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  • Spartan Secrets

    ESPN’s investigation of sexual assault and abuse claims involving young women and athletes broke through the oft-held defense that the problem was just one bad actor. Our original reporting on sexual abuse claims against former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, and how the university dealt with sex assault claims against student athletes, revealed systems that enabled abuse, and involved reports of widespread mishandling – and silencing – of women who said they suffered for years after reporting their assaults. The investigation went well beyond the actions of Nassar, and unveiled a widespread pattern of denial, inaction and information suppression. Michigan State in particular did not want this information out, but through requests for data, documents and a lengthy court battle, along with securing valuable sources, ESPN prevailed in getting much of what it had requested. At the height of the #MeToo movement, ESPN’s reporting gave a voice to the women who had been silenced, and exposed the failures of the people and institutions tasked with protecting them.
  • Nazi Social Security

    Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation found. The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records. Social Security benefits became tools, U.S. diplomatic officials said, to secure agreements in which Nazi suspects would accept the loss of citizenship and voluntarily leave the United States.
  • "The Advocate: Tacoma advocate for domestic violence victims faces ethics case"

    China Fortson, Tacoma's first "full-time advocate" for victims of domestic violence, overstepped her professional boundaries when she became too involved in a divorce and custody battle between a local couple in which there was no evidence of abuse. She used taxpayer money to break the law and helped her client "illegally flee the state."
  • 911 Disconnect

    This WTVJ - TV investigation found that two 911 call centers in South Florida were not answering calls in 10 seconds, the state standard in 90 percent of the cases. In fact, these calls sometime took about 30 seconds to a minute to be answered. This investigation revealed that the Sheriff's Department in these areas had never looked the time they took to answer these calls.
  • FDA and Drug Safety

    A CBS investigative series reports on different aspects of dangerous medicine. Some of the reports reveal that the managed care has gone out of control. "Health insurance giants ... are harming patients by denying crucial medical care, illegally denying and delaying claims, and using unfair and deceptive trade practices." Insurers also "downcode" doctors' claims - that is, change them to services that pay less or nothing at all. Other stories look at the risks posed by drug studies and the lack of enough oversight from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). One of the reports tells how a healthy baby died after being enrolled in a study of Propulsid, a heartburn drug that turned out to be dangerous and has been repeatedly rejected by the FDA for pediatric use. The series also examine cases of prescription drugs that should have never been sold, and concludes that FDA has become too close to the pharmaceutical industry. A major finding is that pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. have huge financial incentives to keep dangerous drugs on the market at the cost of patients' deaths and injuries.
  • Golden Eggs

    This in-depth article explores the ethical and legal issues surrounding egg donors. Tal writes that "compensation for donors -- especially highly educated Anglo donors -- is rising, and some doctors and lawyers believe that it will become too expensive for all but the very wealthy."
  • Crash Test Kids: Air Bags, Dead Children, and the warning that came too late

    This story exposes neglect and disingenuousness on the part of the automobile industry to emphasize the potentially life-threatening risk airbags in commercial vehicles could pose to small or child passengers. Similar neglect was exhibited by government regulators and even safety advocates, fearing a backlash against the controversial technology and delays in implementing these devices that they say have saved lives.
  • Penthouse discusses pedophilia and adolescent pornography on the Internet. The article addresses parental concern and freedom of speech and expression issues by raising the question of whether we want our children to be safe or every word we type on the Net to be monitored. When does enough intervention become too much?
  • News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) looks at the special education classes for students judged by the school system to be behaviorally or mentally impaired and finds that the result of the system is to stigmatize and discourage the students; finds that elite school systems are preoccupied with high-achieving students while failing to give poor children a fair chance at education; the labeling of children as special education has become too heavily weighted against the poor and the black, March 7, 1993. # NC Silberman
  • Auto shoulder belts for rear seats came too late for many

    Wall Street Journal shows the automobile industry knew for years that lap-only seat belts were not safe, but did not install shoulder harnesses in back seats until law required it in 1989, resulting in potentially thousands of deaths and injuries, Aug. 24, 1990.