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  • Coal Uncovered

    "Coal Uncovered" is a two-part local news investigation into the coal handling industry on the Mobile River, and its effects on the citizens living in downtown Mobile, Ala. Folks living in the area worry their health is at risk due to the consistent build-up of what appears to be coal dust on their homes. FOX10 News hired an independent laboratory to test dust samples taken from five locations across downtown, to see if coal dust was indeed the culprit. The test results revealed every sample contained significant percentages of coal dust, validating the concerns of the residential community. Further, this investigation exposes a caught-on-camera phone call made by a tax-dollar paid coal industry leader, allowing FOX10 News to inform the public about what really goes on behind industry lines. This investigation exposes the effects of a powerful industry in Mobile, of which residents and school children are withstanding every day. It holds tax-dollar funded agencies accountable, and gives a voice to the people of downtown Mobile, whose complaints and concerns have long been ignored.
  • The Mobile-Home Trap

    Billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett controls a business empire that promises low-income borrowers affordable homes, but all too often unsuspecting families, particularly those of color, find themselves locked into ruinous high-interest loans and rapidly depreciating dwellings. http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/the-mobile-home-trap-how-a-warren-buffett-empire-preys-on-the-poor/
  • Mob Arrests

    Our story involved the Italian mafia, ties to the Gambino crime family, heroin, pineapples, and a late night police run in southern Italy. This story was the result of years of following the FBI’s pursuit of drug traffickers, working sources and building solid relationships with police officials. It is almost unheard of for the FBI to give journalists access to any kind of operations in a foreign country. This was an important breakup of a major international drug ring and due to our exclusive access were able to provide the American people with a rare behind the scenes view of this story.
  • Trashed Trailers

    Contaminated flood waters roared through Northern Colorado mobile home parks in September 2013. When the waters receded, some of the homes were soaked to the rooflines and were knocked from their foundations. Hundreds of the homes were condemned and left to rot and mold for months. Government officials presumed the homes would end up in landfills. However, a six-month 9Wants to Know investigation spanning five counties discovered profiteers were sneaking these mobile homes into new communities, fixing them up without proper building permits and safety inspections, and marketing them to unsuspecting families. 9Wants to Know found government regulators were blindsided by the flood trailer problem due to a tremendous lack of oversight in the mobile home industry. As a result of their investigation, government officials scrambled to identify the flooded homes and bar unsafe housing from their communities.
  • GOTTI

    The reporter spends four years meeting with John Gotti, the son of the most famous gangster of the modern era, with the purpose of learning more about the true working of the mob.
  • Connected

    “Two former judges, already facing charges for accepting kickbacks, are accused of fixing a $3.5 million defamation case against The Citizens’ Voice newspaper at the behest of a convicted mob boss. The stories establish various ties between the judges and the mobster. The state Supreme Court eventually granted the newspaper a new trial.”
  • "Judgment Day"

    Two judges accepted $2.67 million in payoffs for sending juveniles to "two for-profit" detention centers. In this investigation, the reporter uncovers the identities of the lawyer and contractor who supplied the payments, and revealed the mob connections of one of the judges.
  • Lucky Few Get Cases Tossed

    This investigation revealed that some criminal charges in the Mobile Municipal Court are dropped and erased from public records. This happens with no real legal authority. The authors focus on the arrest of one local politician to illustrate this process.
  • A New Gang Problem

    Kandel documents the growth and pervasion of crime in California by Russian-Armenian immigrants. His articles link the mob-like group to fraud, burglary and murder.
  • The Last Don

    This in-depth profile of New York mob boss Joseph "Big Joey" Massino is rich in details. It was published before Massino was tried for murder, and contains a lot of information about the then-upcoming trial, as well as the mobster's organization in general.