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  • Public Works, Hidden Violations

    Several construction companies were given "tens of millions in federal stimulus contracts," even though they violated several laws and regulations. Also, a few had been "convicted of defrauding taxpayers on previous projects" and others had previously paid fines for violating regulations. These should have been revealed when filling out the forms to be approved for the stimulus contracts.
  • Menino's Rule

    This series explains how Mayor Menino supervised a “building boom that benefited a handful of favored developers and consultants with close ties to him”. Put together, “the six most prolific developers built one out of every four square feet constructed by private developers since 1996”. The mayor violated a pledge not to accept donations by accepting money from these developers, which supported his campaign. Furthermore, he disregarded a city ordinance, which was designed to ensure that these projects benefited city residents.
  • Schools In Crisis: Issues, Solutions

    This series reveals the "costs and consequences of a skewed set of priorities at an LA school district." Instead of using the money for teachers' salaries, the school district is using the money on wasteful construction projects. Further, when educational budgets are getting smaller and smaller, this school district is ignoring the basic need of education.
  • Stimulus Coverage

    This series demonstrates how the stimulus money is really being spent. Instead of using the money to “jump-start the economy” and create a number of jobs, New York used the money for a number of unnecessary projects. Some of these projects include making pamphlets describing pollution cleanup, promotional road signs, and in doubt research projects. The money needed to be used on projects such as pollution cleanup and road construction to help the community facilitate the economy.
  • Through the Cracks

    The 1988 brutal rape and murder of a young mother and her daughter has left the child's grandmother, Phyllis Little, with 21 years of questions. In 2009, the NYPD announced they had arrested a man and charged him with the double-murder. Reporter Joshua Kors provides a detailed look at the lives of the murdered mother, as well as the man accused of killing her. Kors also describes the pain and guilt felt by Little for more than two decades.
  • Cowboys of Kabul

    US Protection and Investigations, a company owned by a Texas couple named Del and Barbara Spier, was, until recently, one of the largest security operations in Afghanistan. The company oversaw security of reconstruction projects but secured no-bid contracts, submitted false invoices, hired men from a notorious Afghan warlord, paid off militants and demonstrated many other corrupt actions. "The Cowboys of Kabul" details the actions of these and other corrupt contractors in America's war on terror.
  • The Dark Side of Plan Colombia

    Plan Colombia, which is a multibillion-dollar US assistance package aimed at fighting the cocaine trade. This program supports agriculture projects as an alternative to drug-related crops and violence. Though, this investigation found that most of the program’s funds were supporting the drug-trafficking terrorist networks that Plan Colombia was supposed to defeat. The investigation raises the question of whether the US knew or should have known that it was supporting this trafficking and violence with taxpayer-funded assistance.
  • Rio Nuevo Audit

    The series was the first audit for the general public of how much money Tucson has spent time from its Rio Nuevo redevelpment fund to revitalize Downtown. This was the first time the public learned how much money was spent,w hat the money was spent on and who received it. The results produced outrage from residents over the waste of tax dollars on studies, public relations, travel and projects that stalled or were canceled.
  • Inside National Grid's Secretive $25 Million

    The reporters exposed a secret fund controlled by local power company National Grid. An add-on charge to each customer's monthly bill built a $25 million slush fund for two utility officials to spend on favored economic development projects.
  • Demoted to Private: America's Military Housing Disaster

    Political patronage, the zeal to privatize and a failure at background checks led to a disaster for taxpayers and military families in Pentagon housing programs in six states. All three branches of the service gave 8,000 military houses and billion-dollar contracts to a company headed by a politically-connected Texan involved in a messy bankruptcy and a Connecticut property management firm that had been previously suspended from HUD housing projects because it diverted millions to its own uses.