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1 US: WP OPED: The Forgotten WomanTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Califano, Joseph A. Area:United States Lines:115 Added:06/23/1998

Washington is a Babel of talk of tobacco legislation, patients' rights, taming aggressive managed care companies and reforming Medicare and Medicaid. In this cacophony of political concern about health care, let's hope the administration and Congress don't drown out what former first lady Betty Ford calls "America's hidden epidemic": substance abuse among older women.

Prevention and treatment of substance abuse and addiction have long been relegated to the back of America's health care bus. What's so disturbing about the recent report of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University ("Under the Rug: Substance Abuse and the Mature Woman") is its revelation that women age 60 and over are seated in the last row.

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2 US: Drug-Tinged Ads PulledTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Colton, Michael Area:United States Lines:70 Added:06/23/1998

Fox Officials Apologize for N20 Video Game Campaign

Fox Interactive, a division of 20th Century Fox, said yesterday it would withdraw its current advertising campaign for the Sony PlayStation video game N2O: Nitrous Oxide after anti-drug officials complained that the ads glamorize drug use.

"We apologize for any references which evoke drug use that appeared in some of the ads for N2O," said Peter Chernin, president of News Corp., 20th Century Fox's parent company. "We pledge to go the extra mile in the future to make certain our advertising does not have or cannot be interpreted to have even the hint of glorification or trivialization of illegal drugs."

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3 Colombia: Scandal Ties Sink Colombia Politician Seeking PresidencyTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Bajak, Frank Area:Colombia Lines:69 Added:06/23/1998

With nearly all the votes counted, Pastrana, in his second bid for Colombia's highest office, had 50.5 percent of the vote, compared with 46.4 percent for Horacio Serpa of the governing Liberal Party. Under Colombian law, Samper was barred from running again.

``I believe that Colombia has really voted for a change,'' Pastrana, of the opposition Conservative Party, said in a television interview when results showed him ahead.

Public anger with Samper's tenure apparently helped Pastrana, who was narrowly defeated by the incumbent in 1994.

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4 US: WP: Justices Strike Down Forfeiture as ExcessiveTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Biskupic, Joan Area:United States Lines:95 Added:06/23/1998

Case Involved Gas Station Owner Taking Large Amount of Undeclared Cash to Syria

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the federal government cannot seize and keep the money of a person trying to carry funds out of the country simply because the person failed to fill out the proper Customs Service forms. The decision marked the first time the court had struck down a government fine as unconstitutionally excessive, and dissenting justices said the reasoning may jeopardize a vast range of financial penalties the government imposes.

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5US WI: Latin Kings Torn By Rivalries, Say Gang ExpertsTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Pabst, Georgia Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/1998

With Perhaps Six Factions, Gang Is More Volatile, Harder To Work With

Although the federal indictment handed down Monday describes the Latin Kings as highly organized, people who have studied and worked with gangs say they have splintered and are less organized -- and perhaps more volatile -- than in the past.

"Leadership is less important than it used to be, and that's part of the problem," said Gary Graika, director of youth development programs at the Social Development Commission.

Graika estimates six Latin King branches exist today, each with its own leadership. When the gang was more centralized, leaders easily could be called together, he said.

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6US GE: Misleading Ad?Tue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX)                 Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/1998

A recent television ad showing President Clinton apparently concluding that the "drug war" was a failure drew the ire of White House attorneys.

The ad showed Mr. Clinton speaking, but with an imitator's voice. "Superimposing someone else's words over videotape of the President speaking is confusing, if not deceptive, and is potentially actionable," a White House attorney wrote the group Common Sense for Drug Policy. The group, which wants more emphasis on drug abuse treatment and less on law enforcement, refused to pull the ad, noting it explained that it was an actor's voice. "Governments incapable of defending their policies on the merits stifle speech," said spokesman Kevin Zeese. - --- Checked-by: Richard Lake


7 US: U.S. Backs Agents In Mexico DisputeTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:Mexico Lines:41 Added:06/23/1998

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House of Representatives has put a heavy stamp of approval on a U.S. undercover anti-narcotics sting operation that has strained relations with Mexico.

A nonbinding resolution, approved 404-3 Monday night, also states that the United States ``should not extradite to Mexico'' American law enforcement agents involved in a money-laundering operation that netted 150 arrests, including several Mexican bankers.

``Operation Casablanca,'' also resulted in the seizure of $110 million and indictments against three Mexican banks in the United States. The Mexican government has expressed anger that U.S. agents carried out the sting without informing Mexican officials, and has indicated that it wants to prosecute the agents and to seek their extradition to face criminal charges. ``While their shock is predictable their threats against U.S. law enforcement agents is disappointing and should not be given credence,'' said Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., sponsor of the resolution. ``It is truly outrageous for the government of Mexico to threaten to seek extradition of our law enforcement agents.''

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8 US WI: OPED: The Abuses Of Property Seizure LawTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Wisconsin State Journal (WI) Author:Hall, Dee J. Area:Wisconsin Lines:211 Added:06/23/1998

What to do with money from sale of drug dealers' assets?

Crack down on drug dealers by seizing their cars, their homes, their cash. It's the type of policy that most citizens -- and any wise politician -- could support. But what happens when the drive to get rid of drugs begins to run over innocent people, like the Tennessee landscaper whose money for buying shrubs was seized by police at the airport because he fit the ``profile'' of a drug dealer?

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9US: FL: Case Links Russian Sub, Colombia DrugsTue, 23 Jun 1998
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Fineman, Mark Area:Russia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/1998

MIAMI--It was a typical night at Porky's, a strip joint known for its Russian dancers in the seedy Miami suburb of Hialeah.

The girls were grinding on the dance floor while, inside the club's inner office, cut off from the driving rhythms, owner Ludwig Fainberg was talking business. Big business, federal prosecutors now say: drug business, Russian mafia business and how the two were coming together in a single deal.

And the U.S. government was listening.

According to documents recently filed in federal court here, on that night in April 1995 Fainberg explained to an undercover U.S. drug enforcement agent a deal he was brokering between Russian organized crime and Colombian drug lords to provide a $35-million Soviet navy submarine to the biggest cocaine cartel in South America.

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