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  • Rethinking Malone

    The story is about a neighborhood that is still carrying the stigma of its past identity. Malone used to be the area of town that racist real estate brokers and bank loan officers segregated blacks into, in the pre-civil rights days. The area today is still considered a poor, crime-filled, minority dominated area by many in Lincoln's largely white community. Using computer-assisted reporting techniques and public records, The Daily Nebraskan was able to disprove most of the commonly held perceptions. (December 12, 1996)
  • Pigskin Paychecks

    The Texas AP gathered salary information to compare high school football coaches' salaries with the average pay of teachers and the best-paid educators in their districts. The AP determined that high school football coaches in Texas earn 75 percent more than the average teacher. Nearly 80 percent of the coaches make more than the best-paid teacher in their districts. Some of the best-compensated coaches are among the most successful.
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    New Times tells the story of Xavier Lance Skillman and of the 16 - year - old deaf girl who claims he sexually assaulted and kidnapped her. Public records and numerous interviewd conducted by New Times reveal that Prosecutor John Beatty was woefully unprepared to make the case against Skillman. (Jan. 12 - 18, 1995)
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    The Plain Dealer reveals that secret leveraging and other undisclosed speculative practices had all but guaranteed collapse of Cuyahoga County's $1.8 billion investment pool. None of this was known to the public, county commissioners or the 70-plus agencies with money in the fund-ironically known as SAFE (Secured Assets Fund Earnings). Taxpayers lost $115 million through speculative trading by county employees who concealed their practices from investors and auditors, May - December 1994.
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    Gannett News Services' series finds that caregivers with serious criminal records or histories of patient abuse are often hired by nursing homes; in the 50-state investigation, the series revealed that most of them work as nurses aides. They take advantage of insufficient background check requirements and inefficient hiring guidelines to move from job to job, often beating robbing and raping patients repeatedly. Weak regulations and flawed laws make it practically impossible to weed out dangerous caregivers even after they have been identified, February 1994.
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    Coast Weekly (Seaside, Calif.) surveys the area's city governments and public agencies to see how quickly and completely they respond to requests under the California Public Records Act, April 9, 1992.
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    Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) reporters request public records from a local school district only to be threatened with police action if they return to school property; the state attorney general sides with the paper, and reporters uncover falsified payroll records, improperly handled land purchases, school funds used to finance campaigns and fraud within food service and transportation services, May - August 1990.
  • The foundations of secrecy; A legacy of loopholes; Counting the closed doors

    In the fourth annual FOI issue, the Bay Guardian takes on California's Public Records Act, and reports on loopholes in the FOI law, how universities are using foundations to shield information.
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    Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge) analyzes the financial holdings of Jimmy Swaggart's World Ministries using public records and interviews with former employees, May 1, 1987.
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    Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) checks public records of New York Off-Track Betting corporations and finds the system rife with political patronage, wasteful management and no-show jobs resulting in as much as $10 million a year in wasted taxes, Nov. 15 - 17, 1987.