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  • Letter Confirms St. John's Abbey Knew About Clergy Two Years Before Releasing Names to Public

    St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., released a list of 18 monks who sexually abused children on December 9, 2013. The St. John’s Abbey said the list was unveiled to achieve transparency. Through a letter obtained by UTVS News, we revealed that the St. John's Abbey knew about credible allegations of sexual abuse by Father Dominic Keller in July 2011, more than two years before Keller's name was made public by the St. John's Abbey on Dec. 9, 2013. Moreover, we found only 3 of the 18 names were new to the public. This story, done on a 48-hour deadline by UTVS News Reporter Nick Minock at St. Cloud State University, gives a voice to victims and informs viewers that at least two monks, who are credibly accused of sexually abusing minors at St. John's Abbey, still work in Minnesota parishes.
  • Crime on Campus

    In this four-part series, advanced journalism students from the University of Connecticut examine rising crime statistics and the various new types of crime at the UConn campus at Storrs, CT. Using data from the university's police department and Uniform Crime Reports, reporters found that the UConn police department was greatly understaffed despite increasing student numbers and rising crime. They also discovered that problems such as poor dormitory security and underage alcohol abuse contributed to the increase in serious and violent crime on campus.
  • Project Sunshine: Spotlight on Campaign Abuse

    Part of a broader investigative series highlighting statewide campaign finance abuses. These pieces broke news about a number of violations of campaign finance law by Gov. Gary Locke's 1996 gubernatorial campaign. The first piece shows that the Locke campaign accepted more the $4,000 in cash contributions, which exceeds the state's legal limit, and failed to report and deposit those contributions as required by law. The second column shows evidence that a Buddhist temple violated federal tax rules by hosting a campaign event for Locke, that temple-affiliated donors did not comply with public disclosure rules, and that temple monks, priests and administrators may not have used their own money to make their contributions. The third was the Gov. Locke personally received $5,000 in cash inside a red envelope from the master of the Buddhist temple. Inconsistencies in accounts of how money was handled by the campaign are also revealed.
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    American Lawyer revealed how standard interrogations by Arizona law enforcement officials led four innocent people to confess to the slaying of a group of Buddhist Monks in Phoenix.
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    American Journalism Review reports how newspapers across the country picked up a New York Times blurb that Dioxin was 'no more dangerous than a day in the sun'; finds that the statement was completely unfounded and yet widely used, June 1993.
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    WJHU-FM (Baltimore) reports on the contamination of soil and groundwater at the Savannah River nuclear weapons factory in South Carolina; reveals that the government contractors had covered up the problem, April 6, 1988.
  • The Story of the Pauline Fathers

    Gannett News Service investigates a small order of monks in rural Pennsylvania who squandered millions of dollars in donations, loans and investments through mismanagement and "immoral" lifestyles. The scandal ripped apart the 600-year-old order and pushed the Roman Catholic hierarchy into an effort to avoid civil and criminal prosecution of those involved.