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Investigations & Narratives

Gopher Resource promised changes at Tampa's old lead factory. It kept polluting.
Gopher Resource promised changes at Tampa's old lead factory. It kept polluting.
At Gopher Resource in Tampa, workers recycle 50,000 used car batteries a day. Their safety equipment doesn’t always protect them, an 18-month Tampa Bay Times investigation found.
At Gopher Resource in Tampa, workers recycle 50,000 used car batteries a day. Their safety equipment doesn’t always protect them, an 18-month Tampa Bay Times investigation found.
OSHA inspectors haven’t been inside Gopher Resource in five years, even as mechanical breakdowns plagued the Tampa plant and made conditions worse for workers.
OSHA inspectors haven’t been inside Gopher Resource in five years, even as mechanical breakdowns plagued the Tampa plant and made conditions worse for workers.

UNPROTECTED

Tampa teens reported a teacher’s sexual comments. Then a student’s life was upended.
Tampa teens reported a teacher’s sexual comments. Then a student’s life was upended.
Tampa teens wanted their school to protect them. Instead, they say, it got worse.
Tampa teens wanted their school to protect them. Instead, they say, it got worse.
Officers sent notices to landlords detailing arrests and encounters with their tenants that put families at risk of eviction even when charges were later dropped.
Officers sent notices to landlords detailing arrests and encounters with their tenants that put families at risk of eviction even when charges were later dropped.

TARGETED

From its headquarters in Boca Raton, GardaWorld has put unsafe trucks on the road, and its workers and unsuspecting motorists have suffered the consequences.
From its headquarters in Boca Raton, GardaWorld has put unsafe trucks on the road, and its workers and unsuspecting motorists have suffered the consequences.

LATEST

  1. A page from the 2019 U.S. Medicare Handbook in Washington. Newly released federal audits reveal widespread overcharges and other errors in payments to Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors, Kaiser Health News found, with some plans overbilling the government more than $1,000 per patient a year on average.
    The records, hidden until now, reveal widespread overcharges and other errors in payments.
  2. A great horned owlet, left, and its mother share a rat on March 2 in Philippe Park in Safety Harbor. Within days, both would die.
    The birds died one by one in a local park. Admirers blame rat poison. Now they’re trying to get chemicals off the street.
  3. Joe Rufin with Creepy Creatures Termite and Pest Control, of Palm Harbor, organizes blocks of rodenticide while preparing a bait station as he worked to exterminate rodents from a condominium complex on Aug. 18 in Clearwater. The rodenticide is made with cholecalciferol, which is not among the anticoagulants that local wildlife advocates are trying to get off the street.
    Roof rats are common here. Environmental officials and wildlife advocates say poisons should be a last resort.
  4. Looking east at the Gopher Resource lead smelter, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 in Tampa.
    Sixty-four workers allege they were exposed to dangerous levels of lead and other toxic chemicals at Gopher Resource.
  5. A screenshot, taken by a Tampa Bay Times reporter, shows a slide from Florida's discriminatory traffic stops training.
    A course designed to teach officers about discrimination in traffic stops instead has significant flaws, eight experts told the Times.
  6. Two weeks after winning the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, the Tampa Bay Times newsroom held its annual weeklong fundraiser. Readers helped the Times more than double the fundraising goal.
    Weeklong campaign to benefit local news brought in over $120,000 and counting.
  7. Tampa Bay Times reporters Corey G. Johnson, right, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Eli Murray, left, won the Pulitzer Prize earlier this month. The newsroom is holding a weeklong fundraising drive that concludes Sunday to help the Times do more high-impact journalism.
    The weeklong campaign to augment the newsroom’s budget and help pay for local journalism ends Sunday night.
  8. From front row left, Tampa Bay Times reporters Rebecca Woolington, Eli Murray and Corey G. Johnson celebrate with newsroom staff and guests as Times editor and vice president Mark Katches talks about the trio winning the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting earlier this month. The newsroom estimates the project cost about $750,000 to produce.
    The newsroom sets a target of $50,000 for its annual effort to raise money from the community.
  9. Tampa Bay Times reporters Corey G. Johnson, right, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Eli Murray, left, are announced as the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on Monday, May 9, 2022. The winning series, "Poisoned,"  exposed dangers at Florida’s only lead smelter. This marked the 14th Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Times.
    Tampa Bay Times journalists filled the void left by regulators to tell the story of Florida’s lone lead smelter.
  10. Tampa Bay Times reporters Eli Murray, left, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Corey G. Johnson, right, are announced as the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on Monday. The winning series, "Poisoned,"  exposed dangers at Florida’s only lead smelter. This marked the 14th Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Times.
    For exposing dangers at a local lead smelter, they earn journalism’s top prize — the newsroom’s third for investigative reporting and its 14th overall.
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