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  • Dust, deception and death

    In 1969, Congress passed a law that was supposed to eradicate black lung disease. Today, nearly 1,500 American coal miners die each year of the disease. In a year-long Courier-Journal investigation, the newspaper found that many of the deaths result from widespread fraud among coal operators, assisted by miners themselves, and poor oversight by government regulators.
  • The BOMEX Files

    The Phoenix New Times finds that Arizona's State Board of Medical Examiners, which regulates 14,000 doctors, rarely disciplines its own. BOMEX accumulated a backlog of nearly 1,000 complaints and took months and even years to deal with complaints against incompetent and dangerous physicians.
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    Texas Monthly investigates how Marie Robards murdered her own father by stealing barium acetate from her high school chemistry lab and slipping it into her father's refried beans. Police and medical examiners never detected the crime and only with the help of Marie's close friend, Stacey High, was Marie caught. (July 1996)
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    Dateline NBC showed that the Coroner's Office was terribly understaffed and its pathologists overworked. Work standards at the Coroner's Office were below those set by the National Association fo Medical Examiners. Dateline's hidden camera video showed that the LA Coroner's office was so overburdened that it had literally run our to space to keep bodies-some were stored on the floor. (March 10, 1995)
  • Last Rights

    WSMV-TV found that "for more than two decades, the University of Tennessee has conducted death research, using real bodies. Research unlike any other in the world. The studies are publicly-funded, though no one has ever questioned the methods and ethics behind them." The investigation "uncovered shocking violations of state law, disregard for veterans rights and the deception of grieving families."
  • Fatal medical 'misadventures' kept under wraps

    "A News and Observer review shows errors at North Carolina hospitals kill patients at least twice a month, but these mistakes remain largely secret even from the victims' families."
  • Cause of Death: Unknown

    The St. Louis Post Dispatch asks "Is it possible to get away with murder in Missouri?...(Reporters) spent three months combing death certificates and interviewing county coroners, grieving family members, and professional death experts to find out how well Missouri's death-investigation system works. They found a shockingly haphazard system for determining how someone dies, with death investigations varying widely from county to county and from case to case."
  • Bodies of Evidence

    WBTV uncovers deliberate inaccuracies that were put forth by members of the Charlotte Police Department as they tried to explain their handling of ten different murder investigations. Ten young black women had died in less than two years, allegedly at the hands of a serial killer, under similar circumstances which should have led police to develop one suspect. A confession finally led police to tie the killings together despite the long list of clues, April 27, 1994.
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    Audubon describes how tighter regulations, while eliminating some slash and run miners, has put many responsible coal mining companies in Pensylvania out of business; the result is a poverty stricken populace and shut-down mines which are a threat to the environment, March - April 1994.
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    Charleston Gazette investigates how two large coal mining companies used subcontractors, which often eventually went bankrupt, to keep from paying miners' taxes, workers' compensation premiums and debts to mining supply companies, November - December 1993.