Friday, January 5, 2001

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  • Tentative Agreement Reached in Seattle Newspaper Strike


  • New York Gov. George Pataki Urges Reform of Rockefeller Drug Laws, Drug Czar Gen. Mccaffreycontinues the War On Drugs

    This week, New York’s Republican Governor George Pataki called for the easing of New York’s Rockefeller drug laws.The laws, enacted under Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in the 1970s, are among the harshest in the nation and can bringmandatory life sentences for possession of small amounts of illicit drugs.

  • Poor Medical Treatment in Prison Implicated in Deaths

    Since November, eight women have died at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. Local advocacy groups,who visited the prison, blame slow and shoddy medical care for at least some of the deaths. They also argue that theuse of guards as gatekeepers to medical treatment conflicts with their security roles.

  • Shift in Intelligence Agency Turf Worries Critics

    At the instigation of Bill Clinton, Central Intelligence Agency chief George Tenet will represent the United States ina trilateral committee with Israel and the Palestinians to halt three months of violence. The committee is tasked withrenewing security cooperation to help end the violence which erupted in late September in the vacuum created bydeadlocked peace talks. But it may overstep the congressionally ban on CIA involvement in policy making.

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    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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