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  • Strained Mercy

    The Progressive uncovers fraudulent fund-raising techniques used by the Afghan Mercy Fund; while the organization claims to operate mobile army units and treat children with wounds from Soviet-made weapons, its main product appears to be propaganda; senators and representatives allow their names to be used in fund-raising efforts without investigating how the funds are used.
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    Chicago Sun-Times reports that the city treasurer and another lawyer shared a $300,000 fee for helping developers buy a low-income apartment complex in the treasurer's ward from the federal government for $1; developers also received tax credits toward rehabilitating the units, Sept. 21, 1988.

    WLOS-TV (Asheville, N.C.) looks at dangerous structural problems in a condominium complex; finds that 18 of 22 units never had a final inspection and never received a state-required certificate of occupancy, Dec. 20 - 22, 1988.

    WCMH-TV (Columbus, Ohio) examines the Columbus Fire Department paramedic program's inability to keep up with the city's population growth; finds new medic units have not been purchased since 1970; many medics, who were making 25 to 40 runs a day, were quitting from burnout, Feb. 2 - 5, 1988.
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    Detroit News details potential problems with freight trains hauling hazardous chemicals without informing local community fire departments or rescue units; finds crews are overworked and use broken equipment, and they violate federal and state laws, April 17 - 20, 1988.
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    United Press International investigates secret Army units formed to fill a gap in the CIA's intelligence gathering and anti-terror capability; the secret units padded their budgets by $170 million by dipping into funds to which they were barred access and spent the money on liquor, travel and hotels, May 9-13, 1988.
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    Richmond Times-Dispatch looks at the history, mechanics, safety record and future of Virginia Electric and Power Co.'s Surry nuclear generating units, May 5-7, 1985.
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    Saginaw (Mich.) News series investigates safety hazards of trains carrying dangerous chemicals: bad rails, bad container valves, poor emergency planning for chemical accidents, failure of industry to adequately inform emergency response units of potential problems, March 17-22, 1985.
  • Shelter of Shame

    WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) documentary investigates Indianapolis Housing Authority; many units are uninhabitable, neglect and mismanagement allow supplies to be stolen and resold, waste and inefficiency among employees is common, and employees are segregated, November 1984.
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    Plain Dealer (Cleveland) runs series probing hospitals in the city; topics include trustee conflicts of interest, violation of surgery safety rules by heart units, lack of regulation of heart units in Ohio, too many beds and expensive overstays in hospitals, June - December 1983.