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  • The Hartford Courant's five-year fight for Adam Lanza documents

    The Hartford Courant waged a five-year battle for documents seized from Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza's house and the resulting stories provided the most-detailed picture of one of the country's most-notorious mass killers.
  • Soccer Stadium Investigation

    The Hartford Courant's investigation revealed that the would-be developer of a $50 million professional soccer stadium in the city was a convicted embezzler, that he and a business partner billed the city for hundreds of thousands of dollars in work that was never done, and that the pair siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from their own development company, leaving it unable to pay its debts. As a result of the stories, the FBI launched a criminal investigation, which is underway.
  • Investigation of charter school operator

    For years, Dr. Michael Sharpe was among the most prominent charter school leaders in Connecticut, collecting millions of dollars from lawmakers eager to embrace school reform, and harboring big plans to expand his already growing empire beyond the state’s borders. Today, that empire has collapsed, following deep and aggressive reporting by a team of Hartford Courant reporters who revealed that Sharpe had a felony conviction for financial fraud, had no doctoral degree despite calling himself “Dr.,” had misused state grant money and had turned his Jumoke Academy charter school into a den of nepotism and financial conflicts of interest. As the stories unfolded, Sharpe and his entire leadership team were forced out, and investigations were launched by the state Department of Education and the FBI, which is currently presenting evidence to a federal grand jury.
  • Stingy with Security Funds

    Hartford Courant reporters examined what Connecticut towns were spending Homeland Security money on, and why some towns had spent nothing or very little. The story also includes findings from a database that showed how much money each of the 171 communities in the state got, and highlights what they bought with the money they got.
  • Abusive Priests

    The Hartford Courant published three investigative pieces about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The stories focused on New York Cardinal Edward Egan, who had served as a bishop in Connecticut; the psychiatric hospital, The Institute of Living in Hartford, which had treated Father John Geoghan; and a pedophile priest hiding for nearly a decade on a Carribean island with the support and knowledge of two priests from Connecticut and an order of priests in Washington D.C.
  • Fatal Errors, Secret Deaths

    The Hartford Courant investigates covered-up deaths resulting from neglect and staff errors in Connecticut's group homes for mentally retarded. Patients often fell victim to suffocation, drowning, choking, burns and potentially treatable infections. Other findings include that the state secretive system conceals suspicious deaths and their causes not only from the general public, but even from next of kin; that the death rate in group homes has tripled from 1990 to 2000; and that the State Department of Mental Retardation is ineffective in investigating and taking actions against faulty group home operators. The group home system costs Connecticut taxpayers $260 million a year, the Courant reports.
  • Medical Research: Can we Trust it?

    The Hartford Courant examines possible conflicts of interest inherent in academic medical research now that such research is funded more by corporate, rather than government, dollars. The Courant reveals that many academics at such schools as Harvard and UCLA receive their funding from the very companies that designed the drugs they are studying. Thus, there is some question as to the trustworthiness of the data these academics collect. "A Courant review of more than 40 recently developed drugs, as well as interviews with dozens of researchers across the nation, has found that scientists are asking questions -- and getting answers -- that neatly fit the agenda of their corporate sponsors."
  • State v. Lapointe

    "When Manchester's Richard Lapointe was found guilty in 1992 of the rape and murder of his wife's 82-year-old grandmother, his case quickly became a cause celebre among those, both in and out of the media, who believed his confession had been coerced by police and even that he was innocent. As his conviction comes under review once again this spring, a reporter looks deep into court and police records and finds disturbing aspects of the case--and of Lapointe's personality--never reported by 60 Minutes, The Hartford Courant, The Washington Post and others. Have Lapointe's advocates, in their zeal to condemn the police and depict him as a harmless dupe, downplayed evidence that suggests otherwise?"
  • Gulf War Illness

    The Hartford Courant investigates allegations from Persian Gulf War veterans that they were exposed to chemicals that caused widespread sickness. The Courant finds that not only are the veterans not getting help from the Department of Defense, but department doctors have diagnosed the veterans with mental diseases.
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    The Hartford Courant looks at the loopholes that allow felons to have gun permits. A new computer system designed to improve oversight of gun permit holders will automatically flag state police when a permit holder is arrested or convicted of a serious crime. (April 2, 5, 1995)