Construction accidents stories win Pulitzer Prize: Construction workers had been dying at a rate of one every six weeks in the building boom on the Las Vegas Strip.

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The stories forced state and federal investigations and became the subject of hearings in the U.S. House and Senate. Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid and others sent a letter to President Bush demanding safety reforms in the Labor Department.

As the Sun pursued the story, the newspaper reported on cozy relationships existing between safety regulators and builders. Angered by the revelations and continuing death toll, workers walked off the job at MGM Mirage’s City Center, shutting down the largest private commercial development in U.S. history until the contractors agreed to safety improvements.

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