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  • Left Behind, The Failure of East St. Louis Schools

    KMOV-TV looks into the state of the public schools in the East St. Louis area, finding that they are not providing an education that meets state and federal standards. Among the issues are: a shortage of special-education teachers, a lack of at-home teachers, the fact East St. Louis is one of five public school districts (of 900 total in the state) that are on state academic probation, friends and relatives being hired for security, secretarial and custodial jobs and a high number of managers without teacher certifications, administrators taking expensive trips for seminars on taxpayer dollars.
  • Policing Hollywood

    The author investigated the Hollywood (FL) Police Department. The three articles look at the cronyism and nepotism in the police force and the firm grip the Police Benevolent Associationon held on the police force. The union largely runs the police force and those that don't fall in step are punished, while loyalists are rewarded with promotions and lucrative off-duty deals even if their police work is sub-standard.
  • Cash Cow

    The author investigated the use of public funds going to political insiders, conflicts of interest, cronyism, nepotism and a reluctance for transparency in the little- scrutinized town of Southwest Ranches, Florida. The investigation showed how a "contract" form of government could spin out of control and defy all tenets of good public policy.
  • HCCS' Gift Basket Bonanza

    As revealed by this piece, the Houston Community College System is rank with nepotism as family and friends of board members enjoy unearned job offers and promotions. Trustees also used influence to get tuition waived for family members.
  • Pay to play: How big money shapes state government

    In this special reprint of a series of stories, The Record examines the pay-to-play system in which politicians reward campaign contributors with government contracts. The Record staff sent out almost 1,000 written requests for public records and analyzed more than 500 packages of financial documents. The story focuses on five individuals playing different roles: a government attorney, a New Jersey State Department employee and campaign fund-raiser, a banker, a nominee to the Port Authority, and the governor. The State Department employee and the Port Authority member later resigned following the newspaper's investigation.
  • Overtown and the CRA: Agency May Have Wasted Millions

    When Oscar Corral of the Miami Herald began questioning the location of parking lots being built by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), he quickly realized something was "seriously awry with the CRA's management." The nearly year-long investigation that followed centered on Overtown, one of Miami's poorest neighborhoods -- and discovered "a pattern of mismanagement, questionable spending decisions and failed projects. The result: The community has virtually nothing to show for $70 million in spending over the past decade," and the neighborhood "remains a near-wasteland of poverty and substandard housing." The primary program charged with "revitalizing the neighborhood" spent millions of dollars, but "completed only five of 36 proposed projects and has not pushed a single housing initiative." What's more, back-door dealings resulted in dubious contracts being awarded, some of which were never fulfilled despite the CRA paying for them -- and the nepotism even included the hiring of a former prostitute and thief to run errands for the CRA chairman. More than 50 interviews with frequently elusive sources, along with numerous documents and computer-assisted analyses of databases including enforcement cases, delinquent loans, property records and building demolitions, went into getting the stories -- which resulted in city, state, and FBI investigations into the CRA.
  • Nepotism: A Family Affair

    WFTS-TV exposes how "Gary Pailthorp, a top administrator of one of Florida's largest counties, Hillsborough, flagrantly breaks state law and engineers a high paying management job for his unqualified son, Scott Pailthorp." The story shows several other cases in which county jobs have been taken by relatives of county government power players.
  • Craddick Coverage

    Tom Craddick, the would-be speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, helped push through legislation giving exclusive benefits to a hometown utility. He was offered a board position by the company, paid thousands of dollars in a deal with a company subsidiary and his daughter was paid thousands of dollars to lobby on its behalf.
  • Charter School Investigation

    A WKRC-TV investigation into the charter school movement revealed "financial improprieties, illegal use of public money, nepotism, conflict of interest and academic incompetence. (The station) disclosed loopholes in state law which allowed questionable, unqualified operators to obtain charters, and revealed how minimal state oversight allowed a bad situation to become worse."
  • Secret hires may violate Colorado law

    Dozens of Colorado statehouse employees are hired in secret every year, and since 1999 more than 10 percent of those people have been related to each other, the Denver Post found.