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  • Prosecutorial misconduct - the vindictive reign of Mark Lindquist

    Throughout 2015, in more than 50 news stories and editorials, The News Tribune chronicled the saga of Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist, the county's most powerful lawyer. Lindquist, elected as a minister of justice, sees himself as a politician first. Justice matters less to him. He aspires to higher office and pop-culture stardom. The News Tribune's stories included deep investigations, breaking coverage and editorials, all describing Lindquist's efforts to consolidate political power and evade accountability despite multiple adverse legal findings, investigations and accusations of legal misconduct.
  • Boeing’s Lobbying Campaign

    “Boeing’s Lobbying Campaign" uses public records to trace how The Boeing Co.’s lobbying killed a long-overdue correction to an obscure but important formula used to determine how much water pollution is allowed under the Clean Water Act. The lobbying by a Boeing senior executive, InvestigateWest showed, reached all the way to Gov. Christine Gregoire. After the Washington Department of Ecology had withstood challenges to its plans to tighten the water-pollution rules from the powerful timber and business industries during the 2012 legislative session, Boeing had the juice to quietly short-circuit those plans a few months later. The company went around Ecology to the governor, as InvestigateWest’s timeline of documents and emails made clear. Our reporting was carried in newspapers around the state, sparking reporting and editorials by other news organizations on the previously low-profile issue. Environmentalists also cited the series in a lawsuit against the EPA. Because we elevated this issue into public consciousness, reporters were all over the story when Boeing again tried to delay the changes in the 2013 legislative session, nearly causing a government shutdown. A new draft rule tightening the standards is due out in March 2014.
  • The battle for V.I. Senate spending records

    The Virgin Islands Daily News battled the Virgin Islands Senate via FOI requests, numerous stories and editorials, and we finally had to file a lawsuit against the legislative body – at a cost of more than $20,000 to our under-10,000 circulation newspaper – before winning access to thousands of records of the senators' spending. As a result, several senators chose not to run for reelection, several were not reelected and the rest have made loud and public pledges of total transparency. The newspaper's scrutiny and reporting on the misuse of public money – as revealed in the documents we obtained – is ongoing.
  • Do you know when and where your City Council is meeting?

    "The report investigated how well Jacksonville City Council members followed Florida's Sunshine Law, which requires public officials to provide advance notice and access to meetings of two or more officials from the same board and commission. After the meeting, someone must record written minutes of the session." However in Jacksonville "dozen of meetings about public business [were] held without public notice or written minutes and several meetings that took place in private locations, which violated the city's ethics code and numerous Florida Attorney General opinions."
  • Afflicting the Comfortable: Journalism and Politics in West Virginia

    This book is a complete and accurate account of decades of political corruption and scandal in West Virginia. Stafford discusses how his role as the editor of the Raleigh Register put him in a unique position to critique the scandals and endorse honest politicians. Stafford also writes about how he was offered bribes and favors from candidates in return for an endorsement, and how ethical dilemma that this situation caused.
  • Pipelines: The invisible danger

    In a four-part investigative series American-Statesmen examines "the operation and regulation of some of the most profitable companies in America, those that operate pipelines carrying oil, gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas and other hazardous materials." The reporting team reveals the dangerous - and at times deadly - condition of the pipelines the American industry uses to transport crude oil and natural gas. The stories point to statistics showing that from 1984 through 2000 a total of 366 people have died in the USA as a result of pipeline leaks and explosions. Inspections have showed that one inactive pipeline, which passes through the populated area of Austin, has had "4,000 anomalies" caused by weak steel skin. Texas is notorious for the highest death toll, since it is the state with the most miles of pipelines. The follow-up editorials focus on the need for reforms, and suggest new federal and state regulation that would improve pipeline safety.
  • Calls for Reducing Chromium Levels in Water Go Unheeded

    The Los Angeles Times examines the issue of chromium 6 in the ground water of dozens of area wells. The Times discovers that the state has been slow to implement new standards for chromium 6 in part due to the economic stress it would place on consumers. Chromium 6, made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, is poisonous to humans and is believed to cause certain kinds of cancer. This entry includes the Times continuing coverage of the controversy as well as editorials.
  • Spotlight on Public Records

    The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports that "For too long the people of Wyoming have accepted intransigence from their public officials over access to public records. Indeed, the state law is among the weakest in the nation... It is time that someone take a stand for the people of the state, who find their way blocked at too many turns by arrogant and/or ignorant public officials. That is the point of these enclosed articles, columns and editorials and statewide open records survey.... The major opportunity this year for teaching the lessons and fighting for access came at the end of May when the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle was working on a story on restaurant inspections.... The City/County Health Director's actions - and those of other public officials included in these articles - provided a perfect opportunity to wage a fight for public documents (and openness in the government meetings and courts) and to explain to readers that public records are theirs, that they have a right to access them, that they have a right to be in governmental and court hearings, and that their ability to function as citizens hinges on their right to know...."
  • Crazy Tobacco

    A story that broke the news about the commercial production of a super-nicotine tobacco, and also explained how the genetically-altered plant had gone from an experiment in a U.S. government laboratory to a secret crop for the world tobacco market. The story was published in scores of U.S. newspapers, often on Page One, and prompted editorials in several including The Louisville Courier-Journal and the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.
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    Atlanta Constitution series of editorials covers various aspects of the indefinite detention of 1,800 Cubans in the Atlanta federal penitentiary, March, May and December 1986.