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  • Plastic Planes

    "Plastic Planes is a two-part investigative report that examines Boeing and Airbus's investment in high-tech, reinforced plastics called composites, for the next generation of airplanes. The entire aviation industry has banked on composites for future commercial airplane designs, primarily because these materials are lighter than aluminum - making planes more fuel efficient." The investigation reveals that "both Boeing and Airbus are adopting this material too fast to guarantee its safety."
  • The Man who Knew

    This story investigates Colin Powell's assertion that the United States was justified in going to war with Iraq because Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. The investigation found that Secretary Powell's claims were exaggerated and misrepresented. Greg Thielmann was "The Man who Knew" in this story, telling CBS News that the American public was not given the truth by Powell. Thielmann, who was the Director of the Office of Strategic Proliferation and Military Affairs, gave the truth behind Powell's accusations, and exposed them for not being backed up with valid evidence.
  • Pet Shop Murder: Fraud, the Mob and the Aluminum King: The Rise and Fall of Sarkis Antonyan

    LA Weekly reports on the entrance of organized crime into the California recycling industry, which results in tens of millions of dollars losses for the state recycling program per year. The story profiles the mob leader Sarkis Antonyan.
  • Windstar Troubles

    WBNS-TV reports on "problems with 1995 Ford Windstar transmissions ... [that] were expensive to fix and pose a safety risk." The investigation reveals that "one of the primary problems concerned aluminum forward clutch pistons, ... [which] can fail in transmissions on 1994 and 1995 Windstars, Taurus, Mercury Sables and Lincoln Continentals." It also finds 521 owner complaints about the questionable part. The reporter uncovers a 1994 Ford Motor Company service bulletin warning dealers and technicians that "the aluminium part may crack, causing gear engagement concerns." The story details several lawsuits claiming that Ford has "told its dealers to replace the aluminium part with a steel part," but has "failed to notify its customers about the defect."
  • Capitalism in a Cold Climate

    "The story of Trans World's aluminum empire is filled with bribes, shell companies, profiteers, and more than a few corpses. Then again, in today's Russia, that's pretty much par for the course." In 1999 Fortune was invited by Simon and David Reuben, owners of Trans World - previously Russia's second largest aluminum producer - to engage in a deep investigation into all of their empire's questionable business dealings. During the 90's Trans World was immersed in a world of corruption and money laundering, they were also suspected to have ties with the Russian Mafia.
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    Bottles. Cans. Paper. Across America, tons of materials are dutifully collected for recycling. Where does it all go? Does all this effort really save the planet? The Philadelphia Inquirer's series attempts to answer these questions. (July 30 - Aug. 3, 1995)
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    World Watch (Washington, D.C.) looks at the high environmental cost of aluminum mining, the unearthing and transportation of the ore, and the smelting process, which combine to make aluminum the most energy-intensive of the major metals to produce; 31 percent of the metal produced in the United States is used for packaging, such as beverage cans, with only half being recycled, March/April 1992.
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    WDTN-TV (Dayton) airs series on shady and illegal sales pitches and financing arrangements of an aluminum siding contractor, 1981.
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    Buffalo News exposes a con man who promised financially troubled Buffalo an aluminum plant he could not build; reporters uncover a paper trail of similar scams that left hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills and netted him a half million dollars.