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El Paso Times digs into questionable moonlighting by UTEP professor, schools corruption
Tuesday, Feb 07, 2012, 12:08PM CST
By Steve Miller
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We relayed to you yesterday the stellar reporting of the El Paso Times on political donations from a felon to some high-ranking state figures.

And that’s one example of some strong work the Times has been doing.

The paper also reported on the extra-curricular income of S. Fernando Rodriguez, head of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Rodriguez, who was placed on leave following the Times’ story, earned nearly $1 million in fees for his outside work, for which he is required to get permission from the university.

Especially when some of that money is linked to an operation whose chief is under federal indictment for defrauding a program to aid children suffering from severe mental illness and their families.

Add to that some of the work the Times has done on corruption in the El Paso ISD, and you’ve got a newspaper doing things the old-fashioned way: reporting news. A rather antiquated notion, but we appreciate the Times for keeping it real.


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