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  • Ken and Rosie

    After many months of negotiation, NBC News’ Senior Investigative correspondent Lisa Myers and Rock Center producer Diane Beasley gained exclusive, unprecedented access to the highly secretive world of biomedical research and one of the few labs in the country that still uses chimpanzees in invasive research, The Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Our report took viewers inside the lab to see how the chimps live and explored the raging ethical and scientific debate over using our closest relative for invasive biomedical research. We spotlighted the plight of 2 aging chimps with health problems, ”Ken and Rosie,” who have spent virtually all 30 years of their lives in research labs, and undergone many painful procedures and raised the question of whether they now deserve to be retired to a sanctuary. We obtained the chimps medical records and revealed that both have serious health problems, even though the lab claims they are healthy and perfect candidates for research. We asked tough questions of the Director of the Primate Center, Dr. John VandeBerg, who asserted that his lab provides a high quality of life for chimpanzees and is just as good as a sanctuary so they should live out their lives in labs.. He said “I think of chimpanzees in the same way that I think of a library. There are many books in the library that will never be used this year or next year. Many of them might never be used again. But we don't know which ones will be needed tomorrow, next year or the year after." Scientists here claim “invasive” research usually is just a needle prick or a blood draw. But, under questioning, a scientist admits that 5 chimps here have died in the last decade during research. Then, we went to the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana—known as CHIMP HAVEN—to contrast the life for retired lab chimpanzees there to that in the lab and show that some retired chimpanzees still haven’t recovered from their life of confinement and experimentation. The stories featured primatologist Jane Goodall and included compelling footage of chimps she helped release from a lab in Austria when they finally were free to go outside for the first time. She argues that these creatures are so intelligent that all invasive research is torture and that, given their age and medical problems, Ken and Rosie, in particular deserve to be retired.
  • "Immigrants and the California Economy"

    In this four-part series, Ron Campbell investigates the complicated topic of immigration in California. Campbell reveals that California relies on immigrant labor and "brains" more than "any other state." He also finds that California's economy is "closely tied" to immigrants and that education levels play a huge part in wages and quality of life for Californians.
  • Disposable Lives

    "Tens of thousands of unwanted dogs and cats are killed in public shelters in the Inland empire. Before they meet that fate, many of them roam the streets as strays, creating public health and safety problems and lowering the quality of life for everyone. Although the problems begin with irresponsible pet owners, public officials also bear some of the blame, for not taking action.
  • Ground Truth: Conditions, Contrasts and Morale

    Stars and Stripes is the only daily newspaper that circulates in war zones. Reporters for the paper surveyed nearly 2,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and National Guardsmen in Iraq. They found that moral was low; many troops felt they had not been trained for the duties they were performing, soldiers had little confidence in their leaders and many soldiers doubted the value of the military mission in Iraq. Furthermore, reporters found enormous differences in the quality of life between troops.
  • Deep Trouble: The Gulf in Peril

    This investigation examines the terrible condition of the Gulf of Mexico. From fish kills to agricultural runoff to industrial pollution, the mounting problems threaten to devastate the region's economy, environmental health and quality of life.
  • Drug Dependency: U.S. Has developed An Expensive Habit: Now, How to Pay for It?

    The Journal reports that "scores of pricey new pills improve quality of life, but bust health budgets ... A revolution in pharmaceutical research, a billion-dollar marketing blitz and Americans' voracious appetite for Viagra, Claritin and a host of other pricey pills are driving drug spending to record-high levels. And nobody, it seems, knows what to do about it."
  • Cost of Growth

    The Greensboro News & Record analyzes how urban growth in Guilford County over the last ten years has affected the quality of life for area residents. The four-part series uses a variety of socio-economic and environmental indicators to show that growth has had both and negative and positive effect on life there.
  • Nursing grievances

    A historic effort to unionize hursing homes aims to improve the quality of life for patients and staff.
  • Visions of Vine Street

    Visions of Vine street is a one-hour documentary on Cincinnati's deteriorating urban core. WCPO-TV tells the story of "Vine Street, the crumbling centerpiece of a neighborhood called Over the Rhine, ground zero for the April race riots that attracted national media attention."
  • Profiling of Prevention: Taking the measure of Quality of Life policing

    This Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series "uncovered serious questions of fairness and effectiveness dogging the Milwaukee Police Department's controversial "zero-tolerance" strategy." The investigation found that "police issued a half-million municipal tickets and collected $ 10 million in new fines, but with disappointing results overall." A major part of the series focused on the racial gap. Through a computer analysis of the municipal court database the reporters found that "minorities in poor central city neighborhoods received 70% of the tickets." The series revealed that "even offenses such as speeding and jaywalking were enforced mainly against minorities" and that "people living in homeless shelters received thousands of tickets while on the street." The investigation also found that "as many as "800 people were wrongly fined, subject to driver's license suspension or even jailed in cases of mistaken identity in just one year."