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  • Investigating the U

    The Star-Tribune reports "athletic officials at the University of Minnesota intervened for star athletes, helping them avoid prosecution after they were accused of crimes, including sexual and domestic assault..."
  • Broken Bells

    WXYZ-TV discovered that the leaders of Highland Park, a poor city surrounded by Detroit, had virtually ignored a major problem in the 911 emergency response system while continuing to enjoy the relatively expensive perks of their jobs. While claiming there was no money in the budget to fix the problem, the mayor leased a brand-new Lincoln with city cash. Undercover video found citizens at risk, fire fighters in danger and no one helping.
  • Prying Perks from the Poor: How top executives looted the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

    The Plain Dealer investigated Claire Freeman-McCown, the chief executive officer of Cuyahoga's Housing Authority. They found that Freeman-McCown and other employees used millions of tax-payer dollars earmarked for the needy to give themselves bonuses and perks.
  • Center City Commission chief's pay, perks

    The Commercial Appeal investigated the Memphis Center City Commission, a taxpayer-funded downtown redevelopment organization. The commission awarded contracts, usually without bids, to members of its five boards. Commission president Ed Armentrout paid personal expenses with the commission's money.
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    The public agencies that run elections on Long Island are riddled with seldom-show jobs and other abuses and problems that in some cases have affected the integrity of elections. Newsday investigates how Nassau County officials allowed their board of elections to deteriorate into one of the state's most backward, while treating their high-salaried jobs as part-time perks. Suffolk County election officials also held seldom-show jobs with high pay, falsified time records and used the agency's expensive car fleet for personal travel, violating county rules. (Oct. 13, 15, 1996)
  • Veil of Secrecy

    KSTP found government workers who accepted illegal gifts and perks to help keep beds full at two drug and alcohol treatment centers in the Twin Cities. Owners of the treatment centers routinely accepted rapists, murderers and child molesters while reassuring elected officials and neighbors they didn't accept violent criminals. All of it at taxpayers' expense. KSTP also documented how the owners of the treatment centers ignored staff concerns abut inadequate security. At least three of the staff members were sexually assaulted by clients who had violent criminal histories.
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    The spending by the Newark City Council and city clerk are unparalleled in cities larger or smaller. They are also among the nation's highest paid elected municipal officials and their budgets provide for lavish expenses for flowers, lunches, travel and cellular phones in one of the nation's poorest cities. The Star-Ledger investigates how meanwhile, the council's legislative record is marked by missed deadlines and inaction. (Dec. 29, 1996)
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    The College Station Eagle examines frequent use of Texas state planes by Texas A&M University regents and their families. According to reports, regents, their families and guests were often ferried to and from meetings and other functions with little debate about whether the trips were necessary for state business. (May 19 - June 16, 1996)
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    The Los Angeles Times found that the agencies overseeing California's first public toll roads have rewarded their executives with lofty salaries, cash bonuses and unusual perks over a six-year period in which Orange County slumped through a prolonged recession and declared bankruptcy. The Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies paid out cash awards and merit raises and provided other perks rarely available among public agencies. (Nov. 26, 1995)
  • Portsmouth city managers' secret perks

    The Virginian-Pilot conducted an investigation concerning Portsmouth city managers' secret perks. Even in lean years, the city council has paid lucrative bonuses and doesn't think taxpayers needed to know. The bonuses have been so secret that the city failed to disclose a $14,097 retirement payment that City Manager V. Wayne Orton received this fiscal year when The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star made an initial inquiry.