Corporate chicanery, government secrecy, and corruption in football: This week's top MuckReads from ProPublica.

Corporate chicanery, government secrecy, and corruption in football: This week's top MuckReads from ProPublica.

Corporate chicanery, government secrecy, and corruption in football: This week's top MuckReads from ProPublica.

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Aug. 19 2011 4:45 PM

Corporate Chicanery, Government Secrecy, and Corruption in Football

This week's top MuckReads from ProPublica.

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Here are this week's top 10 must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just including the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email to MuckReads@ProPublica.org. The best submissions are selected by ProPublica's editors and reporters and then featured on our site and @ProPublica.

A colorful picture of rampant NCAA rule-breaking within the University of Miami football team emerges from 100 hours of jailhouse interviews, 20,000 pages of financial records, and 5,000 pages of cellphone interviews.

Contributed by @txtianmiller

The Bonds That Turned To Dust, Reuters
In the latest installment of their series on corporate secrecy, Reuters tracks a deal across four countries to illustrate how international shell companies can scam investors by temporarily turning phony assets into real ones.

Contributed via email by Kelly Carr

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The Orange County Register highlights how much important government information is off-limits to the public, and runs down some of the ways the lack of transparency affects people's lives.

Contributed by @charlesornstein

Taxes Wither on the Vine,Philadelphia Inquirer

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An analysis of city data shows that Philadelphia has one of the worst systems for collecting late property taxes, compared with other American cities. It's keeping much-needed money from local schools and leaving poor neighborhoods with abandoned buildings.

Contributed by @PhillyInquirer

The children's adoptive families believe they saved the kids' lives; their birth families say they were stolen: a story of the dark side of international adoption.

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Contributed by @michaelblanding

Deadly Secrets,Colorlines and the Investigative Fund

A 2006 California Supreme Court ruling made individual law enforcement officers' records off-limits to the public. Colorlines reports on the ways this rule shelters bad apple cops.

Contributed by @theIFUND

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ESPN's Grantland examines FIFA's history of corruption, its root causes, and why it matters.

Contributed by @jeffromeo313

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Documents suggest that Indiana State Fair organizers and state police have regularly ignored bad weather warnings, including a serious warning 10 minutes before the stage collapse that killed five people and injured 45. Fair organizers maintain that the collapse was "a freakish act of God."

Contributed by @katie_foody

With corruption still a big problem in Afghanistan, the U.S. military has ended up losing hundreds of millions of dollars to "the Taliban, criminals and power brokers with ties to both."

Contributed by @iDiplomacy

Rep. Darrell Issa oversees a "remarkable array of outside business." He has also helped pass legislation and earmarks that have benefited those businesses.

Contributed by @srubenfeld

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