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  • Crime and Human Organs

    Bloomberg Markets magazine shows how impoverished people from Belarus to Nicaragua have been humiliated, maimed, and killed by organ traffickers and the doctors with whom they work. The stories expose the activities of transplant rings that supply wealthy Americans, Europeans, and Israelis with kidneys extracted from the poor.
  • "Racial disparities in home lending"

    A 2008 analysis of more than half a million home loan applications in the Dayton, Ohio, region revealed that blacks with higher incomes were denied home loans, while lower-income whites were not. The report also found that blacks were more likely to receive "high-cost loans" than whites. The real estate market denies redlining practices that were made illegal "in 1977 by the federal Community Reinvestment Act."
  • Mortgage Meltdown

    WMAR predicted the subprime mortgage crisis that began in 2007 after doing an in depth CAR analysis of the Maryland's mortgage data. With this data they created a map of "foreclosure hotspots," predicted minorities would be the worse hit, and much more.
  • Rep. Weller's Land Deal

    Illinois Rep. Jerry Weller failed to disclose the extent and the true cost of his property investments in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, an apparent violation of House ethics rules. Weller's misstatements about his real estate activity were particularly extensive in 2005, when he served as a key Congressional advocate of the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
  • Omnicare

    A lawsuit has targeted Omnicare, the "nation's largest supplier of drugs to senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities." Spurred by the whistle-blower's tip, the CBS Evening News investigates the lawsuit, which alleges that Omnicare CEO Joel Gemunder conspired to defraud Medicaid.
  • Series on Congressman Jerry Weller

    Congressman Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) is married to a foreign government official, Zury Rios Sosa, daughter of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Weller is a member of a committee "whose main focus is Latin America," and "has been silent about Guatemalan problems that affect the U.S., particularly drug smuggling." The investigation also found that Weller failed to report on his congressional disclosure form the amount of beachfront property he owns in Nicaragua, putting him in "violation of house ethics rules and U.S. law."
  • Sept 11 - Lax loans

    The governments $5 billion effort to help small businesses recover from the Sept 11 attacks was so loosely managed that it gave low-interest loans to companies that didn't need terrorism relief - or even know they were getting it.
  • Rogue Nation U.S.A.

    Mother Jones looks at how "the United States exempts itself from the standards that it applies to others." The report finds that the country often "refuses to sign international treaties and ignores U.N. resolutions." The author points to a number of cases - the Washington's refusal to recognize the jurisdiction of the World Court for the crime of mining civilian harbors in Nicaragua, the invasion of Panama in 1989, the government's reluctance to impose economic sanctions on repressive China - that exemplify "this fat and superior mentality." The story sheds light on "the U.S. refusal to pay U.N. membership" and "to sign on to the land-mines treaty." It also reveals that the U.S.A and Somalia are the only country that have "not yet ratified the convention that forbids the execution of minors."
  • Park it where the sun don't shine

    KOMU found that the odds of getting a parking ticket in Columbia on a day with even the slightest amount of precipitation (.01 inches or more) are about half what they are on a perfectly sunny day, and the odds plummet as the weather worsens.
  • In Search of Ben Linder's Killers

    During the 1980s, there was a neighborhood in Managua, Nicaragua, known as Gringolandia -- a district of hotels, flophouses, private homes, and open-air restaurants filled with visitors from Berkeley, Cambridge, Manhattan, Madison, and other American places. It was here that a young American mechanical engineer named Benjamin Linder lived. He had spent a year and a half working for the electrical utility in Managua. A Sandinista sympathizer who had been working on plans to build of tiny hydroelectric plants in the villages, Linder was shot point-blank,stripped of his wallet, watch, camera and cartridge belt. His killers -- the U.S.-sponsored Contras. The uproar back home was loud -- and discomfiting for the U.S. government. As Linder's friends searched for answers, they waded through the complex Nicaraguan politics.