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  • Driving drunk again and again

    The Daily Herald investigates the state of Illinois chronic problem with repeat drunk drivers. In the first part of the four-part series, the Daily Herald quantifies the problem and examines the state's lax enforcement of drunk driving laws. In part two, the Daily Herald interviews Illinois worst offender -- a man with 17 Illinois DUI convictions and 5 Wisconsin convictions. In part three, the Daily Herald debates "what's ethical for the lawyers who defend chronic drunken drivers." In part four, the Daily Herald interviews the loved ones of poeple killed by drunken drivers. This files also contains eight major follow-up reports.
  • In Search of Safer Waters

    This CAR investigation reveals that boats, inexperience and bad decisions are responsible for Wisconsin's boat accidents. Preliminary data shows that this summer may have been one of the safest years in boating, but officials attribute that to the weather than a trend in safety measures.
  • The Promise and Peril of Private Prisons

    This three-part series shows how a group of exported felons created jobs and contributed to the economic growth of small towns in the south where other industries failed. Most of them are murderers, sexual offenders from Wisconsin's over crowded prisons who were relocated to prisons in small towns in Tennessee and Texas. The move, however, also brought perils to these towns. A local guard was beaten up by inmates. He is now permanently disabled.
  • Binge City

    University of Wisconsin-Madison students drink above national average and binge drinking is a big part of student culture. The article describes how the students go on a pub crawl many times a week and analyzes the students' need to drink so heavily.
  • Cruel and Unusual

    Milwaukee magazine reports on the harsh conditions of inmates in Supermax prisons, particularly Wisconsin's Supermax, where a recurring phenomenon is self-mutilation which experts say is done by inmates to "ensure themselves that they exist". The inmates never have face-to-face contact with each other or any outsider.
  • Parking Plague

    The Northwestern uses a computer analysis to pinpoint where police give the most parking tickets in Oshkosh. Finds the area around the University of Wisconsin is the worst for tickets. Also lists the worst parking ticket offenders.
  • In Harm's Way

    This article investigates the increasing number of victims of elder abuse in Wisconsin. The article reports that much of the abuse is from family members. Gunn also writes that there are many myths behind the reasons for elder abuse.
  • "Lewd Online" (Parts 1 and 2)

    KCOP-TV reports that "the new video teleconferencing technology has created a unique danger for children who use online chat rooms.... children who enter supposedly G-rated chat rooms are often greeted by adults performing sex acts. A producer went online in video chat rooms for several months posing as a 13-year-old girl. Not only did she witness both men and women performing sex acts, but one man ultimately bought her a plane ticket so she could visit him out-of-state. We flew to Wisconsin, captured their meeting at a restaurant on hidden camera, then confronted him.... then confronted the company charged with monitoring the G-rated site and offered advice on how parents can protect their children.
  • Business Incentives or Corporate Welfare?

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigated Wisconsin's incentives programs in this three-part series. "Wisconsin jumped on the incentives bandwagon in the mid-1980s in a big way, with programs and expenditures proliferating to meet or anticipate almost any demand expanding businesses might make. While state officials offered soothing assurances about accountability for the programs no one... had attempted to analyze the effectiveness of the programs..." The newspaper found: spending reached $1 billion during the past 12 years, "many of the state's largest... firms were the biggest recipients of state largess" and "job creation promises were overblown and poorly monitored."
  • Questionable Operators

    The Leader-Telegram "dug into the backgrounds of two questionable doctors in high-profile specialties who transplanted to Eau Claire (Wis.) late in their careers. What they found rocked the regional health-care industry and shocked the conscience of the community.... (One doctor) had reached an illegal, secret deal with hospital officials in California to cover up his suspect medical record and allow him to practice in Wisconsin... (The other doctor) had been the target of more than twice as many malpractice claims as any other neurosurgeon in Wisconsin since moving his practice..."