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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Felch’

LA Times-CBC Report on Boy Scouts Molester Causes Media Sensation

Score another investigative coup for the LA Times. In partnership with CBC-TV newsmagazine The Fifth Estate, the newspaper on Saturday published a sensational, sickening report about an individual listed in the Boy Scouts of America’s “perversion files,” internal documents that track the presence–dating back to 1922–of an estimated 5,000 suspected sex abusers in the youth organization’s ranks.

The joint report details the abhorrent British Columbia and Southern California actions of Rick Turley (pictured), a 58-year-old Canadian who freely admits to using the cloak of the Boy Scouts to gain “easy” access to young victims on both sides of the border. He claims to have since learned how to curb those deviant impulses. The story by Jason Felch and Kim Christensen is being picked up by everyone from the Associated Press to Guy Adams, LA correspondent for UK’s The Independent. From the Times article:

Scouting officials on both sides of the border not only failed to stop Turley, but sometimes helped cover his tracks, according to confidential Scouting records, court files and interviews with victims, families and Scout leaders. At one point in 1979, Boy Scouts of America officials decided not to call police after Turley admitted molesting three Orange County boys, the organization’s records show.

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LAT’s Staffers Win Society of American Business Editors and Writers Awards

The following is an LAT memo in full:

Colleagues:

Recognition for the outstanding work of our staff continues to roll in.

“Shedding Risk,” a three-part series by business reporters Lisa Girion, Michael Hiltzik and Dan Costello that ran last October, won a Best in Business award in the Projects category from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Here’s what the judges said: “A highly informative, well written series on a subject that matters to everyone: health insurance. Excellent reporting shows how insurance companies are weeding out the policy holders who need help most in favor of helping the companies’ bottom line, understandable in a free enterprise system but harmful, even devastating to the folks excluded. Very timely in light of the current public debate about universal health care. Impact reported on public opinion and public policy.”

The series was enhanced by infographics prepared by Lorena Iniguez with the help of Wil Ramirez, and was edited by Bill Rempel and Marc Duvoisin.

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LAT in 90 Seconds — The Tabloid Edition

goddess.jpgItaly to Getty: You Stole My Girl: In a thorough investigation Ralph Frammolino and Jason Felch (you know, Jason, you could always take on your wife’s last name) uncovered evidence that the Getty maybe kinda mighta known it was buying a looted work of art when it picked up Aphrodite in 1987. For anyone worried about what all the tumult with Italy means for the future of the Getty’s collections, take heart. We have a feeling the museum will one day have a fabulous collection of Iraqi artifacts.

applestocks.jpgApple’s Lax Corporate Culture: Casual Day on Friday …. and questionable stock options on Wednesday.

littlemosqueontheprairie.jpgLittle Mosque on the Prairie: That’s not a joke. That’s a TV show. In Canada.