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  • The Gifted Life of a Governor

    Over months of in-depth investigative reporting, Washington Post reporters discovered Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell--a respected state leader and rising star in his party--held a secret: He and his family had accepted lavish gifts and large loans from the chief executive of a struggling dietary supplement manufacturer, even while working to promote the company. The gifts included luxury items such as designer clothes, a Cape Cod vacation, a Rolex watch and a catered wedding. The money totaled $120,000 in loans over about a year in 2011 and 2012, none repaid before the Washington Post started asking questions. After dozens of articles, the governor apologized for his actions and repaid the money. State and federal authorities opened criminal probes and leaders in both parties have promised to rewrite state ethics laws, long considered some of the most lax in the nation.
  • Boeing's Secret

    An investigation into how Boeing Co. delayed a big write-off to avoid upending its crucial merger with McDonnell-Douglas.
  • Bumpy Ride

    The MD-11 jet passed all airworthiness tests, has flown for over a decade by several major airlines. The problem is the plane is more prone to crashing than any other modern jetliner.
  • A Triumph of Teamwork

    The Post-Dispatch chronicles the resurgance of McDonnell Douglas, after harsh cut-backs in 1989 slowed production and lowered moral. McDonnell Douglas was able to slash costs, sharpen quality and speed delivery, despite early stagnant production. (December 31, 1995)
  • Stealth Albatross

    The Washington Post Magazine reports that "One question led to many about the Navy's A-12 bomber. How they were answered led to congressional hearings, a criminal investigation, shortened careers and an epic lawsuit. But no airplanes.... the United States Navy's A-12 Avenger, a plane that has never flown and never will, a procurement fiasco that has already cost American taxpayers more than $3 billion and is quite likely to cost them $2 billion more...."
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    Wall Street Journal reports that in the post-Cold War era arms merchants are doing a booming business; as arms sales are no longer politically motivated, the U.S. is competing with Russia for third-world business, Jan. 28, 1994.
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    News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) investigates the death of a U.S. Navy pilot whose plane crashed; finds that the plane's ejection system failed, trapping the pilot; Navy blames the defense contractor, McDonnell Douglas Corp., which in turn blames the man's death on the navy's decision to extend the useful life of the system, April 4, 1992.
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    Commercial Appeal (Memphis) tracks lobbying efforts by McDonnell Douglas for its C-17 military transport plane that spread the payroll for the plane's development across 27 states, making Congress more likely to approve its production, but locking the nation into tactical strategies that some military experts question, Jan. 29, 1989.
  • The Sky's Limits: Building the MD-80

    Detroit News investigates problems with McDonnell Douglas's MD-80 aircraft following crash of one in Detroit; finds deregulation and mergers have had an impact on pilots and flying, and the MD-80 had history of problems that might have contributed to the crash, Nov. 15-30, 1987.
  • DWI test not given to Officer's son

    Ashbury Park Press looks into how justice works at a New Jersey military base after a general's son is released from custody after being picked up for driving drunk, October-December 1987.