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  • 9/11 Redux: Thousands of Aliens' in U.S. Flight School Illegally

    This investigation exposed the fact that thousands of foreign national were still obtaining U.S. pilot training and U.S pilot licenses illegally without the required security background checks implemented after the 9-11 terrorists attacks. The story exposed serious flaws in the TSA and FAA system of insuring pilots had successfully done in obtaining piloting skills in the USA prior to the September 11 attacks of 2001.
  • Deficient Deicing

    An investigation of Servisair International, the largest deicing contractor at Denver International Airport, showed that the company was cheating and taking short cuts in training of aircraft deicers. They were also falsifying documents allowing untrained workers to drive around the airfield. All of which are safety violations.
  • Sofa Super Store Fire

    "An ongoing investigation into what went wrong at the Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters on June 18, 2007. The Post and Courier's reports revealed numerous instances in which the fire department's leadership, training, equipment and tactics conflict with other area fire departments and national practices and standards. The newspaper also reported on shortcomings in the city's building inspection and water departments that contributed to the fire's rapid spread."
  • Troops at risk: IEDs in Iraq

    USA Today looked at how the Pentagon responded to the threat of improvised explosive devices to U.S. troops. They found that has done little to prepare or protect the troops from IEDs.
  • Collateral Damage: Human Rights and U.S. Military Aid After 9/11

    This project investigated the impact of foreign lobbying and terrorism on U.S. post-9/11 military training and aid programs. Controversial U.S. allies such as Pakistan received billions of dollars in additional, new military aid to fight the global war on terror. Additionally, foreign governments spent millions lobbying the White House and the Pentagon, taking advantage of the chaotic policymaking environment to ask for their own military aid. The investigation revealed that the change in priorities often came at the cost of human rights and fiscal accountability.
  • Without Warning

    The Blade looks at how workers are fired or laid-off without warning, despite the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
  • From Russia with Hate

    Putzel traveled to Russia to "find the source of the viral videos" online that come from Russian neo-Nazis. In Russia immigrants are often attacked, and these videos posted on the Internet were being used to spread propaganda. While there, Putzel also went to a camp where Russian neo-Nazis "train for an anticipated uprising."
  • They Got the Sheriff

    Orange County, Calif Sheriff Mike Carona was praised for values and ethics on a national level. However Moxley found that he had connections with a strip club owner "tied tot he Chicago Mafia," slept with women on duty and "promoted officers based on personal loyalty not competence."
  • Depleted Uranium Radioactive Dust

    The investigation showed that while the U.S. military has downplayed the hazards of depleted uranium munitions. Also the "Pentagon has issued repeated denials that depleted uranium dust was a danger to the troops but...the military's own training videos told a different story." However these training videos made after the first Gulf War which warn about the dangers and show how to mitigate it, were not shown to troops before the second Gulf War. Causing soldiers to be "unknowingly exposed to this radio active dust and some claim they are sick today because of it."
  • Relicensing Oyster Creek

    "An investigation into the weakness of the Oyster Creek nuclear generating station, the oldest commercial nuclear plant in the nation, as it seeks to run for another 20 years. The series found that the reactor's radiation containment system was so weak that it could not with stand core damage, and that this design flaw is common in the nuclear industry. The plant is also showing signs of poor aging, such as weakened reactor metal, failing control cables, and lack of proper training for employees. Employee errors have caused several safety issues at the plant which was rated one of the worst in the nation. "State officials also have failed to adequately design evacuation plans for the seaside tourist areas."