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  • Univision: A Tall Tale or Un cuento chino in Spanish

    A Tall Tale tells the story of a Chinese businessman who was arrested for drug trafficking after $205 million was seized from his Mexico City mansion and the political and corporate interests that underpinned his prosecution.
  • City to Union-Busters: "Welcome to El Paso!"

    The Texas Observer reports on how Mediacopy, a California-based business with tainted reputation, Mediacopy, moves to Texas and receives a $1.9 million break in local property taxes. The story reveals that "charges flew on the West Coast that the firm was mistreating its workers, encouraging INS raids, and even manipulating employees trying to organize a union ... Mediacopy Inc. might not have gotten as far as it did, if the El Paso Times had not slept through the abatement story."
  • Boxcar Battle: Railroads See Promise In a Freight Revival That Many Towns Fear

    The Journal reports that "after a decade of sweeping mergers and hostile takeovers, the railroad industry is on the verge of its largest remapping in history -- a 25,000-mile rejiggering of tracks that will straighten out routes, speed up shipments and make railroads a better competitor against trucks. But the plans also put the industry on a collision course with residential America. Many of these new routes would cut through the heart of hundreds of cities and towns, subjecting them to long, lumbering freight trains."
  • Lawyers capitalize on DC school gaps; Special-ed clients sent to affiliated firms

    The Post reports on excessive spending by the state special education system. The stories reveal how a law firm has referred the school system to affiliated businesses -- a diagnostic company and two private schools -- that overcharged the state for special education services for disabled students. The school system paid the law firm and the businesses a total of $9.6 million in just one year.
  • The Profitable Ties that Bind

    A Tacoma News Tribune investigation revealed that "at least 133 University of Washington researchers have financial ties to corporations with a stake in the outcome of their research, and the number of researchers with conflicts is growing. Many receive lucrative consulting contracts from companies with a stake in their university research, while other earn royalties or own company stock. Though the university claims the outside income of most researchers is minimal, some earn tens of thousands of dollars on the side from corporate sponsors.Though the university claims to have a tough conflicts-of-interest policy, the investigation found UW almost never says 'no' to researchers' conflicts of interest."
  • Without warning: Static fires at the gas pump

    KVBC-TV reports that static fires at gas pump are becoming a national problem. According to the contest questionnaire: "Major oil companies and automakers had knowledge about these fires they did not share with the public." The story, which started as a follow-up about a fire that burned a small girl, was based on lawsuits, Exxon-Mobil internal memos and reports from the Petroleum Equipment Institute.
  • Replacement parts

    The News & World Report investigates "how implantable medical devices gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration," according to the contest questionnaire. As the medical devices manufacturing business has grown over the years, so has the number of patients crippled or killed by the implantation of faulty pacemakers, defibrillators, heart valves, knee joints or spinal-fusion screws. The story finds that FDA allows for devices to be marketed before undergoing clinical tests, and is unable to monitor them once the devices are in use.
  • Security Cracks at the White House, Should Ultrak Guard Nuclear Labs?

    Insight reports on problems with a computer security system installed at the White House in 2001. The stories reveal that the system had once been down for a day; had not been tested but the factory before being installed; frequently gives inaccurate information about White House guests. A major finding is that security system lead contractor, Ultrak, Inc., has been taken over by Niklaus Zenger of Switzerland, who has ties to the Russian military.
  • Making a Killing: The Business of War

    This 11-part series by the International Consortium of International Journalists and the Center of Public Integrity examines the "economic conflict in the post-Cold War era and those who profit from it. Individual stories looked at how, amid the military downsizing and increasing number of small conflicts that followed the end of the Cold War, governments are turning increasingly to private military companies -- a newly coined euphemism for mercenaries -- to intervene on their behalf in war zones around the globe. Often, these companies work as proxies for national or corporate interests, whose involvement is buried under layers of secrecy. ICIJ also found that a handful of individuals and companies with connections to governments, multinational corporations, and sometimes criminal syndicates, in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, profited from these wars.Entrepreneurs selling arms and companies drilling and mining in unstable regions have prolonged the conflicts, in which up to 10 million people have died. "
  • Grading the Daily

    In a five-part investigation the Scene examines what has happened to daily newspapers in America, and takes a look at the one in the backyard - the Tennessean. "The concerns Nashvillians had about The Tennessean - profits over product, weakened editorial stances, less investigative muscle, a loss of soul" are not unique to Nashville, the investigation finds. To handle the ethical peril involved in investigating the competition, the series has been reported under the authority of an outside editor, Gene Foreman, and with the advice of a Poynter Institute expert, Keith Woods.