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  • IRE Feed 1 "New Adventures in Computer Assisted Reporting."

    A compilation of 12 stories: 1.) "Stolen Dreams" News 12 Long Island, Employees and Salesmen stealing pensions and retirement money. 2.) "Felon Voters" WCCO, Minneapolis, Convicted felons voting illegally. 3,) "Where Crime Happens." WBNS, Columbus, High-crime neighborhoods. 4.) "Ride At Your Own Risk" WTVJ, Miami, Cab drivers driving without licenses because of violations. 5.) "What's in the Tank?" KNXV, Phoenix, Gas incorrectly labeled. 6.) "The Dirty Dozen" WDIV, Detroit, Unclean restaurants with health violations. 7.) "Occupational Hazards" WSMV, Nashville, Unsafe work conditions ignored. 8.) "Unlucky 13" WRAL, Raleigh, A dangerous stretch of Interstate 95. 9.) "Owning Up" WNEM, Saginaw, Unpaid property taxes. 10.) "Hot Cars" WBNS, Columbus, The most frequently stolen cars. 11.) Wheel of Government" News 12 Long Island, Government cars used for non-government business. 12.) "Nursing Home Abuses." WDIV, Detroit, Health department violations, neglect, whistle blowers, cover up, sexual assaults, inadequate care and more.
  • A fiercely guarded secret

    The Boston Globe series finds that police department cover up of a state trooper's suicide is just one of dozens of cases where officials purposely misclassify suicides as accidents. The Boston Police Department has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
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    This story uncovered a major sexual harassment scandal at the U.S. division of a giant European drug maker It drew a haunting portrait of a company culture run amok, where the chief executive and other senior male managers regularly propositioned young female employees in an atmosphere of drunken partying. When people tried to put a strop to the offensive behavior, the story showed, the perpetrators used their power and money to cover up the problem and get rid of the complainants. (May 13, 1996)
  • Cyberporn

    The Sun uncovers a county commissioner's practice of routinely accessing pornographic sites on the Internet during working hours by using the computer, paid for by taxpayers, in his office in the county courthouse. Stories also examine an attempt to cover up the activity by destroying records. (Sept. 25 - Oct. 2, 1996)
  • The Gulf War Comes Home: Sickness spreads, but the Pentagon denies all.

    The Progressive looks at the life of Gulf War veterans. The Gulf War Syndrome, or Desert Fever as it is often called Britain, is a set of some four dozen disabling, sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions that afflict thousands of soldiers who fought in the war, as well as their offspring, their spouses, and medical professionals who treated them
  • Will Newt Fall: the countdown to indictment

    Mother Jones Magazine reports that "The speaker of the House has systematically built his empire through dubious transactions. In violation of federal law, Newt's political action committee, GOPAC, has hidden the sources of at least $10 million in donations. Gingrich has also been deceptive about where the money was spent. To cover up his misdeeds, he has kept a tight hold on the House Ethics Committee and is counterattacking his Democratic opponents, who fear exposing their own ties to special interests. Only with a popular cry for a complete accounting - and an insistence on an independent, NONPARTISAN investigator - will we learn the truth about the speaker's dealings..."
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    Penthouse describes the possible causes for the Gulf War Syndrome, a mysterious sickness suffered by veterans, and how the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration worked to cover up reasons for the disease and deny victims help; studies causes such as chemical weapons and the experimental use of drugs on unsuspecting soldiers and offers specific instances of duplicity by the military, August 1994.
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    Philadelphia Inquirer details how military investigators, under intense pressure to clear up cases quickly, rule the majority of deaths are suicides, even going so far as to cover up evidence of foul play, Dec. 19 - 22, 1993.
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    Contra Costa Times reveals how county officials secretly spent $3 million in public money to settle eight lawsuits; the Times sued the county for over a year to get access to documents kept hidden to cover up the costs of a wasteful county-run health plan and related legal fees, June 23, 1993.
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    Newsday reports that a friend and former boyfriend of Tawana Brawley said that the woman lied about the assault and rape on Nov. 24, 1987, and that the whole affair was meant to cover up an assault by her mother's boyfriend, April 27, 1989. # NY Payne Al Sharpton