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  • Girls in polygamous Kingston Group continue to marry as young as 15, records show, sometimes leaving Utah to marry cousins

    While much of the focus of any polygamous group is on marriages that happen outside the law, an investigation showed how in one sect girls as young as 15 are driven or flown out of Utah to marry legally. This is done to find states that are less restrictive about the ages of the brides and grooms and where cousin marriages are legal, and in order to keep girls in the sect.
  • Hollow Columns

    At least 22 highway bridges in Washington state sit on hollow concrete columns that are at risk of instantaneous implosion in a major earthquake. The state doesn’t know how to fix them. In addition, the state knows of 474 bridges that are at risk of crumbling in a big quake. The state has insufficient funds to fix them. Highways that are part of the Puget Sound region’s “seismic lifeline” emergency aid routes were found by KUOW to contain dozens of seismically vulnerable bridges. The state does not publish the totality of its infrastructure needs, in contrast to its seismic cousin California. Until KUOW published a map showing the locations of the endangered bridges, no such public information was available.
  • The Russian Laundromat

    Call it the Laundromat. It’s a complex system for laundering more than $20 billion in Russian money stolen from the government by corrupt politicians or earned through organized crime activity. It was designed to not only move money from Russian shell companies into EU banks through Latvia, it had the added feature of getting corrupt or uncaring judges in Moldova to legitimize the funds. The state-of-the-art system provided exceptionally clean money backed by a court ruling at a fraction of the cost of regular laundering schemes. It made up for the low costs by laundering huge volumes. The system used just one bank in Latvia and one bank in Moldova but 19 banks in Russia, some of them controlled by rich and powerful figures including the cousin of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Rules of Engagement

    “Rules of Engagement” was a two-year investigation designed to shine public light on the March 6, 2007, murders of two deaf, unarmed teenage brothers and the killing of their unarmed and deaf teenage cousin by American soldiers in Iraq.
  • Teflon Don

    Local businessman Donald Boehm took millions of dollars with the help of lawyers, Realtors and an account, from the estate of his own cousin and other business associates. Boehm was thought to be connected with the 2004 death of one of the business associates that he was stealing money from.
  • The Case Against Saddam

    This documentary delves deep into the war in Iraq, gathering evidence against Saddam Hussein alongside investigators and judges. The investigation focuses on Hussein's 1988 chemical attack on the Kurds, known as "Anfal." Under the command of Saddam's cousin, Ali Hasan al-Majid, the campaign consisted of eight chemical attacks over a period of six months and left behind a mass grave in Al-Hatra.
  • Big Brother's Corporate Cousin

    The Nation explores the fast development of the high-tech workplace surveillance that is finding its way onto most American offices, call centers, restaurants and even hospital wards. The story points to Internet as the tool that has advanced workplace surveillance the most, and reveals that pornography is foremost among the web attractions. "Sophisticated surveillance technology isn't just for catching laggards and thieves; it has also been used to break worker organizing," reports the magazine.
  • Our Man in Mexico

    "Sal Martinez was a drug agent who did everything by the book. Which means he broke the laws the Feds wanted him to break...'Go down there and sell some drugs. Bust some heads. Play like a mafioso.' Then one day Sak crossed the line - and he's still paying for it." Bowden studies the life of career DEA agent, Sal Martinez as he prepares to go to prison for 87 months. Martinez worked on both sides of the Mexican boarder for seven years in the DEA. Most of Martinez's work was undocumented, allowing him to carry out assignments with at his own discretion. That often meant the use of Mexican police tactics. It was these same tactics that the FBI say Martinez asked the police to use on a young man who killed his cousin. Bowden takes a look at Martinez's unusual case. "Normally, an agent who crosses the like Sal did gets sent to a shrink or tossed out of the agency. Not sent to jail."
  • Dead Teen Walking

    The U.S. is the only country -- besides Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nigeria and Yemen -- that sentences juveniles to death. TIME examines the case of Shareef Cousin who was sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was 16. There is also evidence that suggests Cousin is not even guilty of the crime.
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    Mother Jones article profiles television evangelist Jimmy Lee Swaggart and traces his development as a born-again alter ego of cousin Jerry Lee Lewis, July/August 1986.