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  • Unequal Opportunity

    Pittsburgh Magazine reports that "Regional growth is threatened because African-Americans in Pittsburgh face some of the nation's highest unemployment and lowest levels of hope...Pittsburgh and Allegheny Country had the fourth poorest and fifth most unemployed black populations, the fourth biggest gap between black and white rates of poverty, and almost as large a gulch in employment..."
  • The Projects Come Down

    Gorverning Magazine reports that "America's worst public housing facilities are finally getting the bulldozer they deserve. That isn't a solution to inner-city decay, but it could be the beginning of one... This is a moment of radical change in public housing and in the history of the ghetto, in Louisville and ciites all over the country, large and small."
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    Newsday's series disclosed that the U.S. General Services Administration had embarked on a multi-billion nationwide construction program with little oversight from Congress and as a result officials discouraged contract competition. Officials also provided tens of millions of dollars in unnecessary luxuries for judges in federal courthouses.The series resulted in the GSA being blasted for more than $500 million in waste, fraud and abuse at federal projects across the country, May 1 through Dec. 14, 1994.
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    The Dallas Observer reports that a developer negotiated a secret deal and strong-armed the city into building a new sports arena, and how the city is trying to arrange financial schemes to borrow money from other projects in order to finance the arena without seeking voter approval, October - November, 1994.
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    Star Tribune (Minneapolis) reveals that a private company in that state seeking to run schools across the country had inflated its claims and run into legal troubles in its early projects; while its pilot project did slightly lift attendence, it failed in its attempts to increase test scores, had trouble following some federal laws concerning handicapped students and was losing its grip on early optimistic projections and contracts, June 4 - July 13, 1994.
  • Connely Comes Up Winner

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch reveals how an investor spent millions on a campaign to legalize gambling in Missouri, expensive lobbyists and on all candidates in the gubernatorial race; by carefully placing his money, the investor helped change gambling law throughout Missouri and get special loopholes specific to his projects written into statute, Dec. 13, 1992.
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    Rocky Mountain News (Denver) runs a four-part series on the crisis of high school tenants of housing projects dropping out of school; only 21 students graduated one year while more than 300 dropped out, causing an endless cycle of another generation living on welfare, an increase in drugs and violence and young people with nothing to do; includes an analysis of the causes, including an inadequate school system, insufficent support at home and poverty, June 3 - 7, 1990.
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    Common Cause reveals waste in the U.S. Agency for International Development; problems include cutting planning and research projects while spending lavishly for consultants, offices, automobiles and other facilities, May 1994.
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    Metro Pulse explains how the effort to de-institutionalize mental health patients has left many public housing units with an overwhelming number of the them as residents but without the proper support and guidence; projects which used to be primarily for the elderly are now filled with unsupervised mental health patients who often frighten or threaten them, Oct. 8, 1993.
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    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune investigates the deterioration of that city's housing projects, finding that the housing authority and the Housing and Urban Development agency had allowed public housing to seriously deteriorate for 20 years even though they both had the money to do something about it, August - November 1993.