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  • Say Uncle

    Attorneys Richard Ritter and Paul Hancock investigated allegations that race, not income, appeared to be the 'decisive factor' in whether mortgage applicants got loans. Their chief target was the biggest and most powerful lender in the Washington area, Chevy Chase Federal Savings Bank. Before a year had passed, the two would turn the banking and thrift industries upside down.
  • Jackson's protests benefit his family, friends

    The Sun-Times reports on the Rev. Jesse Jackson's questionable finances and deals. The investigation reveals that Jackson "has been able to parlay his crusade for minority empowerment into lucrative contracts for his close friends and even members of his family." The main findings are that: Jackson blessed major telecommunications and media mergers after his, as well as his friends' organization received multi-million-dollar contracts from the industry; that Jackson's sons received one of the most lucrative distributorships from Anheuser-Busch, the company that their father boycotted in the 80s for its record on race; that the sons will not say how many minorities work at their business; that Jackson received $50,000 from the state of Illinois for a Civil Right Library that was never built; and that Jackson paid through his nonprofit organizations $110,000 to a mistress who bore him an out-of-wedlock child.
  • American Indian Rule: Sovereignty Abused

    An investigation by the Detroit News reveals "widespread civil rights abuses" on American Indian reservations in Michigan and across the country. "American Indians, our investigation revealed, often live in societies with no independent justice system, limited access to public records, restrictive election laws and scant protections against legislative misconduct. In addition, most Indians have little control over their tribe's finances and their tribal membership is subject to the whim of their leaders."
  • Torn From The Land

    AP reports on a pattern in which black families have been unfairly stripped of their land through cheating, intimidation and violence. Many takings between the Civil War and the civil rights movement resulted from forced land swaps and foreclosures, as white dealers and lawyers did not allow blacks to finish paying off their debts. The three-part investigation documents 107 land takings in 13 Southern and border states, where "406 black landowners lost more than 24,000 acres of farm and timber land plus 85 smaller properties, including stores and city lots." The series finds that government officials often approved the land takings or personally took part in them. The efforts of some black families to retrieve their land have been mostly unsuccessful. The land takings still occur today through a legal procedure, called "partitioning," for family estates owned in common by dozens of relatives.
  • Sweat and Tears (Sweatshop series)

    A Daily News investigation reveals that "New York City's garment industry routinely violates federal and state wage and hour laws." All major retailers sell clothes made in New York sweatshops by exploiting illegal Chinese immigrants. Garment workers work long hours for seven days a week, and get wages below the minimum of $5.15 per hour. Federal labor officials, as well as a state labor task force, keep "violations secret from retailers to protect brand name reputations and preserve business for local manufacturers and contractors." The investigation examines the price-making principles of the apparel market, and finds that avoiding illegal practices will have to either raise the clothes' prices, or cut the retailers' profits.
  • Professor's Past in Doubt

    An investigation by Boston Globe staffers revealed that Joseph J. Ellis, author and Pulitzer Prize winning history professor at Mount Holyoke College, had been lying for years about his involvement in the Vietnam war and civil rights movement of the 1960s. During Ellis's tenure at Mount Holyoke and Amherst College, the professor accompanied his lectures on the Vietnam conflict and American culture with details of his "past" while serving for the 101st Airborne Division. The Globe that found during the time period that Ellis claimed to be serving in Vietnam, records show he was at Yale earning his master's degrees. Ellis's actual military experience, as recorded by the National Personnel Records center, shows that his "active service" began basic training at Fort Gordon and later accepted a teaching position at West Point.
  • Second String: Gender inequality in high school athletics

    Carl Prine, in a four-part series, details the gender inequalities in athletics at 129 high schools in southwestern Pennsylvania see how well the 1972 Title IX of the Educational Amendments is being enacted in schools. "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 the majority of high school athletic resources go to boys. The Tribune-Review found out that policy in some schools makes sure that two out of every three athletes are boys, for every tax dollar spent on sports, 69 cents goes to boys athletics, school booster clubs poured dollars - sometimes illegally - into boys while neglecting girls, some schools rarely hire female coaches or athletic directors, and few schools and districts hire people to oversee the enforcement of Title IX violations.
  • York Riots

    The York Daily Record looks back at the race riots of 1969 and the two unsolved murders they created -- one a young black woman who made a wrong turn into a white neighborhood, the other a white police officer patrolling the streets in an armored van. In 2001, after digging into the story for a year, authorities charged 9 white men in the death of the black woman, including the city's mayor. Authorities later charged two black men in the death of the police officer. Ineptitude and wrongdoing emerged on every level -- "then and now" -- among prosecutors, police officers, judges, and others.
  • Naked Shame

    New Times examines the controversial strip-search policy of Fort Bend County, Texas. The story points to examples of first-time offenders, or those who have been pulled over for minor driving violations, then taken to jail and strip-searched. Many of them complained that they suffered emotional pain and anguish, even though the searches were done by guards of the same sex. Courts ruled years ago that routine searches were unconstitutional, but Fort Bend County police admits still doing them. "Many people who have been strip-searched say it has the same effect as being raped," the story reveals. The reporter sheds light at the lawsuits filed by some of the strip-searched.
  • Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the climactic battle of the civil rights revolution

    The book tells a narrative history of the civil rights struggles in Birmingham, Alabama, focusing especially on the bombing of a church that killed four little girls. Using FOIA'd documents and interviews, McWhorter is able to show the FBI's complicity and involvement in racial violence and the Ku Klux Klan, police involvement in the bombing of Martin Luther King's hotel, and Commissioner Bull Connor's and church bomber Robert Chambliss.