The Press: Something Rotten in Islip

Something seemed to be getting too hot for comfort in the town government of Islip, N.Y.; inside of a year, 14 high-ranking officials quietly resigned. So Newsday, the Long Island daily, started to poke into the matter. The more it poked, the more it found. After three months' digging, the paper finally unearthed the kind of conflict-of-interest scandal that every editor dreams of.

In a series of articles that began last September, the paper told how six prominent Long Island Republicans and many lesser fry had been using public office to make...

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