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    Consumer Reports looks at the forces behind the crisis in health-care costs, and also the possible solutions; cost control is examined, as is the setting of spending limits; takes a look at the Canadian health care system and examines the criticisms of that system by U.S. health-care providers and insurers, July, August & September 1992. # NY
  • Struggle to survive

    Sacramento Bee reporter analyzes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data to find the flaws in implementation of the Endangered Species Act; finds an agency so overwhelmed by an enormous workload, anemic budget and politically charged agenda that it cannot protect the species it is charged with protecting; finds that spending on mammals and birds far outweighs that on all other species combined.
  • Funerals

    Common Cause Magazine examines a pervasive but previously unreported form of influence buying on Capitol Hill: corporate spending to underwrite the congressional lifestyle; finds that special interests lay out millions in gifts such as expensive cars, sports events, congressional retreats and funding for House and Senate child care centers, January - March 1992.
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    Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette examines the state's laws against cocaine possession, considered the harshest in the nation; looks at the case of a champion boxer with an otherwise clean record who was spending the rest of his life in prison under the mandatory sentencing law, Jan. 26 - 28, 1992.
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    Booth Newspapers (Lansing, Mich.) reviews how Michigan legislators spend tax dollars on themselves by hiring staff, buying supplies and sending mailings; details the use of state funds for personal service contracts for former legislators and reveals lavish spending on publications; looks at the budget of the governor and finds similar excesses, Oct. 26, 1992. * MI Kellogg
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    USA Today and Gannett News Service (Arlington, Va.) examines how the U.S. House of Representatives spends the budget it allocates to pay for offices; finds members skirt their own rules by funneling money into special-interest caucuses, which are not bound to the same rules; no means of monitoring Congressional spending exists, Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 1992.
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    Mother Jones investigates the Pentagon's slush fund controlled by the White House to fund secret research and analysis on future weapon systems spending tens of billions of dollars without Congressional oversight; the B-2 bomber, MILSTAR and the A-12 attack plane were funded through this fund, March/April 1992.
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    WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo, Mich.) investigates the entertainment and discretionary spending that University of Michigan presidents use to lure large donations from individuals for the institution, and finds there is no accountability, Feb. 11 - 15, 1991.
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    Miami Herald reporter writes three stories about corruption: first, exposes the cashing of checks by a social services executive that he had made out to himself; the second story deals with a Circuit Court judge who was involved in a cocaine business; and the third story reveals the free-spending practices of a Miami gay rights and AIDS activist who is the director of a financially strapped not-for-profit corporation dedicated to feeding AIDS victims, 1991.
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    Houston Post looks into the spending practices of the Houston Municipal Employee's Pension Fund and finds a system plagued by sweetheart deals and sloppy controls, March 15, 1991.