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  • Faces of Violence

    Rolling Stone reports that "The militia member who stockpiles weapons for "war" with the U.S. government, the activist who urges followers to murder abortion doctors, the congressman who votes to repeal the ban on assault weapons, the radio host who instructs listeners how to shoot to kill. They're all tied together by a single thread: guns. Together, the 45 politicians, paramilitary leaders, anti-abortionists, lobbyists, manufacturers and others listed below bear a significant responsibility for the pernicious plague of firearms in this country, a proliferation that has helped fashion an old band of hateful crackpots into a new and dangerous threat..."
  • Juvenile Justice; Full-Grown Problems

    The Patriot-News reports that "one of the state's best juvenile detention centers slammed into hard times recently. Overcrowding, staff problems, admissions policies and some remorseless, violent youths contributed to a climate of fear. The center epitomizes the problems facing the entire state juvenile justice system. Some politicians want tougher penalties for the youths, but experts warn that is no panacea. And the juveniles themselves know how to work the troubled system. Some of the state's own policies were driving the problems in the system."
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    In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, attempts by state politicians to provide Floridians with deeply subsidized property insuracne exposed taxpayers to potential losses equal to more than twice the total annual cost of other Florida state government programs combined.
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    The Times Union ran a series that documents lavish spending by the head of New York's Winter Olympic facilities. The series found questionable spending on luxurious cars, contracts and jobs for his children, among other things. The spending went on without check by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority, due to the fact that Ned Harkness had ties to Gov. Mario Cuomo, Oct. 23 - 24, 1994.
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    The Daily Southern examined Illinois' school funding which has created a wide disparity in spending per pupil across the state; the paper found that despite a call for a high quality education system for all students, lawmakers created a system that does not provide even a minimally adequate education for thousands of children, April - November 1994.
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    The Milwaukee Journal series on crime examines the myths that people have about crime and the reality of the scope of the problem; reports that in some areas crime rates are down, Oct. 23 - 26, 1994.
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    The Winston-Salem Journal series illustrates how politicians in the state used their influence to override objections to build a nutrition research center at a local hospital; the hospital had little expertise in nutrition research. Objections raised by officials at the US Department of Agriculture were ignored by then Secretary of Agriculture, Clayton Yeutter, who at the behest of Jesse Helms, took critical steps to free up federal money for the project, Jan. 9 - 10, 1994.
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    The Boston Globe does an extensive investigative series on the relationship between legislators and congressmen. The series finds that lawmakers often go on junkets sponsored by lobbyists; the legislation passed by the lawmakers often favors some of the very same lobbyists and corporations, May 23 - 25, 1993.
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    Wall Street Journal describes how an international debt collection firm used big-name lawyers and lobbyists to duck regulators and defraud costumers of hundreds of millions; shows how the former politicians and other influencial hirelings ignored many danger signs while being paid enormous fees, July 27, 1994.
  • Guns Out of Control

    Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) runs a four-part series on how the system to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill has almost completely broken down; felons and the mentally ill are allowed to become gun dealers, shops don't ask for identification, politicians try to appear tough by banning assault weapons when they are a small part of the problem and gun shows allow dealers to sell weapons easily and without a license.