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  • Study Reveals Vast Scope of Priest Abuse

    A study by the LA Times shows the number of Catholic priests from Los Angeles Archdiocese that have been accused of sexual abuse since 1950.
  • Tow Truck Pirates

    The investigation looked into the rampant practice of illegally towing cars from private parking lots in LA and the laws that have allowed them to continue.
  • Southeast Homicide

    This story examines the intractable problem of homicide in black neighborhoods in Southeast Los Angeles. It also follows the efforts of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast homicide squad to solve the killing of Jerry Walsey Jr. The story describes how the lack of resources or skewed apportionment of resources creates problems for detectives.
  • When Moody Ruled

    The story analyzed a gang war between the 51st Street Crips and Third Wall Bloods from 1997 through 2001. It recounts how Bloods and Crips came to Kansas City from Los Angeles and morphed into Kansas City sets broken up by neighborhood. Numerous sources identified a teenager named Steven "Moody" Wright as the most violent leader. His brutality was unprecedented. After Moody went to jail, a new war for control broke out and took the lives of children.
  • Clear and Present Danger: A Special Issue

    This special report examines the state of the air in Los Angeles and shows that air pollution is still a major issue, and appears to be worsening in some ways after more than 50 years of cleanup efforts. The investigation covers the latest on health effects of air pollution, weaknesses in existing pollution regulations, and lack of resources devoted to the issue.
  • DWP Files

    This series of stories on LA's Department of Water and Power, the nations' largest municipal utility, follows up on Anderson's report last year about racial discrimination at the utility company. He reports on price gouging by suppliers; dysfunctional management and extortion by the unions; whistleblowers being fired; shoddy workmanship and cost overruns.
  • 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.
  • Family Values

    "Los Angeles Times reporters over the last year and a half have documented a particularly insidious new gambit that special interests have devised to gain or increase influence with lawmakers: hiring their relatives and paying them lucrative lobbying or consulting fees. The practice has been used not just by U.S. interests but also by foreign citizens and governments."
  • City Hall Scandals

    "These articles delved the influence of money and politics in Los Angeles city government and revealed a system in which government officials pressure private firms to make sizable political donations in return for contracts, a contractor made large sums of money padding the bills it submitted to city government, and the city's mayor used a public relations firm under contract with the water department to advance his own agenda, and a favored mayoral fund-raiser bounced checks to business associates and political candidates, including the mayor, with impunity.
  • The black avenger: Milton Crawford exposes the DWP's big whitewash ... racism, intimidation and harassment

    This investigation exposed a decades-long cover-up of racism and harassment by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The story revealed how the nation's largest public utility and the city attorney's office used illegal confidential settlements to conceal nearly $10 million in outside legal costs and settlements stemming from workplace discrimination, harassment, and intimidation at the Department of Water and Power.