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Issue: "Supreme arrogance," July 8, 2000
  • America's nuclear secrets are seemingly as safe as the contents of a breakroom microwave. Two 10-year-old floppy disks containing classified information were reported missing at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The breach was discovered at a classified data inventory intended to calm criticism over the disappearance of two top-secret hard drives. Then, a day later, they popped up again and no secrets were compromised, lab spokesman Jim Danneskiold claimed. The disks "are obsolete. Very few, if any, computers are around that can read them," he said.
  • Boxing's bad boy Mike Tyson finished off opponent Lou Savarese in just 38 seconds, then wildly taunted champion Lennox Lewis: "I want your heart. I want to eat your children." Mr. Lewis shrugged it off, calling Mr. Tyson "a train wreck ready to happen," and offering to do the derailing. Mr. Lewis said he's ready to give up his IBF belt to fight him.
  • Chinese authorities detained Huang Qi, who maintained an Internet website exposing human-rights abuses in China. It was the communist government's latest move to control Internet access through regulation and strong-arm tactics. Internet users are required by law to register with the police, and authorities have blocked access to websites of newspapers and dissident websites based abroad. "The Internet is supposed to help bring freedom to China," said Mike Jendrzejczyk of Human Rights Watch. "But that's more likely to happen if foreign companies object to the punishment of Internet users trying to advance freedom."
  • Just days after winning the breakup of Microsoft, Janet Reno stepped in to stop the moves of another company with New Economy potential. Worldcom first absorbed MCI and made a deal to merge with Sprint. The Justice Department sued last week to block the proposed $129 billion merger, claiming it would increase prices for millions of consumers. The DOJ claims that MCI and Sprint are the only serious competitor to Ma Bell. The two companies also control Internet networks that carry over half of America's data traffic.
  • A veteran of the last decade's human disaster zones, David Loudon died on June 17 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 47. Mr. Loudon was disaster response director for World Relief beginning in 1991. The post put him among the first humanitarian workers to enter Somalia, Rwanda, and Liberia in the midst of civil war. He also set up relief efforts among Kurdish refugees following the Gulf War. He is survived by his wife Ruth, and their two daughters, 7 and 4.

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