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  • Millions in Fees Go to Politicians

    Law firms of key New Jersey legislators received fees from auto insurance cases that came from a state-controlled pool of money. A computer-assisted analysis showed which lawmakers were making how much, raising questions about conflict of interest.
  • Gambling and Its Discontents

    The American Spectator reports that the costs of gambling can be high, such as lost jobs, busted bank accounts - even public urination. And what's the upright Republican Party doing about it? Cozying up to Gambling Inc., that's what. Just as the milk of human kindness is withheld from gamblers, so too is any reasonable hope that politicians will ride to the rescue. Gambling's enormous successes throughout the nation, and especially in the deeply religious South, are a withering rebuke to those who make their living pandering to the fear of religious conservatives. And while the vast majority of Americans support gambling, at least as a public choice, it's a fairly good bet that most are unaware just how powerful a political force Gambling Inc., has become, and that once established, it is all but impossible to dislodge.
  • Hollywood's Unlikely Hero

    This story is about the murder of a Philadelphia policeman in 1981, the man convicted of the crime, and the movement that has sprung up around him. The movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal has developed an impressive worldwide following of celebrities, politicians, anti-death penalty crusaders, writers and others who believe he is innocent. 20/20's investigation finds that a close reading of trial transcripts, post-conviction relief hearing transcripts and numerous other documents and evidence reveals that the case to free Mumia is built on half-truths, misstatements, exaggeration and even false information.
  • A Growth Plan Run Amok

    Twenty years ago, L.A. County politicians vowed to control urban sprawl. But the Los Angeles Times found that 40% of the time, when developer-campaign contributors asked for bigger building projects, the politicians obliged, sometimes permitting subdivision 700% larger than growth plans had allowed.
  • Game for Trouble

    The Anniston Star series chronicles how massive amounts of money changed hands in bingo parlors even though the Alabama Constiution doesn't permit games of chance. Alabama has not raised taxes by sidestepping legal restrictions to schemes of wealth for big operators who return a pittance to the public treasury. An amendment to the state's basic law opened bingo to the opportuntists who could feed off the obsession of players. Elected officlas, law enforcemnet officers and a state senator all were invloved.
  • This Calls on You

    This investigation examines government cellular phone bills in Atlanta. Over the past three years, the reporters found skyrocketing costs and a tremendous increase in the number of phones. The reporters found that city officials were destroying itemized cell phone bills making any analysis difficult. The investigation uncovered city politicians and employees using telephones for personal business and failing to reimburse the city.
  • Affirmative Action for the Well-Connected Remains Alive and Well at Texas Should Minority Students be Given Preference at Registration? Policy at U. of Illinois at Chicago fuels debate over when affirmative action is legal or ethical

    One story shows how powerful white politicians enjoy preferences in college admissions at a time when courts are barring public colleges from using affirmative action to help minority students. The other shows how pervasive preferences for minority students have become at some institutions. Based on information received through open-records requests from Texas colleges, the story examines how college presidents and deans gave special consideration to applications of the well-connected. The story spotlights such a policy at Texas A&M. The second story scrutinizes a long-standing affirmative action policy at the University of Illinois-Chicago that allows most black, Hispanic, and American Indian students to register for classes before most white and Asian students.
  • Zoned Out

    Politicians from Bill Clinton to Richard Daley proclaimed that funding would create all kinds of jobs. There was sporadic coverage in the dailies. It quickly became clear that there were too many chiefs and no leader. And that as long as community groups were in charge of disbursing money while their own projects were up for consideration, the logrolling and approval of projects would be the order of the day. It was decided to survey the organizations that were awarded money and determine how many jobs would really be created.
  • "On the Trail of a China Connection" "Connecting the Dots" "A Break in the Case" "Cracking a Chinese Code" "Fumbles in High Places" "Pieces of the Puzzle"

    The series follows the hunt for evidence to back up reports that the Chinese government has tried to improperly influence American politics. Newsweek discovered the identity of the man who was the most likely conduit for Chinese funds to U.S. politicians: an obscure Los Angeles-based businessman named Ted Sioeng. He has strong ties to the mainland, including a pro-Beijing newspaper in Los Angeles, exclusive rights to import a popular brand of Chinese cigarettes and a close friendship with the Chinese consul general in Los Angeles. This was the first story to identify Sioeng and his possible improprieties. The coverage stimulated federal grand jury and FBI investigations of Sioeng's actions.
  • Martin County: Government in the Darkness

    Local politicians in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties regularly break the law by settling lawsuits in secret. These officials routinely flouted the state's Sunshine Law, which allows them to discuss lawsuits in private, but not make any final decisions behind closed doors.