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  • Hollow Columns

    At least 22 highway bridges in Washington state sit on hollow concrete columns that are at risk of instantaneous implosion in a major earthquake. The state doesn’t know how to fix them. In addition, the state knows of 474 bridges that are at risk of crumbling in a big quake. The state has insufficient funds to fix them. Highways that are part of the Puget Sound region’s “seismic lifeline” emergency aid routes were found by KUOW to contain dozens of seismically vulnerable bridges. The state does not publish the totality of its infrastructure needs, in contrast to its seismic cousin California. Until KUOW published a map showing the locations of the endangered bridges, no such public information was available.
  • Lives on the Line

    Reporter Doug Donovan uncovered inadequate care and state oversight of group homes that care for the most vulnerable of citizens: disabled foster children. His investigation revealed that state contractor Lifeline Inc. had numerous problems that were unknown to regulators. After his initial story the state moved the children to another group home. However, Donovan revealed issues with the new provider, including employees who were dismissed for mistreating patients and who lacked specialized training.
  • Inside the Box

    Portable classrooms come cheap and fast. They offer a lifeline for districts with more students than building capacity, a problem recent projections show will worsen in coming years. But in Washington and Oregon, like at schools across the country, the temporary structures more often than not become permanent fixtures, InvestigateWest and EarthFix learned. The consequences can be serious, as for fourth-grader Shaylee Adams, who suffered high fevers, coughing and swelling.
  • Privacy on the Line

    “Privacy on the Line” documented security breaches and fraud in the implementation of a $2 billion federal phone subsidy for low-income families. We found tens of thousands of applicants to Lifeline, were put at heightened risk for identity theft when more than 170,000 sensitive records were posted publicly online. While researching companies participating in the Lifeline program, Scripps investigative reporter Isaac Wolf discovered a data breach touching residents of 26 states.
  • Privacy on the Line

    Tens of thousands of applicants to Lifeline, a federal phone subsidy for low-income families, were put at heightened risk for identity theft when more than 170,000 sensitive records were posted publicly online. When a Scripps team contacted those the files, the reporters heard a startling claim: The “applicants” said they had never seen the forms bearing their signatures – and in some cases had never heard of TerraCom Inc., based in Oklahoma City. Former TerraCom field agents, who were paid on commission, told Scripps that they, not applicants, fabricated and completed applications on instruction from superiors.
  • The Fed's Secret Liquidity Lifeline

    The stories reveal the first details of the Federal Reserve's unprecedented bailout of hundreds of banks and other companies during the financial crisis.
  • Preying on Pity

    KPRC-TV report "We sent a KPRC-TV employee inside the Houston office of one of the country's largest telemarketing companies. ... Carrying a hidden camera our employee exposed the company's managers training employees to lie and tell half-truths about handicaps and disabilities they simply don't have. Their purpose was to create pity so unknowing customers would buy their products...."
  • Underground in Carolina: Illegal immigration links the Triangle to Latin America, transforming both places

    Many young men from Pahuatlan, a community four hours northeast of Mexico City, are working illegally in North Carolina. People in Pahuatlan say the cross-border lifeline that sustains them financially is, at the same time, tearing the community apart.
  • (Untitled)

    In August of 1995, large cracks split open the earthen wall of the tailings pond in South America's largest open pit gold mine allowing 838 million gallons of cyanide-laced sludge to gush into the Omai River. This CovertAction Quarterly article investigates causes for the disaster and international community's attempt to downplay the crisis in order to save foreign corporate interests.
  • When Seconds Count

    KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kan.) reports on an elderly woman who died while wearing a defective personal emergency response system necklace; finds Lifeline system failed to make monthly test calls, July 17 - 18, 1990.