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Thursday, August 7, 1997

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  • SLAVERY APOLOGY

    President Clinton this week backed off the idea of apologizing to African Americans for slavery. At the same time, the original sponsor of a House bill calling for the apology, Representative Tony Hall (D-OH), acknowledged this week that his proposal had generated too much opposition to be approved any time soon.

  • WASHINGTON, DC CONTROL BOARD

    President Clinton signed into law this week a sweeping Congressional measure that shifts control of municipal government in Washington, DC away from the elected Mayor and 13-member City Council to an appointed financial control board.

  • GLOBAL WARMING

    Delegates from all over the world are meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week to continue five-year old negotiations to reduce emissions of so-called greenhouse gases — gases that create in increase in the temperature of the planet. The most important of these gasses is carbon dioxide, which is produced by burning fossil fuels.