The Story Behind the Stories

The Brechner Top 30

The top 30 Freedom of Information stories published in Florida in the past 30 years




Pub. Date

License to carry: Florida's flawed concealed weapon's law sun sentinel Megan O'Matz and John Maines 1/28/2007
Florida officials release video boot camp beating miami herald Carol Marbin Miller and Marc Caputo Apr 2006 - Sept 2006
300 more civil cases uncovered in Broward court miami herald Patrick Danner and Dan Christensen 9/18/2006
Firefighters earned millions in fire-watch duty miami herald Jack Dolan and Scott Hiaasen 6/21/2006
Cases kept out of public record Curtis Krueger, Steve Nohlgren, Chris Tisch and Jamal Thalji 6/16/2006
County commissioner hides multimillion-dollar land deal palm beach post Tom Dubocq 4/9/2006
FEMA: A legacy of waste sun sentinel Sally Kestin and Megan O'Matz Sept 2005 - Oct 2006
We're No. 1 (Gasp) fl times union Joe Adams 9/25/2005
Deed scam leaves mess for state, counties ft. myers news press Mike Hoyem 8/1/2005
Wandering weapons: America's lax arsenal Sydney P. Freedberg and Connie Humburg 5/11/2003
Lost kids found easily sun sentinel Sally Kestin, Diana Marrero and Megan O'Matz 8/11/2002
Lobbyists bundle their contributions gannett Paige St. John 7/13/2002
Case file shows how church dealt with troublesome priests sun sentinel Peter Franceschina 3/23/2002
Autopsy: Suspect died of asphyxia orlando sentinel Henry Pierson Curtis and Pamela J. Johnson 9/7/2002
$500,000 spent on MIA lobbying miami herald Ronnie Greene 12/9/2001
NASCAR idles while drivers die orlando sentinel Ed Hinton, Jim Leusner, Henry Pierson Curtis, Mike Bianchi and George Diaz 6/15/2001
Dade undervotes support Bush win miami herald Amy Driscoll and Martin Merzer 2/26/2001
It takes a village; to raise a fortune; Across Florida, people are coming home to little tax districts set up by and for developers who wrote their own law orlando sentinel Sean Holton, Jim Leusner, Robert Sargent and Ramsey Campbell  10/15/2000
Road racket florida trend Cynthia Barnett 8/1/2000
Vanity medicine: Hope, hype and risk sun sentinel Fred Schulte and Jenni Bergal 12/12/1999
40 percent of homes lack inspections fl times union Steve Patterson and John Dunbar 3/20/1998
Martin settled lawsuits in private, records show palm beach post Pat Moore 2/28/1998
System doesn't prevent felons from voting miami herald Sydney P. Freedberg and Dan Keating 2/13/1998
Miami mayoral crisis miami herald Manny Garcia, Karen Branch-Brioso, Joseph Tanfani and Andres Viglucci  12/9/1997
Two more VA center deaths revealed; Big-spending VA officials retain top job, salaries st pete times David Dahl and David Ballingrud 2/23/1997
Toddler beaten after taken home tampa tribune Barbara Boyer 1/27/1997
Quick cash with few questions sun sentinel Scott Glover and Evelyn Larrubia 11/24/1996
Board won't free desegregation files lakeland ledger Lynn N. Duke 6/4/1992
Above the law: Cops who betray the badge sun sentinel Fred Schulte and Margo Harakas 7/21/1991
Crisis in care sun sentinel Fred Schulte and Jenni Bergal 11/12/1989