Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Behind the Kitchen Door

Despite its financial turmoil, I'm still seeing some exciting journalism coming out of the Tribune Co. newspapers. In today's Los Angeles Times, John M. Glionna has a fascinating story about the immigrants who toil in the nation's 41,350 Chinese restaurants. "A Wok with Jesus" profiles Esther Lou, an evangelist minister for these 1 million "stir-fry cooks, dumpling-makers and dishwashers" who often labor 12 hours a day every day of the week in difficult conditions. The story contains an interesting mix of reporting on religious, immigration and labor issues.

In case you missed it last week, the Times ran an explosive series, "Juice vs. Justice," that investigates the close financial ties between some Nevada judges and the lawyers and defendants who come before them in the courtroom. The stories by Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel are chock full of details such as the judge who repeatedly ruled in favor of a casino whose stock he owned and lawyers holding a big fundraiser for a judge who was about to hear some of their cases.

Not to be out done by its West Coast sister, the Chicago Tribune has revealed over the past month how 22 vacant lots owned by churches, a school and a homeless shelter were fraudulently sold without their consent. Until the Tribune started reporting on the fraud, the owners didn't even know their lots had been sold. Today the Tribune's Robert Becker and Ray Gibson reported how the alleged mastermind of the scheme has been arrested and charged with theft and organizing an ongoing financial crime.


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