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  • Coronary: A True Story of Medicine Gone Awry

    The book "investigated and documented the roles played by physicians, hospital administrators and corporate executives in a ten-year scheme to defraud Medicare and private insurers of tens of millions of dollars by performing unnecessary invasive tests and heart surgery" on patients.
  • Plagued By Fear

    Dr. Thomas Butler, a plague researcher who "had treated the Black Death's bloated victims in the Third World," was accused of stealing vials of the plague that disappeared from laboratories where he was doing research in the United States, setting off a federal investigation and a trial. Mangels tells Butler's story in seven parts, detailing lax lab security, the trial and Butler's attempt to rebuild his life.
  • The Holy Grail of Fuel Additives

    WFAA looked into the state-supported diesel additive said to have the ability to cleanse the air and improve fuel mileage. Their investigation found that not only was the product's effectiveness overstated, but the additive, known as "Green Plus," was actually "nearly pure rubbing alcohol." Usually, high-grade isopropyl alcohol sells for $25 a gallon, but the Texas state government was being charged more than $600 a gallon by the California-based company that was selling this additive. When confronted, "The company ultimately acknowledged their product was essentially rubbing alcohol, but claimed the additive had a secret catalytic blend of virtually immeasurable amounts of trace metals, accounting for the higher cost." Tests by fuel emission testing labs "revealed the product had little or no impact on reducing diesel emissions." In addition, companies that gave testimonials about Green Plus admitted their claims were false. As a result, there was a federal investigation, and the Texas government eliminated Green Plus from its list of approved fuel additives.
  • Fatal Flight - The Mystery at Marlboro Airport

    Seven years after a seemingly accidental private airplane crash, the Asbury Park Press found evidence that forced the reopening of the federal investigation. The original NTSB investigation of a fatal 1998 plane crash in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, determined that the accident was caused by a bird strike, but the Asbury Park Press consulted experts who determined that sabotage was the most likely cause. The pilot, who died in the crash, had previously testified in a lawsuit that he suspected his planes were being sabotaged. A disputed land deal involving the township's airport provided a motive for murder.
  • Betrayal Of Trust

    The investigation delved into the actions of a nonprofit foundation that was initially created to help students choose careers but became the private slush fund for the new foundation president.
  • Investigation of Election Problems

    This series is an extensive look at problems that exist in the election system in Wisconsin. According to this investigation, the state runs a high risk of massive recounts in future presidential elections because of the inaccuracy of the election data and voter registration. What they found were thousands of voters with invalid address, ineligible voters who were allowed to cast their ballots on election day, and polling place log books listing hundreds of people as having voted twice. This series by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel prompted a mayoral task force to investigate election problems in Milwaukee, state-wide audit of the election system, as well as a state-federal investigation into voter fraud.
  • Wrongdoing in Wilmer-Hutchins

    Using a hidden camera and the unpaid help of a mold remediation expert, reporters at KDFW exposed severe problems with the Wilmer-Hutchins district high school. News cameras also caught the district using illegal immigrants instead of mold remediation specialists to repair building problems. The investigation also lead to the discovery of mismanagement and fraud in the school district's leadership and its financial records. As a result of this report, a state education agency audit followed, along with investigations by the FBI, IRS, U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour division, and the Federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Throughout the investigation, district officials denied any wrongdoing, refused to hand over documents, and were eventually charged with tampering with evidence in the federal investigations.
  • The Bugging Bombshell

    Triggered by the news of the FBI secretly planting a listening device in Philadelphia Mayor John Street's office, the Daily News carries out a larger investigation into the story. This series reveals that the mayor is part of a federal investigation focusing on awarding contracts to political contributors - also called pay-to-play politics.
  • Blowout. How the tire problem turned into a crisis for Firestone and Ford. Lack of a database masked the pattern that led to yesterday's big recall. The heat and the pressure.

    According to the article, "Yesterday, ine the face of a federal investigation into 46 deaths and more than 300 incidents involving Firestone tires that allegedly shredded on the highway, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said it would recall more than 6.5 million tires, the majority of them mounted as original equipment on Ford Motor Co. Explorers and other Ford light trucks. The Firestone brands affected are certain 15-inch Radial ATX and Radial ATX II tires produced in North America and certain Wilderness AT tires with product code P235/75R15 that were manufactured at Firestone's Decatur, Ill. plant."
  • Unmasking Qwest: Wired for Trouble

    The Denver Post's three part series. "Part 1: The merger of Qwest and U.S. West creates culture shock as deal-driven revenue becomes king. Publicly the picture is rosy but, in private, doubts grow. Part 2: As the telecom industry crashes, Qwest unravels unable to hold off critics and investigators who question the company's accounting. Part 3: A new leader tries to restore credibility, but Qwest remains besieged by federal investigations and unhappy shareholders." Includes a timeline graphic of major events.