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  • Incomes, discarded votes may be linked

    "Voters in Florida's poorer counties were more than twice as likely as those in a more affluent ones to have their votes for president disregarded," according to a Tallahassee Democrat analysis of the 2000 election... The correlation between discarded ballots and income was stronger than the link between the type of balloting machine used and disregarded ballots. The fact that lower-income counties are likely to have more elderly and new minority voters may also predispose those counties to have more votes disregarded. More first-time and inexperienced minority voters may have gone to the polls after a statewide get-out-the-vote campaign initiated by the state Democratic party and labor and civil rights groups. In counties using optical-scanner ballots, presidential votes were not counted 3.4 percent of the time, compared to 4.7 for those counties using punch-card ballots. However, counties using punch-card balloting had higher average incomes than those using optical-scanner balloting: $24, 849 for punch cars and $21, 464 for optical scanners."
  • Second String: Gender Inequalities in High School Athletics

    Carl Prine, in a four-part series, details the gender inequalities in athletics at 129 high schools in southwestern Pennsylvania. "At each school, the Trib examined the athletic program's participation rates; money spent on equipment, training, travel, uniforms and officials; and coaching salaries for the 1999-2000 school year." While the number of girls interested and playing sports is increasing, Prine investigates why more schools aren't upholding Title IX rules and the issues surrounding this long-lived debate.
  • Target Practice: A class-action lawsuit becomes a vehicle for racial justice

    Witcher explains how some law enforcement agencies in Colorado have used use race as a factor in pulling over drivers. The Eagle County Sheriff's Department, on Colorado's Western Slope, has pulled over minority drivers for technicalities, and then gone on to search their vehicles. Sometimes it turns up drugs, but it has often violated the civil rights of law-abiding minority citizens. But the department was also found to have used racial profiling in its traffic stops. In 1996, Eagle County settled a class-action lawsuit brought by 30 plaintiffs, including a man found with three pounds of cocaine after a stop. About $600,000 of the $800,000 in settlement money was set aside to nonprofit organizations. Now organizations in Colorado are trying to figure out how to put the money to good use.
  • Star of Justice: On the job with America's Toughest Sheriff

    Harper's Magazine reports from Phoenix, Arizona, on how Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, has violated human rights in a number of cases. The story details how inmates in the county's jails are forced "to wear pink underwear... and dig graves," while put on chain gangs. The report finds that "in a city where crime and development are growing together, Arpaio had the answers that the frightened people wanted to hear." The result: "Arpaio is treated not as a politician but as a rock star." The story details how an arrested paraplegic has been put in a restraint chair for six hours and, as a result, his right arm has withered, and his anus has become ulcerated. It describes how other arrested people have been tortured and killed while in jail. The report sheds light on lawsuits that "alleged that Arpaio created and nurtured a climate that encouraged the guards to abuse inmates," and describes his political activities.
  • Justice at Last?

    "'Justice at Last?' is a follow-up investigative report examining two unsolved civil rights murder cases from the 1960's in the deep south. 'Justice at Last?' presents significant new developments in a 20/20 investigation which earlier resulted in the 1999 broadcast of 'Justice Delayed' - the original installment of the investigation." This report "features the discovery of an FBI murder investigation file which the FBI believed was destroyed in 1977. The 20/20 investigation obtained an unredacted copy of this file, which includes tremendous detail of the case of the 1964 murder of two black youths, Charles Moore and Henry Dee."
  • Paradise Lost: Child Prostitution in Costa Rica

    An ABC News investigation uncovers Costa Rica's thriving child prostitution market.
  • Black, White and Blue

    A Dallas Observer investigation explores the disciplinary practices at the Dallas Police Department in relation with an alleged racial bias. The story reveals "a stark contrast between the way badly behaved white and black officers were disciplined." The analysis of the police department's records shows that 38% of the allegations of misconduct involve black officers at the time when only 16% of the sworn officers at the department are African-American. The investigation also reveals that "white officers have better odds of getting the charges against them dropped" and "if allegation were sustained ... black officers faced a greater likelihood of getting punished more severely than their white counterparts." The reporter points to two examples - one involving a black officer who has been fired for allegedly sleeping while on duty and another involving a white officer who has only received a written reprimand for the same misconduct. The investigation details some questionable hiring practices at the police department. The story also reports on a continuing U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the alleged racial bias.
  • MCI Shirley Prison Allegations

    The story "raised allegations that more than two dozen inmates were beaten during a routine search of a medium security prison."
  • NYPD Strip Searches: Though illegal, practice continues

    "A year after the city began keeping records, documents show at least 20 people have sued the city for wrongful strip searches, claiming $57 million in damages. Those strip-searched include people arrested for offenses like driving with a suspended licenses and running a red light.
  • Paul Parks: A Hero's Story Exposed

    A Boston Globe investigation into the a local political figure's past reveals that the politician has lied for years about how his involvement in World War II. For many years, Paul Parks, a civil rights leader in Boston and the former Massachusetts education secretary, has had a reputation as "a bridge-builder between black and Jewish communities based on his credentials -- unquestioned for decades -- as a liberator of the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945." Parks also is known to tell dramatic stories about his involvement in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy. A review of military records, however, reveals that Parks, in fact, did not assist in the D-Day Invasion or the Dachau liberation.