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Pasco’s sheriff created a futuristic program to stop crime before it happens. It monitors and harasses families across the county.
Pasco’s sheriff created a futuristic program to stop crime before it happens. It monitors and harasses families across the county.
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco built a controversial data-driven approach to policing. He also built a wide circle of powerful friends who don’t question his tactics.
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco built a controversial data-driven approach to policing. He also built a wide circle of powerful friends who don’t question his tactics.
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.
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.

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  1. Tampa Bay Times reporter Kathleen McGrory, center, speaks at Poynter on Friday to current and former Times staffers at a celebration of the Pulitzer Prize she won with reporting partner Neil Bedi.
    No newsroom in America has won the category more times since it was introduced 15 years ago.
  2. Tampa Bay Times journalists won the Pulitzer Prize in the Local Reporting category on Friday.
  3. Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Company, left, Tampa Bay Times Executive Editor Mark Katches, reporters Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi, and former Deputy Editor of Investigations Adam Playford watch as McGrory and Bedi are announced as the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting on Friday, June 11, 2021, for their groundbreaking series about a Pasco County law enforcement initiative that harassed local residents. This is the 13th Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Times.
    An examination of a Pasco law enforcement initiative sparked outrage and impact.
  4. Civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump (center) and co-counselors announce the filing of a lawsuit against Gopher Resource on behalf of Colin Brown (in headphones). Colin's parents Ko Brown (third from right) and Tomika Brown (second from right) are suing the lead factory, alleging that dust from the plant poisoned their son. Colin's blood-lead levels only subsided after his father, a former factory worker, left the plant. The Wednesday press conference in Tampa was held outside of the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse.
    The worker alleges dusty conditions at Gopher Resource, Florida’s only lead factory, resulted in his son’s lead exposure.
  5. Consultants and workers have documented problems with fumes spilling out from the furnace into the workspace at Gopher Resource for years.
    At Gopher Resource, OSHA inspectors have been present for nearly two months. Video shows more issues with the ventilation system.
  6. Neil Bedi, left, and Kathleen McGrory earned more national recognition for their groundbreaking investigative reporting about a Pasco County police initiative. (Boyzell Hosey  |  Times)
    The series about a Pasco County police initiative earns “Best in Show” at the National Headliner contest.
  7. Neighbors who live near Gopher Resource, Florida's only lead smelter, showed up for a community meeting at Kenly Park on Wednesday to hear from local leaders. Health officials say they will offer lead testing for local residents. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Tampa.
    Residents who live near Gopher Resource gather in Tampa to hear from county officials in wake of Times investigation.
  8. Reporters Neil Bedi, left, and Kathleen McGrory have won the Scripps Howard Award for their investigative reporting. (Boyzell Hosey  |  Times)
    The project exposed a controversial police initiative in Pasco County.
  9. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Tampa.
    The meeting will be held at Kenly Park and include information on the neurotoxin.
  10. U.S. Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, called for the U.S. Department of Education to investigate the Pasco school district's data-sharing arrangement with the Sheriff's Office.
    The Department of Education will look into whether the school district violated federal law by sharing personal student information without consent.

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