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  • The Catch

    "The Catch" is documentary investigation that found Canada may be complicit in violating international law because the country’s navy and air force assists the U.S. Coast Guard to police international waters and capture suspected drug smugglers, some of whom have reported mistreatment on board U.S. Coast Guard vessels.
  • The Coast Guard's deadly accidents

    Using never-before-reported data and compelling personal stories, G.W. Schulz with The Center for Investigative Reporting uncovered a disturbing trend in the Coast Guard. For years, the Guard has struggled with a string of deadly accidents because of poor training and lapses in judgment. More than two dozen aviators and other personnel have been killed in the air and at sea, including three who died after their helicopter crashed into power transmission wires that the Guard had been warned about but never fixed.
  • Hard Labor

    “Hard Labor” exposed the threats facing America’s invisible backbone – steelworkers, coal miners, fishermen, farmworkers and factory technicians, whose sweat equity helps buildings rise from the ground, crops travel from the fields to dinner plates, and the economy hum. Across the U.S., across scores of blue-collar industries, workers are being injured and killed by the thousands with little protection from Congress and the federal agencies that are supposed to safeguard them: the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coast Guard.
  • Justice Capsized?

    "An investigation of the U.S. Coast Guard's administrative law system, based on internal memos, interviews, the sworn statement of an agency judge and a computer data analysis of thousands of cases, suggests the system in stacked against the hundreds of civilian mariners whose charges of negligence or misconduct are handled by the courts each year. Documents and computer records show that Coast Guards leaders encourage judges to rule in the agency's favor, sometimes in violation of federal laws."
  • Cuban Smugglers

    "The lucrative but dangerous business of smuggling Cubans into the United States is highly organized and growing fast. It is financed mostly by Cuban-American families in South Florida and involves smugglers and financiers in the Miami area, along with arrangers and transporters in Cuba and Mexico." Coast Guards in the United States, Havana, and Cuba are "frustrated by what they see as a national security threat as hundreds of boats a year come from Florida to pick up passengers illegally on the Cuban coast."
  • The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is the topic in this book by noted historian Douglas Brinkley. He finds out how and why the evacuation was botched, relief efforts were delayed, and also "incidents of racism and brutality on the part of local police." He also examines how the Coast Guard and local citizens banded together to save people from the flood. New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin denied much of the charges in the book, but later acknowledged the truth of them publicly.
  • A Perilous Place to Play, Navigate

    The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is the third-most accident-prone waterway in the U.S., after the Atlantic Ocean and the Colorado river, according to U.S. Coast Guard boating accident data from 1995-2004.
  • Floating Loopholes

    This investigation exposes the various loopholes that allow yacht-owners to lower or avoid the taxes they incur by buying luxury boats. Some of the ways people avoid taxes are declaring their yachts as a second home, using charter arrangements and buying yachts offshore to avoid state sales tax.
  • Pittsburgh Terror Plot

    In October 2001, it was made known that Pittsburgh was on a list of seven US cities cited as possible targets for terrorism. The WTAE-TV investigation confirmed with sources inside the US Justice Department that in the days following the attacks of 9/11, American intelligence agents in Hamburg, Germany, discovered plans for a possible Al Qaida assault in Pittsburgh. The target was the US Post Office and Courthouse in Pittsburgh.
  • Peril on the water

    Missouri has the most alcohol related boating accidents of any state. The authors crunched the numbers, looked for possible reasons for the high rate of accidents, and discussed legal options to encourage less drinking on the lakes.