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  • The Next Disaster: Are We Ready?

    Reader's Digest rated "10 large cities on their level of preparedness for disasters," both natural and manmade. The cities were chosen based on their high level of vulnerability to disasters "from terror attacks to hurricanes." They scored each city based on "first responders, crisis communications and medical capacity." In the study, Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C. were at the top, while Detroit "was at the bottom."
  • Surrounded by Fugitives

    Reader's Digest reports that "we are all at risk from the millions evading arrest." A look at the arrest-warrant system and fugitives.
  • Where Term Limits are Working

    Reader's Digest looks at states where term limits for legislators is working.
  • The Impostor

    Reader's Digest tells the story of Gerald Barnes, a con man who has been posing as a doctor or a pharmacist for decades without having a medical degree. The article reveals how Barnes has managed to fool state authorities, employers, patients, five wives and even F.B.I., both before and after he was charged with involuntarily manslaughter of a patient. The story sheds light on Barnes's involvement in amateur acting in the past, and exposes some loopholes in the medical practice system.
  • Hell on Wheels: A road rage story you'll never forget

    McConnell recounts a hellish incident of road rage which occurred on Aug. 4, 2000 on Interstate 83 between Baltimore and East Petersburg, PA. Michael Eck, a forklift operator, was driving from his home in Baltimore to his job in East Petersburg when his Chevy Impala was struck from behind 12 times by a semi-truck driven by James Trimble. Trimble, who was later convicted of aggravated assault and numerous driving offenses that landed him in prison for two years, started ramming the Impala after Eck passed him on the right.
  • How Hospitals are Gambling with your life

    A six-month investigation by Reader's Digest reveals that people with little or no medical training are performing medical proceedures at hospitals, doctors' offices and outpatient clinics throughout the nation. Some of these people, who perform the duties of physicians or nurses, do not have high school degrees, let alone a college diploma.
  • Dirty Little Secret

    Reader's Digest looks into the sex slave trade that has "exploded across the globe during the past decade, and inevitably . . . has reached the United States." More disturbing are the "estimates of women and children smuggled into the United States run as high as 50,000 a year, and many are forced into the sex industry." Reader's Digest reports on two specific cases of young girls promised good jobs in the United States and then forced into prostitution once here. Fortunately, a bill signed by President Clinton in October, "allows for life imprisonment for those convicted of trafficking children into the United States for purposes of illegal sex." Despite harsher punishments, "the victims of this cruel trade can be rescued, but their lives can never be fully restored."
  • Kiss Your House Good-Bye

    A Reader's Digest report examines how city governments exert their power to take private property for public uses. The story uncovers a number of cases that expose how governments have applied the so-called "eminent domain for the benefits of particular persons, not the public." The investigation describes how, in order to make people sell, some real-estate agents have allegedly hinted on the possible use of eminent domain. One of the key findings is that "higher tax revenue is often the reason cities take a person's home, even when the ostensible reason is cleaning up "blight."
  • Lots of used Lemons

    Reader's Digest investigates the boom in the secondhand automobile market and the many unseen dangers that Americans face in buying automobiles used. The Digest estimates that of the 45 million used automobiles sold each year, one out of every nine has "hidden damage or potentially hazardous wear." Of the problems faced by used auto owners most common were rolled back odometers, concealed flood damage on air bags and brakes, and previously totaled autos being rebuilt and put back on the road. The Digest offers a checklist of used automobile warning signs and tips for effective purchasing.
  • Cheating in Our Schools: A National Scandal

    Reader's Digest reports that "In 1969, 34 percent of high-school students admitted using cheat sheets on tests; by 1989, that figure had doubled. Today eight out of ten high-school students say they cheat. Their teachers often make it easy."