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  • Waycross Cancers

    A spike in childhood cancers in Waycross, Georgia causes this small town to wrestle with questions about the causes of cancer, whether their community is safe, whether they should trust the government agencies that are supposed to protect them.
  • Ghost Panels

    The VA continues to struggle to deliver timely, quality, healthcare to veterans despite the publicity and subsequent reforms initiated by the 2014 scandal. Case in point:The VA medical system in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It's where 30 year old Ross Cameron bounced from one physician to another as he desperately tried to get help for a deep depression and PTSD. He wife says he never got the full attention he needed. Then one day he took his own life by driving into a tree at a hundred miles an hour. The St. Cloud VA is also where Doug Larson nearly died because a provider made a huge mistake. This series of reports documents the turmoil within the hospital which triggered an exodus of physicians and nurses, and the impact the staffing shortages are having on veterans healthcare.
  • The Carissa Carpenter Saga

    For 16 years, a charismatic woman named Carissa Carpenter skittered across California and South Carolina, drumming up investors - and public support – for an extravagant, multi-billion-dollar movie studio project she vowed to deliver to the various rural regions, hungry for economic development. The problem? The lavish proposals never came to fruition and, until The Bee’s investigation, Carpenter was never held accountable – or even exposed - for the millions lost by investors or by local business associates, who were rarely paid for their work before she vanished again.
  • Questions Are Raised on Restraint Training

    This examination detailed how school districts across California have relied on dubious techniques developed by an obscure industry to physically restrain unruly students. While few of these restraint maneuvers are grounded in evidence-based research, they are used to subdue students who are emotionally disturbed or mentally disabled -- some of the most difficult and sensitive situations that teachers encounter. The story also found that there is little regulatory oversight of the restraint industry.
  • Dying For a Job

    While workplace insurance boards across Canada claimed workplaces are safer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation investigated workplace safety. They found that "the number of workplace deaths had increased by about 7 percent from 1993 to 2004." In addition, coroners' suggestions on making workplaces safer for workers have largely been ignored, and are "not shared from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in a manner that would help make their workplaces safer." The investigation also found that health care and social services workers were in more danger than others, "anywhere from six to 12 times more likely to file claims related to violence on the job, mainly from patients." This is higher than even the rate for police and security.
  • The Right to Know

    This series was the result of a year long investigation into government use and abuse of Freedom if Information legislation across Canada. The final result showed that political interference with FOI requests was frequent and often delayed and subverted the FOI process.
  • Phantom Classes

    "A seven-month Register investigation revealed that community colleges across California were boosting their enrollment -- and reaping tens of millions in taxpayer dollars -- by recording high-school athletes as college students, their coaches as college instructors and their high school practices as college classes."
  • Speed Beats Need in State School Funding: With no system for comparing districts' space problems, those that aren't growing can get millions while many with ballooning enrollments get nothing, a Times analysis shows

    Smith reports: "At a time of enormous overcrowding in public schools across California, billions of dollars in state construction money has been distributed erratically in a process based on how quickly districts can build, rather than how badly they need the money. As a result, California officials have handed out more than $6.8 billion in school construction funds over the last decade, yet have failed to deliver a single dollar to more than 100 of the state's fastest-growing school districts." Funding also varied drastically among the school districts that have received bond money over the past decade -- from $1.4 million per new student in one district to $29 per new student in another district.
  • Troubled Water

    Gougis examines how the gasoline additive MTBE, that was supposed to rid Los Angeles of the smog, ruined drinking water across California.
  • Fake it to the limit

    For ten years, a man traveled across California and Nevada imitating Randy Meisner, a former guitarist for the Eagles. The fake Meisner scammed expensive musical instruments and money from love-sick women to support his gambling habit.