Stories

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    Chicago Sun-Times runs series on a $3 billion-a-year auto accident swindle operation; reporters went undercover to examine the elaborate racket involving ambulance chasers, crooked lawyers, doctors and clinics conspiring to collect huge insurance sums, thereby raising insurance rates by as much as one-third.
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    Journal-Times (Racine, Wisc.) series on a multiple murderer traces his nine years in the Kenosha area, including murders and incidents of sexual abuse.
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    San Jose Mercury-News investigates improprieties in California's medical laboratory business that include physician kickbacks for unnecessary testing, defrauding state-funded medical programs and double billing of patients.
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    Billings Gazette runs article on the labor cost overruns at the Montana Power/Puget Sound Power and Light's Colstrip power plants that totaled nearly $6 million.
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    Village Voice (New York) explores Houston's oil, political and real estate alliances, details a scheme among the city's elite to build a freeway--at taxpayer expense--across undeveloped land owned by the power brokers to raise their property values.
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    Wall Street Journal article examines role of money and politics in Texas state courts; lawyers contribute to campaigns of judges hearing their cases, including lawyers in celebrated Pennzoil-Texaco case.
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    Mother Jones article tells how the companies sell the nuclear power plants that nobody in the U.S. wants to countries such as the Philippines.
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    The Progressive article looks into the wheelchair industry and how one California company has monopolized the business, resulting in the lowering of quality standards, higher prices and little innovation in the industry.
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    Village Voice (New York) article looks at the lack of hard data and research done on the health effects of paraquat prior to the government's spraying the herbicide on opium and marijuana crops.
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    Village Voice (New York) article examines the abuses in a U.S.-subsidized drug war in Mexico known as "Operation Condor," which includes systematic brutality, corruption and human rights abuses.