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  • Landslide Safety All Over The Map

    A catastrophic landslide in Oso, Washington -- a state dotted with landslide-prone slopes -- in March 2014 traveled more than 3,000 feet from its base, in the process burying a community and killing 43 people. A joint KUOW-Earthfix investigation found that most of Washington's counties routinely allow homes to be built 50 feet or less from known landslide zones, although landslides commonly travel hundreds of feet.
  • Logging and Landslides

    After a landslide killed 43 in the town of Oso, Washington, our KUOW investigation found that Washington state's department of natural resources had allowed clear-cutting on sensitive ground that, by law, should have been protected from logging to avoid triggering a slide above Oso. We also documented the agency head's broken vow not to take campaign contributions from the timber industry he regulates.
  • A Deadly Slope: Examining the Oso, Washington, disaster

    Two days after a landslide near Oso, Wash., killed 43 people, the county’s head of emergency management said the slide was unforeseeable: “This came out of nowhere. No warning.” The day after those words were spoken, The Seattle Times revealed how there had been a litany of warnings, going back seven decades. A report written for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had even warned of the “potential for a large catastrophic failure.” That story was the first in a string of exposés, in which The Times merged breaking news with investigative reporting to dissect the state’s worst natural disaster since the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
  • "Logan Canal Collapse Investigation"

    A massive mudslide that destroyed numerous residential homes and killed a mother and her two children could have been prevented. According to an investigation by The Salt Lake Tribune, the owners of the irrigation canal that collapsed and caused the mudslide neglected to fix existing problems with the waterway, or warn residents of the potential danger. Meanwhile, Logan city received warnings that the canal posed a threat to residents, but did not act upon them.
  • Slippery Slope of Disregard Boom: Hundreds Build in Landslide Areas on the Faith Engineering Will Save Them

    Homeowners who choose to build in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an area notorious for its landslides during extremely rainy seasons, must take extra precautions, including soil tests, installing retaining walls, and creating drainage channels to control erosion. But despite thorough preparation, one cannot guarantee the safety of his or her home.
  • Abnormal volume of "disabled" voters raises suspicions

    Immediately following the municipal elections in Hearne, Texas, rumors started floating about voter fraud. There seemed to be too many absentee voters, too many disabled voters, and too many voters all together for such an election. It turned out, the mayor (who won by a landslide) and the election judge locked up the absentee ballots. The mayor then subpoenaed the ballots. The publicity from the story led a resident to come forward who had made photocopies of a portion of the applications prior to the election. The reporters went door to door to verify the names on some suspicious looking applications. Some homes were vacant. Handwriting experts verified that some signatures on the applications were most likely forged by one person.
  • The Liquid Earth

    Landslides and other "ground failures" cost more lives and more money each year than all other natural disasters combined, and their incidence appears to be rising. Nevertheless, the government devotes few resources to their study -- and the foolhardy continue to build and live in places likely to be consumed one day by avalanches of mud. The reporter focuses on one recent, fatal mudslide on Bainbridge Island near Seattle.
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    Wes Cooley was elected to Congress as part of the Republicans 1994 landslide. However, Oregon voters knew little about his background. The Oregonian's investigation found that Congressman Cooley had fabricated his history over the years, with boasts about a law degree he didn't have and claims that he was a government assassin. Specifically, The Oregonian found that Cooley had engaged in a series of falsifications about his record for political and financial reasons. The stories revealed that Cooley had falsely claimed in official election documents that he was a Korean War veteran; that he and his wife lied about their marriage while she collected military widows benefits; that he had made false statements under oath; and that he had evaded taxes by claiming an employee as a dependent. (March 20 - December 11, 1996)
  • Companies trying to build huge condominium complex on a landslide-prone site

    West County Times (Pinole, Calif.) explores shady dealings of companies trying to build huge condominium complex on a landslide-prone site.