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March 30th, 2012
05:45 PM ET

The Real March Madness

Just how far will a college go to win the NCAA tournament? For a few teams the Secretary of Education calls "bad apples," it may be too far. These schools are not putting true student athletes on the court.

A new study of graduation rates will show almost half of the African American student athletes who will play in the NCAA basketball tournament will not graduate. And at some schools, the graduation rate for basketball players -black and white- is abysmal.

At UConn for instance, over the last four years, an average of only 25% of its men's basketball players graduated and only 14% of its African American players got a degree. Kentucky had a 31% graduation average. At Syracuse it's just about half. CNN's Drew Griffin investigates.

Don't miss 'The Real March Madness' this Sunday during an all new CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: Drew Griffin
March 23rd, 2012
03:51 PM ET

Refund Robbery

Law enforcement says it's one of the biggest, most brazen crimes in the U.S. – criminals stealing your tax refund by stealing your identity, going online, and getting the refund money. Police even call it the new "crack cocaine of crime," and in some Florida neighborhoods, it's actually replaced street level drug dealing. Police officials and the Tampa mayor blame the IRS because it allows the refunds to be put on debit cards, and sends out the return before completely checking the information.

For the first time, our investigation shows the fraud as it's happening on the streets of North Miami Beach and Tampa, Florida, we interview two police detectives who are themselves victims, and talk to a police informant who teaches people how to do tax refund fraud. In an exclusive interview, the IRS deputy commissioner says it's a "balancing act" to get the returns out fast to legitimate taxpayers and keep fraudulent ones from going to criminals. The IRS has identified $6.5 billion in ID-related tax refund fraud last year, but does not know how much was going undetected.

"Refund Robbery" is one of four riveting stories you won't want to miss this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, replaying at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET


Filed under: Randi Kaye • refund robbery
March 22nd, 2012
05:05 PM ET

NFL flags Saints for "bounty hunting"

It's been said that while baseball may be America's favorite past-time, football is its passion. The mentality of the sport is violent by nature, but some players and coaches crossed a fine line that separates fierce competition from thuggery.

The NFL has concluded that the New Orleans Saints have been involved in what's been referred to as "Bounty Hunting," where payoffs were made for inflicting game-ending injuries on other teams' star players.

Just how did the bounty or incentive programs work?
And how prevalent are they in the NFL? CNN's Ed Lavandera investigates.

"Bounty Hunters" is one of four riveting stories you won’t want to miss this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, replaying at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: bounty hunt • Ed Lavandera • New Orleans Saints • NFL
March 9th, 2012
06:41 PM ET

CNN Presents: 72 Hours Under Fire

It's likely among one of the most dangerous places a team of journalists has ever traveled for CNN. The random and indiscriminate killing of citizens in Homs, Syria made this a story the world had to see.

This one-hour documentary will expose a side of the story that rarely gets reported: the behind the scenes stories of those who helped the team of journalists along the way, the tough choices CNN executives made to keep their team safe, the dangerous journey into the heart of the onslaught, and the unfiltered account of those reporting and surviving a trip into hell.

Don't miss CNN Presents: 72 Hours Under Fire this Sunday at 8:00 pm ET, reairing at 11:00 pm and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: 72 Hours Under Fire • Arwa Damon • Michael Holmes • Syria
March 8th, 2012
04:14 PM ET

The business of making saints

It’s the highest honor in the Catholic Church, but what does it take to become a saint? The mysterious saint-making tradition that started in the Middle Ages is still alive and well today. But these days, you not only need a couple of miracles—you need power, influence, and lots of money.

Drew Griffin examines the business of making saints, one of three in-depth stories in one riveting hour hosted by CNN’s Randi Kaye and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Don't miss CNN Presents this Saturday at 8pm ET, re-airing at 11pm and 2am ET.


Filed under: Drew Griffin • saint
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