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  • Unequal Opportunity

    Pittsburgh Magazine reports that "Regional growth is threatened because African-Americans in Pittsburgh face some of the nation's highest unemployment and lowest levels of hope...Pittsburgh and Allegheny Country had the fourth poorest and fifth most unemployed black populations, the fourth biggest gap between black and white rates of poverty, and almost as large a gulch in employment..."
  • Taxpayers get $2,000 tab for cell calls

    The Tribune-Review conducted a computer-assisted analysis of Pittsburgh City Council's cellular telephone records and revealed Councilman Joe Cusick had more than a drinking problem. Cusick ran up a $1,800 tab for cellular phone costs in a five-month period--triple the amount of any other official with a city-issued cellular phone. City taxpayers footed 75 percent of the bill.
  • Metlife

    WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh) reveals that the nation's largest life insurer, Met Life, had questionable sales techniques including selling life insurance policies as retirement plans and convincing less educated people to sell one Met policy and buy a more expensive one simply for the commissions involved, June - December 1993.
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    Pittsburgh (Penn.) Post-Gazette reveals that the health industry has no coherent system for identifying drugs which consistently kill patients and preventing them from killing again, finds one drug which racked up at least 42 deaths but the lack of drug oversight prevented it from being withdrawn, Oct. 24 - 28, 1993.
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    Pittsburgh (Penn.) Post-Gazette details the inner workings, hiring and finances of the state's Supreme Court, much of it conducted with no accountability or public report, Oct. 10 - 14, 1993.
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    Pittsburgh (Penn.) Post-Gazette reveals that the biggest slumlord in Pittsburgh is City Hall; property acquired through tax defaults has been allowed to decay, spreading blight in neighborhoods already suffering from decay, July 25 - 27, 1993.
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    Pittsburgh (Penn.) Post-Gazette analyzes the hardships of Pennsylvania's former mill towns; finds that state programs aimed at the regions will not promote the economic growth the rest of the state has enjoyed and a new approach to the problem needs to be developed, Nov. 28, 1993.
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    In Pittsburgh Newsweekly (Pa.) details how a local elementary school principal got here job purely by campaigning for a school board president and testifying on behalf of the sister of another board member; enrollment has dropped 22.3% since her instatement and she has recieved two low evaluations, July 29 - Aug. 4, 1993.
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    Pittsburgh Press reports on widespread abuses of federal seizure and forfeiture laws, which were created to be a weapon against major drug dealers, but have hit private citizens, innocent of any proven crime, by stripping them of their property; abuse is fueled by the fact that local law enforcement receives a cut from forfeitures, Aug. 11 - 16, 1991.
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    Pittsburgh Press looks behind the veil of secrecy that the University of Pittsburgh hides behind, exposing scandals and policy abuses; the university cloaks almost every aspect of its operations in secrecy, despite receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer's dollars, February - September 1991.