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October 23rd, 2004 • Quill Archives
Hung up on HIPAA

When Hanke Gratteau, metro news editor for the Chicago Tribune, got word that the third-story porch of a Chicago apartment collapsed under the weight of several partygoers and crushed others beneath it, the editor knew the Tribune news team faced a very compelling story with significant public interest.

October 23rd, 2004 • Quill Archives
Florida watchdogs bark up right tree

With another tight presidential election right around the corner, the last thing anyone wants is a repeat of the 2000 Florida ballot fiasco — hanging chads and accusations of disenfranchised minorities. But in a recent triumph for open records advocates, a flawed list of potentially ineligible Florida voters that could have wrongly prevented thousands from voting became public after a public access legal battle.