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  • IPOs: a Rigged Game

    A Bloomberg News investigation details "how Wall Street has rigged the $50-billion-a-year initial public offering (IPO) business, favoring powerful and well-connected money managers at the expense of legions of small investors." The series shed light on "who was benefiting from the steep stock rises." The reports include "a rare behind-the scene examination into the multi-million-dollar business of raising money for U.S. corporations," as they reveal how the system provides "a select group of underwriters, brokers and investors with an opportunity to capture enormous profits." The investigation also documents how "company executives profit from IPOs - often at the expense of their own companies."
  • Saving Richard

    "'Saving Richard investigated our society's systemic failure to prevent and punish child abuse -- through the tragic case of a Maryland boy named Richard. Our report documented how social workers ignored repeated warnings from family members, teachers and neighbors about Richard's systematic torture. And our story revealed how a judge dismissed the recommendation of probation and parole officials and sent Richard's torturer to jail for such a short period of time that she was soon back out having more children."
  • False Hope

    "Our report revealed the dark side of the relationship between so-called 'psychic detectives' and the families of missing children. There exists a widespread misperception on the part of the public regarding the success of these individuals in solving missing persons cases. We found some of the most famous modern psychic detectives have no credible track records at all, and yet are cashing in on the grief of families desperate for answers."
  • Day Care Investigation

    WESH-TV investigates "how the state of Florida tracks and monitors day cares" and finds that "no such system exists." The analysis finds that "nearly 44 percent of all day cares have broken the law at least once during the past five years" and "twenty-three percent of them had repeatedly violated the law." The series exposes problems like shortage of staff, "children left alone, others wandering across streets and into neighbors' {businesses or} yards ... falsifying training records {and actually operating without a license}." The reporters also reveal that "some day cares change their names ... but nit their questionable way of doing business." The television websites provides a list of day cares that have been cited and/or fined by the state Department of Children and Families.
  • Exlusive: Arthur Laffer Is No Laughing Matter for Some

    The Street.Com describes "a pattern of legal conflict between famed Reagan administration economist Arthur Laffer and several small companies that appointed Laffer to their boards of directors." The story explains "the way Laffer ... has offered to sit on the boards of start-up and dot-com companies in return for shares in the companies stock," but often "the arrangements ended badly with Laffer leaving the boards or being forced out..." The reporter reveals Laffer's demands for new management at the companies that appointed him to their boards, and his penchant for filing lawsuits.
  • The Saga of Lernout & Hauspie

    The Street.com investigates "accounting and other irregularities and misstatements at Lernout & Hauspie, a Belgian maker of speech-recogniton software that counted Microsoft and Intel among its largest investors." The stories detail the period of soaring stock price of the Belgian company, although at the same the firm has filed only the minimum required financials with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The investigation shows that the story about Lernout's booming sales has been fake. The columnist reveals "it wasn't until Lernout filed 10-Qs and 10-Ks [annual and quarterly reports] that the full magnitude of its troubles became clearly evident."
  • Packed Parking

    This Arizona State University student newspaper exposes the shortage of parking space at the institution. The story investigates "money taken in and spent by parking services." The student reporter finds that "from a commuter standpoint, parking facilities are inadequate," although "citations generate nearly $1 million per year for Parking and Transit Services."
  • North Las Vegas Councilman John Rhodes

    A Las Vegas Sun investigation reveals that "North Las Vegas City Councilman John Rhodes was facing charges of insurance fraud related to a burglary he reported at a house he owned." The stories uncover evidence, found by Attorney General Office's Insurance Fraud Division, "that items that Rhodes reported stolen were actually not in the home at the time." The investigation finds that "Rhodes has also been reimbursed by the city for one of the items listed in the insurance..."
  • Unfair Olympic Advantage?: U.S. Olympic Committee Keeps Athletes' Drug Test Stats Top Secret

    This ABCNews.com investigation reveals "the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) policy against athlete drug testing data it compiles annually." The reporter finds that "national Olympic bodies of other countries ... were quite open with comparable testing data" and therefore examines "a possible motive for keeping the information out of the public domain..." The story alleges that "the information might substantiate persistent criticism that ... banned drug is high among American athletes in the Olympic programs."
  • Crossing the Line: America's Failed War on Steroids

    ESPN.com examines the reasons for the increasing usage of anabolic steroids, especially among elite and young athletes. The investigation finds that 10 years after the passage of the Anabolic Steroid Control Act in 1990, "steroids are easier to obtain than ever, law enforcement is lagging and leagues, coaches and doctors are proving ineffective in keeping athletes off the drugs." The series reveals that "steroid use has grown in leagues such as Major League Baseball, and...among teenage athletes." Among the major findings is the fact that "baseball players' access to steroids reflected a larger, government-based breakdown in a system designed to keep steroids out of the country." The investigation sheds light on the illegal imports of steroids from Mexico and other foreign countries.