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  • LA Times & ProPublica: Trapped in a Deadly Chase

    Our investigation took a close look at the dangerous toll of Border Patrol tactics used to chase and catch smuggler vehicles near the border. Our reporting found that, even as many modern police agencies move away from high-speed chases and place tighter restrictions on when their officers can pursue suspects, the Border Patrol allows its agents wide latitude to use them to catch people trying to enter the country illegally, a practice that often ends in gruesome injuries and death.
  • L.A. Times: Danger Spins From the Sky

    Robinson Helicopter Co., the world’s leading maker of civilian helicopters, is an American aviation success story – with a deadly 45-year history. The Los Angeles Times provided the first comprehensive examination of the company’s safety record, and the design features and flight characteristics that have dogged Robinson helicopters for decades.
  • LA Times: Playing on Fear: A Costly Bioterrorism Program Fails to Protect

    The topic was bioterrorism and BioWatch, a critical civilian defense system that, it turns out, has never worked. The stories demonstrate how fear of terrorism—and U.S. officials’ fear of appearing “soft” on terrorism—have saddled the country and taxpayers with a failed system. As the articles point out, the nation’s decade-long commitment to BioWatch has come at the expense of other approaches to biodefense that hold more promise for saving lives.
  • Scout's Honour

    This investigation's goal was to look into the issue of sexual abuse inside Boy Scout organizations in both Canada and the US by exploring one particular case that touched both sides of the border. the CBC and LA Times teamed up for a 10-month record search which resulted in many findings.
  • "Grading the Teachers"

    The LA Times studied schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Using gain-score analysis, data linking standardized test scores and various evaluation techniques, the Times identified the "most and least effective" teachers and schools in the district. Reporters examined schools ranked high by the API standard, only to find inconsistencies in student performance.
  • Gates Foundation Investigation

    LA Times examined which companies the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested in to see if those companies matched the foundation's ideals. The Times found that "about 41% o the foundation's investments (excluding government bonds and loaned investments), were in companies whose activities end o run directly counter to the foundation's philanthropic goals or high-minded philosophy."
  • Vietnam: The War Crime Files

    "An LA Times investigation- based on thousands of declassified records from the Army chief of staff's office, scores of interviews and a trip to Vietnam- found that U.S. troops reported more than 800 war crimes in Vietnam, yet many were publicly discredited even as the military uncovered evidence that they were telling the truth."
  • Study Reveals Vast Scope of Priest Abuse

    A study by the LA Times shows the number of Catholic priests from Los Angeles Archdiocese that have been accused of sexual abuse since 1950.
  • Dose of Denial

    After decades of researching cold and diet remedies and discovering that these medicines could cause a stroke, major pharmaceutical companies continued to sell these drugs in the markets. This LA Times story describes the life of Tricia Newenham who took this medication and is now mentally disabled after suffering from a stroke.
  • A Changing Landscape

    "These stories provide a portrait of the Bush environmental policies and the largely hidden political process that produced them. They also provide a window into the secretive administration's domestic-policymaking and its impact in the West and elsewhere. The reporters penetrated the federal bureaucracy to show how the White House and political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department manipulated science, circumvented the law and marginalized or steamrolled career employees. These reports detail how, in the process, the administration adopted regulations or policies that benefited its corporate patrons at the expense of public health and the environment." Also included is an update from February, 2005, that relates the results of a study done by Nikki Tinsley, the EPA's inspector general, at the request of seven senators who read the LA Times original series. Tinsley's report confirmed the LA Times findings.