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    Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 4-part series imagines what would happen if there were a major oil spill on the North Coast of California by using a computer model and interviewing people from agencies that would be involved in a cleanup; reports on the planning and cleanup at the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska and its impact on the possibility of opening up California's coast to more off-shore drilling.
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    Mother Jones takes a look at Massachusetts Employment and Training Choices (ET) and California's Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN), which help welfare parents finish high school, get job training and help pay for child care; article finds 43 percent of ET participants end up back on welfare because of low wages and lack of child care.
  • They Also Serve Who Watch and Listen

    Los Angeles Times Magazine article by James Bamford profiling California's role as a center for U.S. operational intelligence activities - electronic spying on other countries with satellites, etc. - was done entirely from declassified documents, congressional transcripts, books and news accounts.
  • Tycoon of the Tenderloin

    San Francisco Magazine publishes Center for Investigative Reporting article on worldwide real estate empire of German landlord Guenter Kaussen, whose buildings in San Francisco were operating deeply in debt.
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    Pasadena Star-News series investigates illegal bookmaking activities at southern California racetracks and the failure of the California Horse Racing Board to investigate those activities.
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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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    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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    Bakersfield Californian does overview of the Kern County assessor's office; finds improprieties including illegal tax rollbacks before elections.
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    Bakersfield Californian series looks at the collapse of Tex-Cal Land Management Inc., which received more than $50 million in FmHA loans; tells why FmHA lent Tex-Cal so much, what happened to the money and who was behind Tex-Cal.
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    Blade-Tribune examines safety problems including lax quality control standards and poor site selection for a nuclear power plant in southern California.