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  • A Dangerous Delay

    In November 2018, Olivia Paregol’s father frantically called the University of Maryland from the intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 18-year-old freshman, who had lived in a mold-infested dorm, was fighting for her life and doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Was there anything else on campus making students sick? The director of the student health center knew of severe cases of adenovirus on campus but the public had no clue. Less than a week later, Olivia was dead from the virus and the outbreak would sicken dozens of students. It was only after her death that school officials informed the campus about the virus. Ian Paregol had more questions than answers: How long had the university known? Why didn’t they tell Olivia or other students when they showed up sick at the student health center? Washington Post reporters Jenn Abelson, Amy Brittain and Sarah Larimer interviewed more than 100 people and obtained thousands of pages of medical records, hundreds of emails, text messages, voicemails and other documents to reconstruct the events that led to Olivia’s death and threatened the health and safety of thousands of students at the University of Maryland campus. College officials said it would cost $63,000 to disclose internal emails about the outbreak, so reporters obtained many of those records from state and county agencies. In May, the Washington Post published “A Dangerous Delay,” a detailed investigation examining the outbreak of mold and adenovirus at the University of Maryland. The reporters revealed that the school waited 18 days to inform students about the virus and officials discussed — but decided against — notifying students with compromised immune systems, like Olivia, and those living in mold-infested dorms.
  • "Healthy Holly" and University of Maryland Medical System Investigation

    The “Healthy Holly” scandal began with a suggestion from a source, a state legislator who told Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater she thought there might be some irregular contracting practices going on at the University of Maryland Medical System. Broadwater, busy covering the General Assembly session, filed a public records request. The documents showed that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and other members of the hospital network’s board of directors had no-bid contracts with the medical system -- though the extent of those contracts, especially Pugh's, were not fully described. Broadwater's story -- written quickly as a daily as soon as he received the documents -- was breaking news that got the attention of Maryland's political establishment: University of Maryland Medical System pays members of volunteer board hundreds of thousands in business deals. Immediately, Broadwater and other Baltimore Sun reporters followed their instincts and tips that were coming in -- including that Pugh had failed to print many of the books she’d been paid to produce, while thousands of others were sitting unread in a Baltimore school system warehouse. Meanwhile, Sun reporters pulled ethics forms, poured over tax records, filed public information requests and worked sources, breaking story after story that exposed a widening scandal that rocked the state of Maryland, perhaps more than any other series of articles in decades. Their work led to the resignation of the mayor, the UMMS CEO and other top officials, including every member of the medical system's board of directors.
  • Baltimore Sun: University of Maryland football scandal

    University of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair died of heatstroke in June, weeks after he collapsed during football practice. His death sent shockwaves through the university community, eventually causing the president to be forced out, the football coach to be fired and the board of regents chairman to resign. We strove to investigate the circumstances of the student's death and how the university handled the subsequent fallout.
  • "Mold and Fear Seep Into a Department: How a 'sick building' can destroy the trust and morale of professors"

    The University of Maryland's language department lost two professors to cancer and saw several more diagnosed with cancer. Others experienced sinus problems. Professors were concerned that a high concentration of mold in their old building was contributing to their health problems. Administration officials and health researchers said there was no evidence to link the cancers with the mold problem.
  • Death Data Dogged

    This investigation of the student-staffed service at the University of Maryland reveals that "pets killed in Firestone related accidents" have been inadvertently included in the database of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The story identifies two cases of fatalities as pets, not people.
  • Gamey Grub

    The student-staffed wire service at the University of Maryland investigates food preparation and storage inspections "at the restaurants and concession stands that feed millions of fans who visit Maryland's three major league sports stadia every year." The story identifies multiple failures of the restaurants and stands to comply with the health standards. The reporters reveal problems pertaining to the quality of food, including "undercooked and stale food" and "evidence of vermin." The story points out that inspections are "sporadic, at best," and questions the "sloppy reports" on the problems.
  • State court upholds parking ticket case

    This Diamondback story marks the end of a two-year court battle between the University of Maryland, College Park and The Diamondback over access to parking violation records for athletes, a coach and others suspected of being given preferential treatment.
  • Tobacco Or Not Tobacco

    The Diamondback (University of Maryland) looks at tobacco use, the campaign to remove cigarette machines from campus and ban smoking in university buildings, and the conflict between university researchers looking for cures for cancer while others look for better ways to grow tobacco.
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    Washington Post examines the University of Maryland's athletic programs, covering the people who run the programs, the athletes and the boosters, July 6-9, 1986.