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  • Teaching Johnny The Appropriate Way To Flirt

    The New York Times Magazine reports on the issue of sexual harassment, looking at an incident that happened in a Minnesota middle school to talk more genreally about the state of sexual harassment in our schools and the legalities involved. The question is whether students can and should be treated like adults in cases of student-to-student harassment.
  • Mr. Smith's Crusade

    The National Journal investigates "how Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire has single-handedly pushed an anti-satellite weapon that the army really doesn't want." The story sheds light on the political battles surrounding "the KE-ASAT - short for kinetic energy anti-satellite weapon." The article reports "one of those Washington wars" with "all the essential elements: a crusading lawmaker, a futuristic Pentagon defense contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a grand jury investigation into possible misuse of government funds, inside informants, and, yes, even an accusation of sexual harassment."
  • Fired By Big Brother

    Lewd e-mail had always been passed around Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Michigan, "but when one worker complained of seeing offensive material on a terminal last May, it set off the largest-known crackdown on computer misuse in the U.S. workplace." The result: 39 workers were labeled with "computer-age scarlet letters. Pilloried in the media, and declared deviants by Dow, they're finding that other companies won't touch them. They have faced the humiliation of explaining to their families what happened, and financial strain has pushed some to bankruptcy. . . they still struggle to comprehend how their lives were upended by something as innocuous as e-mail."
  • Lock Down

    New Jersey Monthly sheds light on the rise of school violence. The story reveals that "in schools throughout the state last year ... there were 13,000 violent incidents ... and these weren't mere shoving matches or fistfights." The investigation uncovers a Department of education report on school crimes showing that "violence is more prevalent in urban areas." The report lists the numbers of simple assaults, aggravated assaults, fights and bomb offenses at each New Jersey school district. The story looks at how more and more schools are installing security equipment, although "the most advanced path to safety, according to experts, is through programs that help students to manage anger."
  • Texas Parole

    "Texas Parole Officers broke the code of silence and put their jobs on the line to warn the public. They came to the Fox 4 I-Team with frightening complaints about the ability to oversee dangerous criminals. One by one, officers came forward with claims of sexual harassment, mismanagement within the department and heavy caseloads. The I-Team found that the parole officers had so many people to supervise, they could not effectively watch parolees with lengthy criminal backgrounds."
  • Sexual Harassment.com?

    This article investigates what happens "when dating becomes coercion" and finds that "in the intense atmosphere of an Internet start-up, the lines between work and play can become easily blurred." The story finds that most Internet companies are headed by men, and the writers and editors "wondered what conditions were contributing to this fact." They found that "the hardscrabble work/play environments gave men an advantage, which they often tried to capitalize on sexually."
  • Can the Wounds Ever Heal?

    This article takes an in-depth look into the Free Clinic of Cleveland and allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and intimidation done by the executive director. The report describes the problems between the executive director and a volunteer at the clinic. These problems ultimately led to the volunteer, who was an integral part of the clinic, being fired.
  • The Fall of an Executive Director

    KPHO-TV reports that "Several employees of the Structural Pest Control Commission, or SPCC, (accused) the new executive director, Michael Siler, for harassment and mismanagement. The agency's commissioners, who are appointed by the governor to help the agency run properly, did nothing. The chairman told us, 'there is nothing there.' ... (KPHO) found this executive director faced almost identical accusations at his last government job. Michael Siler was city administrator in Midvale, Utah. We then found evidence at the SPCC that confirmed some of what employees alleged. It also explained why the commissioners ignored the complaints. One key commissioner was involved...."
  • No Way to Treat a Crisis

    "Business Week's story exposed a tainted investigation into previously undisclosed charges of sexual harassment brought by a senior executive of Compuware Corp. against the company's much-admired CEO.... Business Week concluded that the company's handling of the allegations was serious flawed."
  • 1993 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape

    The 1993 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape is a compilation of 5 investigative stories. 1.) "Crossing the Line," by 5th Estate, Canadian Broadcasting Company. CBC reveals how women athletes face a lifetime of sexual harassment from male coaches in sports clubs, universities and national teams who demand intimate relations after coaching them to success. See#9984. 2.) "Sewage Sludge," KGTV, San Diego uncovers the illegal dumping of processed human waste onto farmers fields. The stories exposed dangers to human health and the incompetence of city officials. See # 9635. 3.) "Dionne Warwick," Day One, ABC News reveals how the foundation started by Dionne Warwick raised millions of dollars for AIDS research but through mismanagement and extravagant expenses very little went to the charities.The foundation eventually closed its doors with huge debts and 62 creditors. See # 9760. 4.) "In Our Children's Food," Frontline PBS and WGBH, Boston explores the risks of agricultural pesticides and the failure of the government to certify the risks of a number of pesticides which are in widespread use. An investigation finds that the suppression and politicization of a key report about the toxic risks to children. See # 9886. 5.) "Autistic Abuse / Silent Victims," Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) Alberta News exposes the abuse of autism patients at a special government-funded home; finds secret documents that indicate government agencies knew of the abuse but didn't act. Authorities closed the home the day after the story ran. See # 9632.