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  • WAMU 88.5: "Collateral Damage"

    The WAMU 88.5 series “Collateral Damage” chronicled the impact in human terms of the Washington, D.C., police department’s aggressive focus on confiscating illegal guns. The investigation explored how tactics used by police to search for guns are angering and alienating the very residents they are sworn to protect, especially in D.C.’s predominantly black neighborhoods where police focus these efforts.
  • Confiscations at airport rise

    Lee Davidson investigates weapon seizures by airport security, at every airport in the United States, from February 2002 through March 2005. Nearly 16 million prohibited items were confiscated over this period. Screeners found an average of one potential weapon per every 111 passengers. Report includes extensive tables.
  • OMYA and WWII

    This story "traces a Swiss company's collaboration with Nazi Germany during World War II. The story details the problems encountered by Pluess-Staufer AG as a result of its business dealings with Nazi Germany during the war. Its OMYA subsidiary, the world's largest producer of calcium carbonate (a key mineral used in the manufacture of paint, paper, plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals) was charged by the French in late 1944 with collaborating with the enemy during the war. It was one of the largest cases of economic collaboration in the Department (state) of the Marne. According to company documents, the fine and 'confiscation of illicit profits' threatened the company's very survival. OMYA and Pluess-Staufer spent 13 years fighting the French decision before losing its final appeal in 1957. In Germany, the company encountered problems as well. The Allies froze Pluess-Staufer's assets in Karlsruhe when it discovered its business partner was a member of the SS."
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    Detroit News reports on the financial impact of the illicit drug trade on the Metro Detroit economy; drugs pump $2.4 billion into economy; looks at the impact of drug-related confiscation and forfeiture, July 15 - 16, 1990.