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  • The Dark Side of Whistleblowing

    Whistleblower David Durand, celebrated as a hero, reaped $126 million from the feds for ratting on his company, TAP Pharmaceuticals, for billing fraud; then Durand's story fell apart. Reporter Weinberg counters the supposed journalistic tendency to "worship" whistleblowers by showing how federal law provides a profit motive for liars and disgruntled workers -- and even the government itself.
  • DWP Files

    This series of stories on LA's Department of Water and Power, the nations' largest municipal utility, follows up on Anderson's report last year about racial discrimination at the utility company. He reports on price gouging by suppliers; dysfunctional management and extortion by the unions; whistleblowers being fired; shoddy workmanship and cost overruns.
  • "Toxic Traces"

    Minnesota Public Radio investigated the widespread environmental presence of chemicals once used to make Scotchguard. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was not very aggressive in pursuing the matter, an attitude that is possibly explained by the fact that the commissioner of the agency was at one time an environmental manager for 3M. MPR laid out for the public, both by broadcast and on-line, what was behind the conflicting agendas of the government, 3M and the public.
  • "Los Alamos"

    Using documents and information from a whistleblower, this report details a list of security risks and potentially lethal radioactive hazards in and around the nation's premiere nuclear weapons laboratory.
  • Flying Gas Prices: The Shell Game

    This investigation uncovered an oil company scandal: Shell Oil Company was planning to close a refinery, even though it was making big profits. The investigation found that, even though Shell Oil claimed the oil field was tapped out, the real motivation for the closure was to fix oil prices.
  • Mutual Fraud

    With the help of one whistleblower, the New York State Attorney's office began to investigate one of the largest financial scandals on Wall Street. The scandal involves mutual fund traders who buy and sell mutual funds after the closing price is set at the New York Stock Exchange at four o'clock in the afternoon. The plan, called "late trading," allowed traders to get the four o'clock price hours later if they knew whether the market would go up or down the next day.
  • Fighting for Care

    ABC News Prime Time Thursday continued their investigation of veterans' hospitals, which began in 1990. Among the many findings were: a surprising number of doctors still in training were left in charge of operating rooms and diagnostic situations while the doctors who were supposed to supervise them were not around; a disturbingly large number of mistakes and often fatal misdiagnoses; sloppy hygiene and unsanitary conditions; and retaliation against whistleblowers while incompetent administrators were promoted despite gross mismanagement.
  • Unsafe Skies

    Breakdown in quality control and supervision of outsource maintenance work at a major airline puts public at risk of catastrophic accidents. A former United Airlines mechanic who was fired from his job told KCBS he first became suspicious after discovering from company computer records that a third-party contractor had neglected to perform required maintenance on United's entire fleet of 727's in 2000. By that time, the planes had already been up in the air for four months and the same contractor was allowed to continue servicing United planes. Furthermore, the system of quality control and oversight designed to insure adequate maintenance at United's outsource facilities had broken down. It was secretaries and not the qualified mechanics who were signing off on a vast array of maintenance jobs at repair shops.
  • Firing Back

    60 Minutes examined the contention that the gun industry's marketing and sales practices allow guns to fall into the hands of criminals. In an exclusive interview, they spoke with a former senior firearms industry executive and lawyer who spent much of his career defending gun manufacturers against critics who blame the industry for the violence caused by guns. Now, the man who was once a top lawyer for the National Rifle Association and then the chief spokesman representing the major gun manufacturers is firing back at the gun industry, calling it a "dirty little secret."
  • "Whistle stop: Did Northwest Airlines try to muzzle a whistleblower?"

    This story investigates the circumstances in which an airline mechanic was fired after reporting a series of safety violations to the FAA. By detailing the mechanic's plight through arbitration testimony, Department of Labor documents, GAO files and other public records, the story shows how industry lobbying and a relaxation of federal oversight have resulted in the "virtual elimination" of whistleblower protections for airline workers.