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Issue: "Passing of a peacemaker," Feb. 20, 1999
  • After nearly 18 months off national TV, Marv Albert has signed a multiyear contract with Turner Sports to broadcast NBA games and other events. NBC-which fired him in 1997 when he pled guilty to biting a woman during a sexual encounter in a Virginia hotel room-congratulated him for his comeback.
  • Typing errors are sending kids to adult Web sites, according to Solid Oak Software, maker of an Internet filtering program called CYBERsitter. The company lashed out at pornographers who have registered thousands of domain names that are misspellings of household names like "Microsoft," "Disney," and "Beanie Babies." "They want to get us there any way they can," says Solid Oak Software VP Marc Kanter.
  • Jeff Gordon will try to win his third straight-fourth in five years-Winston Cup championship later this year. He defeated Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona 500, which was his 43rd checkered flag.
  • Promising that his campaign for the White House would not be "for the faint of heart," Sen. Bob Smith announced that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. The New Hampshire Republican said one of his first priorities as president would be pushing Congress to define life as beginning at fertilization. Sen. Smith called abortion "the moral outrage of the 20th century."
  • New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg will not seek a fourth term in 2000. He is a strong Clinton booster, proposed severe anti-gun legislation, and carries a 95 rating from Americans for Democratic Action. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., will also retire in 2000. Liberal Republicans are expected to challenge for the open seats.
  • Oregon Human Resources announced last week that 15 people have died by assisted suicide in the first year of legalized euthanasia in that state. Six died from illnesses before using prescribed lethal drugs, and two others who were prescribed drugs were still alive as of Jan. 1. The OHR summary cites the deaths as an exercise in "the importance of autonomy and personal control." Americans join Nato force
    Going to Kosovo
    Fresh from his impeachment victory, President Clinton committed ground troops to a NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo. He promised to send 4,000 Marines after warring parties-Serbs and ethnic Albanians-reach a solid agreement. To knock heads together, his defense secretary threatened air strikes against Serbia if its leaders refuse to cut a deal. The British general who heads NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Force would command the American Marines as part of a force that includes troops from Britain, France, Germany, and other European nations. The U.S. troops will represent about 14 percent of a projected total NATO peacekeeping force of 28,000. Top priorities: ensuring withdrawal of Serbia's security forces and disarming the secessionist Kosovo Liberation Army. World in brief
  • Turks vs. Kurds
    Turkey cleared all 250 inmates off an island prison to make way for one prisoner-Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan. He stands accused of causing 37,000 deaths while leading the Kurdistan Workers Party's fight for autonomy in Southern Turkey. Dozens of Kurdish protesters stormed the Israeli embassy in Berlin after Mr. Ocalan's arrest. Three Kurds were killed, and at least 43 people were injured, including 16 demonstrators and 27 police officers. Israel denies reports that its Mossad intelligence agency helped track down the guerrilla leader.
  • Megabitten
    A teenage computer hacker who calls himself "Analyzer" was indicted in an Israeli court. He and his four accomplices became cult figures there after they broke into the computer systems of several universities, the Israeli parliament, the Pentagon, and NASA. He told reporters that he also searched for and destroyed neo-Nazi, pedophile, and anti-Israel Web sites. Analyzer, a.k.a. 18-year-old Ehud Tenenbaum, even became a computer pitchman after he was first discovered last year. Newron computers hired the clean-cut kid to appear in ads alongside the slogan, "To go far, you need the best equipment." In exchange, the company gave him a new computer to replace the one confiscated by Israeli police. Now Analyzer and four others are charged with illegal entry into computers in the United States and Israel. None is in custody, but each faces up to three years in prison if convicted. peace plan hits a snag
    Fighting Irish?
    Protestants and Roman Catholics are drawing up blueprints in British-ruled Northern Ireland for a new coalition government, but the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and other terrorist gangs refuse to disarm. Politicians face a March 10 deadline for resolving the dispute. Irish Protestants refuse to govern alongside the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party unless the IRA starts smashing its stockpiles of weapons. The IRA, while still observing the July 1997 cease-fire that ended 27 years of conflict, rejected such demands. According to the accord, all weapons must go by May 2000. Meanwhile, an outlawed anti-Catholic group, the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) showed off new weapons it smuggled into the country in recent months, including a 66mm anti-tank weapon. The UVF expects the peace process to collapse. It acknowledges that it is recruiting, rearming, and training people throughout the whole of North Ulster. More than four-fifths of people in Northern Ireland want these groups to disarm immediately, according to a poll published in the Belfast Telegraph. Sinn Fein leaders dismissed those results, which said only 2 percent of the country opposes disarmament. Before the shooting stopped, the IRA killed 1,800 people in its war to unify Northern Ireland with the Irish Republic. The UVF and the Ulster Defense Association killed more than 800 Catholics trying to stop the IRA.

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