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Friday, June 27, 1997

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  • MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

    Pennsylvania death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal appeared in a Philadelphia court yesterday. This time it was to hear the testimony of Pamela Jenkins, who says that Philadelphia police coerced her to falsely testify against Abu Jamal at his trial.

  • NIGERIA

    At its annual meeting in San Francisco this week, the 1,000 member U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution calling for a swift restoration of human rights and democracy in Nigeria, and the release of political prisoners. The resolution urges the Clinton Administration and Congress to take all practical steps, including economic measures, to achieve the early restoration of democracy in the oil rich west African state.

  • MEDICARE

    The Senate voted this week for a sweeping reform of Medicare, the federally-funded universal health care program for the elderly. Like earlier changes to the Social Security system, the Senate voted to increase the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67 years-old. It also called for means testing and the expansion of so-called Medical Savings Accounts, a tax-exempt savings plans into which seniors could put their Medicare money.