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  • Why'd You Steal My...

    Thieves are stealing bikes from garages.. and packages from front porches in Salt Lake City. And it's happening a lot. The problem is.. most of the suspects are never caught and the stolen property is rarely recovered. So we decided to 1) find out why there's such little success in arresting and recovering; and 2) catch a few of the thieves on our own to see if there's a larger ring of criminal activity. Using surveillance cameras, a GPS unit, and a lot of time.. The KSL Investigators literally chased down the thieves, shedding light on how these seemingly minor crimes lead to activity that is much, much worse. As a result.. police have started to step up their game. http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1171&sid=37154763 https://ksl.com/?sid=34605937&nid=1171
  • Meth Home Cover-Up

    The story reveals that former meth houses, already cleaned up and declared safe to live in by the Salt Lake City Health Department are still contaminated. KSL hired a certified lab to conduct its own meth tests on two of the so-called clean homes. Both sites tested positive for meth residue, with levels reaching 14 times what the state considers safe in a child's room
  • 7.0 - Utah's Big One

    The state of Utah has 700 earthquakes a year, and "scientists say Utah has a one-in-five chance of suffering such a large quake within the next 50 years." This story examines the possible effects on Salt Lake City and the surrounding area if an earthquake "measuring 7.0 on the richter scale" were to hit. The death toll is estimated at 6,500, with 90,000 more injured, while damage to buildings and infrastructure would be so severe that "it would overwhelm emergency responders."
  • Generation Meth

    The six-day series explores the topic of female meth addicts. The series looks at treatment, what happens to addicts' children, and Utah attitudes that prohibit proper funding for this problem
  • School Safety Checks Spotty

    This investigation, sparked by a fire at Wasatch Junior High School in Salt Lake City, found that many schools in Utah lack modern fire safety features. The authors found that the fault lies mostly with fire inspectors, who are often ill-trained or inexperienced. The inspections are inconsistent and do not occur regularly, which is why there are no recorded inspections for Wasatch Junior High School for years prior to the disaster.
  • The State of Generosity: Race and geography found to be powerful forces in giving; Salt Lake City tops donor list.

    According to the article, "The Chronicle's studies of giving by city, county, and state are based on Internal Revenue Service records of Americans who earned $50,000 or more and itemized their deductions, representing 18 percent of all U.S. taxpayers and accounting for nearly 54 percent of all money earned in the nation. Those taxpayers donated $97-billion to charity, about 80 percent of the total $122-billion donated by all individuals in 1997, according to estimates compiled by Giving USA, the study of charitable giving published by the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy."
  • Scandal on Ice

    A CBS News 60 Minutes investigation "exposed the widespread pattern of corruption in one of the world's most popular and profitable sports: international figure skating." It also looks at the sport in the context of the 2002 Olympic pairs figure skating scandal.
  • Thanks to Utah politicians and the 2002 Olympics, a blizzard of federal money - a stunning $1.5 billion - has fallen on the state, enriching some already wealthy businessmen

    A Sports Illustrated investigation looks at the federal spending for the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002. The magazine estimates the amount of the spending at $1.5 billion by analyzing data from the General Accounting Office, and various federal and Utah state agencies. No federal agency or official is responsible for monitoring the spending, the story reveals. The key finding is that a millionaire developer, a billionaire ski-resort owner, and even a church are benefitting from infrastructure and security projects to which the magic word 'Olympics' is attached. The article compares the 2002 Games spending to what the government paid for previous Olympics in Lake Placid, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
  • Behind the Rings

    "For decades, the Olympic movement has promoted itself as the United Nations of Sport, a force for fair play. Then came reports of gift-giving and other corruption in Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Olympics." This 7-part series looks behind the commercial "U.N." reputation of the games to reveal disparities in training, facilities and IOC payments between rich nations and developing countries, where athletes may train in 4-year-old running shoes and are given pasta to stave off malnutrition. The IOC raked in $3.65 billion in 1997. The IOC spends $406 million to help countries build their Olympic teams, half of which goes to the U.S. Also looks at the predominantly male and elite membership of IOC, television rights, doping, reforms, loopholes in the reforms, and $100K parties in Rio.
  • Inside the '96 Olympics

    In this eight-part series, Melissa Turner examines hundreds of documents from the 1996 Olympic Games after the Salt Lake City Olympic scandal broke in 1998; some of the things the documents reveal: how businessman Billy Payne maneuvered his way to chief executive of the games, budget shortfalls that caused organizers to slash costs and desperately search for additional sponsors, and how the problems that plagued the actual games were all predicted well in advance.