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    Quietly, and with little or no scrutiny, hospitals throughout the country are replacing highly trained nurses with lower paid and minimally trained aides, often endangering patients in the process. In a four-part series the Post-Gazette raised troubling questions about the impact of this trend on patient safety, the quality of health care and even the cost savings meant to be obtained by such restructuring. The investigation found in most cases the personnel drawing blood, monitoring heat rates or inserting catheters had less training than over-the-road truck drivers. The story found one example after another of hospital patients injured or killed by the mistakes or negligence of aides performing tasks they were not prepared or trained to handle. (February 11 - 14, 1996)
  • The World's Riskiest Airport

    In mid-1996 WLS-TV obtained classified FAA test results that also put forth O'Hare as the world's riskiest airport per passenger: with undercover agents able to sneak through faux bombs at an alarming rate. The story looks at security checkpoint agents, janitors and maintenance employees pressed into service as bomb-sniffers when they had not training nor wherewithal to perform such jobs.
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    The soaring popularity of cellular phones in California is so straining on the 911 system that people who use a cell phone to report an emergency are forced to wait on hold up to 15 minutes. Tens of thousands of cell 911 callers in the Bay Area alone hang up in frustration before ever reaching a dispatcher. And motorists who use roadside callboxes fare even worse, languishing up to 23 minutes waiting for somebody to pick up the phone. (September 1, 1996)
  • America: what went wrong?

    "'America: Who Stole the Dream?' tells how decades of public policies in trade, taxes, immigration and retraining have changed the lives of millions of middle-class Americans -- all for the worse. The result is that the country is increasingly dividing into two economic classes -- the few who have more and the many who have less. For middle-class Americans, their declining fortunes is nothing less than a reversal of the American dream."
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    The Chronicle investigated misconduct committed by police officers appointed to be specialized training officers for the San Francisco Police Department and details how police in San Francisco have been promoted and selected for elite units despite their records of misbehavior in and out of uniform. (July 31; August 1, 2; September 16; October 5, 11, 18, 30; November 21, 1996)
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    The State documented the failings of South Carolina's magistrate system. Magistrates hear two-thirds of the state's court cases, and lawmakers keep giving them more authority because it's the cheapest way to handle court cases. But many magistrates have little legal training, make basic legal mistakes, and don't have enough money or staff to do their jobs. Bad magistrates receive little punishment. (March 16-17, 1996)
  • The Business of Charity

    "Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina paid its president and vice-president, a husband and wife team, almost $300,000 a year in salary and benefits while closing a job training center for lack of funds."
  • Why Airplanes Crash

    PS examines several aircraft crashes and their reported causes. The article stresses the importance of pilot training. (April 1996)
  • F.A.A.'s Fatal Fumbles on Commuter Plane's Safety: Indiana Crash Raises Questions on Agency's Inner Workings

    After 132 people died in the crash of a USAir Boeing 737 on Spet. 8, 1994, Federal officials and USAir executives strongly defended the safety of the airline. However, a New York Times investigation discovered repeated safety lapses and the F.A.A. resisted taking disciplinary action despite finding numerous deficiencies in USAir's flight operations and pilot training programs. (November, 1994 - February - August, 1995)
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    The St. Petersburg Times looks into the story of a domestic killing. A Florida Highway patrolman claims that he shot his wife in self-defense, but according to others, the husband had a history of controlling and obsessive behavior. (Jan. 22, 24, 27, 29, 1995)