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  • How Federal Policies, Industry Shifts Created A Natural Gas Crunch

    The Journal reports that federal efforts to promote clean air have fed a surge in demand for natural gas, but the shape of the domestic oil and gas industry have sharply curtailed U.S. oil and gas exploration, bringing little new gas into the pipeline. The story reveals that as production lags, gas consumption, fueled by gas-fired power plants and a hot economy, is climbing fast. Imports are struggling to fill the gap.
  • Killer's pistol akin to banned model; Following the guns; Guns For Sale; The gun pipeline

    This series includes articles on tracking guns in the Denver area. "Killer's pistol akin to banned model" and "Following the guns" look at where the Columbine killers got their weapons -- a local gun show. In "Guns for Sale" (a three-part series) The Denver Post found police officers selling banned arms to gun dealers and criminals. The Post analyzed thousands of ATF firearms tracing records from 1994-98. The Post found in close to 3,000 cases guns the police sold back to the public ended up back in the hands of other law-enforcement agencies. In "The gun pipeline" In a three-part series,The Denver Post analyzed databases from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to examine the impact of multiple handgun sales on crime. The paper found these weapons, many of which were resold on the street, were used in armed robberies and homicides across the country
  • "Hard Copy," "No Offense," "Chain Reaction"

    Story concerns corporate advertisers role in influencing the nation's flow of news and information. Specifically, the case of Esquire pulling a story (about a gay man writing college term papers for sex) because Chrysler told them to do so. Also tells of a letter Chrysler sent to more than 100 magazines (including Esquire) demanding notification about editorial content which "encompasses sexual, political, social issues or any editorial that might be construed as provocative or offensive." The story also reported that magazines were routinely acceding to this request, and that a slew of ofther big advertisers were demanding similar warnings. "No Offense" reveals the the threat of retail advertisers on magazine independence. Winn-Dixie, Wal-Mart and several other big chains were expanding efforts to demand warnings of controversial stories-- so they could pull them from their racks. "Chain Reaction" deals with the economics of Barnes & Noble and Borders, and how they exert incalcuable influence on all book publishing. The conclusion of the article being: Publishers are bearing the cost of filling an ever-larger retail pipeline, while reaping hardly any of the benefits. The reason: The chains promote only a chosen few blockbusters and return vast quantities of unsold books, which publishers destroy.
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    This article reveals secrets of the Clinton Administration involving the creation of an Iranian arms smuggling pipeline into Bosnia. The President approved the pipeline and violated a United Nations arms embargo that the United States had pledged to uphold. (Apr. 5, 1996)
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    The stories revealed a for-profit baby pipeline from Paraguay for U.S. adoptions. Former clients of a Minnesota "child finder" said she relied on corrupt Paraguayan attorneys, misrepresented the difficulty of adopting and instructed them to lie during the process. (Dec. 31, 1995)
  • Trouble under the earth

    U.S. News & World Report reports that "For the past three years, an assistant U.S. attorney in Syracuse, N.Y., has been compiling complaints from local residents and former pipeline workers who say that poor pipeline-construction practices spoiled trout streams ad wetlands. Some even contend those practices could create a danger of explosion."
  • H.I.S.D. Bilingual Teachers

    "One of the largest school districts in the nation, the Houston Independent School District recruited critically-needed bilingual teachers from Central and South American countries.... (KTRK-TV) discovered many of those 'bilingual' teachers spoke no English, were unable to pass basic tests, and even had forged college transcripts... (KTRK) uncovered an immigration pipeline run by school district employees that let unqualified workers into the country to head Houston classrooms. While helping these recruits cheat on hiring tests and get around other program requirements, district employees also charged them fees for nonexistent lawyers, phony classes, and unneeded translations. Finally, the investigation also discovered that this same teacher hiring program had placed convicted felons as classroom instructors."
  • State campaign funds masked in pipeline

    Akron Beacon Journal documents an almost untraceable pipeline of gifts and committees through which Ohio legislators have received hundreds of thousands of undisclosed campaign contributions, Oct. 1, 1989.
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    Legal Times describes a case in which an environmental whistleblower is facing some of the U.S.'s largest oil companies in court; the companies are being sued for invasion of privacy after hiring a detective agency to spy for them, Nov. 15, 1993.
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    Village Voice (New York) reports on Alyeska, an oil pipeline consortium made up of the oil giants British Petroleum, Arco, Mobil, and Exxon, and how the industry attempted to silence a whistleblower who accused them of regularly selling him watered-down crude; finds that Alyeska had falsified tests used to determine the water content of the product, and was polluting the Alaska coastline with toxic hydrocarbons; Alyeska hired a private investigator to go through the man's trash, obtain his phone records, surveil his every move and intercept his mobile phone calls, Nov. 5, 1991.