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  • Big Dig Drinking

    "The Big Dig/Central Artery project is the largest construction project in the country. The federally funded project will cost taxpayers an estimated 14 billion dollars. More than four thousand workers are building bridges and tunnels that millions of commuters will travel on. We watched as Big Dig workers left job sites, walked into bars, and drank at lunch. Many of the construction workers didn't have anything to eat, and then went back to work and operated heavy equipment. We wondered about the quality of work being done if some of these people were 'working under the influence'. Some workers walked right past the Big Dig's main office to get to the bars. If we could see what was happening, why couldn't state officials? After our story aired, the Big Dig launched its own investigation and two workers were fired."
  • For Sale By Owner

    KPTV investigated a neighborhood that was repeatedly loosing all of their For Sale By Owner signs. Reporters discovered the thief and through noticing a fire fighter sticker in the back window of his car, tracked him down. "Not only was he a former real estate agent, but his wife is a current one." KPTV learned his schedule and "he gave an interview that revealed so much.' This report illustrated "the level to which people will go to further themselves in personal and business finances."
  • Goodwill Hunting

    "Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit agency that collects donated items to be resold with the profits going towards helping the disabled. Memphis, Tennessee, uses drop-off points across the city for people to leave their donations. These drop off points are staffed by a Goodwill employee during the day, but at night the donations are unattended. Our investigation uncovered people stealing these donations late at night, often times in large quantities. . . Once we caught the thieves on tape, we confronted them to find out the reason they would steal from the Goodwill. We shared our findings with Goodwill management, who were appalled to learn how widespread the stealing had become. Finally, we showed how these 'Goodwill Thieves' end up hurting people with disabilities, who benefit from the re-sale of the very goods that are being stolen. We also showed viewers how they could keep their donations from ending up in the wrong hands."
  • Hail and Farewell

    Dateline "reports on a form of discrimination many African-Americans routinely face - getting passed up by taxi drivers. This issue received widespread media coverage in November of 1999 when actor Danny Glover filed a taxi discrimination complaint after claiming he was passed up repeatedly by taxis in New York City. In response to Glover's complaint, mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced a major undercover crackdown on biased taxi drivers. Dateline launched an undercover investigation of our own to see if the city's crackdown would have any effect. We started on the first night of the announced sting operation, and shot several times over the next few months. We found that despite the unprecedented publicity over the issue, many taxi drivers were willing to pass up our African-American testers."
  • The Wrong Lane

    ABC reporters investigated a car accident involving two young men and a Florida FBI agent. Florence Thompson went looking for her sons and discovered them, instantly killed by a car traveling southbound in the northbound lane of the highway. The driver of the car who killed the young men was FBI agent David Farrall. Florida Highway Patrol officers told Thompson her sons were responsible for the crash and their version was released to the press. Meanwhile, Farrall "was checked into the hospital under an assumed name and guarded around the clock by dozens of fellow federal agents. "The Wrong Lane" investigation is a rare and tenacious treatment exposing the culture of bias within law enforcement that sometimes protects offending officers at the expense of innocent civilians."
  • Crash Course

    Dateline reporters took a look at a variety of traffic schools and investigated how many states can not rely on these schools to educate drivers. "At one school in New York City, we saw students falling asleep, looking at magazines and leaving during class. Instead of an instructor showing up to teach and engage the students in discussion, all the students did was watch a videotape. The class, which was supposed to be a state mandated 6 hours, in fact lasted for only an hour and a half. Despite this, everyone in attendance still received traffic school completion certificates." Dateline "raised the issue that the driver training system in this country needs to be re-examined and possibly reformed by state authorities."