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  • When a 14-Year-Old Chooses to Die Because of Religion, Can Anyone Stop Him?

    KUOW online editor Isolde Raftery reported and wrote a devastating, nuanced account of how a Jehovah’s Witness teen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was allowed to refuse blood transfusions, a decision that ultimately cost him his life. Washington is believed to be the first state where a child has died after being allowed to refuse lifesaving care.
  • Semper Fi: Always Faithful

    Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted marine for nearly 25 years. As a drill instructor, he lived and breathed the Marine Corps and was responsible for training thousands of new recruits. When Jerry’s nine-year-old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of one of the largest water contamination sites in US history. For thirty years, unbeknownst to the Marines living there, the Marine Corps improperly disposed of toxic cleaning solvents that contaminated the drinking water at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. It is estimated that nearly one million Marines and their families may have been exposed to high levels of carcinogens through the water. 25 years after the wells were finally closed, only a fraction of former residents know about their exposure to the toxic chemicals. In the process of investigating the Camp Lejeune contamination, a larger issue comes into focus - the abysmal environmental record of the military. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense is the United States’ largest polluter, which raises grave questions about environmental conditions at other bases across the country. “Semper Fi: Always Faithful” is a timely and sobering story of the betrayal of US soldiers and is a call to action for more environmental oversight of military sites.
  • 362 Million Pounds of Trouble

    Analysis shows that about one-quarter of the state of Ohio's waste in 1989 included toxic chemicals that are known or suspected to cause cancer and birth defects. That's the equivalent of seven and a half pounds for every man, woman, and child in the state. Steel Mills are among the state's biggest generators of toxic waste. Ohio's industries generated 362 million pounds of toxic waste, a figure that should rank Ohio as one of the most polluted states in the nation.
  • Stonewall

    This story addresses clause in Ohio's Bioterrorism Bill, which allows it to hide information gathered during public health investigations. The reporter discovered that hiding this information was more of a pattern than an exception. She found examples of the Department's efforts to bury information, stonewall citizens, and downplay health risks. For example...in one community, data was skewed to show no link between toxins in the soil and local leukemia cases. Not only does the Health Department hide this information, they make it nearly impossible to retrieve, by ignoring information requests...even the State Attorney General couldn't get answers to its health-related inquiry.
  • Betrayal of Trust

    "Families of about 110 children treated for leukemia at University of New Mexico Hospital thought their kids were getting state-of-the-art treatment" but mortality rates were consistently higher than national averages. Since then, UNM disclosed that "substandard" treatments lessened the survival rates for the children who were not given the newer, more aggressive drugs. It is estimated that the state of New Mexico (as the insurer of the state institution) will have to pay as much as $55 million in damages.
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    The Sciences investigates how a small-time diary farmer inspired a crusade that threatens to breach the wall between conventional and "alternative" medicine. Ever since he cured his own back troubles, people with allergies, with AIDS, with multiple sclerosis or leukemia have been coming to Herb Saunders for an illegal, $2,500 colostrum treatment. Now supporters of "alternative" medicine want to pass Senate Bill 1035 to allow licensed medical practitioners to treat patients with any type of therapy at all. (November/December 1996)
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    This is the story of a large, complicated and bitterly fought lawsuit between 8 working-class families from Wolburn, MA and two multinational corporations. The case involves a cluster of childhood leukemia victims living near city wells poisoned with industrial chemicals. Two of the nation's largest corporations, each with a plant near the wells, stand accused. (Sept. 1995)
  • Diagnosis: Leukemia

    The Observer investigates the case of an 11 - year - old girl, Eva Maria Taveras, who was turned away from a New York City hospital despite the fact that she was dying from advanced leukemia. (Dec. 25, 1995 - Jan. 1, 1996)
  • Dwayne Sexton

    A CBS News 60 Minutes investigation to find the truth about how a six-year - old boy was turned into a nuclear guinea pig on behalf of the U.S. government and exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. The purpose of the radiation, his mother was told, was to cure her son's leukemia. The real reason we learned was to gauge the level of radiation a human being could stand for the Department of Defense and the manned space program.
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    Charlotte Observer details how Amaco, with the collusion of government officials, systematically leaked gasoline into the ground and failed to clean it up for 30 years; water supplies are at risk and the rate of leukemia in the area is double the average, May 20, 1993.