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  • Animal Smugglers

    MSNBC, in a joined effort with BBC, details the work of Operation Chameleon designed to catch animal traffickers and smugglers internationally. The report looks at the illegal network of Anson Wong from Malaysia, leader of the biggest ever known animal dealing and smuggling operation. Wong is currently awaiting sentencing in a Californian prison. The production also tells the story of Paul Sullivan who "has broken laws to protect reptiles from being poached and traded to extinction." The most stunning warning is that the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade of precious reptiles around the world has brought more than 71 species on the verge of extinction, and that "we are into the greatest extinction of historical times."
  • Crossing the thin blue line

    Washington City Paper investigates cases of excessive use of police force on civilians, and exposes cops with credibility problems. The story focuses on Lt. Keith Perry of the D.C. Police, known "as an overly aggressive cop who sometimes tiptoed on the line between a clean arrest and a shitkicking." The reporter reveals an incident, in which Perry has beaten a drug deal suspect in the head with a baton. Two police officers under Perry reported their superior for alleged brutality. He only took sick leave and continued to get his salary after the incident, the City Paper reports. The article includes statistics on excessive force use from 1994 to 1999.
  • Would you like decaf with your golden egg? A feud between scientists, bureaucrats and business has cost UH talent -- and BIG money

    The University of Hawaii's outdated patent and copyright policies have prevented it from reaping millions in royalties and licensing fees for technologies developed in its labs, Whitney reports. The university stood to profit from two discoveries: the development in its labs of a new mouse-cloning technology, and the creation of a caffeine-free coffee plant. The two leading researchers on the mouse-cloning project, who had won outside fellowships to work on the project, were not asked to make a written assignment of patent rights to UH. After UH tried to claim the rights to the mouse-cloning technology, one of the researchers sued the university. Later, UH announced the development of caffeine-free coffee plants before such plants existed (researchers had to wait until the cloned plants bore fruit). The Wall Street Journal reported that the plants would be available to commercial growers by 2003. In the meantime, ProBio, the company licensing the technology from UH, couldn't make its payments.
  • The Web's Dark Side

    A team of U.S. News and World Reports reporters and photographers traveled across the nation during the week of June 25 to get "a better sense of the problems of the Internet... What they found is sobering." This investigative report outlines cases of cyberstalking, cyberscams, adoption fraud, online credit card theft, trademark disputes and addicitions to online pornography.
  • Testing the Waters: Pollution affecting Iowa's lakes

    A Des Moines Register investigation of Iowa lakes found that four lakes with swimming areas had "levels of fecal bacteria high enough to suggest that the water could make people sick," several had nitrate levels above federal health standards for drinking water and 13 lakes tested high for turbidity or cloudiness.
  • State Fails to Inspect large Dams; State begins checks of NE Iowa dams

    A Des Moines Register investigation revealed that "state officials have failed to inspect major dams across Iowa since 1990 despite a state law requiring such checks."
  • County Raises

    Allegheny County is ruled by a three-member commission. In 1996, Republicans took control of the county commission for the first time in 50 years. The new commissioners immediately cut taxes 20%. The strain of the tax cut, coupled with infighting and poor management decisions, led to a budget crisis that resulted in deep budget cuts and the layoffs or early retirements of nearly 1000 people, and pay freezes for middle managers. The investigation revealed that in the midst of these cutbacks, some managers hired by the new commissioners got pay increases over their predecessors' salaries. Some top managers hired at one salary were soon given multiple raises (some received double-digit pay raises within a year of hire). The story exposes the policy which allowed this to happen without public consent -- even without the knowledge or consent of the third, minority commissioner.
  • A Good Thing Gone Bad (part 1 and 2)

    Janet March was from a prominent Nashville family and married to a successful lawyer, Perry March. She was reported missing in the summer of 1996. Her husband emerged as the chief suspect in what investigators assumed was murder. No one was charged because there was no body, motive or murder weapon. The Scene was first to publish the police's theory about what happened to Janet March. Uncovering information missed by police, the paper also detailed the police's bungled investigation. The police had not interviewed key individuals like a crucial witness who was inside the March's house the day after Janet disappeared. Police failed to notice information Perry witheld, which would have made them suspicious.
  • Why you may be getting the wrong medicine

    Keating's investigated the alliances among big drug companies, managed-care organizations and middlemen called pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). When PBMs create lists of drugs that will be covered by the managed-care organizations they service, the PBMs favor products pushed by drugmakers with whom they are allied.
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    In a six-month, state-by-state investigation, Money attempted to expose the inner working of the $32 billion national lottery industry.. The article revealed that states keep only about 34% of lottery revenues, devoting the rest of their take to prizes and administrative costs. Moreover, the 37 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have lotteries generally use the proceeds to plug budget gaps, not to cut taxes. And in most cases lottery money is not used for education, despite laws to the contrary in 18 states and promises made in dozens of states' lottery advertisements. During the past decade, Money found, lottery states have devoted a slightly declining share of their budgets to schools; in contrast, the proportion of state spending dedicated to primary and secondary education in non-lottery states edged up. (May, 1996)