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  • The high price of Rutgers sports

    For a decade, Rutgers Univeristy pushed hard to become a college football powerhouse. But a six-month investigation of Rutgers athletics -- including a new review of public records the university fought to keep confidential -- found big-time college football came at a greater price than the school disclosed and still refuses to fully document. The investigation found that Rutgers has hiked tuition, canceled classes and eliminated six other varsity sports while doubling its football spending budget; hid millions of sports expenses, including salaries and charter flights, from public view; rushed into a $102 million expansion of Rutgers Stadium to retain coach Greg Schiano and refused to reveal several other financial and fundraising efforts.
  • Congress's Private Air Force

    Being a part of Congress has its perks. Congress men and women often use lobbyists, businesses, and donors to get bargain airline flights on corporate jets. Also they have "the opportunity to be feted virtually every meal of the week" by lobbyists and corporations.
  • Deadly Express

    In a 9-month investigation, The Miami Herald uncovered inaccuracies in the government's reporting of the frequency of fatal cargo plane crashes. Through the analysis of extensive government documents dating back to 2000, the reporters found that 69 planes have crashed claiming the lives of 85 people, thus "making air cargo the nation's deadliest form of commercial aviation." Despite this fact, pleas to apply more stringent safety regulations on cargo flights have been ignored. Worse yet, when these lax safety standards result in fatal crashes, the pilots are often saddled with the blame.
  • Frequent flier: Gov. Rounds' use of state planes

    Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota uses government airplanes for both political and personal reasons. He coordinates his official business with the sport schedules of his kids as well as taking non-state employees on flights. These flights were reimbursed from a cash pool called the Governor's Fund. South Dakota, reporters discovered, was one of seven states that allow the governor to use a plane for both political and personal flights.
  • Rendition

    The story investigates the CIA's practice of "rendition", the abducting of terrorism suspects in foreign countries and transporting them to countries where they can be interrogated, which sometimes includes torture. The investigation uncovered secret flights by CIA aircraft, the rendition of a suspect from Sweden to Egypt, and the transport of others to Uzbekistan. The report includes an interview with a German citizen who had allegedly been rendered by mistake.
  • Cockpit Security

    According to this report, French airline company, Air Tahiti Nui leaves the door to the cockpit open on international flights even the ones coming into the United States. Aviation regulations require that the door remain closed from take-off to touch-down. When this station contacted the Federal Aviation Administration, they were told that foreign carriers could not be regulated with the same rules.
  • "U.S. accused of torture flights," "American Gulag"

    This investigation by Grey, a free-lance writer, reveals how U.S. intelligence agencies are flying terrorist suspects to countries with poor human rights records to interrogate them. Though the American government denies allegations of using such "torture by proxy" tactics, confidential travel logs detail trips to Egypt, Syria and Uzbekistan where witnesses say the prisoners are tortured.
  • Guard Approves Donor Democrats for Flights in F-16

    "The commander of the Indiana National Guard, Maj. Gen. George A. Buskirk, approved flights on an F-15 fighter jet for mostly major Democrat contributors and party activists." Previous commanders did not grant so many special flights; the increase seems even more shady once one realizes that Buskirk himself is a large contributor to Indiana Democrats. He justified many of the flights by saying that the person had some something good for either Indiana or the National Guard, but his excuses didn't hold up to scrutiny.
  • Special Leadership Accounts

    After reporters suspected a problem with two of Pennsylvania's House of Representative caucus leaders' accounts, they discovered that more than $24 million dollars were being wasted on fancy dinners and parties, campaign-style TV commercials, and flights to and from the state capital on the state plane. Using more than $120,000 from the Special Leadership Accounts, the leaders bought dinners for friends using taxpayer funds.
  • Opportunity of Exploitation?

    These stories deal with how a company, Maxi Staff Inc., used promises of good pay, great housing and the chance to escape poverty and high unemployment to recruit laborers for Puerto Rico to work in U.S. meat processing plants. The stories revealed how, once they were in the United States, the laborers' dreams turned to dust and they found themselves in an unfavorable economic situation. The company charged recruits for the recruits' flights to the U.S. They were put in substandard and unsanitary housing. Workers made less money than they had originally been told, often making less than $100 for a 40-hour week. Recruits who fell ill or got injured on the job were fired and evicted from their housing with 48 hours notice.