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Wednesday, January 19, 2000

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  • Iowa and New Hampshire: People of Color and Presidential Politics

    This past Monday in Iowa, Democratic presidential contenders Al Gore and Bill Bradley faced off in another debate, their last before that state holds its caucus next Monday. The event was sponsored by the Iowa Brown-Black Presidential Forum. [includes rush transcript]

  • Is Pinochet Too Ill to Stand Trial?

    A Chilean plane is flying to Britain today in anticipation of the possible — some say imminent — release of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from house arrest, where he has remained since October of 1998. [includes rush transcript]

  • Panel that Sets FDA Dietary Guidelines Accused of Conflicts of Interest, Racial Bias

    A panel that will provide dietary guidelines for the Food and Drug Administration has been accused of racism and conflict of interest by a group that says the panel members receive financial support from the food industry. The organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is suing the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee because it says that many of its members are financed by the dairy, egg and meat industry, as well as drug companies. The organization also accuses the committee of racial bias in deciding its guidelines, because it heavily recommends dairy products as a calcium source, even though many African Americans, Latinos and Asians are lactose intolerant. [includes rush transcript]