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  • Justice Capsized?

    "An investigation of the U.S. Coast Guard's administrative law system, based on internal memos, interviews, the sworn statement of an agency judge and a computer data analysis of thousands of cases, suggests the system in stacked against the hundreds of civilian mariners whose charges of negligence or misconduct are handled by the courts each year. Documents and computer records show that Coast Guards leaders encourage judges to rule in the agency's favor, sometimes in violation of federal laws."
  • Taking Off With Your Money

    An NBC 6/WTVJ-TV investigation examines potential waste of public money which Miami International Airport has given over three years to the Latin Chamber of Commerce, known by the acronym CAMACOL The story reveals that "to pay for its annual hemispheric trade conference, the county [Dade] has given CAMACOL nearly a million and a half dollars" taken from a fund meant to promote the airport. The investigation discovers that CAMACOL "could not justify how it directly benefits the airport," and sheds light on the Latin chamber's significant political clout and close relationships with "politicians like Miami-Dade mayor Alex Penelas." The report details "serious questions raised by auditors and other government officials about how CAMACOL had spent the money."
  • Port of Crime

    WTVJ "investigated the main source for drug smuggling in South Florida - the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. We discovered most of the smuggling is a result of internal conspiracies by the very people who work at the ports. Our investigation revealed that one in five International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) members at the Port of Miami are convicted felons in Florida. A former dock worker and DEA informant told us how easy it was to smuggle drugs because of lax security. We tested security at the Port of Miami and were able to drive around in the restricted area without anyone stopping us."
  • For Cruise Ships' Workers, Much Toil, Little Protection

    The New York Times investigates the working conditions of cruise ship dishwashers, cooks and cabin cleaners. The newspaper found that cruise lines avoid "American minimum wage requirements and other labor laws" by registering their "corporations and ships in countries like Liberia and Panama, where laws are lax and enforcement is weak."
  • The Accidental Martyr

    Esquire recounts the brutal murder of a gay sailor in the U.S. Navy by another Navy seaman in Japan; gives the details of the murder and why the killing took place; reports on the efforts of the dead sailor's mother to further homosexual rights and end the U.S. military's ban on gays, December 1993. # Brown bashing