Thursday, November 6, 1997

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  • Fast Track Trade

    The Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to vote this week on a bill granting President Clinton authority to negotiate a trade agreement that cannot be amended by Congress. The fast-track trade authority that President Clinton wants faces a tough battle in the House of Representatives.

  • Body Parts for Sale

    The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said this week that it will try to get the permission of relatives before removing and selling corneas from homicide victims. Anthony Hernandez, the coroner’s top administrator, said that corneas will still be removed and sold if the families cannot be found within a window of opportunity for transplant.

  • David Simon & Deandre McCullough on "The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood" Pt 2


    The issue of illegal drug use was again a hot topic this election season with candidates for a range of local, state and federal offices pledging to tackle the problem once and for all. The debate is often fueled by stereotypes far removed from the reality of the day-to-day life of addicts and drug users. A new book out called "The Corner: A Year in the Life an Inner-City Neighborhood" seeks to depict a piece of America that is often lost in the rhetoric of the war on drugs.

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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