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  • Shifting Standards at AFA

    A Colorado Springs Gazette investigation reveals that the United States Air Force Academy "let's in an increasing number of students who don't meet its academic minimums even as it rejects thousands of applicants who do. The largest share of waivers goes to to recruited athletes. A confidential Air Force report says waivered cadets are less likely to graduate, become pilots, move into critical high-tech jobs and rise to the service's top echelons. The report concluded the academy is 'losing its competitive edge.'"
  • An Atomic Veteran's Story

    From the contest questionnaire: "The series tells the story of Jim Lyerly, a sailor who took part in nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s." The Daily Press finds the government's official version, which claims Lyerly and his shipmates aboard the USS Walton "were exposed to only paltry amounts of radiation," is wrong. Other findings are that the government set radiation standards without regard to what is actually dangerous; atomic veterans with numbers of ailments were told they had not been sufficiently exposed to qualify for compensation; records of actual testing appeared to be missing.
  • A week in the life of a high school

    Gibbs reports that teacher have worries beyond test scores. TIME picked a Missouri school, because after Columbine, some schools turned into citadels, metal detectors at the doors, mesh backpacks required, but not this one.
  • Nuclear Nightmares

    The New York Times Magazines examines the likelihood of terrorists building -- or stealing -- a nuclear weapon and detonating it in the United States or Russia. Senior writer Bill Keller finds that it's either very likely or near impossible. If only he knew which expert to believe.
  • Flier Beware

    WISH-TV reports on the lax security at the Indianapolis airport. A hidden camera investigation reveals that a suitcase could have had a bomb in it, without being caught. A database of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows the security at this airport is fairly inconsistent.
  • Friendly Fire

    CBS News investigates a military training accident in the Kuwaiti desert in March 2001. Six American troops were killed and eleven injured, when an American Navy jet dropped three 500-pound bombs on a desert observation post. Nobody has been held responsible for the mistake, the segment reports. The main finding is that the so-called "close air support" is one of the most dangerous jobs in the military," in which "any mistake can have deadly consequences for the soldiers calling in air strikes on the enemy."
  • Guns, 'bombs' get through Hancock

    After the terrorist hijacking of airplanes from major U.S. airports on Sept. 11, the Post-Standard began it's own investigation of the security and screening measures taking place at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. Their investigation found that since 1988 Hancock's screeners have failed to detect real or simulated weapons being brought through the airport, totaling 64 security breaches. The Post-Standard found that Hancock's screeners are paid less than the airport's parking lot cashier and bathroom custodian. They also discovered that the Federal Aviation Administration does not notify the airport's commissioner when it cites an airline for a security violation.
  • Faulty Batteries in Smart Bombs

    CBS News investigates charges that Picher Technologies of Joplin, Missouri has been selling the U.S. government faulty batteries for smart bombs used in Afghanistan.
  • Toxic Utah

    The Deseret News looks at Utah's toxic legacy -- at the beginning of the Cold War the U.S. government chose the state and others in the "remote West" for a weapons testing program that "sacrificed the lives of American citizens. From uranium mining to chemical and biological weapons, from the military to the industrial complex built to support the Cold War, the region became ground zero for an environmental assualt that poisoned the air, water and land for millions who now live there, oblivious to the toxic legacy that continues to contaminate."
  • Airport security: Years of inaction left flawed system to fail

    A Kansas City Star investigative packet examines lapses in aviation security, which allowed for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack to occur. Airlines have always fought against draft legislation for raising minimum security standards, the Star reports, in order to keep their attractiveness to customers and profit margins. One of the stories reveals that airlines have regularly sent congressmen on vacation and 'educational' trips for free, in exchange for favorable legislation. Despite constant warnings by the General Accounting Office, not only the Congress, but also the FAA failed to enforce rules to tighten airport security. Some of the findings are that screeners sometimes turned out to be felons, and bags were not scanned for bombs. The investigation focuses on problems detected specifically at the Kansas City International Airport, the nation's 35th busiest airport.