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  • Ten Seconds in the Dark

    Chicago looks at the life of Captain Amy Lynn Svoboda, a U.S. Air Force pilot who died when her jet crashed into the desert during a training mission in Arizona. The story investigates the possible causes, from equipment malfunction to pilot error.
  • Carnival Dangers

    The story exposed the criminal behavior of carnival employees and how their actions impact patron safety. A month-long, inter-state undercover operation documented rampant drug trafficking and abuse among employees responsible for ride safety. The story also found management to have a blatant disregard for proper employee training. Outdated rides that were improperly maintained also posed serious safety concerns.
  • When is a Calder not a Calder?

    This story deals with the little-known problem of fakes in the booming market for sculpture by Alexander Calder. Four prominent American art dealers were suing a London dealer and a collector, claiming that a Calder mobile they bought from the collector through the dealer was a fake. The leading expert on the artist's works, Klaus Perls, agreed it was a fake, but a judge disagreed and ruled the work genuine. This decision shocked the art world, as a judge with no background in art overruled the expert. Since Perls retirement, Calder's grandson, Alexander Rower, is the official expert on his grandfather's work, as is producing the authoritative catalogue raisonne. This means he has sole authority to bestow the stamp of authenticity. Many dealers and collectors are distressed that Rower has rejected about 80 works as fakes without any real explanation. People who are knowledgeable think that Rower, who was 13 when his grandfather died and has no training in art history, isn't qualified to make such judgments.
  • Downtown's Double Cross

    In response to welfare reform, San Francisco's business community proposed "San Francisco Works," a plan to move 2,000 welfare recipients into job training programs by the year 2000. The program was widely heralded as a great altruistic venture. Siegal's article investigated the plan and found that it was simply a public relations ploy that would provided tax credits and profits for multinational businesses based downtown.
  • Battered Badges: Hard Times for Police in Acadiana

    The series focused on the 62 law enforcement agencies in the Advertiser's coverage area, and issues involving pay, training, politics and public attitudes toward police.
  • Her fate was sealed

    Maximillian Potter investigates the murder of twenty-one-year-old Jennifer Evans. Her murderers, Dustin Turner and Billy Joe Brown, were members of the elite navy SEAL force. The impact of the rigorous military training on Turner and Brown is discussed.
  • Boot Camp Goes Soft

    The question of wether or not the military has gone soft on the recruits has been raised. People are wondering if the drill sergeants are making basic training easier.
  • Bad Records Taint S.F.'s Cop Trainers

    The Chronicle investigates the police officers who train rookie cops and finds an alarming number of these officers have been sued for assault, reckless driving and wrongful shooting. Several of the field training officers were also disciplined by the police commission for committing violent acts. Their lawsuits settlements alone have cost taxpayers nearly $1.4 million.
  • Overselling College

    This article debates the benefits of a liberal arts degree vs. practical vocational or technical training. The merits of President Bill Clinton's education proposals and whether American schools are preparing children and young adults for work are also discussed.
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    PrimeTime Live series documents a pattern of misleading sales practices at Prudential Life Insurance in which an estimated 3 million customers nationwide were cheated. PrimeTime obtained videotapes of training sessions in which management and agenst taught deceptive sales practices. (Dec. 11, 1996)