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  • Potential for Disaster

    From the contest entry summary: "The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reasoned that chemical plants would be a major terrorist target in the wake of Sept. 11 attacks. If ruptured, tanks storing catastrophic levels of chemicals could kill, injure or displace millions of Americans living in or around our largest cities. Similar events have transpired in the Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian wars in the 1990s, and domestic and foreign terrorists have claimed credit for attacking chemical tanks in the U.S. and Middle East."
  • A call for "Holy War"

    Since 1991, an Arabic magazine called "Assarat Al Mustaqeem" started publishing in Pittsburgh, distributing over 2,000 copies in the United States and some all over the world. The reporters uncovered ties between the magazine and other influential radical Muslim groups, and discovered the magazine to contain militant articles, advocating jihad and the killing of Jews.
  • Firefighter Dangers

    A WTAE-TV investigation found fire departments using air tanks that were potentially dangerous; the alarm bells that are supposed to warn firefighters they're low on air had a history of malfunctioning, leading to several deaths. The story came out of a case that involved a St. Louis firefighter receiving a $6 million settlement from Mine Safety Appliances, a Pittsburgh company that's one of the leading manufacturers of fire safety equipment.
  • Juvenile Court Journal

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette received access to thousands of normally-closed hearings regarding abused and neglected children to produce the "Juvenile Court Journal," which took readers into the secret world of Allegheny County's Juvenile Court system.
  • Land Grab

    This article looks at the national battle over property rights and the use of eminent domain authority. Opposition to local condemnation powers is on the increase, particularly when it is used to hasten redevelopment and/or favors one private owner over another. Highlighted are cases in Port Chester, NY, Merriam, KS and Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Airport Employee Entrance

    WTAE-TV reports on the lax security at the employee entrance at Pittsburgh International Airport. The main findings are that employees and non-employees could get easily through the gate, and that "security offices failed to check inside trucks for explosives, weapons,..., etc."
  • Chopper Wars

    The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat investigates the bleeding death of a 13-year-old junior high school football player who was transported by helicopter to medical center in Pittsburgh rather than taken to the closer trauma center in Johnstown. The newspaper uncovers a "heated" competition among helicopter services that "may have lead" to the boy's death. The Tribune-Democrat investigation also reveals that "the closest available helicopters routinely are not being dispatched to accidents, placing victims' lives in danger."
  • Hazmat Investigation

    WTAE-TV reports on gaping holes in the security of half a dozen companies in Pittsburgh that handle chemicals and hazardous materials. The security had supposedly been beefed up after the September 11th attacks, but hadn't. After learning of the report, the companies took measures to change their security.
  • The Real Story of Flight 93

    Newsweek depicts the circumstances preceding the crash of United Flight 93 near Pittsburgh on September 11. The story tells how "the passengers and crew revolted against the hijackers," and reveals the content of recordings from the Flight's cockpit. The reporters find evidence that "the passengers did in fact retake control of the plane's cabin and were on the verge of breaking into the cockpit, when the panicked hijackers forced the plane to crash." Newsweek's investigation refutes the conspiracy theory that the flight had been shot down by the U.S. military forces.
  • What's Race Got To Do With It?

    "Despite a crime wave, Cincinnati's cops pull back, underscoring the stakes in the conflict over racial profiling," reports Time Magazine. The story points to figures that show similar number of arrests before and after the "violent confrontation in April [2001] between mostly black protesters and mostly white police." The analysis looks at a dilemma: "Are we to have a low-crime society, in which cops are violent cowboys, or a high-crime culture, in which cops can't stop a mob without written Justice Department approval?" A major finding is that frequency of racial profiling is difficult to be determined, since most cities do not collect traffic-stop data, and other are reluctant to make it public.