Times Special Investigations
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Police Academy: Who wants to be a cop?
After a reckoning over policing in America, 30 recruits enroll at the academy
The Girl in the Window
She was a stranger to the world. She had never seen a doctor, never been to school. She couldn’t speak or feed herself. Authorities had discovered the rarest of creatures: a feral child. In this Pulitzer-Prize special report, writer Lane DeGregory and photographers Melissa Lyttle and Lara Cerri document the extraordinary case of a girl who was rescued and given a chance at a better life. Can love and caring make up for years of neglect?
Death at Freedom Square
How did coronavirus overwhelm this nursing home so quickly? An outbreak. Evacuations. Forty families shattered.
Insane. Invisible. In danger.
Florida cut $100 million from its mental hospitals. Chaos quickly followed.
Angels & Demons
On June 4, 1989, three bodies were found floating in Tampa Bay. This is the story of the murders, their aftermath and the handful of people who kept faith amid the unthinkable.
For centuries, toxic algal blooms have plagued Florida’s shores. Now a new outbreak of the microorganism Karenia brevis — better known as Red Tide — is plaguing Tampa Bay and the gulf beaches, killing marine life and threatening the region’s tourism industry.
► Scientists Search for Local Red Tide Trigger, June 14, 2021
► Red Tide Carnage Travels up Coast, June 17, 2021
► At Shore Red Tide Odor of the Day, July 11, 2021
► Red Tide No End in Sight, July 14, 2021
► Grim Reapers of the Tide, July 25, 2021