Philly Board of Revision of Taxes member fired →
We did an extensive series about this a little while ago.
Miami Herald: FBI joins probe of Guatemala... →
U.S. officials have confirmed to The Miami Herald that the FBI has joined the investigation of a murdered Guatemalan lawyer who — in a postmortem video — accused President Alvaro Colom of ordering his death. (via)
Architecture critic changes city's decision
Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Inga Saffron criticized the city in her architecture column for building an unadorned span to replace the old South Street Bridge. Within days, the city reversed course and will incorporate decorative elements.
Newspapers also bring families together: “On Jan. 29, The Inquirer published an article about Tent City, a homeless encampment of nearly 20 people inside the I-676 exit onto Federal Street. Neal Floyd, 53, was quoted. … Ten days later, (his sister) was at her computer at Fort Bragg, N.C., where she works in a civilian job helping military families with their housing. Every once in a...
The human cost of a newspaper investigation
Sometimes, it’s not a glib feel-good story. “Philadelphia Academy Charter School founder Brien N. Gardiner, under federal investigation in connection with his management of the school, committed suicide yesterday afternoon, police said. … Gardiner founded Philadelphia Academy in Northeast Philadelphia in 1999; he also opened the Northwood Academy Charter School in 2005, and at...
Loans to cities escape scrutiny →
A Tennessean investigation into the loan program has found that despite touting itself as a “nonprofit governmental” entity, the fund doesn’t play by the rules of government. It won’t disclose how much Seivers is paid, nor the details of his outside consulting business and potential conflicts of interest. (via)
The results of newspaper investigation - A...
“Girl wasted away under DHS care,” The Inquirer, October 2006. “Mother sentenced to 40 years in death of Daniel Kelly,” The Inquirer, April 2009. “Two plead guilty to perjury in Daniel Kelly case,” The Inquirer, May 2009.
Executive Privilege from the Raleigh (NC) News &... →
The lede: “While he was governor, Mike Easley turned a small group of influential North Carolina businessmen into his own private air service, an arrangement Easley kept secret.” Thanks to Andy Bechtel for the link.
Construction workers had been dying at a rate of one every six weeks in the $32...– The Las Vegas Sun, another recipient of a Pulitzer Prize.
It only stopped for one reason. It only stopped for the same reason that...– Fumo: Guilty on all counts, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 17, 2009.