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  • A Billion Cars: The Road Ahead

    World Watch investigates the world's population boom, and the increased demand for automobiles that accompanies it. The investigation finds that the greatest increase in demand for automobiles comes from cooming cities of the developing world. As the number of cars increases, the enviromental consequences become strikingly more severe. (January/February 1996)
  • You Play, They Pay

    WPLG-TV finds that some Florida legislators who attended a national conference in New Orleans billed the state for days when they were not working; one senator was taken to a casino by lobbyists when he should have been attending meetings. As a result of the story, the senator repaid the state for the entire cost of the convention, Oct.11, Nov. 8 - 9, 1994.
  • Ippolito & We The People

    WTVT-TV aired a three-part series and did a number of follow-ups on Emilio Ippolito and his bogus "Constitutional Court of We the People." Ippolito used legal mumbo jumbo to convince people that he and his followers had the right to perform legal services like name changes, adoptions, divorces, marriages and even prosecute criminal cases. The series resulted in the police raiding Ippolito's "courthouse" and shutting them down, Aug. 8, 10, 12, 15 and Sept.15 and Dec. 7.
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    The Gazette wrote "Star Wars," a story about greed, jealousy and self-preservation against the modern and high-tech backdrop of military space. Air Force Command in Colorado Springs is the epicenter of this struggle and was embroiled in two internal feuds that illustrate it, March 27, 1994.
  • Florida's Migrant Workers: Harvest of Pain

    The Ledger provides a comprehensive analysis of the variety of problems facing migrant workers; the articles analyze housing conditions and the exploitation of the workers by labor contractors.
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    "Battle for the Deep" spotlighted Arkansas-based Tyson Foods' quiet attempt to win ownership of a significant portion of Alaska's Bering Sea fishery. In 1992, Tyson bought an aging fleet with a formidable array of leagl problems. The article revealed Tyson's motivation: a proposed share plan under which the government would divide rights tot he fishery among compaies now fishing it, in proportion to their historic catch. The article was framd by a detailed account of the incredible waste associated with trawler fishing and a convicing argument that continuing down the presdent path will lead to the decimation of the fishery.
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    The Chronicle's article details the plight of Robert Diaz, an inmate on California's death row who was convicted in 1984 of murdering 12 elderly patients at a hospital where he worked as a nurse. The story examines mistakes made by the county public defender's office and the possibility that he may have been better off defending himself, Oct. 9, 1994.
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    The Columbus Dispatch investigated issues raised in the national debate over taxpayer subsidies for prison inmates in college programs; the computer-assisted investigation found that one in four college-educated inmates return to prison. Following the first package, a state legislative panel made a series of recommendations for change in the prison education system, Aug. 28 and Dec. 28, 1994.
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    Commom Cause Magazine examines the relationship between an HMO and the state government in Arizona; found that under the health care plan, state employees paid more in benefits for fewer health care choices, there was inadequate care and in some cases the health of the patients was seriously compromised. The series revealed the parallells between this plan and some of the points in the r health care reform plan proposed by the Clinton Administration, Spring 1994.
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    The Hutchinson News finds that oilfield pollution from old wells in Barber County is threatening the municipal water supply in Kiowa; finds that state regulators have taken no action against the polluters, Jan. 30, Dec. 30, 1994.