Finalists in Local Reporting
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“Death Sentence” (Timothy Bolger • Long Island Press)
“A Design for Healing” (Melissa Harris • The Chicago Tribune)
“A Killing in Cordova: The Trial and Tribulations of Harry Ray Coleman” (Graham Hillard • Memphis Magazine)
“Taxpayers’ $8.4 million Spent on Doomed Project” (Mike Morris • Houston Chronicle)
A Watered-Down Deal for Seafood Shoppers
Frozen fish from the supermarket often has excess ice — and consumers pay the price.
Inside New Jersey’s halfway houses.
California 9/11 Fund Raided for Deficits
After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims, families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, “We Will Never Forget.”
Grace in Broken Arrow
The anatomy of a sex abuse scandal at a Christian school in Oklahoma.
Police force fails to protect the state’s most vulnerable residents.
Tempest in My Soul
A son’s secret brings a Southern Baptist minister to his knees.
A Plane Fell from the Sky and Gave Him a Shot at Redemption
How Earl Eugene Mawyer got a chance to be a hero.
Dirty Soil and Diabetes
On the “toxic legacy” of Anniston, Alabama.
Too Heavy to Bear
At 24, Ray Wauson was thrilled to land a job as an armored-car guard. But he was entering an unregulated world in which the people guarding the cargo are often defenseless against the cargo itself.
How faulty data lowered Milwaukee’s crime rate.
Cameras Quietly Capture Plates
City cameras track anyone, even Minneapolis Mayor Rybak.
Unsettled, Unwanted and Unaccounted For
On homeless sex offenders in metro Phoenix.
In God’s Name
A year-long examination of the abuse investigations of unlicensed youth reform programs that operate in Florida and are overseen by the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies, a private, nonprofit group.