In this day of media conglomerates, there are few independent newspapers left. One of the best is Ohio’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning Toledo Blade, where my grandfather once worked as night city editor. In the past 2 months, The Blade began asking why the state was investing its money in rare coins. Their digging uncovered ‘Coingate’ – a trail of corruption and cronyism including the latest revelation that the state p—ed away, uh, I mean, ‘invested’, $215 million of its Workers Comp money in hedge funds. The governor, state treasurer and others – all Republicans – knew about it through much of 2004 but kept it quiet because of the November elections.

Follow this link to see a list of the Blade’s stories – if you start at the bottom and skim the headlines all the way up, you get the picture.