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    Half a billion dollars worth of medical research and advancement take place in Philadelphia. Now important projects could be hindered because of rigorous federal bugdet cuts.
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    Each week in Washington seems to bring out a new anti-smoking challenge. This Washington Post Magazine article looks behind the scenes at the activities of a team of Philip Morris, memo-writing, tobacco lobbyists. The Philip Morris strategy over the last decade has been to shower potential friends in Congress with attention, campaign contributions and support for pet projects. (Dec. 3, 1995)
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    Through a deeply flawed process, the city of Dallas is preparing to start work on a giant public-works project: a new $200 million sports arena. The Dallas Observe reveals how the economic benefits of such projects are often exaggerated to justify their expense; how the option of renovating the original Reunion Arena was never seriously studied; how the city hired consultants with close ties to key players in the project; how the site-selection process was a sham; and how the city has been planning to "borrow" $15 million from critically needed street projects because bureaucrats can't figure out how to finance the arena without seeking voter approval. (Oct. 13, 1994 - July 19,1995)
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    A Bay Guardian investigation reveals that Bill Clinton's plan to privatize public housing is a blueprint for disaster in San Francisco and nationwide. It will not provide for replacement of demolished housing on a one-for-one basis, and offers no subsidies for new public housing developments. (July 5, 1995)
  • The Fight Against Blight

    The Sun investigates an undermanned and overwhelmed department of housing and urban development. The Sun finds that the department is unable to enforce housing codes. Shortly after the series ran, the San Bernardino City Council directed a city staff to put together a comprehensive code-enforcement program.
  • Pitbull

    San Francisco Housing Authority regulations say pit bulls aren't allowed in its housing projects. But an investigation by KGO-TV found that pit bulls are not only allowed, but the animals are used as weapons and for fighting. (Nov. 7 & 8, 1995)
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    A Tribune-Review examination of the most recent round of Legislative Initiative Grants--commonly known as Walking Around Money or WAM grants--reveals that lawmakers initiated $24.7 million in WAM spending the first six months of this year for a vast array of projects. WAM is tax money set aside annually for legislative leaders to dole out to individual lawmakers, who in turn distribute the money to pet lawmakers. (Oct. 1994) Also see file #8872 for the 1993 WAM report.
  • An Unorthodox Death

    Vanity Fair Magazine reports that "Through massive real-estate projects such as New York's World Financial Center and London's Canary Wharf, the secretive Reichmann clan of Toronto became fabulously wealthy, the Rockefellers of the global ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. But the bankruptcy in 1992 would be followed by a greater tragedy: the mysterious and all-but-unreported death last year of the family's promising young heir, David, who had set out to forge an Israeli high-technology empire."
  • Tax free, high-rent housing

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that "Tarrant County helped a developer build apartments for low-to moderate-income people. The trouble is that poor people can't afford to live in them--and it's all perfectly legal.... State and federal law give broad power to local housing corporations to set rules governing their projects... (the) Star-Telegram examination of the Trammell Crow apartments (was) based on county housing corporation records, financial statements and other documents, as well as interviews with banking and housing finance experts and state and federal officials..."
  • The Pork Barrel Barons

    U.S. News & World Report reports that "In an attempt to spotlight how Congress spends taxpayer money on often-questionable projects, U.S. News examined a year's worth of appropriations voted by the House Public Works and Transportation Committee. The panel authorizes more than $50 billion in public spending annually, and the U.S. News review documented how much of that went toward wasteful projects or projects whose only justification was political self-interest of committee members."