This week in local journalism: a dog/soldier reunion, a giving chef and a family’s wrenching choice

February 1, 2019

Joseph Dits of the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune uncovered a touching story about a soldier who was finally reunited with the dog that served beside him in Afghanistan — five years later.

Joe Marusak has a story in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer about a chef who won a quarter of a million dollars in the state lottery, and plans to use his winnings to help complete “a cafeteria for the hungry” in the Dominican Republic.

The Greenville (S.C.) News and Anderson Independent Mail looked at three years of civil forfeiture case records in South Carolina. Among their findings: law enforcement profited more than $17 million and 65 percent of cases were filed against black men.

The Asbury Park Press’ Andrew Ford brought us this investigation about the results of drug tests on New Jersey cops — tests that were brought about after the paper’s reporting on the cost of bad cops in this 2018 series.

In the first part of a special report, The Tampa Bay Times’ Zachary T. Sampson has a feature on a landmark hotel decimated by Hurricane Michael, and the wrenching choice faced by its family owners —  rebuild or let it go?

Jeffrey C. Billman of Indy Week brought this exclusive the story of a summer camp for sick kids that was shuttered for the worst reasons.

Writer Jessica Seaman and photographer Helen H. Richardson of the Denver Post dive deep in the first of a three-part series for the paper that examines what happens to families when there are multiple diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease (here are part two and part three).

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