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    This paper examines and compares enterprise and investigative reporting in three metropolitan papers in 1980 and 1995. Results suggested news managers may still value in-depth stories, but investigative reporting may not carry the prestige it held in the 1970's. (July 11, 1996)
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    KTRK-TV finds that Houston is a city where thousands of buildings go uninspected for fire safety for years; warehouses loaded with hazardous chemicals, apartment complexes and schools. Acting on tips, and following a series of multi-alarm fires, KTRK maintained surveillance on the fire marshal's night shift and documented the widespread falsification of inspection records, the acceptance of liquor and other entertainment by some inspectors, and the use of phony occupancy permits to get away with overcrowding nightclubs. Nov. 8 - 10, 13 & 16, 1995)
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    An expose of the alliance between national journalists who cover the media and entertainment industries and the most powerful figure in Hollywood, Michael Ovitz, the former talent agent who now, as second in charge at the Walt Disney Companies, oversees ABC News, as well as magazines and newspapers around the country. The investigation reveals how journalists covering Ovitz for the nation's largest organizations routinely censor and slant their coverage of Ovitz, and companies he favors to advance their own careers. (Nov./Dec. 1995)
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    In an investigation of children's charities, the Detroit Free Press finds that in many of the charities, money that was meant to help children often found its way to executives in the form of perks, entertainment, and profits; the investigation also found that the Attorney General's office was doing little to protect consumers against fraud, February - December 1994.
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    Gentleman's Quarterly publishes a story that investigates the people who made the allegations against michael Jackson; finds evidence that Jackson may not have molested anyone, October 1994.
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    PC World Magazine traced the flow of special interest money and influence behind the efforts to deregulate the communications, entertainment and media industries; finds that millions of dollars were being channelled to lawmakers proposing the deregulation of these industries, May 1994.
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    The Progressive discloses how developers of all types, but particularly sports and entertainment developers, often lure cities to make huge concessions with promises of new taxes and jobs which in the end don't come true; focuses on the manuevering of Cleveland's corporate elite to sponser new stadiums for its sports teams and how that act left the city held hostage, June 1994.
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    Detroit Monthly reports on the frustrations of the Ilitch family, a prominent Detroit clan responsible for saving Detroit's icons, like its sports teams, and once extremely popular; now the family is failing in an effort to gain public support for a shopping, entertainment and stadium venture; June 1994.
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    Atlanta Journal-Constitution discloses how a former City Councilman and City Aviation Commissioner took a million dollar pay-off in a scheme to give a co-conspirator huge government contracts in a city entertainment complex and at the airport; story also reveals that several members of Atlanta's city government were involved in questionable and illegal contract considerations, January - December 1993.
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    WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo, Mich.) investigates the entertainment and discretionary spending that University of Michigan presidents use to lure large donations from individuals for the institution, and finds there is no accountability, Feb. 11 - 15, 1991.