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  • Ten Things Your Nursing Home Won't Tell You

    Smart Money reports on ten things common problems in nursing homes. Some of these include the mishandling of medication, theft from residents; insufficient staff and the inability of the federal government to collect fines.
  • Where There's Smoke

    Forbes investigates the increasing number of Whirlpool dishwashers who "have overheated or burst into flames, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. . . Despite Whirlpool's 1996 recall of 500,000 units produced in 1991-92 and design modifications made by the company in 1992-93, the fires continue." Despite the allegations, Whirlpool continues to hold true that its products are safe.
  • No Place Like Home

    A KTRK-TV investigation of Houston's Section 8 Housing program, a rent subsidy program, reveals a system ripe with fraud. The KTRK-TV team discovered that tax dollars were being used to pay questionable rents, and that city workers were inspecting units that were no longer part of the federal program.
  • Closed Ranks? The Color of Commandos

    The San Diego Union-Tribune investigates the integration of the U.S. military's most elite forces, the Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Air Force Commandos. While most of the military is successfully integrated -- one in three soldiers is of a minority -- the members of elite forces are mainly white. About one in eight elite soldiers are minorities. Crawley discovered that this racial disparity is due to cultural and historical biases and a perception of racism among the members of these elite units.
  • Fatal Flaws: The District's Homicide Crisis

    The Washington Post investigates homicide investigations by the D.C. police. The investigation reveals that as the number of homicides in the city have fallen each year, so have the number of arrests in connection with those homicides. In 1999 the D.C. chief of police decided to decentralize the homicide unit, which has caused the unit to fall into disrepair. The Washington Post discovered that the units' files routinely are missing critical documents, and unsolved cases are being ignored.
  • Unsafe Haven

    CBS News 60 Minutes reports "a year-long ... investigation of practices in the adolescent units of Charter Behavioral Health Systems, the nation's largest chain of private psychiatric hospitals.... (It) revealed evidence of unsafe conditions, injuries, deaths and cover-ups in Charter hospitals from Massachusetts to California. "
  • Death on the Tracks

    The Stars and Stripes "takes a close look at the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two soldiers from the same Army base in Darmstadt, Germany, that were killed by trains in 1998. one was a suicide; the other may have been. The two junior enlisted men, who did not know each other, died eight months apart, but shared much in common. We found they were odd men out in their units, the NCOs directly over them failed to take care of them, and their parents believe the Army failed in investigating their deaths."
  • 1999 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #6

    1999 IRE National Conference (Kansas City) Show and Tell Tape #6 is the sixth of a nine-part series. This tape includes: 1.) Julie Nazzario (Fox-Milwaukee) Investigation uncovers the small sentences handed to child murderers in a town where a man gets 8 years for torturing animals. 2.) Kimberly Lohman (WYFF - Greenville, Asheville, Spartanburg) "Looking for Dad" A student photographer takes a picture of an old man and it ends up on an Internet site. Across the country, in Seattle, a woman recognizes the name and photo of her dad, a man for whom she's spent years searching. The story includes an interview with the woman from Seattle, and the photographer takes Kimberly back to where the picture was taken. Now the community is trying to help the woman find her 90-year-old father before he dies. 3.) Herb Weisbaum (CBS News) Herb runs a rather humorous test of personal bug zappers. These devices give off a high-pitched whine that's supposed to send mosquitoes flying away. Herb takes the units to the real-world laboratory of Minnesota and asks campers to try them out. They fail miserably and provide great video and soundbites. 4.) Mike Luery (KCRA-Sacramento) a. Unclaimed property. b. How one person stopped telemarketers by winning damages from a lawsuit. 5.) Tim Minton (WNBC-New York City) Federal judges in conflict of interest..deciding cases that involve companies in which they own stock. 6.) Michael Finney (KGO-San Francisco) Finney uses two stores to demonstrate how easily people will give away personal information such as social security number, mother's maiden name and signatures. By setting up fake sweepstakes and a bogus survey... Finney gets people to give up this info. He then shows them what just happened. If the scams had really been happening, these people could have lost control of their credit cards and phone bills, to cite just a few examples. 7.) Jim Strickland (WSB-Atlanta) Finding confidential patient information in the garbage. 8.) Sandra Chapman (WISH-Indianapolis) Food stamps fro sale at used car lots.
  • Mustard Gas Mystery

    Sirens on the chemical detection units began a chorus of mournful wails "whoop-whoop-whoop." With clumsy measured strides inside rubber protective suits, three Czechoslovak chemical warfare experts approached a dark stain in the sand of the Saudi desert. The Czechs called the substance Yperite, commonly known as mustard gas, which causes blindness, skin blisters, inflammation of the nose and throat and eventually a painful choking death. Is the United States responsible for the spill?
  • Open Records, Closed Doors

    Seven Indiana newspapers teamed up for an investigation on the difficulty of obtaining open records in the state. In each county, the group requested five common public records: a police incident report, the sheriff's daily crime log, a death record, school board minutes and the salary of the basketball coaches at each county's largest high school. The investigation found widespread disregard of the law by government officials, especially among local sheriffs' units, to disclose documents.