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  • What's in Your Food?

    This special report featured 12 pieces of content including two investigative reports, an infographic, two videos, two expert Q&As, four supporting stories and a quiz. It has been WebMDs most successful (in terms of viewership) independent special report to date. http://www.webmd.com/news/breaking-news/food-additives/food-additives-infographic
  • Sony Hack

    Electronic infiltration has become the signature crime of the 21st century, and Fortune’s “Inside the Hack of the Century” tells the story of the most devastating attack to date: the cyberassault that brought Sony Pictures to its knees. Later attributed to the North Korean government, it spread terror not only throughout the movie industry, where theaters refused to show Sony’s The Interview for fear it would prompt reprisals from North Korea (which was furious that the movie depicted the assassination of its leader), but throughout corporate America.
  • "Inside Foxconn"

    Foxconn is one of the world's largest Chinese manufacturing companies, and also the company that makes the iPhone. In 2010 Foxconn was thrust into the spotlight when a dozen workers committed suicide. This Bloomberg Businessweek report takes a close look at the company and Terry Guo, the man who runs it.
  • Joint Investigationby Oklahoman and Tulsa World

    Reports from the Oklahoma Health Department found more than 830 violations at the residential group homes for the mentally ill and elderly. The reports showed residents were found covered in feces, stolen from, or sleeping on dirty mattresses.
  • Dodging Dart

    “Des Moines Area Regional Transit travels 3.7 million miles a year”. Many people use the system to travel back and forth to work and school. These people haven’t had bad experiences, but fear for the pedestrians coming in the way of the bus. There have been “at least seven people hit by the bus in a little more than two years”. Little has been done to make the streets safer because it is difficult, when hiring, to set criteria for them.
  • A Question of Calculation: Many charity businesses manage to avoid paying federal taxes

    The business arm of more than half of major US charities earn profits without paying taxes due to vague exemption in the tax code.
  • Guns, Money and Cell Phones

    The Industry Standard reports that the demand for an ore called columbite-tantalite -- or coltan -- is helping to fuel the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When refined, coltan becomes tantalum, a highly heat-resistant metal powder that is a key component in everything from mobile phones to computer chips and VCR's. As the demand for these products has increased, "a new, more sinister market began flourishing in the ...Congo. There, warring groups - many funded and supplied by neighboring Rwanda and Uganda - are exploiting coltan mining to help finance a bloody civil war now in its third year." Although selling coltan is not illegal, a United Nations report in April suggested that thousands of tons of coltan had been smuggled from the Congo into Rwanda and Uganda, and may have eventually made it to the U.S. companies that use the material. For their part, these companies have no way of knowing whether the tantalum they use is helping to finance the civil war. Another side effect of the coltan trade: mining activity is especially big in the mountainous northeastern region of the Congo, where endangered gorillas live.
  • Latin Translation: Columbian Pop Star Taps American Taste in Repackaged Imports

    Orwall takes a look at the trend of globalization in the entertainment industry, with a specific look at music trends. With the new popularity of global music, many record labels, such as Sony, are searching for new artists overseas. Orwall looks at Colombia recording artist Shakira, who began her singing career at the age of 13 with Sony. After enjoying success from her records in areas outside of the U.S., Sony is now trying to groom Shakira for a major shift from international audiences to the U.S. With work on a English-language record already beginning, producers are hoping Shakira can follow in the footsteps of another cross-over artist, Gloria Estefan, who has coached Shakira on some of her songs. Record executives are careful to slowly introduce Shakira to American audiences as to not alienate her from her large fan-base in Latin America.
  • Burning Questions

    On January 5, 1995, the worst disaster in Seattle Fire Department history killed 4 firefighters. A 10-month Dateline investigation revealed strong evidence that the tragedy might have been avoided. Authorities were tipped to an arson threat and staked out the target building. When the warehouse didn't burn, the surveillance was pulled. Three weeks later the fire was set. The sole suspect, Martin Pang, fled to Brazil. Dateline followed him to South America with the help of a second informant. Pang was extradited back to the U.S., but the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled he could only face arson charges. Families and fellow firefighters of the dead men were outrage, and a Brazilian Supreme Court Justice admitted they may have made a mistake. Seattle prosecutors filed murder charges anyway, and the battle over whether he could be tried for murder moved to the U.S. courts.
  • The Border

    Business Week explores the booming economy of the U.S.-Mexico border, the problems and benefits of the trade agreement that created this boom, and who has been most affected.