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Tuesday, December 16, 1997

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  • Clinton Names Bill Lann Lee to Civil Rights Post

    President Clinton named Bill Lann Lee acting head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division yesterday, over the objections of some key Republican senators.

  • Gary Webb Resigns from the San Jose Mercury News

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    Investigative reporter Gary Webb, who exposed the link between the CIA and the crack cocaine epidemic in his groundbreaking "Dark Alliance" series, officially resigned from the San Jose Mercury News. The resignation followed a settlement between Webb and the newspaper over a grievance Webb filed over his transfer from the paper’s Sacramento bureau to its suburban Cupertino office. He was transferred after the publication of his 1996 "Dark Alliance" series, which linked the rise of crack cocaine in urban America with the CIA and the U.S.-organized contra army in Nicaragua. While the series struck a sympathetic chord throughout much of urban America, it also provoked a fierce reaction from the media establishment, which denounced the series. Following the controversy, San Jose Mercury News Executive Editor Jerry Ceppos demoted Webb to the suburban office.

  • Africa at 40 Pariv

    Forty years ago, in 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country to win its independence. To mark the beginning of the decolonization process, scholars, activists, international diplomats and heads of state gathered in London this past October for a conference on Africa at 40. Today, we play the remainder of a speech by President Robert Mugabe of Ziimbabwe.