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  • A Deadly Slope: Examining the Oso, Washington, disaster

    Two days after a landslide near Oso, Wash., killed 43 people, the county’s head of emergency management said the slide was unforeseeable: “This came out of nowhere. No warning.” The day after those words were spoken, The Seattle Times revealed how there had been a litany of warnings, going back seven decades. A report written for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had even warned of the “potential for a large catastrophic failure.” That story was the first in a string of exposés, in which The Times merged breaking news with investigative reporting to dissect the state’s worst natural disaster since the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

    Tags: landslide; emergency; warnings; failure

    By Mike Baker

    The Seattle Times

    2014

  • Innocents Lost

    The Herald explored how 477 children died of abuse or neglect over a six-year period after falling through Florida’s child welfare safety net, largely as a result of a misguided effort to reduce the number of foster children while simultaneously slashing services for troubled families. We have since continued the reporting into a seventh year and the number of dead is our searchable database is now 533..

    Tags: children; neglect; florida; foster; welfare

    By Carol Marbin Miller; Audra D.S. Burch

    Miami Herald

    2014

  • Failure to Recall: Investigating GM

    In this hour-long documentary CNBC investigated a deepening crisis at one of America's most iconic companies. Following the dark days of bankruptcy, General Motors fought its way back to health only to confront evidence of a deadly manufacturing defect and accusations of a corporate cover-up. After linking thirteen deaths and 31 accidents to a faulty ignition switch, the company recalled some 2.6 million cars. But as GM undertook the massive recall, questions mounted over why it hadn't acted sooner to inform the public about the flawed part.

    Tags: cars; gm; manufacturing; faulty; recall

    By Nik Deogun; Phil LeBeau; Mitch Weitzner; Wally Griffith; Mary Noonan Robichaux; Deborah Camiel; Rich Gardella; Meghan Lisson; Jeff Pohlman; Meghan Reeder; James Segelstein; Michael Beyman; Christie Gripenburg

    CNBC

    2014

  • Mexico Violence

    The June 30 press release from the Mexican Defense Secretary stated that military personnel had discovered a warehouse filled with armed men who opened fire on the troops. Soldiers repelled the attack, 22 “presumed aggressors” died – and just one soldier was wounded. The experienced Mexico staff of The Associated Press doubted the official story: 22 dead on one side, zero on the other seemed unlikely in a firefight. Correspondent Mark Stevenson set out for the warehouse in a remote area of the state of Mexico known to be rife with drug traffickers, and discovered evidence of a massacre. This series details what the AP investigation uncovered.

    Tags: defense secretary; soldiers; wounded; firefight; massacre

    By Mark Stevenson; Eduardo Castillo; Katherine Corcoran

    Associated Press

    2014

  • Fire in the Attic

    This seven-month-long investigation revealed serious safety concerns surrounding flexible gas lines used in millions of American homes. Beginning with a deadly attic fire that local fire officials blamed on those gas lines, our series examined the safety history of the product, known as Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing or CSST. These in-depth reports showed that even new manufacturer recommended safety measures may not prevent some fires caused by tiny gas leaks that can develop in CSST when lightning strikes near a home.

    Tags: gas lines; fires; safety; lightning

    By Scott Friedman; Shannon Hammel; Eva Parks; Peter Hull

    KXAS-TV (Dallas)

    2014

  • Deadly Medicine

    The Wall Street Journal’s alarming revelations about a once common medical procedure had the powerful and lasting impact of saving lives. After nearly a year of Journal reporting, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration imposed strict limits on the device involved in the procedure. Doctors and hospitals curbed or abandoned the practice. Johnson & Johnson, the top manufacturer, pulled the device off the market. And women undergoing surgery were now armed with information that, for many, could determine life or death.

    Tags: women; medical; procedure; FDA

    By Jennifer Levitz; Jon Kamp; Thomas R. Burton; Joseph Walker

    Wall Street Journal (New York)

    2014

  • Below The Radar

    Mario Diaz exposed several of air traffic controllers returning to FAA towers or control centers with little or no accountability shortly after being a contributing factor to a deadly crash. As detailed in the series of “Below The Radar” reports, these crashes resulted in 104 deaths. The litigation produced from several of these crashes came at a steep price to American taxpayers. Diaz uncovered public records (Department of Treasury and Federal judgements) indicating that the Federal Government made either verdict or settlement payments in excess of $100-million dollars to the estate of the victims --- including the estate of the pilots involved in these crashes.

    Tags: air traffic controllers; FAA; accountability; taxpayers; deaths

    By Mario Diaz; Tom Miuccio; Amy Waldman; Dave Scanlon; Zack Smith; Ken Evsaroff; Eddie Lebron; Kenton Young; Noreen Lark; Macario Hernandez; Dan Mannerino; Jared Barnett

    WPIX-TV (New York)

    2014

  • Spearing Cars in the Name of Safety

    Guardrails on the nation's highways are supposed to protect us. Too often, though, they have inflicted harm. Patrick G. Lee investigated how a Texas company altered its taxpayer-funded guardrail system under the government's nose, to potentially deadly effect. Months before other media, Lee exposed the potential hazard posed by Trinity Industries Inc.'s ET-Plus end terminal, a 175-pound piece of steel mounted at the ends of a guardrail. Intended to absorb the force of a crash, some of them lock up, piercing cars and their occupants. Lee recounted one would-be whistleblower's cross-country quest, starting in late 2011, to learn why these systems were spearing cars. The discovery: Trinity had modified the ET-Plus more than a half-decade earlier without telling regulators. The newer version, modified to cut manufacturing costs, was malfunctioning, several plaintiffs alleged.

    Tags: guardrails; vehicles; safety; drivers

    By Patrick G. Lee

    Bloomberg Business News (Princeton, N.J.)

    2014

  • Deadly Mills

    The aftermath of two sawmill explosions in British Columbia, what caused them, and why regulatory charges were never laid, even though survivors, an industrial hygienist and the labor union insisted that the companies did not pay proper attention to warnings, and ignored the history of sawdust fires and explosions in North America. The explosions were preventable, but the companies did little or nothing to secure the mills while they were creating large amounts of particularly combustible sawdust.

    Tags: sawmill explosions; British Columbia; labor union; preventable; warnings ignored; combustible; workers' safety; broadcast

    By Jill Krop; Ian McBain; Kirk Neff; Claude Adams; Megan Rowney; Laurie Few

    Global News (Vancouver, BC)

    2014

  • Hired Guns

    Across the United States, there is a group of men and women who are given weapons and the imprimatur of law enforcement but who face almost no scrutiny: armed security guards. Until a CNN/The Center for Investigative Reporting investigation into the burgeoning industry, little was known about how haphazard and weak America’s standards were for training and regulating armed security guards. The result has left people dead and paralyzed, and families devastated.

    Tags: armed security guards; minimal oversight; guns; public safety; firearms training; broadcast

    By Drew Griffin; Patricia DiCarlo; Richard Griffiths; Wendy Bleiler; Scott Zamost; Shoshana Walter; Ryan Gabrielson; Robert Salladay; Narda Zacchino; Jennifer LaFleur; Robert Salladay

    CNN

    2014