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  • Condemned

    Chicago ranks number one in the nation in failed public housing. The CHA may be forced to relocate about 34,000 residents to rent-subsidized private housing, though the agency has neither the money nor the affordable housing to do it. We found its most distressed developments would cost more than a billion dollars to repair. Under a federal mandate issued last year, the CHA would have to demolish 18,000 units if the agency found they were costlier to maintain than to offer the families housing vouchers.
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    The Chronicle investigated misconduct committed by police officers appointed to be specialized training officers for the San Francisco Police Department and details how police in San Francisco have been promoted and selected for elite units despite their records of misbehavior in and out of uniform. (July 31; August 1, 2; September 16; October 5, 11, 18, 30; November 21, 1996)
  • Green County Justice

    The package began with an investigation into a videotape that showed a police officer of a local anti-drug unit claiming that he had paid witnesses to testify in court to whatever the officer wanted. That led to a series that examined the cases brought by the local drug unit and the practice prosecutors used of plea bargaining in return for cash, automobiles or property owned by the accused. The series also examined the federal funding behind the drug task force and showed how more than 700 other such units operate nationwide with similar pressures to swap cases for seized property in order to provide their funding.
  • Racism in the Ranks

    CovertAction Quarterly investigates the effects of white supremacists aggressively recruiting GIs in order to increase links between civilian and military racism. Investigations by the Army and Congress have found minority participation in combat units and special forces units decreasing, but neither the Army nor Congress will comment on the real reasons behind changing military demographics. (Summer 1996)
  • Suburban Housing Inspectors Crack Down on Latinos

    The Chicago Reporter found that even though Elgin officials say they are enforcing laws that are crucial to maintaining home values and ensuring public safety, they have issued one housing code citation for every 35 housing units in predominantly Latino neighborhoods such as these, compared to one citation for every 59 units in white neighborhoods. (Sept. 1995)
  • On the Road with Medic 13

    The Philadelphia Inquirer finds that most of the calls made to 911 are non-threatening; the series shows that often city ambulances are divereted from getting to the real emergencies on time, causing unnecessary deaths, Aug. 28, 1994.
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    Metro Pulse explains how the effort to de-institutionalize mental health patients has left many public housing units with an overwhelming number of the them as residents but without the proper support and guidence; projects which used to be primarily for the elderly are now filled with unsupervised mental health patients who often frighten or threaten them, Oct. 8, 1993.
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    The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah) finds through recently released documents that in 1961 the Air Force covered up the death of an airman while looking for a lost nuclear bomb; civilian rescue units were kept from the area for 36 hours while the downed pilot died, Feb. 7, 1993.
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    WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo, Mich.) investigates a list of landlords who have recurring housing code violations and finds that many of the tenants in these substandard dwellings are afraid to tip off inspectors, for fear the units will be condemned and they will be forced to live in shelters, Sept. 10 - 11, 1991.
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    Houston Chronicle studies social service agency budgets and finds the cost of crack cocaine in the city is reaching into the millions; the number of children held in foster care increased 37 percent last year in part because of crack; ambulance calls surged 49 percent in four years, and the number of drug-addicted babies placed in intensive care units jumped 700 percent in the same four years, April 1, 1990.