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    Village Voice (New York) looks into the Covenant House and its foreign connections and finds nepotism, massive waste, a high-priced but ineffective program, and sexually oriented favoritism in hiring; its affiliated disaster relief organization, AmeriCares, promotes political objectives abroad, providing aid to the Nicaraguan contras and other repressive military regimes, Feb. 20 and March 20, 1990, and Jan. 8, 1991.
  • The Slums of our Future

    New Times (Phoenix) investigates two Arizona lawyers who lent their good names to multi-family developments around Phoenix that the city council blasts as "instant slums;" the developer is nowhere to be found, while Cardiff Construction Corp. went bankrupt and took several small businesses down with it.
  • Cheating our children

    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader looks inside a system that puts politics ahead of children's need for education. An investigation finds that taxes are not assessed or collected, educators are coerced into supporting the "right" political ideas, and hiring practices stress nepotism and political expediency over educational needs.
  • Courthouse patronage

    Texas Lawyer reports on a system of patronage built into Texas' judiciary--judges use a child protection system for political advantage and reward their friends with money-making appointments as guardians ad litem.
  • Nassau GOP: The Last Political Machine

    Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) uncovers an old-style political machine in Nassau County; an elite group of 69 Republicans divided huge contracts, legal fees, and salaries among themselves and their friends and relatives; the newspaper used a computer to correlate official's names with payrolls, vendor records, deeds, mortgages, UCC filings, and regulatory agency files.
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    Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reports on a school district controlled by a network of patronage groups with links to the Board of Education; found a clique dubbed "the family" controlling jobs and misusing federal and state grants, Sept. 3 - 4, 1989.
  • Is It a License to Steal?

    "'Is It a License to Steal?" is a seven-part investigative report which looks into the questionable practices of auto tag agencies in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Research on the report took eight months and led to a state audit, FBI and IRS probes.
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    Chicago Sun-Times investigation of the Chicago Transit Authority finds corruption and favoritism in awarding contracts, operation of defective elevated trains, disregard for safety requirements, exorbitant spending on executives' travel and office furniture, patronage and nepotism abuses, July-December 1987.
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    Middlesex News (Framingham, Mass.) investigates the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, uncovering patronage, nepotism, exorbitant salaries, no-bid contracts, and plans to keep charging tolls although the road has already paid for itself, Feb. 22-27, 1987.
  • The Cost of a Legislature

    Columbia (Mo.) Missourian investigates the Missouri state legislature; the five-part series looks at "how well Missouri's senators and representatives manage the tax money they spend to conduct the public's business." The four-month investigation involving thousands of pages of documents and numerous interviews revealed money spent on redecorating expenses, travel expenses and salaries of representatives and senators. Also, missing inventory and nepotism revealed.