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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. Poisoned, Part 3: The Fallout
    Records show the company pumped lead into the air and mishandled hazardous waste.
  2. From left, Deputy Editor for Photography Boyzell Hosey stands with fellow 2021 Griot Drum Journalism Honorees Jenise Griffin, Ernest Hooper and Eric Deggans.
    The organization honored several newsroom staffers at its annual Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship ceremony for their coverage of people of color.
  3. Anil Eglais, 62, suffered from a variety of health problems while working at Gopher Resource, the only lead factory in the state of Florida. His story was among those chronicled by a reporting team at the Tampa Bay Times. The series Poisoned has had a significant impact so far. Several other Times stories also made a difference in 2021.
    Reporting by the Tampa Bay Times this year has given voice to the voiceless and held the powerful to account throughout the region.
  4. Carolyn Youngblood holds photos of her son, Dorian Mackeroy, inside of her St. Petersburg home. He is serving a life sentence in Hardee Correctional Institution.  Mackeroy was designated a prison releasee reoffender after committing a robbery in 1997. He has been in prison for 23 years.
    He has seen people who commit homicides, including a man who killed his brother, get released from prison while he serves a life sentence for a robbery in which no one was injured.
  5. Meridian Apartments on N 50th St. in Tampa is one of about 100 apartment complexes that participated in Tampa Police Department's Crime-Free Multi Housing program. Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office have ended their crime-free programs.
    As debate continues about Tampa’s anti-crime initiative for apartment complexes, two other Florida law enforcement agencies have ended programs based on the same national model.
  6. Federal regulators on Thursday gave Gopher Resource a "willful violation" for exposing workers to inhalation hazards.
    The lead smelter was the subject of a recent Tampa Bay Times investigation.
  7. A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that workers at Gopher Resource in Tampa were exposed to extreme amounts of lead.
    The American Public Health Association made the recommendation after reading a Tampa Bay Times investigation.
  8. Anil Eglais, 62, watched his health decline after working more than 25 years at Gopher's Tampa lead factory, where he was exposed to poisonous metals including cadmium.
    For years, the company’s contracted doctor failed to flag abnormal test results and provide the required follow-up.
  9. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor on Saturday announced reforms to a Tampa Police Department program that reported the arrest of tenants to landlords and encouraged them to evict. It comes after a Tampa Bay Times investigation revealed that entire families lost their homes even in cases when charges were dropped.
    After defending the program, Mayor Jane Castor agrees to limit when landlords are notified of tenant arrests.
  10. A sign at Meridian Apartments on N 50th Street in Tampa advertises its participation in Tampa's Crime-Free Multi Housing program. It was one of about 100 apartment complexes enrolled in the Tampa Police Department program.
    The NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida are among groups asking Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to end the anti-crime initiative they say unfairly puts Black renters at risk of eviction.

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