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Issue: "Bush picks Cheney as VP," Aug. 5, 2000

If we can save black bears, we can save babies.

Louisiana State Rep. Shirley Bowler, on controversy over the state's "Choose Life" specialty license plate design. The ACLU is considering legal action against the plate, saying it is a state-sanctioned political message. Ms. Bowler argues that the state's specialty black bear plate is "an environmentalists versus landowners issue, and you can't tell me that's not political."

It's just shocking to see the consequences for human beings when technology breaks down.

German Transport Minister Reinhard Klimmt, after visiting the crash site of Air France Flight 4590. At least 113 people-mostly German tourists-were killed in the crash. (See page 13.)

The conditions that promote high achievement are not there.

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National Urban League President Hugh Price, in USA Today, on public schools in big cities. Mr. Price renewed his call to convert all urban public schools into charter schools, which are independently run schools that are funded by taxes but operate with minimal red tape.

I can't just let it go on.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, issuing a preliminary injunction last week against Napster, Inc., a popular online song-sharing service. The judge said Napster had the ability to police the unauthorized trade of copyrighted music through its system, but failed to do so.

Prolonged viewing of media violence can lead to emotional desensitization toward violence in real life.

From a joint statement of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In the statement the four groups directly link violence in entertainment to increasing violence among children.


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