Friday, August 27, 1999

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  • East Timor

    The United Nations today led international condemnation of Indonesia’s handling of militia violence in East Timor, demanding that it crack down on armed anti-independence militias trying to disrupt Monday’s historic vote on self-determination. The International Red Cross also called for the protection of civilians and aid workers there.

  • Florida Debates Use of Electric Chair

    The Florida Supreme Court this week held a hearing on whether the electric chair is constitutional, after the botched execution this July of a 400 pound prisoner named Allen Lee Davis.

  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Cleveland School Voucher Program

    A federal judge has struck down one of the nation’s oldest school voucher programs, one that allowed Cleveland students to attend private or parochial schools at taxpayer expense. The judge’s decision has caused some confusion: with schools opening this week, district officials braced for the possibility of having to absorb thousands of children cut off from private schools.

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