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  • Inventors Suing InventHelp Want to Know Why George Foreman Represents the Company

    Customers of InventHelp paid thousands of dollars – many took out loans through a company associated with InventHelp – sinking into debt without ever realizing either product or profit.
  • Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

    "A pulse-pounding Perfect Storm-style tale" (Kirkus, starred review) of the sinking of the American container ship El Faro, the crew of 33 who perished onboard, and the destructive forces of globalization that put the ship in harm’s way.
  • Project: Point of View, Humans and Disasters

    There are three underlying factors in this tragedy that resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives. In numerous ferry incidents that occurred around the world in the last 150 years, captains and crewmembers have had a higher survival rate than passengers. When facing the risk of death, crewmembers put their own survival ahead of their duty to rescue passengers as shown in studies. Why did the passengers on the Sewol Ferry act too late to escape from the sinking ship? Why were announcements made over the loudspeakers that kept ordering passengers to stay calmly in their cabins up until the point when the ferry was leaning heavily to one side?
  • Losing Louisiana

    The Times-Picayune found that over the next 100 years the natural sinking of soft marsh soils could result in making New Orleans an island. Hundreds of miles of Louisiana coastline would be wiped out and sea-level will rise over time as the soil falls.
  • The Lawless Sea

    This eight-month investigation unveiled the "tangled web of responsibility" behind the 2002 sinking of the oil tanker Prestige off the coast of Spain and France. The investigation uncovered the various international stakeholders, including a U.S.- based inspection company, that failed to stop the faulty ship from launching. Ultimately, the investigation shows that, even though it was known that the ship was not seaworthy, the secrecy and lack of accountability surrounding the shipping industry allowed it to operate.
  • Sinking Homes

    Homeowners in the upscale suburb of Amherst, Buffalo had been complaining about foundation problems in their homes. As this investigation revealed, the soil under these houses is wet and needs to be refurbished. But despite complaints from the residents at town meetings, the officials took any action only after this series of articles ran in The Buffalo News.
  • Seizing the Moment: Steelmakers' Troubles Create an Opening For an Iron-Ore Giant

    The Wall Street Journal examines opportunities to buy cheap in a sinking economy. The story focuses on Cleveland business climate, and the steel industry in particular. The article points to acquisitions of cash-strapped companies by other having the money for new operations, but also finds that the risk is high. "Those that have the resources often don;t have the stomach to buy much of anything, regardless of its long-term potential," the Journal reports.
  • Tragedy at Sea: 33 Haitian refugees drown north of Hillsboro Inlet

    The Fort Lauderdale News and the Sun-Sentinel Company provide a detailed account of the sinking of a wooden sailboat packed with 63 Haitian refugees headed toward the United States. The sailboat sunk off of Hillsboro Beach, an oceanfront community of million-dollar homes and luxury condominiums. Upon further investigation and interviews with the tragedy's survivors, the News discovered that the refugees were being smuggled by a shadowy man from Port-Au-Prince known only as Gustave. After a two-month invesigation, the News discovered the identity of Gustave and that had been in federal custody twice before but was released to continue his people smuggling.
  • Who Poisoned the Well?: Toxic truth haunts LAUSD at Belmont

    LA Weekly reports that "In the end...it wasn't the site itself that provoked the controversy, but how (retired district administrator Dom) Shambra and (top legal counsel David) Cartwright dealt with it -- and how a regiment of staffers and officials stood idly by...Cartwright and Shambra never intended to put children at risk, but they were determined to keep environmental costs from sinking their grand designs, and in hiding these potential expenses, they shielded the issue itself from full scrutiny...They particularly didn't want interference from district staff, and they didn't get much either, even from officials and departments directly responsible for school safety."
  • Not Dead Yet: Eastern Air Lines 1929-1991

    The Miami Daily Business Review article claims the bankrupt carrier Eastern Airlines, which stopped flying in 1991, is acting like an investment banker, sinking millions into high-risk start-ups while insdiders benefit. For example, one of the investments, Pan Am World Airways failed. Some creditors who settled claims on the "cheap" are crying foul. In other words, instead of money going to pension plans, employment and profit opportunities are only happening for well-connected former Eastern executives.