Monday, April 20, 1998

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  • Gays and the Boy Scouts

    A 13-year old California boy, Steven Cozza, has kicked up a storm over his campaign to change the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America. During the past year, Cozza has been stirring up a grass-roots rebellion against the policy of kicking out gay scouts and scoutmasters by collecting signatures, speaking out publicly and writing newspaper editorials. In a recent letter to Jerry Ratcliffe, the BSA’s executive chief, Steven wrote "I would like to know who made up such a mean policy. By doing so, you teach the scouts like myself to discriminate against gay people. How can that be good?"

  • Gay Scoutmasters

    James Dale and Tim Curren were assistant scout masters who were kicked out of the Boy Scouts because they were gay.

  • People of Color and the Internet

    At a time when the Clinton Administration is promoting the Internet as an engine of commerce and a tool of democracy, a new study has found that black Americans are far less likely to use the global computer network than are whites. The sharp racial divide is especially evident among households below the median income. The study, published last Friday in the journal Science, found that in households with annual incomes below $40,000, whites were six times as likely as blacks to have used the Worl Wide Web in the week before the household was called for the survey. Lower-income white households were also twice as likely to won a home computer as black households. The study documents concerns that the recent exponential growth of the Internet might worsen the nation’s existing social and economic gaps. Joining us on the line to talk about efforts to decrease the disparity on the information highway is Steve Snow.

  • Pol Pot and the US Government Connection

    The death of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot has raised both questions about the manner of his sudden demise, as well as questions about how it will impact on Cambodia’s future. Pol Pot, whose brutal 1975-79 rule resulted in the death of an estimated 1.7 million people, died on Wednesday, reportedly of a heart attack.