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  • The Price of Practice

    The Charleston Gazette reviews thousands of malpractice claims filed against doctors in West Virginia from 1993 to 2001. The findings exposed how exaggerated the West Virginia State Medical Association's complaints about "the frequency and severity" of "mostly meritless" claims against doctors were. The series revealed that a major malpractice insurer had a "secret, 120,000-a-year marketing and lobbying agreement" with the medical association.
  • Hidden Hazard

    From IRE Contest entry form: "This series, for the first time, brought to light the staggering volume of toxic chemicals released each year into the air, water, land and underground, and the possible contribution of this pollution to the high rates of cancer and other health problems. We found that industries in Escambia County, which includes Pensacola, emitted the highest total volume of toxic pollution in Florida in 1998, the latest year for which federal statistics were available. The county ranked No. 22 nationwide, with industries here emitting more toxic pollution than the entire state of New Jersey. One month after the series was published, federal statistics for 1999 were released, ranking the county No. 18 nationwide."
  • A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry

    Kessler's book depicts the investigation undertaken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into the tobacco industry. The author, former FDA commissioner in the early 90s, uncovers "historical evidence that the tobacco companies orchestrated the greatest conspiracy ever undertaken to put the nation's health at risk." The book follows step by step the disclosure of scientific information and documents that proved the tobacco companies awareness that nicotine is an addictive drug. Kessler looks at the money and politics strings that tobacco industry has been controlling over the past decades.
  • Rollback: A Corporate Feeding Frenzy During Bush's Honeymoon

    A Multinational Monitor investigative packet looks at the first hundred days for the George W. Bush administration, and finds that the cabinet has "aggressively carried forward the corporate agenda." The stories within the packet focus on the negative consequences to the environment, workers, public health, consumers, civil rights, mining, etc., resulting from the suspension or rescinding of important regulations. One of the articles sheds light on the new bankruptcy rules that favor the automobile industry and finance companies, while diminishing the chance of financially devastated low-income families to resume "lives as productive members of their community." A separate piece reveals the background and the corporate connections of vice-[president Dick Cheney. The packet includes profiles of the members of Bush's "corporate cabinet," and dissects some possible motives that might have inspired their actions in the first 100 days. The profiled officials are: Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, EPA Administrator Christine Whitman, Veteran Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans, Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Director Office of Management and Budget Mitch Daniels, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, Secretary of Transportation Norm Minetta, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Workers unwittingly take home toxins

    U.S.A. Today examines workplace hazards affecting people who have never set foot in the places that are poisoning them. "Employees endanger their loved ones when invisible but poisonous substances cling to their belongings," the investigation finds. The report is based on information from a database, which shows that employees in more than 35 states have unwittingly transported toxins away from work sites. Instances of known or possible take-home contamination have occurred in at least 40 industry, the story reveals, and in the past 20 years there have been more than 1,000 probable victims of exposure. The reporter points out that families remain at risk, because the health hazard is overlooked, undocumented and widely ignored.
  • Bending the Rules

    The National Law Journal reports on Clinton administration's project XL - shorthand for "excellence" and " leadership" - which rewards good corporate citizenship. Companies get year of relief from costly regulatory scrutiny, if they prove they can handle hazardous waste, plant more cleanly and take better care of their employees by using procedures different that those set out under the federal law. The project has raised concerns among environmentalists who find that the corporations granted the regulatory break may easily violate environmental laws, the Journal reports. Intel, Anheuser-Busch and 3M are among the few who received the opportunity to break federal laws.
  • Global Apartheid

    The Nation looks at the AIDS pandemic fueled by unequal access to medical care, and by social and economic conditions. The article reveals that Bush administration and the corporate interests of the giant American pharmaceutical companies prevents Africans from receiving lifesaving AIDS treatment. The author points out that African countries are "forced to give priority to paying illegitimate foreign debts over making investment in public health."
  • Arrest my kid

    Progressive investigates the failure of the public health-care system to help mentally ill children and their parents. The story reveals that some parents, unable to pay for a psychiatric clinic stay, "deliberately invoke the juvenile justice system in order to get mental health treatment for their kids." The author exemplifies the problem with three cases of mentally ill children who were arrested on the request of their parents. The article also looks at a lawsuit filed against a Minnesota's health insurance company that instructed parents having their children arrested.
  • What Monsanto Knew

    The Nation investigates Monsanto's efforts to conceal the ongoing contamination in Anniston, Alabama, during the 60s and the 70s. The story reveals that the ecological system in the region has been damaged by contamination from polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB). "The neighborhood around the plant [of Monsanto] is populated with by people with cancer, young women with damaged ovaries, children who are learning-impaired and people whose ailments have been diagnosed as acute toxic syndrome," reports the Nation. The article cites Monsanto's internal memos showing that the company's management has been aware of the problem for decades.
  • To Sell the Truth

    Brill's Content analyses the anti-smoking campaign started by the recently established American Legacy Foundtaion. The story reveals that "a $100 million-plus effort to use the glitz and tricks of advertising to battle teen smoking ... is being hampered by politics and by a bureaucracy's need to self-perpetuate." The article reports on how the foundation's ad creators are pressed to comply with the "so-called antivilification clause, which forbids the foundation form attacking the tobacco companies directly and introduces a specter of liability..." The article looks at the controversies surrounding a recent ads that showed body bags being brought to the corporate headquarters of "a major tobacco company," and describes other creative ideas that have remained nascent.