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Picks of the Week: Freddie Mac's Woes, Pesticides and Deadly Bridges

POSTED: 11:43 AM ET, 08/ 8/2008 by Derek Kravitz

In a regular feature of Post Investigations, our editors have combed through the in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the nation and selected the notable projects of the week.

Get the complete list (in no particular order) after the jump.

Freddie Mac Exec Didn't Listen To Warnings

Troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac's top executive didn't listen to internal warnings that could have shielded the company from some of the financial crises that could cost the federal government billions, an investigation by The New York Times has learned.

The Times' Charles Duhigg interviewed more than two dozen current and former high-ranking executives and others to give the back story of why Richard F. Syron didn't worry about a projection by a Freddie Mac analyst in mid-2004 that questionable loans threatened the company's long-term health.

Syron told The Times that his options were limited.

"If I had better foresight, maybe I could have improved things a little bit," he said. "But frankly, if I had perfect foresight, I would never have taken this job in the first place."

This week, days after the government put in place a federal lifeline for the company, Freddie Mac said its expenses from foreclosures and related problems rose to $2.8 billion in the quarter ended June 30 from $1.4 billion during the previous three months, The Post's David S. Hilzenrath reports.

Pesticide Injury and Death Numbers Show 300% Jump

An analysis of EPA data by the Center for Public Integrity shows that the number of reported human health problems, including severe reactions, attributed to types of pesticides increased by about 300 percent over the past decade.

A Center review by M.B. Pell and Jim Morris found that of the past 10 years' worth of more than 90,000 adverse-reaction reports, filed with the EPA by pesticide manufacturers, two types of pesticides -- pyrethrins and pyrethroids -- together accounted for more than 26 percent of all fatal, "major," and "moderate" human incidents in the United States in 2007, up from 15 percent in 1998.

Although the number of fatalities was low -- about 20 from 2003 to 2007 -- the amount of moderate and serious incidents attributed to the group -- more than 6,000 -- is significantly greater than any other class of insecticide.

Analysis: A Year After Deadly Bridge Collapse, Repair Work Falls Short

A year after the collapse of the eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge into the Mississippi River on Aug. 1, 2007, killed 13 people, immediate calls came out for widespread repairs to dangerous bridges across the nation.

But The Associated Press' Robert Tanner, Steve Karnowski and Frank Bass found that two of every three of the busiest problem bridges in each state -- carrying nearly 40 million vehicles a day -- have had no work beyond regular maintenance.

An AP review of repairs on each state's 20 most-traveled bridges with structural deficiencies found just 12 percent have been fixed. In most states, the most common approach was to plan for repairs later rather than fix problems now.

By Derek Kravitz |  August 8, 2008; 11:43 AM ET Top Picks
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Syron made $14 million scamming taxpayers last year and now he assumes the "poor me" victim posture.

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Put this whiner in general lock up without Vaseline.

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