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  • Between black and white

    Chicago Magazine provides a closer look at Lenard Clark, a black child severly beaten when he ventured from his black South side neighborhood into largely white Bridgeport. A look at Clark and the three white teenagers charged in the attack reveals a detailed portrait of the isolation and insecurity that breed racial violence.
  • Trade crusade

    There is a virtual cottage industry of new projects intended to persuade Americans that global trade is good. The patrons of these pro-trade campaigns are typically multinational businesses, trade associations, lobbying groups and Washington think tanks, all called into action by Congress's declining support for a variety of trade liberalization measures and its growing truculence toward such institutions as the International Monetary Fund. They have watched with alarm as labor, consumer, human rights and environmental groups have sown doubt about the wisdom of unfettered trade.
  • Zoned Out

    Politicians from Bill Clinton to Richard Daley proclaimed that funding would create all kinds of jobs. There was sporadic coverage in the dailies. It quickly became clear that there were too many chiefs and no leader. And that as long as community groups were in charge of disbursing money while their own projects were up for consideration, the logrolling and approval of projects would be the order of the day. It was decided to survey the organizations that were awarded money and determine how many jobs would really be created.
  • Grand Designs: The Making and Unmaking of the Ronald Reagan Building

    The series documented why and how the Ronald Reagan Building, the most expensive federal building ever constructed, cost 125 percent more than Congress was originally led to believe. Among the findings: In most big construction projects, contract prices rise roughly 5 percent during construction; the 10 biggest contracts on this project increased 41 percent. The government was supposed to spend $29,000 to store a historic fountain, instead it paid $80,000. A $1,600 contract for rat traps grew to $14,000. The series also looks at the decision-making that led to the waste of tens of millions of dollars on delays and miscalculations.
  • Flooded With Generosity

    The federal government poured $1 billion of disaster-relief aid into North Carolina after Hurricane Fran, the most destructive storm in state history. Whitlock's investigation documented how millions of dollars were wasted on foolish projects along the state's coastline.
  • A Nation of Widows

    The adult population of Bosnia is now 70% female. Despite this, Bosnian women are not viewed as a priority by humanitarian organizations and funding for women's projects is negligible. Funding for psychological counseling has also been cut. Only one woman was elected to parliament in the October 1996 elections.
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    San Francisco investment banker Calvin Grigsby was a master deal maker and one of the most powerful -- and controversial -- financiers on Wall Street. An African American, Grigsby crashed the clubby old boys' network in high finance, often beating corporate giants on major underwriting deals for public projects. The Examiner found that behind the glowing tributes, Grigsby had a dark side. Professionally, rivals accused him of using financial inducements to win big municipal bond deals from public officials. Personally, he has been accused of beating his longtime wife, threatening to kill a family friend, and letting drug dealers and addicts take over a low-income property he owned. (March 31, November 10, 11, 1997)
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    The story offers a window into Indian gambling casinos in California, and the attraction of criminals and scam artists to these lucrative enterprises. The San Francisco Chronicle learned that a group of land speculators, including a man previously convicted of theft and others sued for fraud, were behind a proposal to develop 321 acres of farmland -- one of the last stretches of open space on the San Francisco Bay. The group has disguised its plans to eventually build a gambling casino at the site. In a profit-sharing scheme, the speculators have teamed up with the Hopland Pomo Indians to establish a new Indian Reservation on the acreage -- and then declare the site immune from federal gaming laws. (March 16, 1996)
  • Bittersweet Charity: Failing Mexico's Poor

    The series found that: Assistance by U.S. charities to Mexico's poor often fails to reach them or is useless to the intended recipients. Projects are abandoned by advertised by charities as big successes. Medicine past its expiration date is given away. Organizations in Mexico complain of "useless" shipments of aid. There exists a "culture gap" that causes U.S. charities to build projects their recipients don't want. Mexican red tape stalls aid at the border for months. Mexican officials help themselves to aid - including $1 million that was squandered on a political campaign and $1 million worth of medicine that disappeared in Mexico City.
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    Houston Press investigates a Texas psychiatric center where administrators hired Dr. Steven Charles Dilsaver to oversee research projects relating to mental health. Years later authorities would discover that Dilsaver lacked a proper license to practice psychiatric medicine and Dilsaver was committing patients to drug research against their will. Dilsaver himself was mentally ill, suffering from the same mania and depression as the patients he coerced into his studies. (Oct. 12-18, 1995)