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1US WI: County Officials Still Solidly Back DARETue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Thatcher, Betsy Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/1998

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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2US TX: 2-Year-Old Hospitalized After Being Given DrugTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Lewis, Tomas J. Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/1998

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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3 US: Column: Molly Ivins on Tobacco Bill DeathTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Ivins, Molly Area:United States Lines:93 Added:06/23/1998

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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4 US MD: Suburban Drug Users Play Role In City CrimeMon, 22 Jun 1998
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Kane, Gregory Area:Maryland Lines:100 Added:06/22/1998

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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5 COLOMBIA: Conservative Ousts Colombia LoyalistMon, 22 Jun 1998
Source:Standard-Times (MA) Author:Bajak, Frank Area:Colombia Lines:111 Added:06/22/1998

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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6 Australia: Law Change Lifts Hemp Firms' HopesTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Mercury (Tasmania, Australia) Author:Lovibond, Jane Area:Australia Lines:65 Added:06/23/1998

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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7 CANADA: Inmates May Lose Rehab CentresMon, 22 Jun 1998
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Star, TRACEY TYLER Toronto Area:Ontario Lines:115 Added:06/22/1998

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 Penetanguishene.

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8 US NV: Mayors Can's Solve Crime, Youth ViolenceTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Standard-Times (MA) Author:Shepard, Paul Area:Nevada Lines:75 Added:06/23/1998

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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9 US NY: OPED: Echoes Of El Salvador In ColombiaTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:75 Added:06/23/1998

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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10 Australia: Penington Backs Call For Drug SolutionTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Age, The (Australia) Author:Lyon, Karen Area:Australia Lines:52 Added:06/23/1998

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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