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 "mass production" ...
The Bone Screw Files: He believed in his product. And he won. At a cost of $75 million and counting.
The article chronicles a class action law suit against the manufacturer or bone screws. The manufacturer won, but only after years of court battles and lots of money spent to show how the suit was unfounded.
Further Problems of Safety Found For Light Trucks, Documents on Design of Explorer Reveal a Series of Compromises
Half of all cars purchased in the U.S. are in the light truck category, which include SUVs. "Ford designed its Explorer on a shoestring budget in the late 1980's, bolting a roomy car-like passenger cabin on top of the underbody of a Ranger pickup truck. The high-riding design made the vehicle more prone to rolling over... Sport utility vehicles, which many American busy partly because they seem safer than cars in collisions between the two, roll over so often that their occupants are just as likely to die in an accident as car occupants..."
Tags: Ford; SUV; sport utility vehicle; rollover rate; tire; Firestone; auto safety; consumer image; SUV drivers; mass production; design changes and flaws; payload; rear suspension; frame rails; track width; sides and roof alterations
The Nation investigates what is behind the plans of General Electric to cut 1,400 jobs at its plant in Bloomington, Indiana. The story reveals that half the production will be moved to Mexico, where "instead of $24 an hour in wages and benefits, labor can be bought for $ 2 an hour." The author points out that this is the largest GE's mass layoff in Bloomington in recent years. The report finds that "if the cost-saving exercise delayed more aggressive action - and gave managers the benefit of the workers' knowledge free of charge - it also inspired some collective spirit within the shop." The investigation sheds light on the labor unions' indecisiveness about how to fight the coming layoff.
Consumer Reports tells how "... the intake of over-the-counter supplements has reached critical mass... Also growing: the number of doctors and pharmacists adding prestige to these products. Studies suggest that some supplements may work as advertised. And there's little evidence that most people who take them are putting themselves in peril. But with prices that rise to more than 30 cents a pill, consumers can spend lots of money on products with little or no proven efficacy."
Nearly a decade after the lawsuit began, Sam Fowler Jr., et al. v. Union Carbide Corp. has become the largest mass products-liability lawsuit in the United States, a maddening morass of litigation that has ensnared hundreds of lawyers and generated untold millions of dollars in legal fees. Texas Monthly investigates how an endless East Texas courtroom battle over "chemical AIDS" has become a case study in what is wrong with our legal system. (June 1996)
WCVB-TV (Needham, Mass.) reveals how doctors and health care companies can avoid public scrutiny of their questionable records by making secret financial settlements with their former patients and patrons; government enforcment agencies do a poor job of policing doctors and product liability, Nov. 6 - 8, 1991.
Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, Mass.) investigates press coverage of the nuclear weapons-production scandal; examines how the story broke, and explores what new role the press plays in the future of U.S. nuclear weapons policy,