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    XS Magazine (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) reports on how developers built houses in Dade County, Fla., that were destroyed by Hurricane Andrew because of poor construction; finds that the homes had missing hurricane straps, broken trusses, roofing staples missing the trusses, and other code violations; such construction is common throughout the state, Oct. 7, 1992.
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    Phoenix Gazette reports on the 2,000 percent increase in the cost of freeway land purchases since 1980 in the state of Arizona, and how investors and local civic leaders and developers have reaped huge profits by buying land in the path of freeways, April 24, 1991.
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    New Times (Phoenix) tells the story of a FDIC lawyer who, while investigating the failure of an Arizona thrift, was fired for failing to overlook evidence after being ordered to by his superior; the thrift's director had been Fife Symington, governor of Arizona, and it had given a $30 million dollar loan to a development whose developer was Symington, Oct. 9, 1991.
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    Traverse City (Mich.) Record Eagle reports on troubles facing a St. Louis developer who is attempting to build a golf course resort on North Fox Island in Lake Michigan; finds that the developer's plan to build on the uninhabited island is drawing the ire of environmentalists, Dec. 12, 1991.
  • Free market or free ride?

    NewPaper (Providence, R.I.) reports on a scheme by a developer who masquerades as an archbishop of a nonexistent church to gain tax advantages by transferring land and construction equipment to the church, April 4, 1991.
  • Pals - The speaker and the developer: Willie Brown's ties to Ron Cowan

    Oakland (Calif.) Tribune discloses the close business relationship between California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and a land developer, leading to a possible conflict of interests.
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    Westword examines the financial collapse of one of Denver's biggest developers, taking several savings and loans and other businesses, to which he owed $57 million, down with him, April 18 - 24, 1990.
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    The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) reveals how members of the New Jersey legislature make money from obvious conflicts of interests and influence peddling from banks, developers, insurance companies and other businesses while promoting legislation worth millions of dollars for those same special interests, Feb. 25 - 28, 1990.
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    Morning News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) reveals how the city loaned $492,000 to a real estate developer as a favor to a former city councilman, who defaulted on the HUD-backed loan, leaving the city responsible for the debt; proper procedures were not followed and city officials went to court to keep records of the transaction from the reporters, April 11, 1990.
  • OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY

    Frontline and WGBH-TV (Boston) chronicles Charles Keating Jr.'s odyssey from real estate developer to savings and loan operator; examines speculative real estate ventures, political connections made with campaign contributions, misleading sales tactics to sell junk bonds, inability of state and federal officials to intervene, involvement of five U.S. senators, May 1, 1990.