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  • The Boys from Syracuse

    Air Force Times looks at issues surrounding the Maj. Jacquelyn Parker discrimination case. Parker was the Air Force's first female test pilot and was to join the 174th Fighter Wing was the Air National Guard's first female pilot. Parker quit after she was still not able to fly combat after one year of training. (May 20, 1996)
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    ABC employees went undercover wearing hidden cameras to work in fast food chain franchises with a long history of failing health inspections for serious health violations--the kind that can lead to food borne illness. ABC documented a lack of training in safe food handling and preparation, widespread ignorance of the sanitary code, routine health violations and lack of management oversight. (Sept. 27, 1995)
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    The I-Team investigates local hospitals that are saving money by replacing highly-skilled registered nurses with lower-paid "aides" with only a few weeks training. WCPO-TV found doctors and nurses who told how it is endangering patient care, and profiled patients with sotries to tell. (Nov. 13, 14 & 16, 1995)
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    This was a comprehensive look at a half million dollar federal grant awarded to the most powerful law enforcement agency in Georgia. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Council is responsible for certifying every sworn officer in the state, setting training standards and disciplining police who break the law. An investigation by WAGA-TV found P.O.S.T.'s executive director used his position to funnel jobs and money to a long time friend.
  • Eagle 3379

    This investigation uncovered a potentially deadly crack in our airline safety system. WLWT-TV found that internal pilot training records do not go from one airline to another. Comair a Cincinnati-based airline forced pilot Michael Hillis to resign due to poor performance. Hillis was then hired by American Eagle, which was unaware of Hillis' problems at Comair. Hillis was the pilot of Eagle Flight 3379, which crashed in North Carolina in December, 1994, killing 15 of 20 on board. (Sept. 19, 20, Oct. 24 & Nov. 9, 1995)
  • Gauging Fire Service

    The Record finds that California's fire service is largely unregulated and disregarded by residents until they have to dial 911. The reports showed that among San Joaquin County's 21 fire districts protecting nearly 200,000 people, budgets, training, equipment and performance vary wildly, from firefighters who do not know how to drive fire engines or refuse to wear federally required protective clothing to firefighters trained as paramedics.
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    The Progressive finds that thousands of young foreigners lured to this country year after year with promises of training and cultural exchange are exploited as cheap agricultural labor and mistreated. The "traing" programs operate withthe authority of the United States Information Agency, despite documented cries of alarm overseveral years from most from withing the USIA and from the U.S. Government Accounting Office. The people who profit most from the exploitation are the private recruiters of the young visitors, who receive as much as $500 per month per trainee fromt eh famers who hire them. (February, 1995)
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    The Los Angeles Times reveals the existence of little-known state law enforcement officers with little or no training, chosen by themselves or other private parties, with no governmental supervision. Animal control deputies may wear uniforms, carry guns and make arrests, but their ranks are virtually unregulated. The L.A. Times investigation details abuses, including stockpiling large numbers of assault rifles. (Nov. 6, 1994, Jan. 17 & 19, 1995)
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    In May, the Cincinnati Public Schools announced $31.4 million in budget cuts to balance the budget. At the time district officails told reporters, parents, teachers and principals that they couldn't detail the impact of the cuts on a school-by-school basis until the fall. Using the districts own data, The Enquirer was able to show how much less each school would have more than a month before administrators. (July 30, 1995)
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    The story highlighted the growing controversy over the influx of figure skaters and figure skating coaches from the former Soviet Union into the U.S. While foreign skaters and coaches coming into this country is nothing new, the article pointed out the seemingly unethical practices of former Soviet skaters and coaches and questioned some of the financial and training support afforded the immigrating Soviet skaters and coaches. (June/July, 1995)