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  • The Daily News: The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

    During the course of reporting on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, Daily News reporter Thomas Tracy spoke with an official on the record who said that the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund was running out of money. Tracy broke the news exclusively that the fund would not have enough money to help all survivors sickened at Ground Zero.
  • Stolen Honor

    Charles Giles was New Jersey’s most famous World Trade Center survivor. His dramatic story of being pulled alive from the ruins of the North Tower, and the terrible health problems he sustained from months of working on search and recovery efforts made him the face of efforts to secure health benefits for first responders, and helped him collect tens of thousands of dollars in donations to help him pay mounting medical bills and stave off foreclosure. There was only one problem. Almost everything everyone thought they knew about the man…was a lie.
  • The Record: Investigating the Port Authority

    Shawn Boburg's reporting on the Port Authority resulted in two eye-opening stories that garnered international attention: one that revealed the hidden origins of a secret deal involving the naming rights of the World Trade Center; another that unraveled the true cause of a vindictive traffic jam orchestrated by Governor Chris Christie's loyalists and directed at one of his political enemies. Boburg found that the naming rights of the World Trade Center, one of the country's most iconic symbols, was sold in 1986 to a nonprofit that was run by a retiring Port Authority executive. Guy Tozzoli made millions of dollars from the deal, which went unnoticed for decades until Boburg's story prompted an investigation by the New York State Attorney General. Boburg also produced a series of investigative stories that challenged the official line about lane closures near the world's busiest bridge, eventually uncovering e-mails that linked the closures to the governor's office and forcing Christie to apologize and get rid of key advisors. Aside from a series of news breaks that kept the pressure on for months, Boburg was also the first to report on the e-mails that sent shockwaves through the Christie administration.
  • Iraq -- The War Card: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War

    The project, the product of two and half years of reporting and research, produced a 380,000-word database that juxtaposes what President Bush and seven top officials were saying for public consumption against what was known, or should have been known, on a day-to-day basis. This fully searchable database includes the public statements, drawn from both primary sources (such as official transcripts) and secondary sources (such as major news organizations) over the two years beginning on September 11, 2001. It also interlaces relevant information from government reports, books, articles, speeches and interviews. An interactive timeline shows the examination of the records. All 935 records highlighted false statements and hundreds of secondary accounts that illuminate the discrepancies between what was being said against what was known privately, for a two-year time span.
  • 9/11 Money Trough

    The series examined what happened to the $21.4 billion that President Bush promised to help New York City recover in the aftermath of Sept. 11. The results are disheartening, finding widespread waste, fraud and mismanagement.
  • Sept 11 - Lax loans

    The governments $5 billion effort to help small businesses recover from the Sept 11 attacks was so loosely managed that it gave low-interest loans to companies that didn't need terrorism relief - or even know they were getting it.
  • The Churchill Files

    The Rocky Mountain News tells how University of Colorado-Boulder ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill ignited a major controversy when he called the victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attack "Little Eichmanns." After calls for his firing, he was also accused of plagiarism and misrepresenting himself as having American Indian heritage. The News investigated and found evidence of academic misconduct through unauthorized use of others' material and language, inaccurate historical references in his scholarly work and no Indian ancestry.
  • 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

    This book is a "dramatic and moving" account of what happened inside the World Trade Center the morning of September 11, 2001. The authors used hundreds of interviews, oral histories, emails and emergency radio transcripts to piece together this account of what happened that morning.
  • Secrets and Lies: bin Laden, Damra and the Birth of Terror in America

    This investigation uncovered the strong ties between Fawaz Damra, a seemingly peaceful spiritual leader of Ohio's largest mosque, and Osama bin Laden. The investigators found that before moving to Ohio, Damra headed a radical mosque in Brooklyn, to which the people behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing belonged. Furthermore, he was directly involved in fund-raising for terrorist "charities." Damra's charity was the predecessor of Al Qaeda, and gave bin Laden a foothold in America.
  • The Mastermind

    Close on the heels of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad's capture in Pakistan, CBS investigate's his larger role in world terrorism, particularly against USA. Specifically, CBS traces how Mohammad had directed his nephew, Ramzi Yousef, in the first WTC bombing in 1993. Further, Mohammad was not only the cheif architect of the failed American Airlines hijacking attempt in Phillipines, but also blending these two plans to make a blue print for the 9/11 attacks. The article also focuses on a raw copy of the audiotape with the voice of Ramzi bin al Shibh, who was Mohammad Atta's roommate in Hamburg, Germany.