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  • Sun Sentinel Interactive: Unprepared and Overwhelmed

    The South Florida Sun Sentinel dug deep to expose the cascade of errors that preceded and followed the school shooting at Parkland and cost children their lives.
  • Parkland

    The South Florida Sun Sentinel dug deep to expose the cascade of errors that preceded and followed the school shooting at Parkland and cost children their lives.
  • Repossessing boats and cars when their owners don't pay for them

    While the recession means hard times for most businesses, the repossession industry is soaring, especially in South Florida, where many boats are repossessed.
  • Charter Schools Unsupervised

    Florida’s charter-school laws were intended to spur innovation and provide academic freedom to charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately run. But a Sun Sentinel investigation found the state’s loose laws also opened the door to abuses, allowing renegade operators to claim taxpayer dollars for schools that fail to serve students and quickly shut down, sometimes within weeks of opening. Charter Schools Unsupervised uniquely pieced together the rash of fly-by-night charter schools and recurring failures of unscrupulous operators, uncovering fundamental weaknesses in state and local oversight. The newspaper's reporting did what the state and school district vetting process failed to do: exposed troubled histories and questionable practices among charter-school operators in South Florida.
  • Cops. Cash. Cocaine.

    Rather than chase drug dealers out of town, police in the city of Sunrise invited them in. The suburban South Florida town has no great cocaine trafficking problem, but police found that selling kilos of the drug, at a discount, could make them millions. The Sun Sentinel exposed the undercover operation and provided a unique look at how far one local police department would go to use forfeiture laws to seize cash and assets from criminal suspects. Many of the deals took place in and around family restaurants, such as TGI Fridays, near the town’s main attraction, a sprawling outlet mall. Police often engineered the stings with the help of a professional lady informant. The newspaper found the city had paid her more than $800,000 over five years to target individuals and draw them into Sunrise. Cops working the stings had a financial incentive too: they made considerable overtime from forfeiture funds.
  • Outside the Lines: South Florida Bust

    An ESPN "Outside the Lines" story revealing gambling and corruption in South Florida youth football leads police to their own investigation and the arrest of nine men in connection with organized gambling.
  • Bad Neighbor Banks: How Big Lenders Spread Blight

    Across South Florida, on block after block, homes abandoned in the foreclosure crisis have become eyesores, depressing property values, and posing health and safety hazards for nearby families. The Sun Sentinel investigated and found who was responsible for letting these homes rot: some of the world’s largest banks.
  • Sun Sentinel: Speeding Cops

    A Miami cop in his marked patrol car set off a public fury in the fall of 2011 when a Florida state trooper clocked him going 120 mph to an off-duty job. Turning to technology and a never-before used tool – highway toll records – the Sun Sentinel produced back-to-back investigations documenting widespread police misconduct and the professional solidarity that allowed it to flourish. In "Above the Law," a three-part series published in February, reporters used police toll records to confirm what many South Florida drivers had witnessed for years: cops were among the worst speeders on the roads, taking advantage of the badge and patrol car to ignore the very laws they enforce. "Short Shifted," a two-part series published in December, used those same toll records to detail how many South Florida cops, paid to serve and protect, were regularly leaving their beats and cities before their shifts ended.
  • ESPN Outside the Lines: Gambling & Youth Football

    "This investigation discovered rampant gambling on young boys playing football in the highly competitive South Florida Youth Football league."
  • Puppy Pipeline

    The Post tracked a puppy mill pipeline stretching from the Ozarks to South Florida, one that brought thousands of sometimes-sick puppies from mass-operations to local pet stores. At least 2,500 puppies were delivered to Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties from out-of-states breeders in an 11-month period. Roughly one in three of those came from breeders or distributors cited for problems by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees wholesale dog breeding. Citations varied from keeping animals in too-small and rusting cages with exposed nails or wires, to caked feces, to infestations of roaches and other insects that covered the walls and ceilings of kennels. In dozens of cases, kennel owners averted USDA inspection entirely.