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  • ProJo: Suffering in the Shadows: Elder abuse in Rhode Island

    Rhode Island has one of the nation’s highest elderly populations, and a special unit in the state Attorney General’s office dedicated to prosecuting elder abuse. But over 17 years, fewer than half of those charged were convicted of this felony, and only 13 percent served any prison time. The reasons are many, the solutions a challenge -- but there are jurisdictions that do this better.
  • Questionable Credentials

    Life experience is certainly valuable. But is it enough to earn you an advanced degree without ever attending a single class? The NBC 10 I-Team went inside the world of online "diploma mills" and found out just how easy it is to buy a bogus Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or even a PhD. For one Rhode Island public school administrator, a so-called Bachelor's degree from an unaccredited online school was the ticket to a $94,000 a year job. The I-team learned the Providence School District never checked the administrator's credentials before hiring her. NBC 10's five-part investigation led to the administrator's resignation, as well as a change in the school district's hiring policy going forward.
  • The Most Unequal Place in America

    East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, has the largest rich-poor gap in the country, according to census data. As part of CNN’s Change the List project, John Sutter and Edythe McNamee traveled to the state to find out why – and to see what lessons Income Inequality, USA, would have for the rest of the nation. Income inequality has been widely covered in the news media, but this series of op-eds and a “digital doc” video were praised for their intimacy and originality: They showed the social costs of the income gap. When the gap becomes so incredibly wide, it’s almost impossible for people to see across. The main op-ed and digital doc focused on Delores Gilmore, an overnight prison guard and single mother. She lives in Lake Providence, the largest town in the parish, where a lake neatly and cruelly divides rich from poor. Gilmore knows almost nothing of the richer side.
  • Rhode Island Priest Sex Abuse Letters

    In 2012 and early 2013, three Catholic priests were removed from duty at parishes in Rhode Island after credible allegations of sexual abuse against them surfaced. Several adult victims came forward to report assaults that happened decades earlier. In each case, the Diocese of Providence sent a letter describing the abuse and the circumstances to Rhode Island State Police. But because of Rhode Island's brief Statute of Limitations, as short as three years in some cases, there was no way to prosecute the priests criminally. Victims were also unable to bring civil lawsuits in most cases. NBC 10 wanted to know how many other Rhode Island priests had been credibly accused of sexual abuse but never charged with child molestation or rape. While the Diocese of Providence is not subject to public records laws, Rhode Island State Police maintained copies of the letters and must comply with the state's open records regulations. Over a six month period, public records requests revealed 45 letters sent to State Police by the Diocese during the past decade. The letters gave new insight into what victims experienced and how they were treated once they came forward. They also raised questions about why some cases were apparently reported to State Police, while others were not.
  • An 'F' For Fire Inspections

    An 'F' For Fire Inspections is a series of investigative reports aired on NBC 10 in November 2012. Our investigation revealed Providence public schools went years without any fire inspections, needlessly putting both children and adults at risk. We further revealed the broken fire inspection system within Rhode Island's capital city.
  • Sedimentary journey: Dredging at end of line

    This article examines the recent dredging of the Providence River. It discusses the many ways in which the project was successful, and summarizes the main points of the debate surrounding the project.
  • Resident #1

    "Resident #1" is the alias for a Providence nursing home patient whose health rapidly deteriorated due to repeated neglect. Levitz looks at how the Rhode Island Health Department allowed this patient and many others like her to slip through the cracks, jeopardizing their safety. Levitz reports on how the system that is supposed to protect these people rarely closes poorly performing homes, and even waives fines, keeping public in the dark about how these homes measure up.
  • Poisoned

    "Imagine what would happen if a toxic substance rained down on Rhode Island and poisoned nearly 3,000 children in a single year . . . Year after year, thousands of children are poisoned here by lead paint wearing off older houses. But there is no groundswell of outrage. And most people seem unaware that lead is even a problem. . . The Providence Journal examines the young lives of some of lead paint's victims- lives dramatically limited, and in one New Hampshire case, ended by a poison most of their parents were never taught to fear. The six-part series will explore how lead poisoning is thwarting brain development in so many of our young people- a loss that drains talent and wealth from our entire community."
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors

    "I wanted a little 'NYPD Blue' grit with maybe a grim dash of 'Homicide' tossed in, and a big dose of true bad-boys-bad-boys-whatcha-gonna-do TV. What I got was a realistic mix of bad guys, boredom, breasts, and busting chops, topped off with a wrenching shot of tragedy - cops shooting another cop." Paul Kandarian rides along with Detectives Bobby Drohan and John Corley of the Providence Police Department detective unit and observes the day-to-day life of a two of Providence's most productive cops. He discovers that in the violent and often gruesome world of detective work, one of the things most vital to the job is humor. On Kandarian's last ride, he privy to the investigation of the shooting of Providence cop Cornel Young, by two other cops.
  • Disorder in the Court

    The Providence Journal investigated the Rhode Island's traffic court and found problems with mismanagement and patronage which prevented the court from doing its job adequately. The Journal found the court routinely violated the rights of motorists.