While other communities are dumping the anti-drug program DARE, the
police-taught school series is alive and well in Waukesha County.
"In this county, I've got people beating the doors down for DARE," said
Waukesha County Sheriff William Kruziki.
His problem, he said, is having the financial resources to satisfy the
demand for DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
A Shorewood School District committee has recommended that DARE be replaced
with a non-law enforcement based program called Life Skills in Shorewood's
sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Under the recommendation, DARE still would
be taught by police, but only to third-graders in three sessions.
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Haltom City man faces injury to child charge
HALTOM CITY - Two people were charged Sunday after a 2-year-old boy ingested
a drug from a bottle his mother thought contained a soft drink, police said.
Dillon Everett Stevens was recovering at Cook Children's Medical Center,
where he was listed in fair condition Sunday night.
Police did not file charges against the child's mother, Heather Marie
Stevens, 24, of Fort Worth.
"We don't think there was any intent there to give the child this
substance," Haltom City police Sgt. Tony Veltre said Sunday afternoon. "It
was an accident. . . . [Child Protective Services] was notified last night,
and they spoke to her. What they're going to do with her, I don't know."
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AS WE WATCHED the tobacco bill die an unnatural death Wednesday, it left
only sour satisfaction for those of us who believe money runs American
politics. We now have the clearest, most definitive proof any long-suffering
campaign-finance reformern could ever hope: Money counts more than the
public interest, more than children's health and more than people's lives in
a political system so corrupted by money that it stinks to the highest heavens.
Our politicians can twist this truth, they can distort it, they can spin it
till they're blue in the face, but the truth still sits there bigger than
Godzilla. The tobacco industry has been spending $4 million to $5 million a
week for eight weeks on radio and TV advertising to defeat this bill. That's
not counting the money big tobacco has sunk into the political system. From
1987 to 1997, Philip Morris Co. contributed $8 million to politicians, RJR
Nabisco contributed $7 million, and so on down through the big tobacco
companies -- all of them major, major political contributors.
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MR. Hard-working White American, please read Peter Hermann's story
in today's Sun.
Mr. Hard-working White American wrote me in response to my column on
the rash of school shootings in various parts of the country, in which
I noted that the perpetrators -- except for the most recent one in
Richmond, Va., in which no one was killed -- were white.
"You take these incidents that were perpetrated by sick and twisted
very young men and try to use this distinct handful of incidents to
debate rational discrimination? These young boys chose their victims
and had very directed anger. If I were running a mostly white rural
high school or the parent of an attending student, yes my world would
be rocked and I would be practicing rational discrimination against
any young male exhibiting any of those characteristics of dangerous,
out-of-control anger that could escalate to events like those.
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BOGOTA, Colombia -- A former Bogota mayor who promised to end rampant
political corruption was elected Colombia's president yesterday,
defeating a key player in the scandal-tainted administration of
President Ernesto Samper.
Andres Pastrana, in his second straight bid for Colombia's highest
office, had 50.5 percent against 46.4 percent for Horacio Serpa of the
governing Liberal Party with 97 percent of the vote counted in the
runoff election, official results showed.
"The choice was between business-as-usual or change and the country
clearly picked change," Pastrana, 44, of the opposition Conservative
Party, said in a television interview in which he promised to make
peace with leftist rebels his top priority.
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TASMANIA'S fledgling hemp industry is poised to flourish when the Federal
Government relaxes stringent laws on hemp oil production today.
The move will clear the way for Tasmania to launch into full-scale production.
After a seven-year growing trial, local producers are elated by the decision
but yesterday warned the State Government it would have to support the
industry to ensure its viability.
Industry spokesman Brandt Teale said the other states, particularly Victoria
and Queensland, could get the jump on Tasmania if the Rundle Government
continued its head-in-the-sand attitude towards hemp production.
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Officials meet today over future of treatment for prisoners
Three-quarters of Ontario's treatment centres for inmates appear
headed for shutdown under the province's jail restructuring plan.
Provincial and federal officials plan to hold their first meeting
today over the future of the latest casualty on the list, the
acclaimed Northern Treatment Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.
A spokesperson for the Ontario solicitor-general's ministry insists
that treatment for inmates with drug, anger and sex abuse problems
will be improved and expanded, starting with centres to be
incorporated into three new superjails in Milton, Lindsay and
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RENO, Nev. -- Nothing like a spate of school shootings to draw the
nation's sights on guns.
It's no different at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting,
where firearms were a hot topic last week. True, most of the campus
incidents occurred in small towns. But they served to focus the
big-city mayors' attention on the deadly cocktail plaguing many of
them: youth gangs, and the ease with which they can obtain firearms.
That doesn't mean, however, that they formed a consensus on how to
deal with crime and guns in the hands of children.
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Washington's growing involvement in a brutal Latin American guerrilla war
echoes the opening stages of American intervention in the conflict in El
Salvador in the 1980's.
Diana Jean Schemo and Tim Golden reported in The Times earlier this
month that much of the aid the Pentagon is giving Colombia's military
to fight cocaine is being used instead to fight guerrillas.
American special-forces trainers now work in Colombia, teaching the
military such skills as jungle maneuvering and psychological
operations. While the level of support is far below American aid to
the Salvadoran military in the 1980's, the Administration is unwisely
considering an increase. As in El Salvador, American aid is going to
an abusive and inept army fighting vicious Marxist guerrillas.
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One of Australia's leading drug experts, Professor David Penington, has
backed calls for a heroin trial in Melbourne.
Professor Penington said drug reform was a "step by step" process and a
trial where long-term drug addicts would have legal access to heroin should
be the first step.
Prohibition had not worked because society had been unable to reduce the
supply and demand for illicit drugs, he said.
Yesterday in The Sunday Age, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Cr Ivan Deveson,
called for widespread reform on the drug issue and said he would welcome the
establishment of a heroin trial in the city as a way of reducing the growing
number of deaths from heroin overdose.
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