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  • Pedophiles on School Route

    KENS-TV reports that "a San Antonio school district that revoked bus-riding privileges of 75 students. Those students, who now walk to school, must travel past the home of several registered, convicted sex offenders. "
  • Boating deaths rising; most didn't use life vest

    The Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal reports that "Most people who died in recreational boat accidents last year (1998) in Florida drowned, and the vast majority of them weren't wearing life jackets. It's a long-term trend reflected in most waterways in the nation, but not in state laws governing safety on the water."
  • Wheels of Injustice?

    The Chronicle analyzed Texas driving records and found that minorities disproportionately received traffic tickets, particularly in small white enclaves and major urban areas. In addition, the newspaper had a dispute with the state Department of Public Safety, which wanted to charge $60 million for access to records.
  • Beachfront Bodyguards

    After nine drownings at Cleveland Lakefront State Park in three years, WEWS-TV decided to investigate. They concluded that state officials had abandoned any effort to build a legitimate lifesaving operation at the park.
  • A Growing Concern

    This story reports on how corporate financing of university scientists who are testing bioengineered crops and corporate lobbying of federal regulatory agencies may have compromised public safety.
  • Boone County Building Inspectors

    An investigation of the Chief Building Inspector in Boone County, whose department is responsible for the safe construction of all homes and businesses in the fastest growing county in Kentucky. The I-Team found the chief inspector jeopardizes public safety by overlooking code violations designed to keep us safe, and we showed his conduct in office includes tampering with pubic documents, doing favors for friends and family.
  • Protected Witness

    The Post-Gazette detailed how a federal program created to protect innocent witnesses and pull down well-insulated crime lords has itself become a danger to public safety. With example after example of lapses, abuses, and disasters, the investigation showed: criminals released by the program with new identities and backgrounds have gone on to commit scores of violent crimes. Some criminal leave the program wealthier than when they entered, often given large government rewards and bounties and are permitted to keep millions in criminal proceeds. Two systems of justice seem to have evolved, with witnesses -- in high profile cases getting money and shortened prison time while other witnesses serve out their sentences or have been abandoned without promised protection or relocation funds. (May 26 - 31, 1996)
  • To Serve & Collect

    State law enforcement employees have one of the most generous retirement packages in the nation. But local pension plans make the state look parsimonious by comparison. These retirement packages were about to get even better if a bill pending in the state legislature to increase public safety benefits had passed. The St. Petersburg Times examined four local pension plans, looking at how the pension money was invested, the lack of public oversight, insider dealing by trustees and the large number of abuses including one former firefighter retired on a stress disability who was lobbying lawmakers for increased benefits. (March 31 - April 2, April 7-9, May 20, June 16, July 17, August 21 and November 20, 1996)
  • Lost at Sea

    Houston Chronicle investigates ominous trends in the world maritime industry, with emphasis on poor working conditions for third world crews and issues of public safety in the United States.
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    Washington is the world's most policed city; but the way law officers work together-or don't-makes life easier for the bad guys. The Washingtonian looks at the way over 14,000 state and county police, city cops, town cops, and federal agents alternately cooperate, collide, and compete as they try to keep Washington and its suburbs safe. An increasingly well-organized and very regional battalion of bad guys takes advantage of confusion over a mix of different agencies and different jurisdictions. (July 1996)