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A Law School’s Bargain and the FAA’s Miss

Here are our editors’ picks from today’s roundup of investigative stories around the Web. Was there a story we missed? Please keep sending us your picks or include them in the comments section below.

The Rod Blagojevich scandal continues to unfold in Chicago, where the Tribune reports in an ongoing investigation that the University of Illinois law school put a price on the admission of an unqualified candidate. The prospective student was backed by Blagojevich, who was then the state’s governor. Internal e-mails show the school was promised that five law school grads might get jobs in return for the candidate’s admission. A state commission is investigating.

Also, the New York Times found that six men considered national security threats were allowed to keep their federal aviation licenses, despite laws passed after 9/11 that require licenses for such individuals to be revoked. The Federal Aviation Administration suspended the licenses on Thursday. A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman said the department would conduct a “comprehensive review to see why the system failed to identify these people.”

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