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  • The Spread and Availability of Chemical and Biological Weapons

    Christian Science Monitor spends one year traveling the globe to trace the spread and availability of chemical and biological weapons; explains trade restrictions and their limitations; documents the production of these weapons by the superpowers; uses a computerized search of Pentagon contracts relating to chemical weapons in compiling this 56-page special report.
  • Honolulu Gives out $8 Million a Year to No-Bid Contracts

    Hawaii Business examines how the city and county of Honolulu gave $8 million each in annual no-bid contracts to architects and engineers who had contributed to political campaigns.
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    The Sun (Baltimore) uncovers a group of home-improvement companies that victimize elderly, low-income residents by inflating contracts, charging very high interest rates and sometimes seizing the property.
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    Washington Times reveals that lucrative purchasing contracts for the District of Columbia are being awarded to friends and political allies of the mayor; other minority bidders often are excluded even though they can offer the goods or services for less.
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    Washington Times shows the president of the University of the District of Columbia greatly exceeded his budget and used public funds for personal travel, flowers and lavish furnishings; also awarded consultant contracts to friends.
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    Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal investigate favoritism in the contract-awarding procedures for legal work of the Jacksonville city government for municipal bonds, architectural and engineering services, and financial management of city's pension funds.
  • Minority Contracts

    Chicago Tribune runs series of articles on the history and controversy of affirmative action; also looks at the city's first black administration undertaking a major effort to expand the amount of public business going to minority firms.
  • Koerner's scheme eludes regulators

    St. Louis Business Journal articles detail a Ponzi scheme by two businessmen to defraud residents of a small Montana town out of $15 million by offering fictitious platinum contracts.
  • Potential bidders ask changes in bus pact

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner series investigates that city's school bus bids and traces bidding improprieties to the state Department of Education--prompting statewide reform of bidding system.
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    Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) and Tulsa Tribune run series on corruption within county governments in Oklahoma, which showed county commissioners defrauded taxpayers and received sizable kickbacks from materials suppliers for county contracts.