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Investigative Reporter — Hartford Courant

Investigative reporter for the Hartford Courant

Charity Fraud Charges: Four Down, Hundreds to Go — The fraud case brought against four spectacularly inefficient cancer charities is welcome news to watchdogs who have studied the fleecing of generous donors by unscrupulous nonprofits. But it is only the tip of the iceberg. Americans donate hundreds of billions of dollars each year to more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations.

Blacks, Hispanics More Likely To Be Ticketed After Traffic Stops — The most comprehensive survey ever conducted of police stops in Connecticut continues to show that black and Hispanic motorists who commit moving violations are more likely to be ticketed than are white drivers pulled over for the same offense.

Unprecendented Charter School Lobbying Effort Prompts Some To Ask: Where Is The Money Coming From? — When the state legislature's appropriations committee voted recently to eliminate a proposal by Gov. Dannel Malloy to fund two new charter schools, advocacy organizations that lobby at the state Capitol were ready. They had a television ad all set to air within 24 hours, aimed at getting that money back in the budget.

Ex-State Military Department Supervisor Faces Ethics Hearing — James Liss, a former state Military Department supervisor accused of falsifying time cards, stealing gasoline and other offenses, will face a public hearing, and possibly tens of thousands of dollars in fines, following a probable-cause finding that he violated state ethics rules.

Feds Freeze Millions In Grants To UConn After Conflict-Of-Interest Probe — The National Science Foundation has suspended millions of dollars in research grants to the University of Connecticut after revelations that two UConn professors used more than $250,000 in grant money for no-bid purchases of equipment from a company they control.

Fake Alumnus at “Life Experience” School Gets Yet Another New Job! — Paul N. Johnson sure gets around. After the Courant exposed that a degree-selling outfit calling itself Denton University was claiming Genentech CEO Ian Clark as a graduate, Denton repeatedly reworked the online "alumni profile," eventually swapping out Clark's photo and claiming it was actually alumnus "Paul N.

After Scrutiny, Schools That Sell Degrees Remake Online Presence — From their homes and offices in anonymous spots around the globe, the owners of some online "life-experience" schools have operated with relative impunity, including building websites with images and text brazenly lifted from other websites. But after unwelcome publicity in The Courant last month, a few schools made changes - some modest, some major - in their online presence.

Dodger Stadium Sells Enough Hot Dogs to Round the Bases 3,551 Times — Baseball season gets underway this week, and the cheering in the stands may be matched only by the cheering at something called the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, which is gleefully looking forward to the consumption of 18.5 million franks and another 4.2 million sausages at ball parks between now and the World Series.

Crime Lab Backlogged: Crime lab is backlogged, but officials spend weeks away — Scientists Say Staffing Shortage Is The Problem The top two DNA scientists at the state's embattled crime lab have fashioned robust second careers as expert witnesses in criminal trials by racking up large amounts of compensatory time, then drawing on that comp time so they can pursue their side work on some weekdays.

Lapointe Dissent: Decision 'Reflects Complete Misunderstanding' Of Court's Role — HARTFORD - The typically cordial interplay among the state's Supreme Court justices flew out the window with its decision in the Richard Lapointe case Tuesday, with one dissenting justice accusing the majority of abandoning impartiality, violating the constitution, damaging the rule of law and jeopardizing confidence in the legal system.
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May 21, 2015

Fraud charges against "sham" cancer charities: Four down, hundreds to go.

May 20, 2015

After huge settlement in currency-manipulation scheme, the number of traders criminally charged stands at ... zero.

May 15, 2015

The always on-target @DavidCayJ on Obama's broken promises on transparency and #FOI:

Apr 24, 2015

Online school caught with fake alumni profile replaces it with … another fake alumni profile.

Apr 23, 2015

Online school caught with fake alumni profile replaces it with … another fake alumni profile.

Apr 21, 2015

Important federal court ruling: Claim of underfunding “does not excuse an agency’s duty to comply with the #FOIA.”

Apr 20, 2015

The tale of my $599 mail-order Ph.D. prompts “life-experience” schools to scrub bogus info from websites. #TellEWA

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