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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Nike" ...
This investigation showed that, even though several years ago the University of Connecticut pledged to battle the sweatshop conditions under which their lucrative licensed merchandise was made, not much progress has actually been made. The reporters found that most schools merely watch from the sidelines as factory conditions deteriorate. A trend towards moving production into China is one factor that contributed to the problems.
High school basketball coach Joel Hopkins knew "how to work people, especially young people. The more troubled they are, the more convincing he is." Hopkins talent for luring young players away from their high schools and into his program earned him the name "Coach Midnight." While working out of Durham, N.C., Hopkins would systematically "kidnap" young players from various high schools to join his program, promising them merchandising deals with the likes of Adidas and Nike, and prospects of going to schools like Kentucky or Alabama, or directly into the NBA. Prospects going into Hopkins program come with aspirations of emulating direct-to-NBA player Tracy McGrady, whom Hopkins coached at Durham's Mount Zion Christian Academy. When Hopkins felt he was done with one program he would move on to create another, taking all of his players with him. In this article Bruce Feldman examines the history of "Coach Midnight," and the problems he has left in his wake.
The American Prospect reports the "the anti-sweatshop movement is the largest wave of student activism to hit campuses since students rallied to free Nelson Mandela by calling for a halt to university investments in South Africa more than a decade ago...The target of this renewed activism is the $2.5 billion collegiate licensing industry--led by major companies like Nike, Gear, Champion, and Fruit of the Loom - which pays colleges and university sizable royalties in exchange for the right to use the campus logo on caps, sweatshirts, jackets, and other items. Students are demanding that the workers who make these goods be paid a living wage, no matter where in the world industry operates. Students are also calling for an end to discrimination against women workers, public disclosure of the names and addresses of all factories involved in production, and independent monitoring in order to verify compliance."
"Inquisition held into the whereabouts of Cheryl Gibson and her five children" and many other headlines
Hiawatha (Kans.) Daily World discovers a militaristic cult that held a woman and her five children captive and killed two other people, Oct. 14, 1985.