Sun Sentinel Wins Its First Pulitzer Prize

Categories: Broward News

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South Florida's largest newspaper has finally snagged its first Pulitzer Prize, the award committee at Columbia University announced this afternoon.

A three-part series called "Cops among Florida's Worst Speeders," which detailed how often -- and egregiously -- off-duty police officers speed on our highways, netted the honor for public service.

The piece, written and reported by Sally Kestin and John Maines, began with laconic prose:

We've all seen it, and now there's proof: Police officers sworn to uphold our traffic laws are among the worst speeders on South Florida roads.

A three-month Sun Sentinel investigation found almost 800 cops from a dozen agencies driving 90 to 130 mph on our highways.

Many weren't even on duty -- they were commuting to and from work in their take-home patrol cars.

The extent of the problem uncovered by the newspaper shocked South Florida's police brass. All the agencies started internal investigations.

According to the report, Florida cops speeding has killed 19 people and caused 320 crashes.

New York Times continued its Pulitzer clean-up, netting four more. Washington Post won one, as well as the Wall Street Journal.

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ourkiddingme
ourkiddingme

WOW.  I guess Pulitzer has really lowered their standards.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

as an aside.........i didn't need an investigation like this to tell me LEOs are among the worst DRIVING offenders

i regularly observe LEOs-in-training who attend Broward County (BC) building 22 and 23 police academy driving at excessive speed through a SCHOOL ZONE (on davie road) going to their classes at BC in the morning - the only worse offenders are those entering the parking lot of nova blanche forman elementary (plainsclothes people can be either parents or teachers or administrators or visitors to the school)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

FINALLY the largest circulation paper to have never won any prize of national consequence has finally broken through ........................ AND also congratulations to the local LEOs who continue to provide fodder by doing seriously dumb things that are a real danger to civilized society

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