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  • BuzzFeed News: American Mercenaries

    This was an 8-month investigation that uncovered a privately-run assassination program in Yemen run by American Special Operations veterans and reservists working as mercenaries. Hired by the United Arab Emirates, Americans were sent to kill civilian political leaders from an Islamist party. The team, paid millions of dollars, was made up of about a dozen veterans from the most combat-skilled units America has: former SEALS, former Delta Force, and even former CIA ground branch. It was led by a charismatic former French Foreign Legionnaire who lives in the US suburbs.
  • Secrets of the SEALs

    The secretive and heralded Navy SEAL units, heroes of operations such as the killing of Osama bin Laden and now called upon more frequently to wage shadow wars, often operate with brutality and impunity, sometimes sabotaging the very missions they were sent to control.
  • Mine Dangers/Mine Safety

    This series on mine safety by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette uncovered several problems: with training, mine seals, ventilation, airpacks and fire suppression systems. Reporters Roddy and Twedt found out that the Mine Safety and Health Administration "narrowed its definition of work-related deaths, making its annual death tally artificially low and allowing them to declare that mining was safer than ever."
  • Judge Unseals Malpractice Statements

    These reporters began their intensive coverage of medical malpractice lawsuits in 2003, with the series "Prescription for Peril." Most of the reporting was done through interviews and digging up documents hidden away in old county court houses. In 2004, the reporters decided to take their investigation one step further by filing open records requests for all public records regarding medical malpractice payments. These stories chronicle the fight over the records and then analyze the data to show that medical malpractice payments have, in fact, been dropping.
  • Why Gabbi is Gabbi

    The Palm Beach Post follows two twins--both were born healthy and normal. However, Gabbi is a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome and now she can't walk, talk or eat. "Five years ago, a father sat down to feed his infant twin girls--and something went terribly wrong. Now he's in prison, his mother is raising his babies, and the twins no longer match. One is healthy and smart. The other is broken. Michele Poole wants you to know why you should never, ever shake a baby."
  • Judge Unseals Files in Taft Case

    The Bakerfield Californian reports on a judge unsealing grand jury testimony in the case of Gretchen Belli, a San Francisco woman accused of embezzling some $50,000 from the city of Taft. Belli repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The Californian filed a motion opposing a defense motion to keep the grand jury testimony sealed.
  • Forty-Seven Seconds in a 50-Year War

    Friedman tells the story of two Israeli soldiers killed by a Palestinian mob in Ramallah, West Bank. More than the killing itself, a 47-second film of the killings made by an Italian media crew changed the course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After the killing, the conflict "takes an abrupt turn. The Israeli Defense Force seals Ramallah and all the Palestinian areas more severely than they've been sealed since they came under Palestinian control...The generals at the sprawling military campus in Tel Aviv order a missile attack on Arafat's headquarters...It is the first full-scale attack against Palestinian assets." The footage gives the Israelis a powerful image to use in their public relations campaign. As Friedman writes, "Not all deaths are created equal."
  • Cancer in the Navy Seals

    The Israeli newspaper revealed that "dozens of Israeli Navy commandos were struck with cancer" after being ordered for many years "to dive in the Kishon river...one of the most polluted rivers in the world" and even to drink the contaminated water as a kind of punishment. The reporters used environmental studies to illustrate the presence of hazardous materials - like arsenic, benzene, nickel, chrome and cadmium - in the river. The series also found out that the Israeli Navy knew about "the pollution and its risks" for 43 years, "but did nothing to protect its soldiers". Among the findings was the fact that Navy medical staff had ignored divers' complaints regarding various medical problems. The reporters added human-interest angle by telling the personal stories of some of the affected soldiers along with the political follow-up of the issue.
  • Faith, Hope and Charity

    The Weekly Planet investigates a direct mail sweepstakes that was part of joint fundraising campaign by Easter Seals, National Children's Cancer Society and National Parks Trust. While large commercial sweepstakes, such as National Publishers Clearinghouse, have been criticized for using manipulative techniques targeting the old and unsophisticated, charities, using similar techniques, have "largely cruised bellow the radar of state law enforcement and regulatory agencies. The charities have been able to do so because their campaigns are comparatively small... And, simply being a charity doesn't hurt either." The Weekly Planet document how senior citizens were duped into thinking they had won millions of dollars.
  • Closed Ranks? The Color of Commandos

    The San Diego Union-Tribune investigates the integration of the U.S. military's most elite forces, the Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Air Force Commandos. While most of the military is successfully integrated -- one in three soldiers is of a minority -- the members of elite forces are mainly white. About one in eight elite soldiers are minorities. Crawley discovered that this racial disparity is due to cultural and historical biases and a perception of racism among the members of these elite units.