reporting in Jacksonville, showed the disparities across every category of pedestrian tickets in Duval County. They then found those ticketed, and chronicled the impact — on their driver’s licenses, on their credit ratings, on their day to day ability to work and raise families in a city notorious for its lack of adequate pedestrian infrastructure.
  • The Jerome Hayes Case

    Jerome Hayes had alibis. He passed a lie detector test. The prosecutor said she believed someone else committed the crimes. A detective questioned why Hayes was still in jail. Yet Hayes stayed in a Jacksonville jail cell for 589 days only to be released with all charges dropped. The Florida Times-Union examined what happened in the case and what errors police, prosecutors and defense lawyers made. And as the paper reported on the Hayes case, it uncovered longstanding and wide-reaching records violations by the police. http://static.jacksonville.com/files/jeromehayescase/
  • Toxic ghosts

    The Florida Times-Union reports that "... Neighborhoods that now house thousands of people were previously dumping grounds for hazardous wastes that remain today in the soil and water at schools, subdivisions and parks." Additionally, the newspaper learned the city ignored warnings about potential health hazards, dragged its feet on cleaning the sites and donated property on the polluted grounds to the Habitat for Humanity.
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    Through exhaustive interviews with police, prosecutors, health professionals, residents, crack addicts and other people, The Florida Times-Union found that about 90 percent of the city's robberies and 75 percent of its burglaries are tied to crack. The investigation also reveals that crack is being sold five minutes from nearly every Jacksonville home, a record 3,887 people called a special crack hot line with complaints last year. (November 10 - 12, 1996)
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    Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) looks at the work hours of judges in Duval County, Fla., and finds that many of them routinely worked six-, five-and even four-hour days before going home to work on their personal projects, June 14, 1992.
  • Getting away with murder

    Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) finds that people who commit murder many times are not punished appropriately because of racism and an overcrowded criminal justice and prison system; finds that people who kill whites receive much longer sentences than people who kill blacks.
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    Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) probes the factors involved in the mass killing of eight employees and customers of an auto loan agency by a Jacksonville laborer, Florida's worst mass killing, June 19 - 25, 1990.
  • Penalty flag tossed on NCAA enforcement

    The Florida Times-Union takes an extensive in-depth look at the NCAA's enforcement system. It reveals the NCAA's rules are so complex that compliance is virtually impossible and infractions are "investigated by poorly paid undertrained staff that suffers from high turnover and is prohibited from using basic investigative tools, such as tape recorders." The NCAA does not actively police its member schools to make sure they are complying with the rules, and when "called for a hearing before the NCAA, schools are not allowed to confront their accusers nor are they allowed to call witnesses. Though there is an appeal procedure, no school has ever won an appeal." Also, "while the NCAA's decisions directly affect the careers, education and finances of student athletes, those athletes have no voice in the NCAA." The Times-Union reports on these and other aspects of the NCAA's current system, and looks at several high-profile examples as well.
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    Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) looks at the Navy's base at Kings Bay, Georgia, for Trident submarines and D-5 missiles; discloses that the submarine and missile have not lived up to expectations, and that the base was over-funded so the Navy could speed through major construction problems, Aug. 28-31, 1988.
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    Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) reveals the growing importance of the drug smuggling industry to the tiny Central American country of Belize, Sept. 9, 1985.