Investigations

Exposés, reports
and analysis.

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Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney

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Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

May
15

Bills poised to extend Toronto series

Lease negotiations keyed to improvements to Ralph Wilson Stadium are yet to start, but there are signs the team intends on staying put in WNY. The Associated Press is reporting an extension of the Toronto series could be approved by the NFL by the end of this month.

May
15

Chamber of Commerce attack ads called untruthful

A Chamber of Commerce TV ad attacking U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, for his support of Obamacare is similar to a Chamber ad aimed at U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul that is running in WNY. PoliFact has scored the two key claims in the anti-Nelson ad as “mostly false” and “pants on fire.” 

May
14

Justice denied

The war on drugs put Clarence Aaron behind bars for life for his bit role in a drug deal. Misconduct by a Justice Department official has helped keep him there. An investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post.

May
08

The legacy of mass demolitions

Buffalo’s demo blitz has claimed some salvageable houses and left many inner-city neighborhoods peppered with vacant lots. City Hall has no strategy to revitalize neighborhoods once the wrecking crew is through. A Buffalo News investigation.

May
07

Investigation into city demolition program

City Hall has spent $73 million the past 12 years to demo nearly 6,000 houses. Much of that money has gone to firms with checkered backgrounds. A Buffalo News investigation.

May
07

Car thief turned city contractor

When Albert Steele Jr. got tired of running from the cops – and breaking out of jail – he went into the demolition business. He’s now the city’s largest demo contractor. A Buffalo News investigation.

May
02

The link between carbon dioxide and global warming

A graphic by the Economist tracks the correlation between rising CO2 levels and increases in ocean and atmospheric temperatures.

May
02

GOP pork for school districts

Albany Times Union: “Without providing notice, the Republican-controlled Senate approved $9.95 million in aid to school districts that was apportioned with partisan discretion. The move drew shrieks from the chamber’s minority Democrats, who noted the funds were entirely steered to parts of the state represented by GOP senators.”