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The Pitfalls of Private Health, Deadly Police Force and a Donor's Gift

POSTED: 12:15 PM ET, 01/ 9/2009 by Derek Kravitz

The editors at Post Investigations have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports from mid-December through the New Year and selected their most interesting finds for the past few weeks.

Agree? Disagree? See anything we've missed? Let us know.

Privatized State Programs in Texas Benefit Lobbyists, Lawmakers, Not Public » In the first part of the series, "State of Neglect," the privatization of state programs for the poor, disabled and elderly is examined. Lawmakers promised that private firms would be more efficient and save the state money. But complaints have grown, while private companies, lobbyists and ex-state officials profit. Through a database, you can check lobbyists' activity since 2001 and an interactive graph connects the dots of power and influence in Austin. Three more parts to the series are scheduled. — Dallas Morning News

Inglewood Police Resort To Deadly Force » In the past six years, police in Inglewood, Calif., have repeatedly used physical or deadly force against suspects who were unarmed or accused of minor offenses, a review of court documents, records and interviews shows. In a four-month stretch this year, officers shot and killed four people, with three of them being unarmed. Since 2003, six people have been shot who officers mistakenly thought posed a threat. — Los Angeles Times

A Donor's Gift Soon Followed Clinton's Help » Back in 2004, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) helped secure a $5 million provision in a construction bill that allowed the developer, Robert J. Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to build an entertainment and shopping mall in Syracuse. A few weeks later, the wealthy developer in upstate New York donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton's foundation. — New York Times

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