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  • Indentured in America

    A joint investigation by the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel revealed that "a century and a half after the Emancipation Proclamation... slavery of a sort still (exists) in America. Today's victims are not bound by metal shackles, but legal contracts in which they sign away years of their lives... (The) three-part series told how thousands of Pacific Islanders were lured to America with promises of high-paying nurse's jobs, but ended up emptying bedpans in nursing homes or working at menial tasks at amusement parks, jobs American workers wouldn't take. The contracts, which few of the islanders understood, required them to stay on the job for as long as two years and made them liable for damages of up to $6,250 if they bolted... The islander's meager paychecks, barely more than minimum wage, were depleted by 'service charges.' ... The series was a novel joint venture between The Sun and another Tribune paper, The Orlando Sentinel. After (Walter F.) Roche (Jr.) discovered many of the workers and recruiters were in Florida, (Willoughby) Mariano joined him to complete the reporting on the series. Both papers published it simultaneously."

    Tags: Emancipation Proclamation; indentured servants; slavery; contracts; Pacific Island; labor; jobs; servitude; legal; liable; minimum wage

    By Walter F. Roche Jr. (Baltimore Sun);Willoughby Mariano (Orlando Sentinel)

    Baltimore Sun

    2002

  • Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald; Deconstructing Lutnick

    ABC reports on the grief and anguish of Howard Lutnick, the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, a bond trading company that lost more employees than any other firm in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Lutnick's brother and best friend died in the collapse of the north tower. The interview with the CEO is "an emotional, eyewitness account ... [that] ... personalized the tragedy for millions of Americans." The first segment examines Lutnick's determination to rebuild his firm and to help the families of the 700 deceased employees. The second story takes "a critical look" at whether the CEO has been keeping his promises.

    Tags: TAPE; TRANSCRIPT; stocks and bonds; Wall Street; September 11; finance; deaths; benefits; paychecks

    By David Sloan;Teri Whitcraft;Connie Chung;Lisa Ort;Jack Pyle;Colin Hill;Iman Hobbs

    ABC News

    2001

  • Paycheck Politics

    An investigation by the Raleigh News & Observer reveals that some state employees get larger raises than others, despite that the pay raise system "is supposed to be equitable. People in proximity to power score big raises, such as legislative staff or key aides to the governor. Others, like the state highway patrol, use their political influence to imbed big annual raises in the state budget, regardless of what raises other state employees receive. And there are other employees outside the purview of the executive branch who win disproportionate raises every year, such as court and legislative employees."

    Tags: pay raises; state employees; equitable; system; north carolina

    By Joseph Neff;Bill Krueger

    News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

    2001

  • Paycheck Politics

    The News & Observer reports on the ability of state employees in proximity to power to get raises. Though the system is supposed to be equitable, legislative staff, aides to the governor and highway patrolmen were among those who saw raises in higher proportions to other state employees. Using public records and databases the News & Observer was able to show conclusively what everyone knew to be anecdotally true. As a result of the story a commission was formed to look at overhauling state personnel laws.

    Tags: state employees; pay raises; political influence; FOIA

    By Joseph Neff;Bill Krueger

    News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

    2001

  • RAGE

    A father beats his son's hockey coach to death; a man shoots seven co-workers because his paycheck was being garnished; a mother of three is shot to death by another woman in a traffic argument; an airline worker has permanent neck injury after being thrown by a passenger (whom he was preventing from retrieving his 2-year-old daughter who had run down the jetway). The ABA journal reports on third party-liability -- such as airlines, workplaces and sporting leagues -- for violent acts. Tort lawyers predict "third-party liability for injuries caused by violent acts of rage will continue to evolve over the next several years," the journal reports.

    Tags: violence; accountability; third-party liability

    By Margaret Graham Tebo

    ABA Journal

    2001

  • City Hid CAPS Funds, Workers in Private Agency

    This investigation by The Chicago Reporter found that "the Chicago Police Department diverted nearly $ 2.2 million to a private nonprofit agency, which used the money to pay up to 30 civilian workers in the department's community policing program from 1997 to 1999." The reporter revealed that "the agency...was spun off from the Chicago Department of Public Health in 1994 to promote public health..." and is "one of at least two dozen nonprofit agencies created with the help of the city since 1986." The new nonprofit center issued the paychecks of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) from 1997 through 1999 and was "spending hidden from public view," the investigation showed. Some of the story sources said that "CAPS workers do political work." The reporter also found that "some of the police department funds were funneled through the finance general account of the city corporate fund."

    Tags: FOIA; Chicago; police; city funds; budget; public health; taxpayers; private funds

    By Alysia Tate

    Chicago Reporter

    2000

  • Nursing Home Scandal

    The Oklahoman investigated nursing homes in the area and found a scandal widely affecting the states' elderly population. "Many residents of long term care facilities were not only being neglected, but physically abused. When abuses were discovered, prosecutors usually let the abusers off with deferred or suspended sentences." Reporters also found that "The Health Department payroll included dozens of people who were relatives of state legislators and Health Department administrators." In addition, The Oklahoman found nine ghost employees who "not only collected paychecks while doing little or no work", but also received money from "submitted bogus travel and expense reports."

    Tags: Nursing Homes; Oklahoma Health Department; elderly

    By Randy Ellis;Nolan Clay;Jim Killackey;Griff Palmer

    Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

    2000

  • Landlord Dispute

    KTVT-TV reports that "...This is a story like David and Goliath... Linda Jones lives in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Dallas. She pays her landlord most of her paycheck. What she gets for her $425 dollars a month is a house she claims she's scared to sleep in every night. Jones show us.. her house falling apart. She rattles cabinets that fall off at the slightest tug. She points to waterlogged shelving and the flecks of paint falling from the ceiling... the landlord won't fix the problems. .. Tenants claim the only time they see the landlord is when he comes by to pick up the rent. Where does he live? In a ritzy area in Dallas...."

    Tags: TAPE TRANSCRIPT eviction slumlord Joe Bevers Dallas Tenants Association

    By Bennett Cunningham;Randy Westerman;Cathy Lucas

    KTVT-TV (Dallas)

    1999

  • Time off for good behavior/ In a small town, some big-time liabilities

    In these two reports, The Asbury Park Press investigates what happens when long-time employees of the state cashes in on their paid vacation and sick-time paychecks at the end of their careers. Linsk reports on how the taxpayers are involved and what comes out of their pockets. Linsk also explains how many employees receive the back pay according to today's wage levels, and some retire but stay on the payroll "until accumulated time is exhausted."

    Tags: Linsk; Asbury Park Press; taxpayers; sick-time paychecks; paid vacation paychecks

    By Rick Linsk

    Asbury Park Press (Neptune, N.J.)

    1994

  • I'll Be Damned

    The author infiltrated a Christian cult called the Church of Bible Understanding. Cult leader Stewart Traill and his wife live in luxury while members work long hours, turn over their paychecks, and lived crowded in squalid conditions.

    Tags: cult; Philadelphia; religion; fraud; runaway; church; COBU; Christianity; Hell's Kitchen

    By Sabrina Rubin

    Philadelphia

    1999