Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 22, June 16

Bill to Protect Disabled Kids Subverts Educational Mission
Is there no end to obtuseness that handicaps school learning? First, public-school education was hijacked to further race relations through busing and otherwise to achieve a polychromatic student array in each classroom pursuant to desegregation plans....
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Call It a 'Stinking Wed,' Just Don't Try to Ban It
Tobacco advocates and opponents have been around since the plant first was grown commercially in America in the early 1600s. Those who would ban it today run up against freedom-lovers who cry foul. Fussy, cranky King James I of England didn't like...
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Crime Rate and Killings Drop, but Critics Say Brutality Is Up
Although American cities are enjoying a hiatus from rising crime rates, citizen-rights advocates are crying foul -- police brutality is on the rise, they say, and minorities suffer most from such injustice. New York City recently was the site of...
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Cure for Health Care?
Much effort has gone toward finding a cure for America's ailing health-care system, but costs continue to skyrocket and many people remain uninsured. Andrew Weil, director of integrative medicine at the University of Arizona and author of the best-sellers...
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Cyberscribes Turn Storytelling into 'Hypertext' Storysharing
Bored with `conventional linear-mode' narratives? Log on and sample an `interactice novel,' the on-line ongoing on-the-cutting-edge genre that promises to bring fiction into the 21st century. Ever read a novel, turn the last page and wish you could...
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Doctors Continue to Differ Widely on Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Growing older isn't a disease, but it brings disease with it. For men, aging raises the specter of prostate cancer. Researchers are learning more about the perplexing illness, but they have yet to find a cure. Prostate cancer is the most common type...
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Failure to Play Straight Clouds Tobacco's Future
Internal documents surrendered under court order and statements given under oath by former employees suggest tobacco companies have long known of health risks of their products -- just like everybody else. In the late 15th century, Christopher Columbus...
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Fighting the Tobacco Wars
States' attorneys general and the White House are fighting tobacco giants over Americans' health risks from smoking. But the some bunch -- and other crusaders -- stand aside while other government agencies and politicians promote the industry and make...
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Financial Guru Charles Allmon Rates the Winners and Losers
Charles Allmon's first job was with United Fruit in Honduras in 1941. The 20-year-old slept with a pistol and a flashlight. "It was a great job for a young guy just out of college," he tells Insight. These days, the 76-year-old Allmon is editor of...
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NATO 'Political' Accord Needs Senate Scrutiny
The so-called "Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation" was unveiled in mid-May in Moscow with much fanfare and declarations that the way now was clear for including several former Soviet-occupied...
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Pipe Dreams Are Hot Cause
For some, it is the pleasure of smoking with friends that makes puffing tobacco so compelling. There is a group of silent players in the tobacco wars, characteristically self-effacing amid the aggressive lobbying of the tobacco giants and the stridency...
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Q: Should Americans Be Alarmed about the Danger of Secondhand Smoke?
Yes: Scientific research shows overwhelmingly that other people's smoke can hurt you. The toxic effects of secondhand smoke have been so well-documented during the last 25 years that there should be no doubt that smoke emitted from other people's...
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Rolling Tobacco in the South Means Rolling in the Dough
Uncle Sam's pockets are stuffed with billions in tom from the 23 tobacco-producing states. But the tobacco industry is under fire from antismoking advocates and is getting rolled into the political game. Tobacco has become the political issue du...
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Taking the Rose-Colored Haze off the Sixties
Just about everyone who lived through the 1960s has some overreaching generalization to describe that bizarre decade. Like the decade itself (which also overlaps with the 1970s), rhetoric about it is shot with inconsistency, but it's always dramatic...
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The Prez Needs a Press Agent
Peyton Place has nothing on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- a den of murder ... and worse. The president of the United States always gets his share of bad press, but this is ridiculous. Recent movies and books have characterized the chief executive as...
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Value of First Job Measured over a Lifetime
For more than 30 years, the federal government has been trying to figure out ways to get people to work. It spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year on job-training and placement programs -- with questionable results. For six years, I have...
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Where Are They Now?
The administration has produced characters straight from Central Casting -- many of whom face legal action while continuing to collect White House paychecks. In 1974 the Arkansas Gazette reported that a 27-year-old candidate for attorney general...
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