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Issue: "School-to-Work debate," Sept. 5, 1998

They were selling ice cream and candy as well as hashish and marijuana. They had the ice cream music going too.

New York police Lt. Jerry Bivona on the bust last week of suspected drug dealers disguised as ice-cream vendors peddling their wares in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

There's nothing to forgive.

John Drexler, father of Melissa Drexler--the New Jersey girl who pleaded guilty last week to aggravated manslaughter in the death of her newborn baby three years ago--in answer to a reporter's question about whether he'd forgiven his daughter. Miss Drexler, now 20, read a statement in the courtroom recounting how she'd killed her baby by wrapping the child in several plastic bags and leaving it in a garbage can in the bathroom during the high-school prom. "The baby was born alive. I was aware of what I was doing at the time when I placed the baby in the bag and I was further aware that what I was doing would most certainly result in the death of the baby," she said, betraying no emotion.

I have met quite a lot of other leaders and I don't believe I've given them the impression that I am a tyrant or a dictator.

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Chinese President Jiang Zemin, in an interview with the Associated Press last week, dismissing the notion that he presides over a totalitarian government.

It was the intervention of God.

Palmdale, Calif., police officer Patrick Kendall, on the survival of 9-month-old Jakob Stein in a multi-car crash that killed his parents and one other motorist. The baby suffered a broken leg.


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