Special projects

The journalists of the York Daily Record/Sunday News sometimes tackle bigger projects, such as a stories, a film documentary or an article that takes more investigation than usual. Below, find links to some of these projects.

Fat Battleground: Obesity in York County
About two-thirds of York County residents are overweight or obese. This seven-part series examines how we got so big, why the food we need to live can consume us, who bears the cost of our size and whether it’s realistic to think we can shed weight and get healthier.

Path from Poverty

“Carrying Darisabel” documentary
Visual journalist Jason Plotkin filmed this documentary about the first responders to the murder of Darisabel Baez, a 2-year-old girl who was beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend in York. The documentary has helped spark community action against domestic abuse, has been used as a training tool for rescue workers, and won a regional Emmy award.

Westboro Baptist Church case
The Daily Record/Sunday News’ extended coverage of a York County man who sued Westboro Baptist Church, saying its protest at his son’s military funeral invaded his privacy. The case went to the Supreme Court.

“Marine’s death was avoidable”
In 2003, Lance Cpl. Joseph Maglione III was deployed to Iraq by way of Kuwait. But the day his unit landed, he killed himself. A Marine investigation revealed Maglione was a suicide risk and never should have been deployed.

“Charity paid its leaders $2.5 million”
A Daily Record/Sunday News investigation of the finances of a national nonprofit distributor of discounted food revealed financial practices that drew questions and criticism from charity watchdogs.

“Zach Witman: ‘Take a second look’ “
Ronald and Sue Witman say their son Zach did not stab his brother Gregory to death in 1998. They say their lawyer made mistakes, and there was evidence not seen by the jury that convicted Zach. For the first time, the Witmans talk in depth about the case and their belief in Zach’s innocence.

“Age tames Barbara Gregory’s life as an exotic animal rehabilitator, but her legend endures.”
The Newberry Township woman might be York County’s least-known famous person. But she likes it that way. Her animals gave her all she needed. Read her story.

Fatal flight
After a local Marine was killed in a helicopter crash, the York Daily Record/Sunday News investigation found that the military concluded the crash resulted from pilot error and commanders’ inadequate supervision. Read the report here.

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