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  • The case against NASA

    New Republic investigates the costs of NASA's space program and finds that the agency is costing many times more than it did 20 years ago, and makes the case for major reforms within the agency.
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    Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the earmarking by Congress of $493 million for specific universities; critics call it pork barrel spending, while university officials claim that it reflects a pent-up demand at universities for additional support for research and facilities; gives listing of specific projects at numerous universities, Feb. 27, 1991.
  • Some city workers take years, not days, to heal

    Eagle Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.) investigates the large number of worker compensation claims against the city of Lawrence, and finds a workers compensation system out of control and a city attorney who has not won a case before the state Industrial Accident Board in two years despite widespread malingering by workers; pay and benefits cost taxpayers upwards of $2 million.
  • MALAK MANO Y TANO: WHERE HAS THE LAND GONE?

    Columbus Dispatch finds that state agencies and some employment agencies have devised an elaborate name-and-numbers game to circumvent state bidding laws while spending millions of tax dollars a year, Aug. 12, 1990.
  • Ellis Edwards

    KOCO-TV (Oklahoma City) uncovers lavish spending by the Oklahoma State Treasurer's office for furnishings, carpet, a door that opens by remote control, etched glass and a trip to Germany by state treasurer, Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 1990.
  • General Hospital Investigation

    WTVF-TV (Nashville) investigates improper spending practices by director of two Nashville hospitals; the misappropriation involved fake computer purchases, money missing from a hospital volunteer fund, billings to cover personal expenses, unfair and rigged bidding process, and improper corporate donations to his daughter's marching band, Sept. 18 - Oct. 19, 1990.
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    St. Louis Post-Dispatch creates database of college vendors and payments to show lavish spending practices of chancellor of St. Louis Community College and his administration; an abrupt resignation followed and prompted state investigation of the college system, Oct. 21 - Dec. 26, 1990. * MO Michael E. Crawford
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    Oakland Press (Pontiac, Mich.) uses the Freedom of Information Act to obtain records that show school and municipal officials spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on travel, entertainment, dinner parties and posh hotel rooms, May 7-9, 1989.
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    Mother Jones uses a portrait of Rep. Newt Gingrich, then-Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, to examine the influence of PAC spending on congressional ethics, October 1989.
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    Legal Times (Washington, D.C.) uncovers excessive travel spending and dubious reimbursements to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission head Martha Heese, a Reagan appointee, Oct. 30, 1989.