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  • State of Security - 9.11 Two Years Later

    Two years after the 9/11 attacks, The Times of Northwest Indiana looks at the region's security and how it remains unchanged post 9/11. This four part series looks at the region's special risks and found the region's water supply system had ample loopholes, especially security conditions in the local water treatment plant. They also found that the chemical plants in the area stored enough hazardous material to bring harm to all the people living in the area.
  • On the Run. Atlantic County Criminals Walk Away from Justice Four Times More Often that the Statewide Average.

    "More and more fugitives are willing to take the chance that law enforcement will never find them. All too often, that's the case. Fugitive units have been shortchanged - thanks to budget cuts and losses to the war on terrorism. Prosecutors, for economic reasons, sometimes won't even bring them back after they've been arrested in another state. And judges let them out on bail after they've pleaded guilty to offenses that will result in them serving a substantial prison term."
  • Pure Greed: Why are so many San Franciscans losing their homes to the Ellis Act? So their landlords can make even more money.

    According to the article, "When the Ellis Act was winding through the state legislature in the late 1980s, no one except the most seasoned tenant activists saw the danger....And while property owners may claim that the act simply allows them to get out of the landlord business, one thing's for sure: the more money they can make, the more owners take advantage of it. Between 1988 and 1995, San Francisco landlords used the law to take 25 buildings off the rental market. Between 1996 and 1999, as property values rose, they emptied 305 buildings -- evicting tenants from more than a thousand units."
  • "Bed Check: HMO Rates Hospitals; Many Don't Like It, But They Get Better"

    Burton looks at a study of cardiac units in Ohio hospitals by Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Surprisingly, he says, the study's rankings show a relatively unknown hospital to have the best care for heart surgery patients, while the more famous clinics don't score so well. He traces the fallout from the study's announcements.
  • Need for lower-cost units moving to the suburbs

    The rent/lease community in Denver is having a harder time finding affordable property, following a trend that has carried on throughout the decade. As property prices go up, lower income families are winding up without a home. And more lower income housing is being razed for newer, higher priced developments.
  • War on Error

    An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity reveals that "more than six months of live pictures from U.S. aerial spy missions had been broadcast in real time to viewers throughout Europe and the Balkans. The spy flights, conduct by U.S. Army and Navy units and AirScan Inc, a Florida-based private military company, were used to monitor terrorist and smugglers trying to cross borders. The broadcasts were not encrypted, meaning that anyone in the region with a normal satellite TC receiver could spy on U.S. surveillance operations as they happened. Live pictures from the spy planes had been transmitted over the Internet by satellite enthusiasts. The stories pointed to a major security lapse at a time when questions were being asked about intelligence failures prior to September 11, 2001.
  • Home sick home

    KWCH-TV reports on moldy homes in Sedgwick County. Mold poses significant risks to health, and is especially dangerous for children. The story reveals that the number of tenants' complaints about mold has been increasing in recent years, and that landlords have often been reluctant to fix the problems with leaky roofs and wet walls. Even when tenants force landlords to clean up the mold, this is not always done the right way. As a result, microscopic spores remain in the apartments, settle into the furniture or spread throughout the residences from leaky heating and air systems.
  • It's A Crime: How Mentally Ill Teens Are Trapped in Lockups

    A Post-Gazette four-part investigative series documents "how teens with serious mental illnesses are being warehoused in juvenile detention and corrections facilities because states have closed their adolescent mental hospital units and no one else will take them." The reporter finds that the system is "more punitive than therapeutic," and that "shoddy record keeping, room confinement for minor rules infractions, and lengthy incarcerations all place at-risk teens in greater danger of seriously hurting or killing themselves." The findings are supported by a survey of directors of detention centers across the country. The 172 responses received by the newspaper have confirmed that mentally ill teens face severe problems in juvenile lockups.
  • Missouri program to check elevators fails to deliver. Few units are inspected, and some flaws go unrepaired.

    In 2000, more than 9,000 people were injured on the nation's approximate 700,000 elevators. In Missouri, some elevators show signs of neglect and are flunking safety tests. A Post-Dispatch sampling of nearly 260 inspections conducted from May 2000 to March found an average of four violations per elevator.
  • You're in the Hole: A Crackdown on Dissident Prisoners

    A Progressive investigation reveals that "in the hours following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, dissident prisoners were singled out from the general population and take to secure housing units." Some of the isolated inmates were denied access to counsel; their lawyers were denied phone conversations and personal visits with their clients. Cusac finds that most of the segregated prisoners happened to be peace-activists or left-wing. Without any public comment, six weeks after Sept. 11 the Justice Department implemented an interim rule that justified the infringement on the detainees' human rights, and explained the new policy with intelligence and law enforcement concerns.