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  • Assault On Justice

    When you hear the charge “assaulting a police officer,” you might assume that an officer has been hurt or injured while serving the community. But in D.C., you might not be able to take so-called APOs at face value. WAMU 88.5 investigative reporter Patrick Madden, along with journalist Christina Davidson, teamed with the Center For Investigative Reporting's Reveal program and American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop to document and analyze nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assaulting a police officer. The results raise concerns about the use or overuse of the charge. Some defense attorneys see troubling indicators in the numbers, alleging that the law is being used as a tactic to cover up police abuse and civil rights violations. The statute “goes too far and criminalizes too much,” one expert says. http://wamu.org/projects/assault-on-justice/
  • Profiting from Thrift

    “Profiting from Thrift” by Francesca Lyman is an investigation into how the privately held Savers chain of thrift stores, with hundreds of stores in 30 states, plus Canada and Australia, has profited from a charitable veneer, misleading consumers, drawing the ire of regulators, and even drawing revenue away from public tax coffers. For years the company has been the single largest player in the prosperous and growing industry of for-profit thrift stores, doing $1.2 billion in business annually, but InvestigateWest reporting found its claims about doing good for charities appear to be vastly overblown. http://invw.org/2015/10/28/map-savers-has-stores-in-29-states-across-the-u-s/
  • The Pentagon’s $10-Billion Bet Gone Bad

    This body of work is the result of reporter David Willman’s investigations of the nation’s dauntingly complex missile-defense programs. The articles reveal how program after program was sold to Congress based on false and misleading claims – ultimately amounting to waste on a grand scale. The U.S. spent $2.2 billion alone for a giant, floating radar that was supposed to scan the skies for long-range missiles from North Korea or other “rogue” nations. But the radar spends most of the year mothballed at Pearl Harbor – and has never docked at its intended Alaskan berth. The “SBX” radar, Willman reported, will never fulfill its intended strategic mission.
  • Drug Problems: Dangerous Decision-Making at the FDA

    The public depends on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that medicines are safe and effective, but through many months and almost 30,000 words of reporting, POGO’s ongoing “Drug Problems” investigation has revealed dangerously lax FDA oversight of prescription drugs. We found that the FDA has set low standards, approved drugs based on flawed clinical trials, taken a toothless approach toward doctors who violate standards of clinical research, allowed misleading marketing, provided inadequate warnings about drug hazards, slighted reports of drug-related deaths and injuries, withheld important information from the public, and made other dubious judgments that advanced the interests of pharmaceutical companies while putting patients at potentially deadly risk. Among other developments detailed in our package: After we exposed a potentially crippling flaw in the testing of a blockbuster drug, the FDA and its European counterpart said they were reexamining the clinical trial upon which they had based the drug’s approval.
  • Playing in the Red

    Despite years of surging revenue into the top tier of college sports, the NCAA and college sports officials have long said most schools lose money on sports, an argument they use both to argue against having to pay players and to justify the continued need for mandatory student fees to support athletics. This argument is misleading, and ignores an alarming truth about big-time college sports in America: as quickly as extra money flows into a sports department, an athletic director finds something to spend it on.
  • The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

    The American Red Cross has botched recent disaster relief efforts and been serially misleading about how it uses donors’ money.
  • Nursing home inspections

    Inspections find peril in central Illinois nursing homes highlighted the continued risk of injuries, infections and medication errors residents of area-wide nursing homes face despite state reform. CU-CitizenAccess.org found dozens of problems cited in state inspection reports, compounded by steep fines and lawsuits. Further, CU-CitizenAccess.org found federal rating systems of nursing home care often misleading. In one case, a 71-year-old man died following medication errors and neglectful care.
  • A Misleading March to the Top

    For years, the business school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City strove for recognition as it sought to join the nation’s elite business schools. In 2011, UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management seemed to have made that leap when it vaulted ahead of Harvard, MIT and others in the rankings for innovation management research. However, our stories showed how that No. 1 ranking and top rankings by the Princeton Review were achieved with the help of exaggerations, misstatements, selective science and, in the case of the No. 1 ranking, the university’s failure to disclose a close relationship between the school’s faculty and the authors of the study that ranked UMKC above others. Independent experts told us that the study appeared to have been constructed in such a way as to make UMKC come out on top.
  • The Politics of Justice

    The NewsChannel 5 Investigates team exposed a Republican plan for a false or misleading attack on three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who faced a retention vote in August 2014. Chief investigative reporter Phil Williams relentlessly pressed Tennessee’s second-highest political figure and other activists on their commitment to telling the truth. A leading Republican lawyer called the plan “an unjustified, unwarranted attack on the independence of the judiciary.” Tennessee’s Republican governor, who would get to appoint any new justices, also expressed some concern about the planned attack.
  • Unifying for Youth?

    This series examines the proposed gang injunction by the Santa Barbara City Council, its constitutionality and efficacy, the various groups and interests for and against it, as well as the police’s gang suppression efforts. We have caught the mayor and city attorney in numerous inaccurate or misleading statements and characterizations of the city’s complaint for injunctive relief.