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  • Big Tobacco: The Quiet Clout Behind UK Research Institute

    For 26 years, the University of Kentucky Tobacco and Health Research Institute operated with little scrutiny as it spent $82 million in public funds conducting research "toward proving or disproving questions of health hazards to tobacco users." The Courier-Journal found that despite claims of independence, the institute has close ties to the tobacco industry. (July 29-31, 1996)
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    Using computer analyses of scientific statistics, government documents and confidential memos, Newsday revealed dangerous health hazards in New York City's fabled water system. The series found that officials had covered up citywide contamination of the water with the E. coli bacteria which was linked to hundreds of cases fo summertime illnesses. (June 18 - 29, 1995)
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    E Magazine reports that Shell Chemical Co.'s No-Pest Strips, which are banned in the United States, are still being sold in Mexico, despite health hazards, December 1992.
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    Consumer Reports investigates the health hazards of fish and seafood; finds that 40 percent of the fish tested were contaminated with human and animal waste and chemicals, making them unfit for human consumption, yet the fish were for sale to the public; gives reasons why fish are contaminated and how to spot a questionable product, and looks specifically at tuna, February 1992.
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    Schenectady (N.Y.) Gazette examines health hazards at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory; information from over 100 FOIA requests showed widespread radioactive and asbestos violations at the facility, March 21 - 23, 1989.
  • Deaths raise 'red flag' at Monsanto plant

    Journal Inquirer (Manchester, Conn.) reveals workers at a local chemical plant fear a chemical previously used at the plant, vinyl chloride, may be responsible for the deaths of two workers; reports the workers believe Monsanto covered up the potential health hazards.
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    Boston Herald Magazine examines the health hazards and physical and emotional abuse suffered by pregnant women and mothers incarcerated throughout the United States, Oct. 30, 1988.
  • Porn Pipeline

    WSOC-TV (Charlotte N.C.) airs series that looks at Charlotte porn business, its links with mob figures, and health hazards presented by indiscriminate sexual contact that occurs in the stores, Feb. 16-20, 1987.
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    KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) airs series on the potential health hazards of smokeless tobacco; finds four out of 10 students examined had oral lesions from smokeless tobacco use, February 1986.
  • The Radium Legacy

    KUSA-TV (Denver) series exposes public health hazards associated with a long-forgotten government research program dealing with radium; uses old government documents that show radium laboratories were set up on college campuses in the 1920's, leaving their locations contaminated hot spots--including some classrooms still in use, Nov. 6-15, 1985.