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  • Hazardous Waste Regulation Challenges in California

    Despite a number of organizations overseeing the metal shredding industry, regulators have struggled to be effective in their efforts, possibly jeopardizing environmental and societal health. A deep dive into the Sims Recycling Plant in Silicon Valley uncovered decades of violations and millions of dollars of fines. And the failure to effectively police these plants are hurting local residents: in late 2013, the San Francisco Peninsula was engulfed in noxious black smoke when fires broke out at the facility.
  • The War Over Continental Shelves

    Around the Korean peninsular, there are huge continental shelves which potentially possess excess amounts of valuable and natural resources such as gas and oil. In the Joint Development Zone, Korean and Japanese governments acquiesced to share this territory. Despite the agreement between Korea and Japan to develop underwater resources of the region jointly, skeptics have suspicions that when the treaty expires in 2028, the entire zone will become Japan's.
  • Ruthless Kidnapping Rings Reach from Desert Sands to U.S. Cities

    The story deals with the ever-evolving crime of human smuggling, and how opportunistic criminal gangs exploit gaps in law enforcement to open new channels for profit. In this case it was how Bedouin gangs along the Egypt-Israel border in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula took advantage of the Arab Spring, the fall of the Mubarak regime, and the increasingly lawless state of the region to create a perfect smuggling scenario linking African refugees in Israel to Palestinian bag men (who collect the ransom) to diaspora Africans in Europe and North America who raise thousands of dollars to rescue their captives. The story documents the $80,000 payment made by one immigrant father from Eritrea—now living near San Jose, California—to secure the release of his teen-age daughter and his own brother. We showed how this was part of a growing international network that has funneled millions of dollars in each of the last 3 years to the criminals operating these enterprises.
  • Death In The Desert

    Exposing trafficking and enslavement of African refugees in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula -- a lawless place ruled by Bedouin tribes. Crimes involved include, but are not limited to, extortion, torture, human and organ trafficking, and murder.
  • Death in the Desert

    "This story exposes the trafficking and enslavement of African refugees in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula--a lawless place ruled by Bedouin tribes. What CNN's Pleitgen found was not only trafficking and enslavement, but also organ trafficking."
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    Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks at U.S. Forest Service timber sales on the Olympic Peninsula; details how log-stealing and bid-rigging are common; reports that loggers, truck drivers and bidders cheat the federal government routinely, November - December 1987 and June 13 - 20, 1988.
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    Peninsula and San Jose magazines reveal the management of a women's health club covered up knowledge of asbestos contamination at the club; despite tests showing the members have been exposed to asbestos, and despite promises to correct the problem, the club remains contaminated with asbestos dust, November 1988.
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    Peninsula Times-Tribune (Palo Alto, Calif.) series examines crimes ranging from drug abuse by patients and staff to medical negligence and the lack of judicial action taken in the Menlo Park Veterans Administration mental hospital; the three-month investigation used internal memos, crime records and interviews with patients, staff and local authorities.