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  • Fatally Flawed

    A five-part series by The Charlotte Observer revealed that the officials assigned to investigate suspicious deaths routinely fail to follow crucial steps, raising questions about the accuracy of thousands of rulings. The effects of a botched investigation on surviving family members can be devastating. Killers can go free. Widows can be cheated out of the life insurance payments they deserve. In some cases, reporters found, grieving relatives were forced to launch their own inquiries into how a loved one died. Compiling the report wasn’t easy. Observer reporters first requested the state’s database of suspicious deaths in early 2012. For 18 months, the state stalled and provided incomplete data. In the summer of 2013, the Observer threatened legal action. Only then did the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner turn over its complete database.
  • Police Bid - Rigging

    This report on the felony conviction of a former police officer for organized fraud is the culmination of a 1997 investigation into bid-rigging at a Central Florida police department. Reporters found a police chief allowed his most-trusted employee to resign quietly, rather than face an internal investigation, even though there was evidence of ethical lapses. He was steering tens of thousands of dollars in computer puchases to a company run out of his home, ostensibly by his wife.
  • Message from Mir

    This story featured a report on the dangerous conditions on the 12-year-old Russian space station. Investigation of the US & Russian Shuttle/MIR program. Reporters obtained confidential documents written by the astronaut in charge of NASA's safety office, criticizing the agency and its Russian partners for turning a blind eye to problems. The segment also featured an interview of Astronaut Jerry Linenger in his first prime-time magazine appearance. Linenger told of his five and a half harrowing months aboard the Russian Mir, puctuated by the ignition of a near-fatal fire.
  • Anatomy of A Murder

    KGO-TV investigates the death of a gay man and 17-year-old Joshua Puckett who confessed to the death because he said he was fending off a sexual assault. Police did not believe Puckett's story but could not find a motive. The investigation digs into Puckett's troubled past and reveals his father's fears that Puckett will hurt others.
  • The Shame of San Francisco: How PG&E Stomped Public Power--Again

    This story came out of the Bay Guardian's 30 year effort to force the City of San Francisco to abide by federal law requiring the city to deliver electric power generated from the city-owned Hetch Hetchy dam to the citizens of San Francisco, stop Pacific Gas & Electric co.'s illegal monopoly in San Francisco and curb the locally headquartered, massive transnational corporations undue influence on City Hall. This particular story uncovered that from 1995 to 1996 the Grand Jury had investigated the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which oversees operation of the dam, for having a relationship altogether too cozy with PG&E.
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    King World Productions shows that supermarket stores may knowingly be selling food which is seriously beyond its "sell by" date. Packages of dairy products, cereal, poultry, meat, and even baby food (some products as old as five years out of date) were purchased from store shelves. These packages were then returned to store managers. In many cases these food products were returned to stor shelves, only to be puchased again. (Feb. 21, 1995)
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    Minneapolis Star and Tribune publishes articles based on the newspaper's study of Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. - its rates, profits, and the regulatory climate governing it--which found the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission particularly generous to the company; reporters used court documents, lobbying report forms and campaign finance forms to show the company spent a lot of money to win the favor of PUC commissioners, Aug. 10, 1986.
  • Bechtel's $45 Million Screw Job

    A four-month SFBG investigation concluded that the city of San Francisco is wasting money on a contract with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation to help manage reconstruction of the city's water system. The story looks at the problems of privatization.