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  • The Doping Scandal: sport’s dirtiest secret

    This blood doping investigation exposed for the first time the extraordinary extent of cheating by athletes at the world's most prestigious events. The story was based on a database which was leaked by a whistle-blower who was disturbed by the failure of the authorities to tackle the problem. It provided a devastating insight into the blood test results of 5,000 athletes dating from the turn of the century to the London Olympics. Many were shown to have risked death by recklessly using transfusions or banned red-cell-boosting drugs which made their blood so thick they should have been seeking hospital treatment rather than competing. http://features.thesundaytimes.co.uk/web/public/2015/the-doping-scandal/index.html#/
  • The NYPD Tapes Confirmed

    The report police hid for nearly two years that corroborates a Voice investigation -- and vindicates a whistle-blower the NYPD tried to destroy.
  • Meet the Robinsons

    The investigation found just 1 percent of commercial airlines carry armed federal air marshals, and cities most vulnerable include New York City and Washington, D.C. Air marshals who are critical of the Transportation Security Administration agreed to go on camera only in silhouette because of past retaliation by the agency - a fact well-documented in government whistle-blower reports.
  • Demoted to Private: America's Military Housing Disaster

    Political patronage, the zeal to privatize and a failure at background checks led to a disaster for taxpayers and military families in Pentagon housing programs in six states. All three branches of the service gave 8,000 military houses and billion-dollar contracts to a company headed by a politically-connected Texan involved in a messy bankruptcy and a Connecticut property management firm that had been previously suspended from HUD housing projects because it diverted millions to its own uses.
  • Kwame Kilpatrick: A Mayor in Crisis

    The Free Press's investigation into Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick exposed "public corruption at the highest levels of government in America's 11th largest city. Schaefer and Elrick's reporting revealed that Kilpatrick and his top aide lied under oath during a police whistle-blower trial and sought to cover up those lies by brokering a secret $8.4 million settlement paid for with the taxpayers dollars."
  • The War on Whistle-blowers

    The American whistleblower courts was set up to protect whistleblowers from retaliation has instead been used to punish them. An examination of 3,600 court cases since 1994 showed that 97 percent of federal whistleblowers lost their cases
  • Omnicare

    A lawsuit has targeted Omnicare, the "nation's largest supplier of drugs to senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities." Spurred by the whistle-blower's tip, the CBS Evening News investigates the lawsuit, which alleges that Omnicare CEO Joel Gemunder conspired to defraud Medicaid.
  • Narco Pops Series

    This series shows the rising sales, both legal and illegal, of Actiq, a powerful pain reliever for cancer patients. The series covers many facets of the drug industry. It shows how legal sales of the drug are going up because of shady marketing tactics, as well as how its packaging is misleading and many users do not know about the drug's dangerous side-effects.
  • "The nurse as whistle-blower"

    Barry Adams became a "poster boy for whistle-blowing" after he filed a formal complaint with the state of Massachusetts regarding nursing care at Youville Hospital in Cambridge. He was fired from his job under the premise of "insubordination," according to the nursing administrator who fired him. His advocacy on the issues of nurse protection and patient care came at an important time for a whistleblower protection bill, which passed the Massachusetts legislature in 1999.
  • Arbitration Policies are Muting Whistle-Blower Claims

    According to the article, "In the past two years, dozens of court decisions have required people who claim to be fired whistle-blowers to take their grievances to arbitration. The rulings deprive whistle-blowers of one of the most potent threats they can wield against their former employers--that the allegations of misconduct will be litigated in a public forum."