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    Village Voice (New York) does article on a con man who among other things started rumors that the nuclear freeze movement was controlled by the Soviet Union; examines his influence on the New Right.
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    National Journal runs articles on problems with Defense Department's five-year plans: persistent underestimation of defense costs, inefficient production rates and the imbalance between procurement and operations and maintenance costs.
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    Common Cause Magazine runs article recounting the disclosure that the Army secretly conducted germ warfare tests over San Francisco in 1950; uses army documents and trial testimony; article is excerpt from the book "Clouds of Secrecy" on germ warfare.
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    Charleston Gazette series explores causes of high hospital rates in that state and finds excessive hospital construction, rivalry among hospitals and luxuries for hospital executives.
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    Charleston Gazette critiques the newspapers of that state and finds little evidence of "watch-dogging," much evidence of greed and cronyism.
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    San Jose Mercury News uses research methodology formulated by political sociologists to shed light on the individuals and institutions exerting inordinate influence on public policy in San Jose.
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    The Farmer runs article on a Jerusalem artichoke firm under investigation for running a pyramid scheme.
  • The MBTA: What's gone wrong?

    Boston Globe examines the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority--from bus service to employee hiring and pensions--and finds that an alliance between unions and politicians is responsible for making it the most expensive, least productive major transit system in the country.
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    St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch shows how the Minnesota Vikings' annual charity golf tournament lost money for two co-sponsoring organizations; only 19 percent of the money went to charity; most went to first-class travel and accommodations for season ticket holders and tournament uniforms for participants.
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    Denver Post runs investigation of the federal witness protection program; findings show how witnesses return to crime, lack of supervision, failure of federal agencies to cooperate with local law enforcement, over-expenditures.