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  • Spotlight: Corrupt local government

    The Boston Globe reports "Bribery, nepotism, cronyism, favoritism. Exposing these crimes at the federal and state level has become the bread and butter of investigative journalists. But over the last decade, money and mandates have been shifting ... to the local level. ...In a nine-month project examining government at the grass-roots, the Globe's Spotlight Team found that corruption is thriving, unchecked for the most part by prosecutors or other watchdogs. In 16 communities, ... a team of reporters uncovered illegal and unethical acts by municipal officials, who saw government as a vehicle to enrich themselves and their friends at the expense of average citizens..."
  • Stadium Naples

    The Naples Daily News reports about "... a web of corrupt dealings involving county commissioners, a defunct golf stadium development, county grants, the PGA Tour, a mob-linked stock house and our local state attorney... The deal seemed simple: County Commissioner John Norris steered control of the Naples Senior PGA golf tournament and $1 million in county grants to his Stadium Naples business partner in exchange for (a) stake. ... our locally elected state attorney - who declined to bring bribery charges related to ... Norris' stake in the Stadium Naples golf development in October 1998 - owned stock in a Stadium Naples partner company during his investigation." This investigation continued till 2000. Also see story files #17443 and #15021 for the complete set of stories.
  • Mexican Tale of Absolute Drug Corruption

    The New York Times investigates the problems surfacing in Baja California as a result of its increasing drug trade. "Street crime, fed by an explosion of drug abuse, has risen exponentially. With the police overwhelmed by drug-related killings and the courts awash in traffickers' bribes, crimes almost unheard of not long ago -- kidnappings, bank robberies, drive-by shootings -- are commonplace."
  • The Dirtiest Bank In the World

    Forbes Magazine investigates corruption inside one of the world's premier banks, Credit Lyonnais. This investigation details how the bank lost at least $20 billion in reckless and corrupt investments.
  • 1998 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape.

    The 1998 TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape is a compilation of 12 investigative stories. 1.) "Tomb of the Unknowns," CBS News. A 13-part series that forced the government to face the truth about how it defaced one of the nation's most sacred shrines and denied a grieving mother the truth about her son. See #15332. 2.) "The Deadly Trade in Fake Medicine," CBS News, 60 Minutes. Substandard medicine marketed by a secret network of manufacturers, peddlers make fortunes and regulators have failed to stop this deadly trade. See #15241. 3.) "Abuse of Power." ABC News 20/20. The U.S. military's power to strike back at personnel who are critical. Whistleblowers who expose misconduct, waste, fraud and abuse are told they are mentally ill. See #15282. 4.) "Shell Game." NBC News Dateline. A hidden camera investigation inside a plant that processes 2 million eggs a day, reveals eggs up to a month old, are mixed in with fresh eggs, rewashed, repacked and sold like new. See #15236. 5.) "Doublecross." ABC Primetime. This investigation reveals how the United States government turned a drug smuggler into a top informant and then allowed him to distribute cocaine into the United States. See #15251. 6.) "Fake Doctors, Real Dangers." CBS-2 News, Los Angeles. This series uncovers fake doctors all over Southern California running illegal clinics. See #15259. 7.) "Impact: Forced Sterilization." WXYZ investigates into the sterilization of thousands of men, women and children by the state government in Michigan. See #15373. 8.) "Oath of Silence." WMAQ. This four-month investigation exposes secret malpractice settlements that are costing taxpayers millions of dollars. See #15373. 9.) "Troubled Transit." WTXF, Philadelphia. This three-month investigation of the Septa Public Transit in Philadelphia reveals some of the transit workers are not doing the jobs the taxpayers are paying them to do. See #15221. 10.) "Olympic Bribery Scandal." KTVX. Salt Lake Olympic Organizers have been spending thousands of dollars to pay the college tuition of international Olympic associate's relatives. See # 15201. 11.) "Stadium Investigation." WCPO, Cincinnati. Hamilton County in Cincinnati have spent more than a billion dollars to build and finance a new stadium, promising more business for minorities and women. A five-month investigation uncovers many broken promises. 12.) "Mismanagement 101." KWTV, Oklahoma City. Millions of dollars in overspending, fraud, waste and allegations of cover-up. Example; 50 construction employees were diverted from air conditioning the elementary school to building an all automatic, high-tech bathroom located just outside the superintendent's office. See # 15303.
  • Olympic Scandal

    National Public Radio investigates the allegations of bribery and influence peddling that have dogged the Olympic movement for decades. International Olympic Committee members, it was said, accepted lavish gifts, including cash payments to secure their votes when he IOC selected Olympic cities.
  • Sentences for Sale

    WAGA-TV uncovered corruption and abuse inside a suburban Atlanta community service program. Criminals, such as drunk drivers and shoplifters, sentenced to work in the community did little work. In some cases, supervisors solicited payoffs in exchange for clocking in criminals who never showed up for work.
  • Grade "A" Bribery

    KCBS-TV investigated corruption within Los Angeles County's restaurant inspection program. A year ago, L.A. County created a letter grading system for restaurants, requiring them to post the grade of their latest health inspection. KCBS-TV exposed how a restaurant can pay a bribe and automatically receive an "A" rating.
  • Olympic Bribery Scandal

    The KTVX investigation reveals an internal document proving the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee (SLOC) had paid tuition and expenses for a relative of a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC.) From there, the corruption of the ICO's bid process broke loose. Revelations included apparent bribes, deals, favors and payoffs.
  • Whitey and the FBI

    Using previously secret documents, extensive interviews and court testimony, the Boston Globe examines the relationship between gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, brother of the state Senate president, and the FBI. The five-part series looks at how the deal was made, whom it benefited and why it went terribly wrong, leaving the FBI battered by revelations of bribery and tipoffs.