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    WCBD-TV (Charleston, S.C.) reveals safety problems on school buses in South Carolina's Georgetown County; found numerous safety violations, including bad brakes and tires, dangerous seats, windshields recalled for safety problems and faulty governors designed to keep bus speed down as required by law; the violations put children at risk of injury and death; maintenance shop staff were performing shoddy workmanship, and the supervisor was using the garage for his personal projects, July 20 - 24, Nov. 23 - 25, 1992.
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    The Washingtonian profiles the practice of pork barrel politics; shows how seniority is the capital that allows certain well-placed members of Congress to dictate projects for their districts or states; emphasizes the careers of Sens. Barbara Mikulski and John Warner; the role of academia as a new and growing area of pork, September 1991.
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    The Independent (Durham, N.C.) uncovers how campaign contributions influence the state's $1.6 billion annual transportation budget; the state's department of transportation does not consider the environmental impact of its projects; one highway bypass will destroy a century - old black community; looks at the makeup of the state's board of transportation and shows conflicts of interest; examines alternatives and solutions, May 20 - June 17, 1992.
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    Santa Barbara (Calif.) Independent finds that Santa Barbara County accepted personal guarantees from contractors to construct major public works projects, whereupon the contrators were paid up front and started but did not finish the projects, leaving the county the victim of fraud, Sept. 26, 1991. *
  • Municipal Bond Deals Threatening California Town (series of articles)

    San Francisco Examiner series reports on the misuse of municipal bond moneys by local officials and financial advisors who persuaded California taxpayers and bondholders to borrow tens of millions of dollars to build municipal projects that will not be built; finds that bond underwriters walked off with with millions of dollars after showering elected officials with lavish gifts, meals and campaign contributions, May 19, 1991.
  • Battle over tax break program

    New York Newsday finds that the richest people in New York are getting hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks from a secret program aimed at economic development in the city's outer boroughs, with wealthy owners of Manhattan projects being the largest recipients, Dec. 17, 1991.
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    Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the earmarking by Congress of $493 million for specific universities; critics call it pork barrel spending, while university officials claim that it reflects a pent-up demand at universities for additional support for research and facilities; gives listing of specific projects at numerous universities, Feb. 27, 1991.
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    Washington Monthly looks at research projects funded by government and university grants and finds that much of the research is worthless, March 1991.
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    Chicago Sun-Times investigates plans by the city of Chicago to build a garbage incinerator in a suburban area; looks at the safety record of similar projects across the country, September - October 1990.
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    Forbes magazine exposes technique of Hollywood studios to deny actors, directors and writers a share of a project's net profits that they were promised; studios conceal profits by fabricating expenses and claim projects lose money when, in fact, they make millions; centers on the lawsuit brought by Art Buchwald against Paramount, Feb. 19, 1990.