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NEW YORK (AP) – Collaboration between the Chicago Tribune and the Better Government Association on Fire Safety Regulations in the city has received the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reports.

“Deadly fires, unfulfilled promises” are detailed city ordinances that are commonly ignored, such as the one passed after a fire killed four children in 2014, demanding fines for landlords who violate smoke detector rules.

Cecilia Reyes of the Tribune and Madison Hopkins of the BGA Watchtower found that fires killed 61 Chicago residents from 2014 to 2019 in buildings where the city was warned about security concerns but failed to address them adequately.

Journalists found that many of these fires occurred in low-income neighborhoods.

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The New York Times received an international Pulitzer report for a series of articles about U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East and a set of setbacks that killed civilians.

Azmat Khan used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain from the Pentagon more than 1,300 confidence estimates of drone strikes that occurred between September 2014 and January 2018.

Her reports revealed intelligence deficiencies, erroneous targeting and very little responsibility, and challenged official reports of strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

None of the records admitted to violations or disciplinary action. The reports also found that, despite the many deaths and injuries of civilians, less than a dozen condolences had been paid.

“It was a system that seemed to function almost intended not only to disguise the real victims of American air strikes, but also to legitimize their widespread use,” the Times reported.

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The Tampa Bay Times defeated Pulitzer in an investigation into a series of articles about the exposure of workers and nearby residents to dangerous lead levels at a battery recycling plant.

The three-part series “Poisoned” by Corey J. Johnson, Rebecca Wollington and Eli Murray documented how hundreds of Gopher Resource workers were harmed when lead was extracted from used car batteries, melted it down and turned into metal blocks for resale.

The reports detailed the company’s use of inadequate equipment and ventilation in the building, where systems designed to catch chemicals were either shut down or completely dismantled.

The newspaper also received records documenting a pollution model dating back to the 1960s and showed that the plant pumped more lead into the air than any other plant in Florida over the past two decades. Contaminated water has also been found to be dumped into Palm River, excessive levels of chemicals are entering the Tampa sewer system, and hazardous waste is being handled incorrectly.

Based on reports, district investigators have identified more than two dozen possible violations.

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The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded Monday to honor the best journalism in the turbulent year of the uprising, the frantic end of the longest-running war in the United States and the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic and catastrophic climate change.

Winners in 15 journalism nominations and seven arts nominations were to be announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University, which manages the awards. This year’s Pulitzer Prize recognizes the work done in 2021.

Pulitzer Prize is considered the most prestigious award in American journalism. Winners of each category receive a prize of $ 15,000, excluding a civil service award accompanied by a gold medal.

The awards were based on the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and were first awarded in 1917.

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