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  • 1999 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #6

    1999 IRE National Conference (Kansas City) Show and Tell Tape #6 is the sixth of a nine-part series. This tape includes: 1.) Julie Nazzario (Fox-Milwaukee) Investigation uncovers the small sentences handed to child murderers in a town where a man gets 8 years for torturing animals. 2.) Kimberly Lohman (WYFF - Greenville, Asheville, Spartanburg) "Looking for Dad" A student photographer takes a picture of an old man and it ends up on an Internet site. Across the country, in Seattle, a woman recognizes the name and photo of her dad, a man for whom she's spent years searching. The story includes an interview with the woman from Seattle, and the photographer takes Kimberly back to where the picture was taken. Now the community is trying to help the woman find her 90-year-old father before he dies. 3.) Herb Weisbaum (CBS News) Herb runs a rather humorous test of personal bug zappers. These devices give off a high-pitched whine that's supposed to send mosquitoes flying away. Herb takes the units to the real-world laboratory of Minnesota and asks campers to try them out. They fail miserably and provide great video and soundbites. 4.) Mike Luery (KCRA-Sacramento) a. Unclaimed property. b. How one person stopped telemarketers by winning damages from a lawsuit. 5.) Tim Minton (WNBC-New York City) Federal judges in conflict of interest..deciding cases that involve companies in which they own stock. 6.) Michael Finney (KGO-San Francisco) Finney uses two stores to demonstrate how easily people will give away personal information such as social security number, mother's maiden name and signatures. By setting up fake sweepstakes and a bogus survey... Finney gets people to give up this info. He then shows them what just happened. If the scams had really been happening, these people could have lost control of their credit cards and phone bills, to cite just a few examples. 7.) Jim Strickland (WSB-Atlanta) Finding confidential patient information in the garbage. 8.) Sandra Chapman (WISH-Indianapolis) Food stamps fro sale at used car lots.
  • Dark Side of Rev. Moon

    A profile of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Korea-based Unification Church. Moon is tied to several conservative political and religious leaders, including former President George Bush, Nazi war criminals, Latin American military dictators and Jerry Falwell.
  • What happened at Allied?

    When Allied went public a decade ago, it established a holding company to sell stock. So, why didn't its current members benefit from the stock move.
  • Millions in Fees Go to Politicians

    Law firms of key New Jersey legislators received fees from auto insurance cases that came from a state-controlled pool of money. A computer-assisted analysis showed which lawmakers were making how much, raising questions about conflict of interest.
  • "On their honor: Judges and their assets"

    The Kansas City Star takes a look at the ethical conflicts among federal-trial court judges. A sampling of judges across the country shows that judges routinely casually violate conflict of interest laws, including company stock holding issues.
  • Snow Job

    The Weekly Planet does a three-year investigation of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning revealed massive debt; mysterious cash; deception of officials; media conflict of interest
  • Giving away the hospital

    SF Weekly details how the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University medical centers violated the public trust while merging their operations into one private nonprofit entity. The merger handed more than $380 million in public assets to a group of private individuals with no guaranteed return to the public purse.
  • Cops for Sale

    Nashville's Metro police officers make hundreds of thousands of dollars from private security jobs. Numerous members of the force own private security companies, and they pay other policemen to do private security work for them. This off-duty system of hiring out services is rife with conflict of interest, misuse of public mony, favoritism and abuse of power. It also interferes with the police force's job to protect the public.
  • Political Persuasion

    This Los Angeles Times series explores how money influences government action and how elected officials reward those who help them maintain power. (March 10 - Aug. 28, 1996)
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    The New York Times investigates how Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's administration bent its own bidding rules to award a multi-million-dollar contract to a Queens social service agency that had never before done anything remotely as large. (March 26 - 31, 1996)