Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Equally important is "Pollution From Chinese Coal Casts a Global Shadow" by Keith Bradsher and David Barboza of The New York Times. Bradsher and Barboza describe how Chinese coal-burning power plants are exporting "a dangerous brew of soot, toxic chemicals and climate-changing gases." Chinese coal pollution has traveled as far as California, Oregon and Washington, they report. Unless a change is made, in 25 years global-warming gases from China's coal use will exceed those of the rest of the industrialized world combined, Bradsher and Barboza warn, causing a potential environmental catastrophe. This story has a wealth of detail and analysis and is clearly written considering the complexity of the subject.