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  • MIT Professor Sacked for Fabricating Data

    The author's investigation uncovered a pattern of suspicious data in the work of a high-flying biology professor at MIT. The implicated research went back 8 years, involved laboratories at three of the top research institutions in the United States and millions of dollars in federal research money.
  • Gap at the Gate

    Three part investigation into security at airport gates. The authors found that id checks were less than adequate. They traveled domestically with fake ids and sometimes no id at all. The investigation found several shortcomings in the security process raising questions over the ability of the Transportation Security Administration to really know who was flying.
  • Flying Gas Prices: The Shell Game

    This investigation uncovered an oil company scandal: Shell Oil Company was planning to close a refinery, even though it was making big profits. The investigation found that, even though Shell Oil claimed the oil field was tapped out, the real motivation for the closure was to fix oil prices.
  • Invaded Waters

    Foreign fish and other creatures have invaded the Great Lakes and are killing off native lake life. This investigation found most of these creatures arrived by ship from Europe or Asia and that many of these ships are not inspected as they should be before being allowed passage. Biologists believe these new species will soon dominate the lakes' ecology. Some of these changes may pose risks to humans. Most fishermen have been negatively affected. 'Flying' fish have also proved dangerous.
  • "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.
  • Power Failure

    After having choreographed the grandest media dance in corporate history, AOL and Time Warner have developed insensate feet. A merger charted by the likes of AOL head Steve Case and Time Warner's Jerry Levin became bitter after stock prices crashed by more than 70%. Employee morale at the companies is in its depths and accusations are flying across from either side. No wonder then, that AOL Time Warner's new heads- new C.E.O Richard Parsons, chariman Steve Case , and C.O.O Bob Pittman are scrambling to get the show together, again.
  • In the Clouds: An Air-Safety Battle Brews Over the Issue of Pilots' Rest Time

    In response to safety concerns, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes tightening rules that limit flight time and work hours for all commercial pilots. But airline executives, facing economic pressure, are resistant.
  • Pull Up!: United 747's Near Miss Sparks a Widespread Review of Pilot Skills

    The Wall Street Journal reports on many pilots' lack of basic training, resulting in poor flying skills. The story describes a incident with an United Airlines jumbo jet with 307 passengers and crew, which barely missed apartments and houses in San Francisco before safely returning to the airport. The incident was publicly disclosed much later, but there are other "close calls" that remain undisclosed.
  • Kmart: Behind the blue light

    WXYZ-TV reports on Kmart's secret loans to some of its top executives, and various forms of misuse of corporate assets. The segment shows some of the company executives using the corporate jets for vacations or flying to the bankruptcy court.
  • Aging Airtankers

    "An Associated Press investigation of the nation's aerial firefighting program found that many of the aging planes should never have been flying in the first place. It found a spotty safety record by a contractor who had the wings snap off two airtankers in mid-flight last summer, and that no single registry or agency keeps track of accidents involving so-called public service aircraft. The series traced the use of the airtankers to an apparently illegal transfer of military aircraft, showing that the investigation of one of last summer's crashes was hampered because the plane once was used to fly spy missions for the CIA. It found that there is poor financing and supervision of the crucial program, findings echoed in a report by a special government commission."