Investigative & Cover Stories

Waste Lands: America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

Waste Lands: America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

Published by The Wall Street Journal for WSJ.com and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

During the build-up to the Cold War, the U.S. government called upon hundreds of factories and research centers to help develop nuclear weapons and other forms of atomic energy. At many sites, this work left behind residual radioactive contamination requiring government cleanups, some of which are still going on. The Department of Energy says it has protected the public health, and studies about radiation harm aren’t definitive. But with the government's own records about many of the sites...

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A Nuclear Cleanup Effort Leaves Questions Lingering at Scores of Old Sites

A Nuclear Cleanup Effort Leaves Questions Lingering at Scores of Old Sites

Published by The Wall Street Journal and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

The nation’s effort to build nuclear weapons has left the country with a $350 billion cleanup project scattered at hundreds of sites in dozens of states. A Wall Street Journal investigation raises questions about the massive government program established to handle the cleanups. Among the findings: Record-keeping has been so spotty that the Energy Department says it doesn't have enough documentation on several dozen sites to decide whether a cleanup is needed or not. And more than 20 sites...

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Too Close For Comfort

Too Close For Comfort

Published by SmartMoney Magazine and republished by The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Finance

NEW YORK CITY// Whether they’re trying to sell an investment or influence government regulators, more financial firms are commissioning scholarly studies to provide a halo of academic approval. Is the relationship between companies and B schools getting too cozy? ... For decades financial-services firms have relied mostly on their own public-relations prowess to win over advisers and persuade a skeptical public to buy investing products. But in recent years they’ve found a new tool to drum...

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Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business

Published in SmartMoney Magazine

NEW YORK CITY// Has a world-famous watchdog become too cozy with the firms it monitors? We investigate the Better Business Bureau. A few years ago, Tonie Burns found herself at wits' end with her wireless company after it kept charging her for roaming services she says she didn't need. Like millions of Americans who can't get satisfaction through a company's customer-service department, she took it to the next level: "Hello? Better Business Bureau?" Burns had already sat on the phone enough...

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The Rising Cost of a Midlife Crisis

The Rising Cost of a Midlife Crisis

Published in SmartMoney Magazine and republished in The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Finance

NEW YORK CITY// Sudden splurges. Aggressive investments. Risky new businesses. More than 70 million boomers are hitting their middle years. Only for this generation, quitting jobs or squandering money has deeper consequences. Our guide to preventing a blowout. By his own admission, Greg Abel is going through some sort of crisis, of the midlife variety. Until about a year ago, the 46-year-old from Austin, Texas, says, he was just like any other mild-mannered family man he knew, with two kids, a...

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