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  • Separate Peace

    The American Lawyer reports on still continuing segregation in the acceptance of black students at public universities. The story reveals that "... after 25 years of litigation, tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of hours of settlement talks, two full trials, and a directive from the U.S. Supreme Court, all eight of Mississippi's public universities remain, to a significant degree, racially segregated."
  • Tarnished Guardians

    USA Today looks at patterns of misconduct in the top echelons of the National Guard. The two-part series finds that some adjutant generals, who are the Guard's highest ranking officials in each state, have been involved in sexual harassment cases, retaliation against subordinates who complain and embezzlement of taxpayers' money. The investigation identifies faulty officers in at ;east nine state - New York, Illinois, Kentucky, California, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and Massachusetts. A major finding is that between 10% and 20% of the soldiers on the rolls are "ghosts" who seldom - if ever - attend the drills. The stories examine how this inflated numbers can endanger the public security. Another finding is that the National Guard constitutes a formidable lobbying power, and that it has never lost its financing despite Pentagon's efforts to shortcut its budget.
  • River Barons

    The Times-Picayune discovers that state-commissioned pilots who navigate the Mississippi River are "letting inexperienced relatives and drug abusers take control of huge oceangoing ships on the most treacherous commercial waterway in North America." The stories examine the dangers involved in allowing river pilots, who are considered state officials, to elect and regulate the members of their three pilot groups that operate the Mississippi. The major findings are that 85% of the new pilots are related to existing members, and that those involved in accidents are rarely, if ever, disciplined. "Efforts to overhaul pilot legislation have routinely failed in the face of aggressive lobbying by river pilots, one of the state's most generous and powerful special interest groups," the Times-Picayne reports.
  • Unleash the rivers

    A Time investigation finds that dams built in the 20th century have been responsible for some of the worst environmental tragedies in history. The ongoing devastation of most of the West Coast salmon fisheries south of Canada, the gradual disappearance of coastal Louisiana, and the salting out of millions of hectares through irrigation illustrate only some of the deadly effects. "In ways direct and indirect, playing God with water has had a tendency to bite us back," the magazine reports. The story reveals that even though some states' economies are hopelessly dependent on the manipulation of water, governments have started removing the dams.
  • Clear Progress

    Audubon looks at the positive results from the Clean Water Act passed in 1972. The report finds that the landmark law has "spurred an unprecedented cleanup of the nation's waters," and tells the success stories of several big rivers' cleanup. The article reveals also that much remains to be done and points to an Environmental Protection Agency report showing that "forty percent of the nation's surveyed rivers, lakes and estuaries are too polluted for basic uses."
  • Mutant Malathion

    A Village Voice investigation reveals that an insecticide has become a deadly poison, since it was stored at temperatures much higher than the supposed level. The story finds that Cheminova, the company manufacturing the dangerous malathion has been aware of the problem since 1996, and points to several death cases resulting from the use of the chemical. The article also follows a Florida lawsuit claim related to the injuries caused by the insecticide.
  • The Delta Initiatives: a threadbare legacy

    Since 1991 the government has poured more than $200 billion into the impovrished Mississippi River Delta, but programs have "failed to acheive their ambition goals," Jeff Porter reports. Goals set for reducing teen pregnancy to match the national average, providing accesss to adequate water, sewage disposal, fire protection and economically stabilizing minority and small family farms, were not met. The articles examine successes and faliures in small towns in the Delta.
  • Free Ride

    "Taxpayers in Harrison County, Miss., foot the bill for an impressive fleet of county government vehicles. Elected officials and scores of county employees have take-home automobile privileges with little oversight to prevent personal use of the vehicles and little though toward saving tax dollars. Many officials and employees drive expensive gas-guzzling sorts utility vehicles...The state of Mississippi has 4,400 such passenger vehicles worth $150 million, which cost $17.9 million for mileage reimbursement in 1999." After the story roughly 25 percent of the vehicles were ordered to be parked.
  • Burning Mississippi

    GQ tells the story of Raynard Jackson, a young black male in Mississippi, who was found hanging from a tree. His family refused to accept the death as suicide and brought Jesse Jackson into the picture. Rev. Jackson told the story as he saw it and despite all the evidence suggesting otherwise, he propagated the death as a hate crime.
  • A pivotal moment for higher education

    The Chronicle examines the continuing struggle for desegregation in higher education in Maryland and Mississippi that began in 1975 when Jake Ayers filed suit demanding that Mississippi provide equal education at the state's historically black colleges. Currently Mississippi and Maryland are facing difficulty finding an equitable solution to desegregating the state's predominantly white schools and the historically black colleges.