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 email@example.com) 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:
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 "luxury boxes" ...
When local Denverites rallied local support for tax bonds to help land a major league expansion team and pay for the new Coors Field, they didn't realize how sweet a deal they turned over to Rockies' owners. Taxpayers will pay almost the entire $215 million of stadium costs. If that weren't bad enough, now the Denver Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen is pushing for a similiar deal.
The story detailed how thousands of dollars worth of free sports and concert tickets given to Atlanta's elected officials landed on the black market. Articles described how a city councilwoman helped a close friend and business partner get hundreds of tickets which he later sold and traded for profit. He also sold access to luxury stadium boxes controlled by the government authority overseeing the Atlanta Braves stadium. The friend provided the councilwoman, Sheila Martin Brown, with trips to casinos, hundreds of dollars worth of cellular phone use passed on from a ticket client, and $3,500 provided by another ticket client to help pay for a trip to Africa. The articles also highlighted a lack of controls on the flow of free tickets to government officials (the mayor got $24,000 worth of tickets annually; the chairman of the Fulton County Commission $12,100).
Professional sports franchises are on a $8 billion building binge and the public is picking up the tab. In almost 40 cities across the country, multimillionaire team owners are getting huge public subsidies to build sports palaces. Newsday's computer analysis found that the public was subsidizing two-thirds of the cost and sometimes the entire amount. Meanwhile the teams get lucrative deals for splitting the revenues of everything from luxury boxes to parking to selling advertising and naming rights. (Aug. 18-22, 1996)
An investigation by the San Francisco Examiner revealed that the Saab 9000 automobiles had a defective fuse box that could cause the luxury cars to lose power, emit smoke from the glove box and in some cases, catch fire, allegedly even when the engine was not running. The articles also showed that Saab knew of the defect and considered it a safety problem, but failed to tell consumers or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.(Feb. 5, 6, 12, 26, and Dec. 24, 1995)
The San Francisco Examiner reports that "The Saab car company failed to tell customers and federal safety officials about a flaw that made some of its luxury cars fill with smoke and burst into flames... Internal Saab reports show the firm knew that a faulty connection in the model 9000's main fuse box could make the engine die, prevent power windows and door locks from opening and spew acrid smoke from dashboard vents..."