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  • Texas Lottery Investigation

    The Star-Telegram discovered that a quiet resignation from a Texas lottery commissioner was more than just that. A female lottery employee had accused the commissioner of harassing her and this incident was investigated by the state and the Houston Police Department. The Star-Telegram revealed serious flaws in the investigation and is still reporting on the latest developments.
  • Landlords who sexually harass tenants

    A St. Paul Pioneer Press investigation revealed that some landlords in the tight Twin Cities housing market demand sexual favors in exchange shelter. Reporter Charles Laszewski writes: "Low-income women, many of them single mothers, are being preyed on by landlords, apartment caretakers and others who demand sexual favors in return for making repairs, overlooking lease violations or forgiving late rent checks."
  • Dirty Cop

    This is a collection of four stories. The first story describes breakdowns in state police hiring and discipline allowed a young man to work as a policeman while he was harassing dozens of women. The other stories are follow-ups of the first story.
  • Professor Peter Ray; Love Nest at Love Hall

    The Ledger exposes wrongdoing by Dr. Peter Ray, a meteorology professor at Florida State University. The first story sheds light on misuse of public money for a hurricane research truck requested by the professor. The rest of the series reports on married Ray's pattern of sexually harassing students and colleagues at FSU. Although five women accused him of harassment and he admitted having a relationship with 19-year-old student Melissa Sanders, Allen reports, the university finds no wrongdoing, but takes away his department chairmanship. The stories include copies of the professor's archived e-mails to the student.
  • Jacking Around

    Pitch Weekly reports on "the shenanigans of a small town police chief and his officers in Lone Jack, Mo., forty miles southeast of Kansas City." The story reveals that Chief Jeffrey Jewell was harassing his female staff and female juvenile offenders, while inefficiently handling most investigations. Another finding is that a police officer in Jewell's department had allegedly joined forces with local burglars to cover a theft ring.
  • Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street

    Antilla documents the history of sexual harassment and discrimination in the brokerage industry over the past two decades. The book follows the story of Pamela K. Martens, who along with her coplaintiffs in Martens et al vs. Smith Barney, et al, went public with shocking allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
  • Nasty Boys

    Despite several high profile sexual harassment cases in the 90s, the problem still exists in some companies. Former employees of Rent-A-Center are suing for $410 million dollars over allegations. These are the stories of the women who faced this problem head on.
  • Tarnished Guardians

    USA Today looks at patterns of misconduct in the top echelons of the National Guard. The two-part series finds that some adjutant generals, who are the Guard's highest ranking officials in each state, have been involved in sexual harassment cases, retaliation against subordinates who complain and embezzlement of taxpayers' money. The investigation identifies faulty officers in at ;east nine state - New York, Illinois, Kentucky, California, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and Massachusetts. A major finding is that between 10% and 20% of the soldiers on the rolls are "ghosts" who seldom - if ever - attend the drills. The stories examine how this inflated numbers can endanger the public security. Another finding is that the National Guard constitutes a formidable lobbying power, and that it has never lost its financing despite Pentagon's efforts to shortcut its budget.
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Drug Court Program

    The Advocate reports on how federal grants have been recklessly spent by the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Justice Court on high executive salaries. The stories reveal that the Straight and Narrow Drug Treatment Center, one of about 30 drug courts in the state, has failed to effectively supervise the drug-addicted children who graduated from the program. The investigation finds that the key players behind the faulty drug treatment programs - including two judges, an attorney and his roommate - are entangled in bizarre legal accusations of sexual harassment and racially motivated attacks.
  • Divine Debauchery

    Pitch Weekly reports on the sexual harassment case of Saundra McFadden-Weaver, an ordained minister who sought marriage counselling from her pastor, and was forced into sexual relationship with him. The pastor, Ron Williams with the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas City, was reportedly a sexaholic, as he himself admitted in a conversation with another assaulted female member of the church. McFadden-Weaver was also sexually assaulted by her pastor's boss, Prince Albert Williams, the story reveals. Though McFadden-Weaver won in court, getting an award totaling more than $6 million, she has not received any money yet.