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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring

Betrayal of Trust
Lawyers, for-profit fiduciaries plunder finances of the elderlyA judge locks a man in an Alzheimer's unit despite the fact that he doesn't have the disease. A woman with more than $1.3 million in assets is left penniless and dependent on state assistance...
Cross-Campus Partners
Students from 11 colleges investigate transportation in groundbreaking projectPut 1 1 college journalists in a newsroom full time for 10 weeks. Give them a great topic, some travel money and access to some of the best minds in journalism.What do you...
Dissecting Bonds
I stared at the hulking, 1 0-story building in Fort Worth, Texas, from a parking lot full of potholes and broken concrete. It seemed to hover over adjacent restaurants and apartments like Godzilla over Tokyo.A man in a wheelchair motioned to me. He was...
Home or Nursing Home?
NPR finds wide variations in care for the disabledThe story started with a simple question about a decade-old U.S. Supreme Court decision. The decision, Olmstead v. LC, said people with disabilities have a civil right to remain in their communities while...
Ire Award Winners
IRE MEDALSThe highest honor IRE can bestow for investigative reporting is the IRE Medal. This year's medal winners* Breach of Faith - Los Angeles Times; Jeff Gottlieb, Ruben Vives, Kim Christensen, Hector Becerra, Knoll, Robert J. Lopez, Paloma Esquivel,...
Member News
Several IRE members won 201 1 Pulitzer Prizes:* Paige St. John, Sarasota Herald-Tribune,for investigative reporting for her expose of Florida's property-insurance system.* Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein, ProPublica.for national reporting, for their...
Opening Up Open Government
I have some reservations about open government.I realize that sounds nuts coming from the guy running IRE. But hear me out.Last month I participated in the Media Access to Government Information Conference, hosted by the National Archives and sponsored...
Selling out Seniors
Lax regulation, oversight create dangerous mix in adult-care homesUnemployed? Struggling to make the mortgage? Want to rake in lots of money without leaving home? Then the state of Washington has a deal for you - and so do dozens of states - if you'll...
Snapshots from Our Blogs
ICAR BlogsBy Doug Haddix, IRE training directorStudents from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina blogged during this year's Computer-Assisted Reporting conference in Raleigh, N.C. The full blog, with loads...
The Cartel Next Door
Mexican drug rings may have close ties to your communityThe money that drug users spend in your community may be helping Mexican cartels pay their employees, bribe officials, buy weapons, and hire people to torture and kill rivals.If you live in the...
Toxic Troubles
Ambitious project documents long-term pollution problemsTo put New Jersey's 20,000 toxic sites in perspective, consider that there are three for every square mile, or an average of 35 in each town. Add to that 1 1 1 Superfund sites, the most in the nation,...