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  • The Rise and Fall of the Killer Drug Rezulin

    The Los Angeles Times explains how "a disparate collection of physicians inside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... combined research and bluntly worded e-mails" to convince their superiors to pull Rezulin, a pill fast-tracked by the FDA that was causing liver failure in patients. It took 90 deaths from the blood-sugar medication before the FDA and manufacturer Warner-Lambert Co. took action.
  • One Angry Woman: Why are Hung Juries on the Rise?

    The New Yorker attempts to explain why hung juries are on the rise in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The magazine reports that most hung jury scenarios feature one African American woman who, despite mountains of evidence and 11 other black and white jurors voting to convict, deadlocks the jury by voting for acquittal because she doesn't want to put another black man in jail or sit in judgement of another.
  • Plotting Terror: The Origins of the Attacks on America

    These three stories from the Los Angeles Times "examine the origins of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States and develop a new and compelling explanation of how the attacks were conceived and directed and by whom. The stories contain ... revealing portraits of two central figures -- the lead pilot Mohamed Atta and the plot's mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed."
  • Cover-up: Crisis in the Catholic Church

    Los Angeles Times report shows how Cardinal Roger Mahony approved a then-secret $1.3 million payment to two men who claimed that Father Michael Baker sexually abused them over a period of 15 years. "The Times identified and interviewed nine victims who said that Baker had molested them as children. Baker told The Times that he had informed Mahony in 1986 about his sexual abuse of young boys. Mahony initially denied participating in any such meeting, then acknowledged the Baker meeting and apologized for his handling of the case."
  • Airport Security

    CBS reporters, led by a former Federal Aviation Administration security team employee, test eight major airports -- JFK, LaGuardia, Baltimore, Reagan National, Atlanta, St. Louis, Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles -- for security flaws. They enter through checkpoints with lead-lined film bags where weapons could be hidden invisible to the X-ray machines. The result is the same both six months after Sept. 11 and a year after Sept. 11: In 70 percent of the cases the security personnel fails to open the lead-lined bags.
  • Last Gasp

    The Fresno Bee reports on increasing smog in the San Joaquin Valley. Some of the major findings are that as Los Angeles air gets cleaner, the Valley's smog problem is worsening; state and federal officials have failed to pay attention to the pollution in the area; polluting vehicles and diesel engines are common in the Valley; agricultural businesses are exempted from air pollution permits; small-particle pollution, connected to high death rates nationwide, presents an even bigger problem than the smog.
  • When Death Comes for the Forgotten

    This five-story package examines how Los Angeles County handles the deaths of the poor, while touching on legal issues, unclaimed bodies and budget matters. Thousands of poor people, including hundreds of children, die alone or unclaimed every year in Los Angeles County and as the county's budget situation tightens, the dead tend to be the lowest priority.
  • The Eastern Water Wars

    Despite the presence of water throughout the East, states in the area are struggling over the rights to it. Atlanta's rapid growth is causing battles that are reminiscent to the debate in Southern California over the increasing size and resource needs of Los Angeles in the 1920s and 30s.
  • The Man With Too Many Children

    Peter Digre is responsible for 73,000 troubled children, as head of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services. There are plenty of good ideas for improving child welfare in America, but the size of the the problem overwhelms even the most dedicated reformer.
  • The Perfect River

    For six decades, the Los Angeles River has indulged the area's endless desire for growth, yet now the hope is that it'll create a community.