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  • Danger: Bridge Closed

    This article examines the state of bridges in the Pittsburgh area. Bartley finds that "bridges in this state are indeed in trouble - fourth worst in the nation, according to a new study. In particular, the Pittsburgh area is beset with a growing and worsening problem of aging, deteriorating bridges, caused by the sheer number of spans and what some call a shortage of bridge maintenance and construction money."
  • The Big Dig

    Washington Post Magazine reports on the 25-year-long "campaign of "innuendo and distortion" surrounding an archeological finding that has changed "the theory about who the first Americans were." The story focuses on how James Adovasio, an archeologist at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania, uncovered a 12,000-year-old spear point at a site 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh in 1973. The report describes how "date after date showed that the sate was inhibited before archaeological orthodoxy said it could have been." The story reports on the corroboration of Adovasio's theory after other similar artifacts - more than 12,000-year-old - have been found in Chile, Virginia and South Carolina.
  • A Medical Researcher Pays For Challenging Drug Industry Funding

    The Journal chronicles University of Pittsburgh's Erdem Cantekin's battle against convention. The director of research declared a war of ethics on the university's Medical Center where he had a promising future. Dr. Cantekin believes that in 1986 a fellow researcher manipulated the results of a study on children's antibiotics to benefit drug companies. The move brought Dr Cantekin's career down and he is now known as a "trouble making whistle blower."
  • Billy & Michelle: love and loss in a Navy town

    In this seven part series, Dolan investigates the criminal case surrounding the 1997 murder and rape of Michelle Moore-Bosko, the bride of a young naval officer. At one point in the case as many as eight men were charged, eventually five were sentenced, and three were set free.
  • Confronting the numbers

    In this three-part series, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review investigates the state's corrupt lottery system. In particular, the author writes about the lottery system's relationship with senior-citizens programs and poor neighborhoods and about why Pennsylvania got a lottery in the first place.
  • Pittsburgh in Crisis

    The Tribune-Review reviewed city and state financial audits and reports filed by the city for potential bond buyers, and found the city $1.68 billion in debt, outpacing the debt of other cities of similar size and spending much more than it took in over the last decade.
  • Grading Our High Schools

    This Pittsburgh Tribune-Review special report compares area high schools on the basis of their average standardized test scores, attendance and funding. The publication looks at some of the major issues facing Pittsburgh schools: security, class size, vocation training and teacher salaries.
  • Anatomy of Bankruptcy

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports about "the rapid rise and equally rapid descent of the Allegheny Health empire, which became the nation's largest health-care failure when the nonprofit filed for bankruptcy in July 1998.... Built on a strategy that utilized heavy debt and almost total control of one individual and his board cronies, Allegheny bought financially struggling hospitals and medical schools, paid top dollar for physician practices and lived lavishly even as operating losses were mounting and the overall health-care environment was deteriorating.... Allegheny's offices and directors twice upped their liability insurance, from $50 million to $200 million, in the months before the bankruptcy filing...."
  • When the bough breaks

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports "Parents in Beaver County whose children are put in foster care face a big problem: The county's Children and Youth Services and the courts end parents' legal rights twice as quickly as the national average -- especially when the children are infants... Attorneys who represent clients in Beaver County also have complained that the court and CYS are too closely connected, and they point to instances in which CYS workers have had improper, out-of-court communications with judges... The majority of cases in Beaver County might have turned out exactly the same even if CYS and the courts had not ignored parents' civil rights and state and federal regulations."
  • Dirty Secrets: Why Sexually Abusive Teachers Aren't Stopped

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigates "how educators who molest students escape recrimination, allowed by school districts to quietly resign and go to another school district to molest again. In some cases, districts even provide letters of recommendation to get rid of the problem teacher."