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  • Watching Tony Die

    Wendy Halloran first requested public records from the Arizona Department of Corrections (“ADOC”) in the fall of 2010, shortly after Anthony Lester died at the Manzanita Detention Unit in Tucson. As she investigated the incident, Halloran learned that ADOC officers who responded to the call in Lester’s prison cell retrieved a video camera to document the incident. The resulting video depicted the officers’ response to Lester’s suicide attempt. In June 2011, Halloran first requested that ADOC make a copy of the video available for inspection and copying. However, ADOC denied her request, citing the privacy interests of Lester’s surviving family members, who had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against ADOC alleging that ADOC’s officers stood by and refused to render first aid to Lester as he bled to death in his cell. Halloran continued reporting on Lester’s death, but without the aid of the video that showed what happened. In July 2012, Halloran renewed her public records request for the video. ADOC again denied the request, citing only the privacy concerns of Lester’s family. Halloran then contacted the attorney representing Lester’s family, who informed Halloran in early September 2012 that the family did not object to disclosure, provided that two small sections of the video in which Lester was partially clothed were redacted. Upon learning that the family did not oppose disclosure, Halloran renewed her public records request on September 6, 2012 with ADOC for the video. Despite Lester’s family voicing no objections to disclosure, ADOC again denied Halloran’s request, now inexplicably citing Lester’s privacy interests. Three days after denying her request, ADOC offered to allow Halloran to view the video, but continued to refuse disclosure of a copy of the video -- despite no distinction in the Arizona Public Records Law between the rights of inspection and copying. On September 20, 2012, Halloran viewed the video. She renewed her request for a copy of the video on September 24, and narrowed her request, seeking only the first 12 minutes of the video that involved ADOC’s response to Lester’s injuries. ADOC again denied Halloran’s request, citing only Lester’s “personal privacy” interests – a dubious legal proposition because courts rarely recognize privacy interests of the deceased. Having exhausted all attempts to convince ADOC to comply with the law and release the video, KPNX and Halloran filed a Special Action against ADOC on October 2, 2012. ADOC continued to resist disclosure of the video, first requesting that the case be transferred to the judge who was presiding over the Lester family’s wrongful death lawsuit, and then filing two separate responses to the lawsuit. In its responses, ADOC asserted for the first time that disclosure of the video could pose a threat to prison safety and security, and prejudice the jury pool in the civil case. In addition, the agency continued to cite the privacy interests of Lester and his family to oppose disclosure of the video – even though Lester’s family did not object to disclosure. On November 21, 2012, Arizona Superior Court Judge David M. Talamante ordered ADOC to produce the video to KPNX and Halloran, finding that ADOC failed to meet its burden to withhold the video under the Arizona Public Records Law. Judge Talamante rejected all of ADOC’s arguments, and suggested he was inclined to grant KPNX’s request for attorneys’ fees. ADOC later agreed to pay more than $26,000.00 in attorneys’ fees to KPNX as a result of its wrongful denial of Halloran’s public records requests.
  • The Forgotten

    This story is an inside look at the systematic warehousing of more than 17,000 adults and children in Serbia's mental institutions. Dateline NBC gained unprecedented access to remote, government-run facilities and found alarming and sometimes life-threatening conditions. The institutions are remnants of Serbia's communist past and symbols of a deeply ingrained prejudice against the mentally disabled and their families. Serbia's medical establishment continues to advise parents to put their mentally disabled newborns into institutions, and the government provides virtually no support for those who choose not to. In mental institutions throughout Serbia, Dateline found adults and children crammed into fetid rooms and metal cribs, their bodies emaciated, atrophied and disfigured. Some residents appeared to be children but they were actually young adults whose growth had been stunted by years of institutionalization. One of our most disturbing discoveries came while staying overnight in a dangerously overcrowded institution. There we learned that children are routinely tied to their bed railings for long periods of time - a practice that one disability rights organization says meets the legal definition of torture under international law.
  • Justice on the Grass

    Temple-Raston investigates the events leading to the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and how Rwanda has fared in the aftermath. She details the United Nations' trial of three Rwandan journalists charged with inciting the murder of Tutsis. She follows their convictions for helping to start the RTLM hate radio station in Rwanda. She conveys how ordinary Rwandans felt during the three month-long genocide. She refers to her study as "the most notorious media trial since Nuremberg."
  • Immigrant Journey

    Brown covered the story of immigration from Ecuador to Queens County, NY, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, from both ends of the journey. He found that Ecuadoreans bring their prejudices with them, such as anti-gay opinions and a belief in the inevitability of corrpution in politics. But they also send money back home that keeps the country's economy afloat.
  • Out of the Mainstream: Black students likelier to be put in special ed than whites, data show

    This article shows how, both nationally and in Dallas, minority students are more likely than white students to end up in Special Education classes. "Many teachers and principals say special education helps disadvantaged children catch up with their peers. But some parents and civil rights leaders say minority children get separated from the mainstream and often do not return." This articles examines the numbers and then looks at possible reasons for the discrepancy.
  • Med School Turmoil

    Dr. Issam Awad, the chairman of the neurosurgery department at Colorado's only medical schools, was accused by his colleagues of hurting patients, which prompted an investigation by a five-doctor committee that concluded that he gave substandard care in seven of the 10 cases reviewed and committed egregious violations of ethics. A series of FOIA requests and the anonymous mailing of the peer review of Awad's work made this a story that took considerable time and effort.
  • "For your eyes only"

    The story analyzes the cooperation between CIA and American academia to solve intelligence problems. Some scholars, like Bruce Cummings (University of Chicago) and David Gibbs (University of Arizona) criticize this cooperation. The cooperation grants scholars access to classified information. The intelligence-academia relationship is sometimes a source of conflict; some universities have explicit rules that forbid faculty members to conduct classified research, and one of the most controversial CIA policies is "its insistence that scholars sign a lifetime secrecy agreement before receiving a security clearance", Mooney says. Contrary to Cummings and Gibbs' opinion, Joseph Nye (Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School) says his intelligence ties with CIA, State Dept., Defense Dept. and National Security Council have not prejudiced his scholarship.
  • "Pride & Prejudice"

    Six Morgan Hill, Calif., teens brought a lawsuit against their school district, saying the administration had failed to protect them from abuse and harassment. Most of the plaintiffs were gay, but one was a friend who was harassed because of her association. Alana Flores, the only plaintiff named, said students repeatedly left nasty messages and pictures in her locker and taunted her daily. The story includes anecdotes from other gay teens who were harassed, from teasing to beating. Some sources in the story blamed the size of Live Oak High School (more than 2,000 students in grades 10-12) for cliques that had formed and subsequent rejection and taunting.
  • Pride and Prejudice

    New Times reports "the story of a 17-year old Vietnamese immigrant Loi Nguyen's life and suicide in October 1998 tells of cultural and racial misconceptions, of ignorance and mistrust, and of a young man who became overwhelmed by his new environment, found a gun and shot himself... "
  • Busting the gay Bias

    This Teen People Magazine article chronicles the experiences of two gay teens who fought for more than a year to form a gay-straight alliance at their high school. These teens created a club, despite much controversy. This article talks about widespread prejudice toward gays in Ceres, CA and in general.