Saturday, February 13, 2016

Special Reports

After returning home from Iraq, members of this Northeast Philadelphia National Guard unit struggle to get their lives back in order.
Click through Inquirer coverage of every Super Bowl game since 1967.
Nuisance laws and strip-searches in area towns are used unsparingly against African Americans.
In an underworld of guns and drugs, a young rap mogul is taken down.
A child's catastrophic illness. Her anguished parents' emotional ordeal. And a hospital's fight to save a little girl.
Inquirer home price analysis
Observers of the local real estate market say the Philadelphia region has managed to dodge the crashing prices that have beset some other major U.S. metropolitan areas.
Shannen Rossmiller is a former Montana judge who hunts terrorists online. After witnessing the 9/11 attacks, she became "radicalized," deciding to learn Arabic and pretending to be an extremist to lure jihadists on the Web into revealing their plans to destroy America.
A two decade gift
On a sweltering June day in 1987, the entire sixth grade graduating class at Belmont Elementary School received a gift of a lifetime. The 112 students were offered free tuition to college, along with a helping hand to get there. Twenty years and a $5 million investment later, Say Yes to Education has affected their lives in ways its benefactors hadn’t imagined.
Unearthing the past
Archaeologists have turned soil and unearthed walls at the site of the former home of George Washington, dubbed the President's House. Officials hope the site will offer insights into the lives of both the President and the slaves who lived there.
Violence in Phila. Schools
Students, parents and teachers have stepped forward to talk about incidents of violence and abuse in city schools as the system scrambles to find solutions to the turmoil. The Inquirer exposes the crisis with video, reports and documents in this special topic.
After many years of decline, the number of homicides and shootings in Philadelphia and some other cities is on the rise. Why is this happening? What is being done about it? How are children, families and communities touched by it? Through photos, stories and voices, The Inquirer is exploring the issue of violence and its repercussions.
N.J. Sen. Wayne Bryant
For the more than 20 years as a New Jersey legislator, state Sen. Wayne Bryant was credited with steering millions of dollars to South Jersey, reinvigorating the City of Camden. On March 29, Bryant was indicted on 13 corruption-related counts. The Inquirer takes a look at the controversy and allegations surrounding Bryant in this special topic.
Barrier Breaker
This year, Major League Baseball celebrates the historical moment 60 years ago when Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. In a special series, The Inquirer looks back at the era, and the legacy of the man and the game he integrated two decades ahead of the nation.
Tragedy At Virginia Tech
A logo used as part of many online tributes to those who died in the Virginia Tech shootings.
On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, opened fire in two campus buildings, killing 32 people and then turning the gun on himself. This shooting rampage was the deadliest in U.S. history. View stories and video reports on the shootings, along with an interactive graphic profiling the victims.
Get the facts on teachers, district spending, test scores and more for public and private schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In 2003, the FBI and IRS began investigating State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. The agencies scrutinized his finances, his use of legislative staff and whether he illegally exploited a South Philadelphia charity. When the four-year federal probe concluded, Fumo - one of the most powerful politicians in Pennsylvania - was charged with fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Troubled facilities and lax state oversight have for years put residents of Pennsylvania's assisted-living homes at risk of assault, neglect - and tragedy. An Inquirer investigation goes inside the industry and the homes.
Since 2003, The Inquirer has been publishing names and photographs of U.S. personnel who died during the Iraq war. View the role call of the fallen on a page that will continue to be updated.

