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  • Race project: Racial disparities exist despite changing attitudes

    This small class in data and investigative journalism examined racial disparities over time as part of a collaborative effort between the University of Washington, The Seattle Times and The Pacific Science Center and their Race Project exhibit. Their findings delved into the problems with persistent disparities in race and ethnicity despite changing attitudes.
  • Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity

    "Scoreboard, Baby" chronicles the 2000 University of Washington football team, the last squad from the school to go the Rose Bowl. Based on exhaustive reporting, the book shows how a community's blind embrace of a football team compromised judges, prosecutors, police agencies, a proud university and the media.
  • Victory and Ruins

    The series revealed how a community's blink embrace of a successful team compromised judges, prosecutors, police agencies, a university and the media. The University of Washington's 2000 team was its last to go to the Rose Bowl, but at least two dozen players on that team were arrested while at UW.
  • U W Drugs

    A team physician at the University of Washington was accused of dispensing drugs in the form of painkillers and other steroids which were mainly muscle relaxants. All these drugs were given to the student athletes without any valid prescriptions and often without any physical examination as well. Once this came out in the open the state suspended the doctor's licence.
  • The Art of Deception

    A Seattle Times investigation revealed that a seemingly reputable Asian antiques dealer neighboring some of Seattle’s most respected art galleries in the touristy Pioneer Square peddles blatantly fake ceramic tiles, vases and jars worth only a fraction of their selling price. Fraudulent artifacts sold for thousands of dollars is nothing new in the Asian art world, but this gallery, Thesaurus Fine Arts, is unique because their pieces, unlike many fakes, are purportedly backed by scientific evaluation. Company papers list Thesaurus employees as officers, but The Times learned that the gallery is secretly owned and operated by Steven Cheung, a wealthy Hong Kong-born U.S. citizen with homes in Seattle, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He’s an internationally known economist who has been a candidate for the Nobel Prize in economy. The Times discovered that Cheung is connected to both the TL labs that had certified the teapot and tile -- and that the IRS is investigating him for tax fraud.
  • The Profitable Ties that Bind

    A Tacoma News Tribune investigation revealed that "at least 133 University of Washington researchers have financial ties to corporations with a stake in the outcome of their research, and the number of researchers with conflicts is growing. Many receive lucrative consulting contracts from companies with a stake in their university research, while other earn royalties or own company stock. Though the university claims the outside income of most researchers is minimal, some earn tens of thousands of dollars on the side from corporate sponsors.Though the university claims to have a tough conflicts-of-interest policy, the investigation found UW almost never says 'no' to researchers' conflicts of interest."
  • After Affirmative Action

    A look at how one university tries to maintain its admissions of minorities even though it can no longer explicitly consider race.
  • A matter of degree

    The Seattle Times finds that the football program at the University of Washington is not performing very well academically, noting that virtually all the players who recently entered the UW had aptitude test scores that were less than the average scores of their freshman classes. April. 11, 1993
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    Seattle Times reports on the recruitment of an athlete by the University of Washington's football program; finds that the recruit was given a $50,000 "loan" by a booster, who then spent all the money on a car, guns, stereo equipment and party weekends; reveals a pattern of NCAA violations at the school, November - December 1992.