Enrique Degenhart, Guatemala's former immigration chief, was known as a reformer who cleaned up corruption in a broken system – and that made him a lot of enemies. On Oct. 31, 2012, after his security detail was removed, he was shot nine times, fired back 16 times, drove himself to the hospital and lived. His story highlights the perils of fighting corruption in Latin America.
In Josephine County, Oregon, residents "enjoy the lowest property tax of any country in Oregon," but at what cost? Those cut-rate taxes have left its sheriff's department frustrated and exhausted and stretched so thin it can barely keep up with the calls it receives, according to this investigation. Now, the town is grappling with the consequences.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act – better known as Title I – is a federal program designed to address education funding inequity, but it's not doing a very good job, this investigation found. In fact, "20 percent of all Title I money for poor students – $2.6 billion – ends up in school districts with a higher proportion of wealthy families."
The University of Iowa is investigating at least 30 students – primarily Chinese nationals – accused of using "ringers to take their exams," but the school is not alone. In fact, according to this investigation, the situation at the Iowa City university offers a glimpse inside the robust industry of cheating services aimed at Chinese students hoping to graduate from foreign colleges.
Between 2000 and 2014, Chicago's black population fell by an estimated 19 percent – or nearly 200,000 people. One reason for the drop is the growing concern over the rising gun violence and shrinking opportunity in the community. The Trace looks at how the demographics in Chicago, once a city of opportunity for black people, are changing as gun violence increases.
The recall of Takata airbags – the largest in U.S. history – "could affect more than 100 million vehicles around the world." The recall is so massive, this investigation found, that it will take at least three years "to make enough airbags to replace the defective ones," leaving millions of drivers at risk of serious – and possibly fatal injury.
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