Riverside, N.J.
Tiny Riverside, Burlington County - a destination. That's what they wanted. And they got their wish. People are coming. They're just not the ones anyone here was expecting. They're immigrants from Brazil. And over the last five years, as many as 5,000 of them have flooded in and around Riverside's 1.5 square miles, catching off guard the town and its 8,000 souls.
As the numbers of homeless people rise, Center City struggles to balance the need for shelter and the rights of all.
Col. Wendy Kelly, on leave from her post as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, has a goal as she prepares for terrorism trials at Guantanamo: Credibility.
The law said he died of abuse. Medical science wasn't so sure.
Our special section with a video report on our blue-ribbon panel's choice of the all-time best Eagle, polls, the top team, odds and ends, and more.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - For 10 weeks, ever since Cpl. Raymond D. Hennagir was blown up, he had longed for this moment, this homecoming, when the rest of his platoon would return from Iraq.
Dennis Myers at "home" on 15th Street near a Vine Street Expressway off-ramp. The city has told him to move for an area cleanup.
At one time, Philadelphia's approach to the problem of homelessness was considered successful. But the number of people living on the streets of Center City has since been on the rise. The Inquirer takes a closer look at the issue through articles, photographs and video.
Shoemaker school, one of the district's most troubled schools, was reborn as the Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus in hopes that the charter would turn around the West Philadelphia high school.

Can they do it?
In 2004, the Pennsylvania state legislature legalized slots gambling in the state. In December, the state Gaming Control Board handed out licenses for five stand-alone slots parlors: SugarHouse Casino and Foxwoods Casino in Philadelphia, Sands Bethworks Gaming in Bethlehem, Mount Airy Lodge in Monroe County, and the Majestic Star Casino in Pittsburgh.
Temple grad student Akhil Bansal led a double life. Besides completing homework assignments, he also managed - with his dad - a multi-million dollar drug importing business. The 26-year-old ran a U.S. operation that shipped about 75,000 pills a day for Internet pharmacies.
Three years after a string of blunders by DHS was widely blamed for failing to prevent the torture-murder of toddler Porchia Bennett, an Inquirer investigation has found that young children are still regularly abused to death after coming to the attention of DHS.
With staccato-like regularity, guns are killing children. Epidemic. Public health crisis. Tragedy. By whatever name, these deaths bring profound loss to families and communities. This occasional series by Inquirer staff photographer April Saul attempts to capture the look, the sound, and the feel of this loss.
What is your flood risk? The question is basic to home ownership - to buying, selling, mortgaging, insuring - but if you think you know the answer, think again. Most of the federal government's more than 100,000 floodplain maps were drawn from data collected with primitive technology more than two decades ago.
Afghanistan: The Forgotten War
Today, remnants of the Taliban have mutated into a different force - far deadlier, better organized and well-armed. With close bonds with al-Qaeda, the insurgents have imported new skills previously unseen in three decades of war in Afghanistan.
Images from a camera in New Britain Township Police Officer Darryl Allen´s patrol car show him after he pulled over a driver on New Year´s Day 2005 because he saw her vehicle weaving. A breath test showed her to be legally drunk. He told her to drive to the district police headquarters, where he assaulted her. He pleaded guilty to assaulting this woman.<br />
Hundreds of police officers across the country have turned from protectors to predators, using the power of their badge to extort sex, an Inquirer review shows. Many of those cases fit a chilling pattern: Once abusers cross the line, they attack again and again before they are caught. Often, departments miss warning signs about the behavior.
The day before Christmas 2005, Jennifer Anyayo, 15, arrived at Philadelphia International Airport from Gulu in northern Uganda. Jennifer came to the United States for surgery on severe burns she suffered when Ugandan rebels set her family's home on fire.
A Mighty Current
Scientists fear that the Gulf Stream - the immense, enigmatic force behind ferocious weather and mild climate - is being remade. The effects could be profound. The Inquirer investigates the scientific claims, and their far-reaching potential in this three part series.
Pennsylvania lawmakers approved the largest legislative pay raise in two decades in 2005. After much criticism, the pay raise - based on federal pay scales - was repealed. Here’s a running tally of which Philadelphia-area legislators kept the money from the legislative pay raise, who reimbursed the state, and who never took it in the first place.
Philadelphia's pay-to-play culture was exposed after the FBI investigated corruption in City Hall. The probe centered on campaign money and big city bond deals and led to a number of convictions, including that of a former city treasurer and bank vice president.