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  • The Deal Makers

    An investigation by the Washington Post revealed that America Online "was using a series of unconventional transactions to sustain the appearance of breakneck growth in ad revenue" -- even after the Internet boom subsided and it merged with Time Warner. " Time Warner executives were "mesmerized by the hundreds of millions of dollars in online advertising pouring into AOL ... (and) even when the bubble popped and dot-coms collapsed, AOL continued to report record-breaking growth in ad revenue, reinforcing its image as the medium of the future and overwhelming any second thoughts from Time Warner shareholders and employees." What Time Warner didn't know was that, "among other things, AOL turned legal disputes into ad deals, converted long-term contracts into one-time balloon payments, shifted revenue from one division to another, bartered ads for computer equipment and sold ads on behalf of eBay while booking all the sales as its own... (The) stories immediately prompted two federal investigations of AOL Time Warner."
  • My Brother's Keeper

    "Residents of a state-run institution for the developmentally disable and mentally retarded have been physically, emotionally and sexually abused for years. At times medical treatment has been inadequate, and life-threatening. Politics and fear kept employees and families from speaking out. State and federal investigations have been cursory and have not addressed long-term systemic problems." This collection of stories document this abuse and reveal how it was covered.
  • Trail of Terror

    A NBC News Dateline investigation "exposed people in the United States suspected of helping finance and arm terrorists, including Osama bin Laden."
  • The Pain Doctor

    An 18-month investigation by WITI-TV captured hidden-camera documentation of Dr. Stuart Suster committing blatant emotional and psychological abuse to his patients. As the investigation continued, more and more evidence pointed to shady business practices and questionable medical techniques practiced by Dr. Suster. After the show aired, the state of Wisconsin charged Dr. Suster with 11 counts of inappropriate conduct towards patients, and he remained the focus of local, state and federal investigations prompted by the WITI investigation.
  • License to Steal

    A expose of two years of illegal deal making between Charleston businessman Phillip "Pork Chop" Booth and his longtime friend, G.A. McClung, a top state school official. The men's dealings prompted a flurry of state and federal investigations, McClung's resignation, the cancellation of four contracts and major changes in how state government does its business.
  • Who's Watching Our Kids?

    This report details how people fraud the state licensed day care operations of Washington state. Numerous areas of fraud and misuse of federal funds were discovered. This prompted a federal investigation into the use of grant money by the state.
  • Atlanta City Government Corruption

    The Journal-Constitution investigates corruption in local government. The year-long investigation looks at Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell and several of his closest associates. Stories reveal links between city contracts and political contributions, showed how the mayor used city workers to write speeches he gave to earn outside income, and exposed many illegal campaign contributions. Federal investigations ensued from the series.
  • American dream turns fatal: Did Sept. 11 vengeance kill Milltown man?

    Four days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, a Pakistani man from Milltown, N.J. was shot to death inside his grocery store in Dallas, Texas. The editor of the Home News Tribune sent Serrano to Dallas to investigate the murder that caught international attention and sparked a federal investigation. Police and FBI investigators have not yet found Waqar Hasan's murderer, but do believe the crime was hate-motivated, as the killer took nothing from Hasan's store after he killed him. The story examines Hasan's flight from the streets of Karachi to the crime ridden neighborhood of Dallas where his store was located.
  • Miami Cops

    A Miami Daily Business Review two-year investigation into police criminality reveals "a deadly scandal at the Miami Police Department." The stories document "flaws and bias in the local system used to investigate police shootings." The series started in 2000 with investigation of the death of a 72-year old widower who was machine-gunned by police during a ferocious 1996 drug raid, and of the following $2.5-million settlement of the lawsuit brought by the victim's family. In a federal investigation, Miami officers involved in the shooting were later accused of "conspiracy, lying and fabricating evidence to cover up misconduct," the Review reports. The series also examines "Miami's costly litigation experience over the last decade defending claims of brutality and lawlessness by police."
  • The Trouble with Frank

    The Fortune Magazine investigates the business of Frank Quattrone, "the top investment banker in Silicon Valley", whose firm has become "exhibit A in a probe of shady IPO deals." The story describes how Quattrone "came to personify ... the wildly speculative Internet bubble." The authors reveal that Quattrone's actions have involved Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Credit Suise First Boston into risky operations. The story sheds light on the federal investigations of six East Coast sales and trading officials facing "charges for taking inflated commissions - essentially kickbacks - in exchange for doling out hot tech IPO shares in 1999 and 2000."