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  • Hunting a drug lord

    A tip from an informant gave police the break they needed to find "Genaro Rodriguez, a 30-year-old former San Fernando Valley gang member who they believe transformed himself from a minor drug dealer into the head of a multimillion-dollar cocaine and methamphetamine operation." This operation is alleged to have functioned throughout the United States from Hawaii to Wisconsin.
  • Dr. Death and His Accomplice

    CBS News 60 Minutes tells the story of Dr. Larry Ford, a gynecologist who hired a hitman to kill his business partner and committed suicide after police connected him to the attempted hit. "When police went to search Dr. Ford's home in Irvine, CA, they found guns and explosives buried in his backyard and a cache of biological agents -- including botulism, salmonella, cholera and typhoid -- in his refrigerator. Police found evidence that Dr. Ford had allegedly poisoned women with some of his germs or chemicals, and (60 Minutes) discovered that a number of female acquaintances of his had long-term debilitating symptoms which rendered them legally disabled. Tips poured in to local police that Dr. Ford had military and intelligence connections, and that he had worked for South Africa's apartheid-era bio-warfare program. (60 Minutes) discovered strong evidence linking Dr. Ford to the leader of the South African program, Dr. Wouter Basson, who has been dubbed 'Dr. Death' by the African press, for his mandate to kill blacks and other opponents of the white-ruled government."
  • Airport Employee Entrance

    WTAE-TV reports on the lax security at the employee entrance at Pittsburgh International Airport. The main findings are that employees and non-employees could get easily through the gate, and that "security offices failed to check inside trucks for explosives, weapons,..., etc."
  • Columbine Series: Lights, Camera...No Comment; Chronology of a Big Fat Lie, The Do-Nothing Defense; Unhappy Returns; Back to School; More Whoppers From Jeffco; I'm Full of Hate and I Love It; Shocking the Conscience

    Prendergast reports on the "aftermath of the Columbine school shootings, particularly the missteps by law enforcement officials." The series features the "first publication of pages from gunman's Eric Harris' diary, which police investigators have kept hidden for two years, showing that Harris had composed a detailed plan of the attack...." County officials not only concealed and destroyed investigative records, but also fabricated false statements in order to cover up the prior warnings that police had on the shooting plot, Westword reports. Some of the documents that contradicted the first official version have been exposed through the process of public records litigation.
  • Kentucky Shortchanging Coal Miners' Safety

    This series of the Courier-Journal "exposed lax state enforcement of mine-safety violations." The reporter found that the Kentucky mining board "rarely used its full authority to revoke or suspend companies' mining licenses and miners' certifications," when hearings were held on mine-safety cases. The series focused also on the failure of the board to formally review "nearly 100 cases since 1990 in which Kentucky coal companies and/or supervisors were convicted of federal mine-safety violations." The investigation exposed cases of falsified tests detecting coal-dust levels, improper handling of explosives, illegal smoking underground and falsified safety training documents.
  • Military's lax security putting weapons on the streets

    This story documents the General Accounting Office's probes of lax security at military bases, which lead to theft and sales of the military's weapons, including missiles and explosives, on the street.
  • Charlotte's Security

    After a man walked into the Charlotte civil courthouse with explosives, WSOC-TV tested the overall awareness to a potential threat, i.e. Oklahoma City or the World Trade Center bombing. A rented truck similar to the ones used in those incidents was driven to several sites around the county. The sites included city, county and federal buildings, the airport and companies that operate gasoline storage tanks. The authors found varying levels of awareness. A nationally-known security expert pointed out the weaknesses, and the authors gave the sites time to make changes or respond before the story aired.
  • (Untitled)

    ABC reporters explored extensive details of the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia. Many of these bits of information bore directly on what emerged as the paramount issues of the bombing: faulty security at the complex, and the very question of American military involvement in the region.
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    Science News looks at the debate over whether or not to tag explosives in order to deter terrorists from using bombs. While tagging explosives would make it easier for investigators to trace a criminal based upon where he purchased his explosives, some gun owners fear that to tag gunpowder might make it unstable and unsafe for use in bullets. (Sept. 14, 1996)
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    What kind of man would spend nearly two decades bombing innocent people he didn't know? In Ted Kaczynski, the Feds believe they have found an eccentric Montana loner who may fit the profile of the notorious Unabomber. Newsweek reports on the longest investigation in FBI history and the eventually capture of Kaczynski. (April 15, 1996)