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  • Treasure Hunt

    Dateline NBC's story about fast-buck artists and frauds stealing from Native Americans by flooding the market with imported imitations and cheap knock-offs of Native American jewelry and art. By interviewing Native American artists on the Zuni Reservation and in marketplaces throughout the Southwest, the authors found Native American artists and their culture have been badly hurt by this bogus trade and the unemployment resulting from the drop in jewelry sales. The Attorneys General of Arizona and New Mexico told Dateline that millions of tourists and consumers have been fooled into paying top dollar for Native American originals when what they are really getting are cheap imitations.
  • Building a Disaster (Flooding Along Raritan River)

    The series shows how urbanization has increased the chances of flooding along the already flood-prone Raritan River and its tributaries, the major watershed in the Courier-News circulation area. They found, through statistical analysis of data covering more than 60 years, that the Raritan reacts more quickly and severely to rainfall today than it did in the past. The reason is development and urbanization. Water that previously was absorbed into the ground, then gradually seeped into the watershed, is instead running off parking lots, driveways, roofs and streets and into the river. This is a trend experts say could lead to more frequent and severe flooding.
  • Work Farce

    This story argues federal welfare reform will hurt low-wage workers not on welfare by flooding the economy with cheap labor. Roth says the move will not solve any social problems, but will only change who is on welfare and force some to work for employers that could not keep its employees because of poor or unhealthy working conditions.
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    Now that the production of Freon is banned, tempting new car coolants are flooding the market. One product is not only illegal for use in cars in Florida as well as in a dozen other states, but it's also explosive. Yet when WPTV went undercover, they found the product being used and sold across Palm Beach County. WPTV was even able to buy several cases. Posing as buyers, reporters traced the product all the way to Tennessee where a salesman admitted to being the "exclusive" Florida distributor. (October 31, November 1, 1996)
  • The School Lease Fleece

    In recent years, New York City's public schools have been stretched to their limits by an influx of new immigrants flooding into the already-crowded, aging, 1,000-building school system. The Daily News investigates city politicians' response to the crisis. Politicians knew the crunch was coming but did nothing to fund school construction. Instead, officials allowed politically connected landlords to benefit from the situation by winning lucrative leases at inflated prices. (April 11 - May 28, 1996)
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    When the Chinese government completes construction on its Three Gorges Dam, not only will it have erected the world's largest dam but it will have destroyed countless towns and villages, forced millions of people to relocate, submerged hundreds of historic temples, and eliminated several endangered species. Spin magazine investigates the problems involved in building the dam on a fault line along the Yangtze River where the dam is eventually predicted to burst.
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    While environmentalists and the Los Angeles county bicker, a half-million people face disaster from a river that knows no bounds. Buzz investigates how for nearly fifty years, Los Angeles county's flood-control system has prevented catastrophic flooding of the cities on the plain of the Los Angles River, but the Army Corps of Engineers now believes that even moderately heavy rainfall will cause parts of the system to fail endangering thousands.
  • War for Ad Dollars Bombards LI With Papers

    Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) digs through piles of free weekly newspapers flooding the Long Island area, competing for the affluent community's disposable income.
  • Coolidge Dam failure probable, experts claim

    Tuscon (Ariz.) Citizen reports on the possibility of Coolidge Dam failing, May - October 1989.
  • Dams in Distress

    Deseret News (Salt Lake City) reveals that more than half the dams above populated areas in Utah are unsafe; finds problems with dams are often ignored for years and little money is available to fix the dams.