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Picks of the Week: NFL Drug Use, Milwaukee Mortgage Meltdown, Railroad Disability Scam

POSTED: 03:21 PM ET, 09/26/2008 by Derek Kravitz

In a regular feature of Post Investigations, our editors have combed through the in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the nation and selected the notable projects of the week.

Get the complete list (in no particular order) after the jump.

Newspaper Compiles 'Mitchell Report' List For Football

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Brent Schrotenboer used public records and newspaper archives, along with interviews with past and present NFL players, to compile his own football version of the "Mitchell Report," a list of players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.

The newspaper's list, available in an interactive database, includes 185 NFL players dating back to 1962. The list also 52 Pro Bowlers and 85 players since 1993. One anabolic steriod expert, retired Penn State professor Charles Yesalis, said the the players list was just "touching the tip of the iceberg."

Where The Mortgage Meltdown Hit Hardest

Analysis of housing data in Milwaukee found that the city's neighborhoods hardest hit by the subprime mortgage crisis were predominantly low-income, African-American areas, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Cary Spivak and Daniel Bice discovered.

Borrowers, some with questionable credit ratings and criminal records, received loans in these neighborhoods and many of the loans "unraveled in a matter of months, a signal that they probably were doomed from the outset."

Railroad Workers Sparking Disability 'Epidemic' in New York

Almost every career employee of the Long Island Rail Road (as many as 97 percent in one recent year) is collecting disability benefits after retirement, resulting in a full-blown epidemic that has cost taxpayers some $250 million since 2000, The New York Times' Walt Bogdanich found.

Many of the retirees are allowed to pull in benefits that almost equal their old base salary. One married couple who both retired are drawing an estimated $280,000 per year in disability and pension payments, The Times found.

By Derek Kravitz |  September 26, 2008; 3:21 PM ET Top Picks
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